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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984/85), Moscow URS, rd 30, Dec-05
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-11-08  Knight13: 17. Rc7 Rab8 18. Qxc6 Qxc6 19. Rxc6 Rxb2 20. Rc7 Rc2 White maks no progress with "A rook on seventh rank."
Aug-18-08  hicetnunc: Does anybody know the context of this game ? It looks like Kasparov didn't push very hard.
Sep-14-08  Alphastar: <hicetnunc> the game was part of the Karpov-Kasparov 1984 world championship match, the goal being the first to score 6 wins, so a draw is always an acceptable outcome of a game; also, Karpov was leading 5-0, so any slip was fatal. Last but not least, Kasparov was switching from a d4-repertoire to an e4-repertoire (at least, I think so).
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  HeMateMe: this was part of the "Rope-a-Dope" strategy for Kasparov, in the first KK match in '84. The rope was the quick draw, and the dope was, well, you know.....Down 5-1 Kaspy "deliberately set out to draw quickly with white" (as he said in a later interview) to fatigue his less robust opponent by stretchin the match into an indeterminable length.

And it was working, as Karpov erred, lost a game, another 9 or so draws occurred, and then, in a bad adjourned position, "Karpo-manes", then President of FIDE, ended the match, claiming that both playes were so fatigued, they might injure themselves, or some such nonsense.

Of course everyone knows about this. But it was very interesting in the 1980s, actually following the match each day, and seeing the tension build up. Karpov was using up all of his postponements, and his game was faltering. You could just feel the tension, as the young turk was gaining.

It seemed to be a special match, as the mighty Karpov, who had ruled chess, for ten years, might be supplancted by a very different type of person.

The match seemed to mirror the times, as Gorbachov had taken power in Russia, and pestroika was the word of the day. Karpov had had the backing of the corrupt Brezhnez era, and Kasparov seemed to be part of a larger change in Russia.

Mar-28-09  AnalyzeThis: Lev Alburt said it wasn't really about the fatigue. It was about the steriods Karpov was taking. They could have drawn each game in two moves, and Karpov was on his way to a crash. That's what Kasparov had to hold out for.
Jul-02-09  Knight13: 21...Nxe8 and I believe Black has a slight advantage.

10...Nb4 is better.

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  Fusilli: <<AnalyzeThis> Lev Alburt said it wasn't really about the fatigue. It was about the steriods Karpov was taking.>

Interesting. Do you remember the source? (I know the source is Alburt, I mean where you read it.) Alburt had been exiled for years already, and I wonder how he would have this insider info on Karpov.

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  chancho: It wasn't steroids. Alburt said that Karpov was taking stimulants. How Alburt knew this considering he left the USSR in 1979 (to live in the USA) and could not possibly be in the know as to what Karpov was doing in 1984, makes his accusations ring rather hollow imo.
Jan-20-10  I play the Fred: Chessplayers talk. Just because Alburt didn't live there doesn't mean he didn't talk to Soviet Grandmasters who might have known something. Now, are the claims true? Who knows? But I think it's possible Alburt could have found out.
Jan-20-10  Chessdreamer: The move-order of this game should be 6..Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Re1 Bg4.
Jan-30-10  SirChrislov: <Chessdreamer> Nice games collections where both sides fight down to bare kings.
Dec-07-11  Caissanist: I remember reading Alburt's article at in <Chess Life> at the time. Written at a time when Karpov was leading 5-0, he claimed to base his conjecture on the fact that Dr. Vladimir Zukhar, who had worked for Karpov in previous matches, was now part of Kasparov's delegation; according to Alburt, this indicated that he was working with Kasparov to exploit Karpov's extensive use of "powerful stimulants".

I remember thinking at the time that Alburt was likely ingesting some controlled substances himself, since it seemed too much like a wild conspiracy theory. But the outcome of the match made him look a lot more credible.

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  FSR: Those Lev Alburt articles were bizarre. Before every match between Kasparov and Karpov, he would claim that Kasparov had gotten much stronger and was going to crush Karpov like a bug. That never happened, of course. Kasparov's 13-11 in the 1985 match was his <largest> margin of victory. In later matches, it was one point, or even zero points.

Alburt had defected from the USSR in 1979 and obviously was <not> the world's most objective observer.

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  HeMateMe: There are just two Kasparov/Alburt games in the database. This one is terrific, a KID, GK swaps his queen for three pieces and strangles Alburt in the middle of the board.

<Alburt vs Kasparov, 1982>

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Karpov thought for 40 minutes before deciding on 10. dxc4.

The main alternative is 10...Bxf3, with which Karpov had previously won in E Lobron vs Karpov, 1983.

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