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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
"Too Klose for Komfort" (game of the day Dec-08-2016)
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), Lyon FRA, rd 20, Dec-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Dec-10-18  Howard: True enough, but Karpov had, arguably, surpassed Bobby by about 1990 or so, in my view.

Bobby was still very much alive at the time. Not only that, it was obviously HIS decision to go into retirement after 1972---ya can't hold that against Karpov or Kasparov.

Dec-10-18  john barleycorn: <Howard: True enough, but Karpov had, arguably, surpassed Bobby by about 1990 or so, in my view.>

Yeah, 18 years after Fischer stopped playing. I am not holding anything against Karpov or Kasparov but any comparison against an inactive Fischer misses the point.

Mar-26-19  dgontar: 37.Rxg6 involves mates, but they are long. The shortest variation (with best moves for black) is I think the one I give below and it is a mate in 9. 37...b1=Q 38.Bxb1 38...Nd3 39.Rg3 Nf4 40.Bxd3+ Nxd3 41.Re4 Bg7 42.Reg4 Kg8 43.Rxg7+ Kf8 44.Nh6 Ne5 45.Rh7 Ng6 46.Rxg6 Ke8 47.Rg8#
Jul-14-20  andrea volponi: 25...Nd3!!=-Bxd3 cxd3-Qd2 De7=
Jul-14-20  Oldisgold: Kasparov will always be Kasparov. He redefined the game. He showed the chess world that dynamic attacking style can overwhelm a strong positional style.
Jul-15-20  SChesshevsky: < 25...Nd3 >

25...Nd3 is nice. After 25. Ng4, Kasparov's position looks so promising that something probably has to be done quickly. White arguably has 6 pieces with prospects toward the king and Black looks to have maybe 4 defenders. With the defender rook hanging, though he is a pawn up.

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Seems Karpov had a good idea. Nullify one of the B attackers and the one with the pin seems logical. So after 28. Qg4, looks like white has 5 attackers left versus 4 defenders. Plus Black's rook isn't hanging anymore and he does have a far passed pawn.

Apparently, two problems. Threatening down the e-file and protecting the rook with 25...Qe8 might've cost a valuable tempo. And the LSB was the one better taken off. Both of which seemed important in the attack. But solved with 25...Nd3.

Wondering what Karpov didn't like about 25...Nd3 or if maybe he thought he could defend the attack with the text and just missed something?

Nov-18-20  Viking707: Based on his winning record and the level of competition faced, Kasparov has to be considered the GOAT in chess. Fischer was brilliant, but severely handicapped by his mental illness. I often wonder how Steinitz, Lasker, Morphy, Capablanca or Alekhine would have fared against the great "K's?"
Nov-19-20  Piecetrader: <Viking707: Fischer was brilliant, but severely handicapped by his mental illness> He had a personality disorder, not a mental illness (at least in his career years). The late Fischer we saw back in Iceland was obviously out of his mind.
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  harrylime: and they say karpov would have beaten Fischer in 75 lol lol lol lol lol

karpov was a joke in this game

Dec-02-20  Justin796: Personality disorders are under the umbrella of mental illness. People should stop trying to be Fischer's psychiatrist.
Dec-02-20  W Westerlund: Lime: if Karpov was such a joke, why didn't Fischer crush him in 1974, "lol lol lol"? You can talk about it until tomorrow, but the truth is that Fischer was terrified, found excuse after excuse and ultimately ran anyway. Great champion.
Dec-02-20  nevski: I agree with you. Fischer was not and would not be a match for Karpov.
Apr-12-21  Chesgambit: 25...Nd3! Black should take b1 bishop
Apr-12-21  Chesgambit: 25...Nd3 Bxd3 cxd3 Qxd3 h5 Ne5! dxe5 Ng5! Nf6 Ba3!
May-09-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: <Kasparov missed Rxg6!>

Although 37 Rxg6 threatens mate in one move by 38 Rg3/4/5,

there seems to be no imminent mate after

37 Rxg6 Ne7

38 Rxe7 Bg7

May-09-21  N.O.F. NAJDORF: <john barleycorn: I am not holding anything against Karpov or Kasparov but any comparison against an inactive Fischer misses the point.>

It is precisely the fact of Fischer's inactivity which argues against his having been the greatest player of all time.

It isn't just his retirement after becoming world champion, but the fact that he played in just four olympiads, contrived to avoid playing in both the 1965 and 1968 candidates series, almost missed playing in the 1971 series, and refused to defend his title, even after FIDE had largely met his demands.

He didn't play in any international tournaments in 1964 or 1969.

The fact that he was by far the strongest player in the world in 1970-71 does not make him the greatest player of all time.

He protected his ego when others were putting theirs in a position where they could be crushed.

He was entitled not to play, but the fact that he did it so often argues against his supreme greatness.

Jun-17-21  cormier: Depth 40

0.00 25....Nd3 26.Bxd3 cxd3 27.Qd2 Qe7 28.Nxh6 Rxe4 29.Rxe4 Qxe4 30.Qg5 Nf4 31.Kh2 Ne6 32.Qh5 Qh7 33.Rg4 Be4

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  harrylime: Karpov was LUCKY ...

Bobby swept the chess floor clean for him and he also had the corrupt Commie Rusian Chess Fed behind him ..

The first genuine threat he meets tho .. as in kasparov , he caves in ...

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  0ZeR0: <harrylime>
Fischer would have been the ?first genuine threat? to him had he not gone insane and quit chess.

<he caves in>
Karpov played five world championship matches with Kasparov, losing them all narrowly (except for the first in 1984 which was abandoned without result). That?s not exactly ?caving in.? In reality Kasparov was always slightly better when it mattered most.

Jun-25-21  Viking707: Fischer might have beaten Karpov, but the truth is: he avoided the match because he hated playing against the USSR chess "cooperative," and he knew Karpov was a major talent, and a serious threat. We will never know what actually motivated Fischer to forfeit his world championship rather than play, but it was a great loss to chess history that the Fischer/Karpov matches never occurred.
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  0ZeR0: <Viking707>


Dec-11-21  Oldisgold: Fischer's only purpose in life until then was to defeat the Russian chess army. This is what drove the intensity of his game.

Fischer lost the purpose of playing intensely after becoming WC in 1972.

..Moreover he did not play a single game in any tournaments puzzled everyone..

I personally believe that no chess player achieved the same height that Fischer had in 1970-72.

Dec-11-21  ndg2: When it comes to Fischer vs. Karpov, three different questions pop up:

1) Would the Fischer of 1972 have beaten the Karpov of 1972? Yes, for sure. Karpov was Junior WCC in 1969, but in 1972 still behind Spassky IMHO. Spassky won the 1973 USSR championship with a +1 margin right before Karpov and a bunch of others with 10.5.

2) Would the Fischer of 1972 have beaten the Karpov of 1975? Maybe, but it would have been a tremendous fight, much closer than with Spassky.

3) Would the Fischer of 1975 have beaten the Karpov of 1975? This is what kibitzers _actually_ want to know, but no one can answer ;-) No one really knows, how much Fischer was involved with serious chess studies (if at all). Normally, chess strengths can deteriorate pretty fast in case of inactivity, at least at the top level. But more important is: how much motivation had Fischer still in him at that point?

Jan-01-22  probabilitytheorist: My favorite Kasparov game.
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  HeMateMe: the comments for this brilliant game go back 17 years.
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