Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Anatoly Karpov vs Boris Spassky
Karpov - Spassky Candidates Semifinal (1974), Leningrad URS, rd 1, Apr-12
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  0-1



explore this opening
find similar games 42 more Karpov/Spassky games
sac: 21...Qxe5 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Olga is our default viewer, but we offer other choices as well. You can use a different viewer by selecting it from the pulldown menu below and pressing the "Set" button.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Jul-12-09  WhiteRook48: Karpov didn't predict something like "I'd lose to Fischer"
Jul-26-09  WiseWizard: Whats wrong with 10 fxe5 and 11 Nf5? In Botvinnik's book on Karpov's candidate matches before Fischer he says karpov didnt repeat this line until the 9th game just to avoid this position.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Is the ending that hopelss? R vs. Knight, only 4 pawns on the board, oppossing one anonther? For the world championship, seems that playing a few more moves and hoping for a mistake would be wise.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <HeMateMe>

But h5 pawn is very weak, and cannot be supported with with g4, for example 64 Qxd4 Rxd4 65 Kf3 (65 Nf5 Rf4+) Rh4

click for larger view

what can White do while Black walks his King to g5?

Apr-09-10  thegoodanarchist: <suenteus po 147: it looks quite even to me until well in the middlegame when Spassky gets those two connected passers on the queenside. Karpov dispatches then, but his play isn't as strong afterwards.>

Are you sure? It looks to me that Spassky traded the two passers for the Bishop.

Apr-09-10  Petrosianic: Actually, it looks like Karpov traded the Bishop for the two passers, but same difference. After 46. Qxa4, he loses either the Bishop or the Knight on f4. I don't think he had much choice, though, something was about to give. The exchange down ending with all the pawns on the kingside seems to have been the best hope to save it.
Apr-09-10  thegoodanarchist: Yes, the best practical chance.
Jan-09-11  Salaskan: "The worst happened: I caught a very bad cold. Before the beginning of the first game I did not feel too badly. My fever had subsided and my head had cleared. I chose a complicated line of play thinking I could handle any problems. Alas, I had overestimated my stamina. At the decisive moment my head began to spin.

(...) Paradoxically, it was the very first game that sealed Spassky's fate in this match. He had hardly reckoned on the possibility of winning the match easily, but after his relatively easy win in the first game he had formed a premature impression of my play in general." -Karpov

What would this decisive moment be? 16.Nb5 was an overconfident try at complication and Spassky stood better, but after some inaccuracies the position would've been equal with 28.Qh5+ defending b5 (+0.08). Karpov's Qf3+ looks like a simple blunder that gives black the connected passers and loses (-1.15), must have been due to a lack of concentration. Karpov's hypothesis that this became a psychological advantage is interesting though.

Mar-27-12  screwdriver: Oh, the days when Boris Spasky squished everyone like bugs.
Mar-27-12  RookFile: Just playing over this game, I think Karpov for the most part turned in an excellent defensive effort. Couldn't believe it when he was able to get both queenside pawns of the board, and he had a fighting change at holding the exchange down ending with pawns on the same side of the board.
Dec-23-12  Albanius: This game, the first of their 1974 match, was practically Spassky's last hurrah as a world championship contender. After this game, Karpov went 12-1 against Spassky (omitting draws) until Spassky won a game in 2006.

After 18..d5! 19 c3 "trapping" the knight could be met by 19..dxe4 20 Be2 Nd3 21 Nxd3 exd3 22 Bxd3 exf4 23 Bd4 and W may be OK: Pa4 is en prise, and 23..a3 can be met by 24 Qc1

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Discussions about Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) are like <The Undertaker in WWE>; you never know where or when or how or why they will suddenly turn up.

But one place they never seem to take place is at Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975)!

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Spassky's only victory over Karpov.
Sep-11-18  Howard: He also beat him in 1982, though.
Sep-11-18  Howard: Actually, to be fair, the 1982 encounter had just a one-hour time control---so HeHateMe is, basically, correct.
Mar-23-20  Chesgambit: @HeMateMe no
Mar-23-20  ewan14: Any conspiracy theories about Karpov deliberately losing ?

as in a recent , at the time , World Championship match

Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: to play the greatest 😎
Feb-17-21  edroche1111: 16.Qg1 is now played and is superior to Nb5.
Also 6.g4 (Keres attack) is now the best way.
Feb-17-21  W Westerlund: The Fischer mania, again.
But Karpov wanted to play the match. There were secret negotiations between Fischer and Karpov. Karpov's behaviour makes it clear that he wanted to play. Unless anyone believes that Karpov wanted to lose, he wanted to play the match to win, so he believed he could win it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <
Mar-23-20 ewan14: Any conspiracy theories about Karpov deliberately losing ? as in a recent , at the time , World Championship match>

What I assume ewan is talking about is Karpov throwing the game to discombobulate Spassky like Fischer supposedly did in 1972.

I don’t think the theory is worth a bucket of warm spit in either case.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Clement Fraud: This game is remarkably similar to a later one between Kasparov and Gelfand (Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1996). Could it really be that with correct play from both sides, this opening is losing from the outset (for the black position)?
Dec-27-21  Dionysius1: Where do you want to take the opening from to investigate? As you can see, Thomas the Tank E is fine with it up to move 25 and beyond - further than the opening.
Dec-27-21  Dionysius1: Is that why commentators talk about a player "going into the tank"? Brain, analogous these days to the computer engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, Tank? Otherwise it seems even dafter: what kind of tank are they supposed to go into: a water tank, a battle tank?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Clement Fraud: I think the chief difference - between the two games - is Kasparov's idea to delay deployment of his dark squared Bishop, and advance his King-side Pawns instead. In the Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1996 game, Black was compelled into e5xf4... after which White could recapture with gain of tempo.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 5)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Game 1
from WCC Index [Karpov-Spassky 1974] by Hesam7
from Boris Spassky's 400 Selected Games by jakaiden
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation
from MKD's Sicilian Defense Black by MKD
Boris Spassky's Best Games
by KingG
"an easy win" (BVS)
from Spassky: Getting out of Reykjavik by pawn to QB4
Candidates Semi-Finals Game #1
from Road to the Championship - Anatoli Karpov by suenteus po 147
One of notable games of sicilian opening
from tucak's favorite games by tucak
how to play the scheveningen
from fav Anand & Spassky games by guoduke
Game 83
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors Vol. 3 by Anatoly21
Candidates, Leningrad 1974 Rd.1
from Favorite Games from (1960-1979) by wanabe2000
The NY Times/Harold C. Schonberg Sept. 27, 1981, Sect. 6, p. 32
from Pubs by Year & Unconfirmed Source 1919 by fredthebear
+1 -4 =6 vs. Karpov (Candidates 1/2, Leningrad, 1974)
from Match Spassky! by amadeus
Karpov vs. the World Champions Decisive Games
by visayanbraindoctor
+4 -1 =6 vs. Spassky (Candidates 1/2, Leningrad 1974)
from Match Karpov! by amadeus
Match starts as most expected it to go
from Anatoly Karpov vs Boris Spassky Candidates Semif by Pravitel
Sicilian Def: Scheveningen. Modern Var (B83) 0-1Stockfish notes
from SmyslovV and SpasskyB Games by fredthebear
Chess Informant Best Games 1
by koinonia
Game 1 April 12
from Karpov - Spassky Candidates Semifinal 1974 by Tabanus
Spassky vs the World Champions Decisive Games
by visayanbraindoctor
from Starting Out: Sicilian Scheveningen by jakaiden
plus 54 more collections (not shown)

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC