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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 10, Apr-22
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: 'Garry Kasparov's Fighting Chess' says that 33...Kd5 was played.
Jan-09-07  Fisheremon: <offramp: 'Garry Kasparov's Fighting Chess' says that 33...Kd5 was played.> There's a nuance between 33...Ke5 and 33...Kd5:

1) 33...Kd5 34.e3 and after capturing pawn a5 Black is forced to a perpetual.

2) 33...Ke5 White now is forced to a perpetual 34.Rc5+ etc.

As played in the game 34.Rc7?! Rxh3 35.Ra7 Kf4! (played Kd4? with a draw) and Black has a big chance to win.

Jun-14-09  ToTheDeath: <5...Qc7?!> This seems too early and could easily be a waste of time.

<6.b3> this is OK, but 6.Nc3! Qxc4?! 7.e4 Qc7 8.Ndb5 is a sound pawn sacrifice, giving White a strong initiative.

<11.Qc1!> Better than 11.Qd2 as the b2 bishop is now defended and Rd1 is coming to harass the Black queen.

<16.Rc1> Not 16.e4 Bg4 17.f3 Ne3! with counterplay. However I think 16.Nc3! is a better try for an advantage. 16...Be6 17.Nxd5 cxd5 18.Rac1 Rd7 19.Rc5 Rad8 20.Rd4 leaves Black in a very passive state.

<16...Bg4!> Sacrificing the c6 weakling for counterplay.

<18.h3> Not immediately 18...Rxc6? Nb4 19.Rc1 Rac8 20.Nc3 Rd2 with Black kicking hard.

<35...Kd4?!> The wrong way! 35...Kf4! 36.f3 f5! 37.gxf5 exf5 followed by ...g4 is strong for Black. Black had other chances but White was clearly resourceful in holding the draw.

Dec-16-12  acirce: <I have to admit that Karpov's uncertain play in this game disoriented me and created a rather bad psychological effect before the match in Seville. I stopped treating him with proper respect, I ceased fearing even his favourite positions where his opponent had chronic weaknesses, and I came to believe that thanks to dynamics I would be able to extricate myself from any scrape. This was a dangerous delusion.> -- Kasparov in "Kasparov vs Karpov 1986-1987", volume 3 in his On Modern Chess series.
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  perfidious: The snippet cited by <acirce> recalls something very similar Alekhine once wrote of his own play regarding tactical devices when in difficulties.
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  offramp: This game is normal until Kasparov plays the rather odd 5...Qc7.

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Now the black queen attacks the ♙ on c4. How would you defend it? Or would you leave it? I think I'd leave it.

But Karpov played 6.b3, protecting that pawn on c4. He's not the world's most famous gambiteer, our Tolya.

The players vaffanculo their bishops, and after 7.Bg2 we have this position:

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This is move 7 remember.

Black decided to renew his threat to that pesky pawn on c4 and played 7...d5!

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What is the best move in this position o prophet? Thou knowest not; nor shalt thou know ever. There cometh one to follow thee: he shall expound it. But I can't!

Karpov likes to clear away central pawns, and he does so. He then plays 9.0-0. And we have this position.

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Karpov castled because there is a pin on the Nd4. So the apparently piece-winning 9.Bxd5 would have been met by ...Qa5+ and the knight on d4 would have been lost as well as the bish on d5.

This is a very tough position. Both players, even in the opening, had to calculate many variations.

After 9.0-0 white is threatening the straightforward 10.Bg2xd5. How does black protect the Nd5? How would you do it? The world cahmpion chose 9...Qc7-d7. Good luck to him! So now this is the position:

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  offramp: After black castles, 10...0-0, we have this position.

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If you were playing white you'd have to be careful of that pin through the knight on d4. Black is also intending to play ...Rd8.

I think that white's next move is brilliant.

He played 11.Qc1!!

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It's almost a joke on black's earlier 5...Qc7. But why didn't Karpov play the slightly more active 11.Qc2?

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[Analysis] I'll tell you. It's because 11...Rd8 (again) now comes with the serious threat of 12...Bxd4 13.Bxd4 and now 13... Nb4 .

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Black wins a piece.

Karpov saw all of that and played the superb 11.Qc1. He has protected the bishop on b2, vacated d1 for the ♖f1 and side-stepped the potential problems of a black rook on d8.

My last comment on this exhausting opening is for after black has played 12...Nc6.

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I think Karpov had an advantage up until this point. It was a small one... Twas caused by that odd ...Qc7 move. But what move might have been best in that last diagram? Who knows?

Mar-03-16  Howard: Kasparov analyzes this game very extensively in the Informant...

....but hardly anyone on this website seems to have paid much attention to it.

Mar-16-16  rmraovich: Black has the more agressive king postion and somehow white is hanging on... eventhough it was a drawn, black can be the only one to feel good...

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