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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Oct-08
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Byrne Defense (E81)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-21-05  Daodejing: According to Jeff Sonas chessmetrics.com this game was the highest rated ever in chesshistory.

Kasparov 2877
Karpov 2827

If you take FIDE Ratings it should be Kasparov - Anand Corus 2001 (which I do not find in your database)

DDJ

Jun-21-05  Heavy Metal Thunder: 2877/2827? Then you'd at least expect them to pre-arrange an interesting game.
Oct-15-07  nelech: instead of 22Ra8 22Re8 could have caused big problems to Kasparov .
Sep-16-08  talisman: <nelech> i think 22.b3 would have been the move to cause kasparov problems.
Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: draw? That's crazy
Jun-30-09  Knight13: <WhiteRook48: draw? That's crazy> No draw? That's CRAZY!!

The b-pawn can't be protected anymore. After Black takes it, there's nothing much to do except to shake hands.

Oct-14-10  nelech: sure 22 b3 seems very good but after 22 Rxe8+ Rxe8 23 Nxb5 Qxb5 24 b3 Bd5 25 Ra4 white will be a pawn up with good chances of winning . Kasparov doesn't mention this in his book and i don't know why
Nov-12-11  talisman: <nelech> you're right. and then 24.♗d3??...♘xc6 looks good.
Apr-14-14  Everett: <nelech: sure 22 b3 seems very good but after 22 Rxe8+ Rxe8 23 Nxb5 Qxb5 24 b3 Bd5 25 Ra4 white will be a pawn up with good chances of winning . Kasparov doesn't mention this in his book and i don't know why>

You seem to be right here. Karpov missed a serious opportunity to take control of the match, from the very first game. Both 22.b3 and 22.Rxe8 are dangerous lines for Black.

As far as Kasparov not mentioning it, perhaps it is because it does not fit his storyline. Assuming the game-score here is correct, of course.

May-23-16  sakredkow: Seirawan and Tisdall did not mention 22. Rxe8 in their book on the match either, but it was evident from the lines they gave that Seirawan felt 22. b3 was probably sufficient.
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