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Anatoly Karpov vs Gata Kamsky
Karpov - Kamsky FIDE World Championship Match (1996), Elista RUS, rd 1, Jun-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Byrne (Simagin) Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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May-28-05  Eatman: Karpov is extremely dangerous in middlegame/endgame with opposite color bishops as is shown here. Also, there is that famous game from 1985 KK match he won against Kaspy and I think there is a game against Lubo he won in seemingly dead drawn opposite color bishop endgame.
Jun-24-05  Poisonpawns: I think 12...b5!? is the main cause of blacks demise here.Although it is quite dynamic,and gets whites e pawn for the b pawn.The resulting weakness on blacks queenside is so great that the position is mere childs play for Karpov.Note the position on move 39.Rc4.Kamskys weakness on the queenside is uncurable,where Karpov has no exploitable weaknesses in his position.
Jan-12-07  buRnINGbeNd: 12. ...b5 is usually given a ! for the way it grabs the initiative and turns White on his heels. If I remember, once I get my Grunfeld book back, I'll post some analysis of this game.
Jun-20-07  nummerzwei: Kamsky may have lost this game, but I still like 7...Nc6. I think the idea behind it is great- develop pieces and play e5 when it is time to do so.

Were there alternative moves to 12...b5?

May-23-08  ezmerin: As Botvinnik said, there are two kinds of positional factors: static and dynamic. The dynamic ones, like strong initiative, open files or development can be decisive in the middlegame, but the statics: pawn weaknesses, material standpoint, passed pawns etc. often determine the endgame.

Kamsky, as the other modern players highly values dynamic factors, but clasically prepared Karpov drives his static advantages into endgame and scores full point.

Apr-30-11  bronkenstein: BTW 57.Bd5 was Karpovīs sealed move, therefore the part of the game .

Kamsky resigned without continuation, since white is ˝winning easily˝ , as stated in

Jun-22-13  csmath: 12. ... b5?! is not a good move and the main cause of pawn weaknesses but the most "incriminating" move is

20. ... Rfb8?

allowing white to put blockading knight on d3 which has continued the game with such a strength that can be called iron horse.

Black should have played

20. ... Qd7

and if white attempts to put knight on d3 with

21. Qd2


21. ... Nc4!
22. Qc2 ... Ne5

and now it is white that has vulnerable pawn on d5 that needs to be defended.

Karpov played nice positional game but Kamsky had quite a solid and better opening.

Jun-23-13  WiseWizard: Beautifully controlled.
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