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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Oct-26
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: <It's hard to believe he totally missed 28 Nd5 as it's so thematic in these positions.> Yes, it is. It is even harder to believe it as Karpov's not the best continuation was still pretty bad thing for black. But in Spassky's case it was difficult to believe it as well. And in both cases it did actually happen, which can serve as a proof that even the world champions are only human beings and not flawless machines.:-)
Nov-29-06  RookFile: Yeah well.... too bad Spassky played all these blunders, and Kasparov never did.... **cough**, **cough**.
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  keypusher: <Yeah well.... too bad Spassky played all these blunders, and Kasparov never did.... **cough**, **cough**.>

Too bad nobody ever suggested such a thing.

May-16-08  RookFile: You mean, other than Kasparov, in OMGP 4. Thanks for playing.
Nov-07-08  PolishPentium: Hello, folks. Your resident duffer and analyst non-extraordinaire PP would like some clarification as to why Black could not play 29...cxd5, rather than the text move Bxd5.
Nov-08-08  IraGraves: <PolishPentium>, I guess that didn't offer better drawing chances. White easily wins the material back since after 30. cxd5, not only is the black bishop hanging but the black queen is under attack by the rook on c1 and has to move.

White should end up with a powerful passed pawn, e.g. 30. ... Qd4 31. dxe6 Re7 32. Qxd4 Bxd4 33. Bxd6 Rxe6 34. Rc7+ with a decisive edge.

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  Joshka: Wasn't Game 7 in NewYork 10/22/90?....I still have my ticket stub!:-)
Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: how is 27...Qa5 bad?
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  Nimzonick: <WhiteRook> That d6 pawn had become somewhat of a battleground. After move 24, there were two attackers and two defenders, so it was solid. After the queen left, there was only one defender left. Karpov used one of his superb intermezzo combinations before actually taking the pawn, avoiding two annoying pins. The extra pawn ended up being decisive.

As others have implied, Kasparov almost surely was aware he was weakening the pawn. Perhaps he thought the two pins would've been enough compensation after 28.Bxd6?, c5, winning the knight, but he overlooked 28.Nd5!

Jun-30-09  Knight13: Maybe 38...Kh6 is better? His king wouldn't be cut off from his pawns.
Sep-07-09  A.G.T.HUTAHAYAN: It is difficult to find out game Robert James Fischer with Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasprov but rematch Boris Spassky vs Robert James Fischer 1992 after Fischer-Spassky 1972.
Jan-20-12  tylerbritton5: <Knight13> Maybe 38...Kh6 is too passive. It does allow his King to stay connected to the pawns, but after something like 39. Rd4 White's Rooks are well placed and ready to double up on the 6th rank and pinned pawn (and soon after attack a7).
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  Garech: Kasparov just could not beat Karpov with the King's Indian in this match; this was the only decisive game in 5 or 6 tries. Superb from Karpov!


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  morfishine: <Garech> On your comment: < Kasparov just could not beat Karpov with the King's Indian in this match; this was the only decisive game in 5 or 6 tries. Superb from Karpov!> True, but try as he might, Karpov could not garner 1-win with his 'Zaitsev' vs Kasparov's <1.e4>; Granted, after his 'Zaitsev' was slaughtered in game 2, Karpov didn't give up on it [ie: fall back on his Caro Kann], but instead began aggressively playing <c5>; Although he got some promising positions, he was unable to convert; To me, this was the critical lacking: Karpov's inability to convert one Black win with this carefully prepared defense
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  hoodrobin: Karpov is here the best positional player (15.Ng5!). Kasparov comments are always pro domo sua.
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  beatgiant: <WMD>
<Later Kasparov pointed out the winning continuation: 29.Be3 Bg5 30.Nf4! Qe5 31.Bd4>

Can't Black at least escape immediate disaster with 29. Be3 Bg5 30. Nf4 <Bxf4> 31. Rxf4 Qa3? What am I missing?

Jul-31-15  Everett: <May-16-08 RookFile: You mean, other than Kasparov, in OMGP 4. Thanks for playing.>

That's one book. Kasparov called this the worst blunder of his career.

Jul-31-15  Olavi: A very bad move, but it's easy to find worse from Kasparov. As for the Zaitsev, Karpov did get a couple of clearly won positions, only he couldn't convert; so it's not so surprising he kept trying.
Jul-31-15  Howard: Now, I can't believe that 27...Qa5 was really "the worst blunder" of Kasparov's career---that's a blatant exaggeration.

Just go back through his first four matches with Karpov, for worse mistakes.

For example, what about the 23rd game of their 1987 encounter ?! Surely, Kasparov's blunder around the 50th move was far worse !

Mar-05-16  RookFile: <Everett: That's one book. Kasparov called this the worst blunder of his career. >

The issue is not the book, but thanks for playing.

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  keypusher: <RookFile: <Everett: That's one book. Kasparov called this the worst blunder of his career. > The issue is not the book, but thanks for playing.>

You would be a better poster if you excised <thanks for playing> from your vocabulary.

You say it about 1% as often as you used to, so it shouldn't be hard to give it up entirely.

Mar-10-16  RookFile: This is a strange game because Kasparov would probably see in a 5 minute game that ....Qa5 is no good due to Nd5.
Dec-08-16  cunctatorg: Vintage Anatoly Karpov!
Dec-08-16  izimbra: Elevated engine note: Stockfish sees instantly that White wins quickly with <29.Be3> which is a lot better than <29.Kh1> though the latter keeps a nice advantage. It's hard to see, because <29.Be3 Bg5 30.Nf4 Qe5> or <30...BxNf4> and black looks superficially okay. But no, both of those are disasters for Black. In the first case, <31.Bd4> traps the Black Q for real, eve though 30...Qe5 is still what Stockfish would play!..Because <30...BxNf4 31.Rxf4 Qa3 32.Rf6> is the beginning of a positional collapse. Black's Q is way offside and out of play, the Be6 has nowhere to go, and White invades on the open f-file with Q+2R while the Black K has no hiding square.

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Dec-11-16  cunctatorg: Imho ... Karpovindian or Karpovidian!!
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