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Teimour Radjabov vs Anatoly Karpov
Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Sep-08
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Petrosian Attack (E12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-30-04  horticulture: It's funny that the whole world went wild as Radjabov beat Kasparov, but when he beats Karpov in a slightly more legitimate fashion, no one notices. Remember that Karpov was still the world's undisputed #2 until 1995, and that his rivalry with Kasparov is of a far greater magnitude than the Kasparov-Kramnik one. I confess, however, that this is a judgement call--
Apr-30-04  acirce: Probably because Kasparov is a significantly better player than Karpov today. This was in 2002. Besides, "undisputed #2" until 1995? I don't find the FIDE rating lists from those years but what about Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Anand?
Apr-30-04  PinkPanther: This game was also rapid, which unquestionably takes a lot of the significance away.
May-19-04  csmath: I bet Karpov was not happy with his 27th move. This was to lose the advantage. Radjabov still makes one more error and Karpov returns the favor in 30th move Kh7. 30. ... Re8 would put Radjabov on ropes since it cuts off his tactical initiative. Once that mistake was made there was no hope and Radjabov executes beautifull final attack with fireworks.
May-19-04  Everett: Karpov was either #2 or #3 until '96, when he started sliding slowly but surely out of the top ten. Now he's in tne 20's, yes?

Certainly if Karpov lost to very young GM li Radjobov between 75-95, it would be big news.

Feb-23-06  waddayaplay: the annotation says gamescore is incomplete. However, black is lost after 35.e7+, so he can't have played on much longer.
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  Honza Cervenka: According to's database the finish after Radjabov's 34.Bxg6 was a little bit different: 34...fxg6 35.Qxg6 Re7 36.h5 Kf8 37.Bxe7+ Qxe7 38.h6 Bf6 39.Kh1 1-0
Jun-11-06  Whitehat1963: The annotation says the gamescore is incomplete?? What is the reply? 35...Rxe7 36. Bxe7+ Qxe7 37. Rxe7 Kxe7 38. Bxf7

Now what?

Jun-11-06  crafty: 35. ... ♕xe7 36. ♗xe7+ ♖xe7 37. ♖xe7 ♔xe7 38. ♗xf7   (eval 8.07; depth 14 ply; 150M nodes)
Mar-12-08  computer chess guy: ♗xg6 is probably winning, but Black can put up a longer fight by taking the Bishop with fxg6. Crafty prefers 34. fxg7+ to ♗xg6 with transition to a favorable endgame: 34. exf7+ ♕xf7 35. ♖xe8+ ♕xe8 36. ♗xg6 ♕d7 37. ♗xg7 ♕xg7 38. ♕xd5+ ♔h8, but whether this is really better or not I am not sure.
Jan-02-12  Xeroxx: incomplete? wut?
Jan-02-12  King Death: <horticulture: It's funny that the whole world went wild as Radjabov beat Kasparov, but when he beats Karpov in a slightly more legitimate fashion, no one notices...>

What do you mean by "legitimate"? Like Kasparov beating Polgar in the "Mano de Dios" game? It looks like the kid took down the old master in this one. Maybe Radjabov should just beat Karpov illegitimately next time.

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