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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987), Seville ESP, rd 8, Nov-02
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Sicilian (A21)  ·  1-0



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Nov-16-03  Dick Brain: Kasparov made a smart sacrifice of the minor exchange (B for N) in order to get three great minor pieces vs three clumsy minor pieces.

But with the queenside and center almost hopelessly blocked and the kindsides and developments solid, it looked like both players could shift wood around until they called a draw due to boredom.

But then the Devil possessed Karpov enough to cause him to weaken his kingside with 38 ... h5. This came back to burn him later when after much more woodshifting he found himself fatally weak on g6.

Boring but instructive.

Feb-21-06  olydream3: great win by kasparov
Sep-16-06  stanleys: When I saw the game,I believed that the black were led by an amateur.Such a disappointing play by Karpov! But the game itself is rather instructive:
1)We have to think well before executing a simple pawn move - it creates a potential weakness - see the blacks' troubles after 3...c5 2)Tarrasch said that when you have one "bad" piece,your position is bad - the reference:the black's knight jumping during the whole game from b7 to a5 3)I also liked the the restructuring of white's forces,preparing the decisive break with f4
Sep-16-06  enderozdemir: 48)e5 is a very good move which takes e5 square from black queen.
Jan-09-07  adalav:
Dec-31-07  Jim Bartle: Nice video.
Mar-13-08  hedgeh0g: el video loca! muchos tacos e burrito! olé!
Jun-30-09  Knight13: <enderozdemir: 48)e5 is a very good move which takes e5 square from black queen.>

I disagree. It's done so that Black has to take with the d pawn instead of the queen. The Black queen can't leave e8 anyway. The taking with the d-pawn prevents Black's queen from taking on e3 and having chances of saving himself by taking advantage of the now-vulnerable White king. It also opens up the h7-b1 diagonal.

So I don't really see how that really takes the e5 square from the queen. Rather, it takes away the file so that Black can't use it for countering chances.

Aug-05-09  Everett: <Knight13> If white immediately went in for 48.Rf6+ Kg7 49.Rxd6 black has 49..Qe5, defending.

Thus 48.e5 takes away the e5 square from the black queen.

Jan-29-11  talisman: black's knight moves to a5 on move 26...and sits...kinda like you're playing a piece down at the end...anyway enjoying the '87.
May-30-12  Anderssen99: If 50...,Bd2 Kasparov wins as follows: 51.Qf6+,Kh7. 52.Rd8,Qe6 (Or ...,Qg6). 53.Rh8 mate. My favorite game of the match and one of Kasparov's greatest games.
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  offramp: 18...Bxf5. Karpov was not a King's Indian player and I don't play the King's Indian (and I know that this is not a King's Indian) but even I can see that that is wrong. Efim Geller would have played ...gxf5.
Jul-27-12  Everett: <offramp: 18...Bxf5. Karpov was not a King's Indian player and I don't play the King's Indian (and I know that this is not a King's Indian) but even I can see that that is wrong. Efim Geller would have played ...gxf5.>

It is just another way to play it. White follows <18..gxf5> with <19.Nd5 and 20.f4> and White is more comfortable than in the game IMO.

I simply do not understand Karpov's fetish for ..Na5 and ..Nb7 in this game. <20..Nd8> makes much more sense, when the N touches f7, e6 and other squares from there.

In truth, Karpov has two terrible pieces: the q-side N and the DSB. Just kills him in this game.

Apr-16-14  jffun1958: If 48.... Qxd5 49. Rd2 followed by 50. Nd7, forking the black bishop on c8.
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  dernier loup de T: It seems to me Kasparov was Karpov squeezing to death his opponent in this game; unbelievable...
Aug-03-16  Howard: Petrosian would have been elated to have played like this.
Aug-03-16  RookFile: It does remind one of a Petrosian game.
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  HeMateMe: you wonder why kasparov is trading pieces and opening up the game when his knight is sitting on a5, completely out of the game.
Dec-14-16  RookFile: Well, even near the end, if Karpov can just get Nb3 in, that knight can then get to d4 and it's a whole new ballgame. Kasparov didn't give him the chance.
Dec-14-16  izimbra: This strikes me as one of Kasparov's really good positional games. The position after <30.Ng5> strongly favors White:

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The relatively neutral engine eval I see is wrong in this case. I just played it out, with Stockfish competing against itself, and White did win. Moreover, Kasparov must have seen the general idea when he played <24.h4>. So it's kind of brilliant in that way.

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  Sally Simpson: Vlastimil Hort one of the Informator Best Game judges for Vol.44 did not think too highly of this game.

"I know perfectly well what these players are capable of, and therefore I did not award them a single point."

Or maybe it was just them.

Hort again in his role as Informator Best Game judges this time for Vol.45 gave the following game which was voted best game - no points.

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987

'Chess Brilliancy' by Damsky (pages 127 - 131)

Apr-16-18  Howard: Too bad that Petrosian died three years earlier. He would have salivated over this game!
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  keypusher: <Howard> Pretty sure it would have given Petrosian some really bad flashbacks.

Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956


How about retaking with the piece in this game?

Gligoric vs Fischer, 1961

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