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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Rapid Match 25/10 (2002) (rapid), New York USA, rd 4, Dec-20
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-21-02  skakmiv: whyn didn't Kasparov try harder???
Dec-21-02  ChessPraxis: Funny question, shakmiv.

"This summer, Garry Kasparov, the chess grandmaster, played 34 games at once against teams of schoolchildren as part of a charity benefit in Manhattan. It took him just two and a half hours to defeat all of them. Even though some of his opponents were a fifth his age, Mr. Kasparov, 39, could not restrain his fabled glowers and glares.

"In one game, he was impatient when two 8-year-olds did not resign in a hopeless position. He rolled his eyes and shook his head whenever he reached their board. Finally, as he marched two pawns deep into his adversaries' territory, where he could soon promote the foot soldiers into queens, he blurted out, 'How many queens do you think I need in order to win?'"

Dec-21-02  PVS: <why didn't Kasparov try harder???>

"There is no cash prize for the winner, although each will get an appearance fee, said to be $50,000 for Mr. Karpov and $200,000 for Mr. Kasparov."

Dec-21-02  mdorothy: Exactly. You don't need to try your hardest and exhaust yourself when you won't get any extra money. He wants to save himself for whenever he goes to lose to Kramnik.
Dec-22-02  Sylvester: You should always play your best. Your honor is at stake.
Feb-04-03  Spitecheck: Why doesn't Karpov try harder??? These two know each other quite well by now, one might expect Kasparov to be a little blase about it, he has proven himself against Karpov in the last decade, he was probably disappointed that even half an effort was not good enough to be his old adversary. Fischer would probably give Kasparov a run for his money given his form in this match. Karpov is quickly fading as being regarded as a super GM anymore, usually it's the calculation that is the first to go in one's arsenal.
Sep-05-04  tomh72000: <why didn't Kasparov try harder???> He was beaten because he played badly, NOT because he didn't try.
Jul-05-06  s4life: <tomh72000: <why didn't Kasparov try harder???> He was beaten because he played badly, NOT because he didn't try.> Isn't it the same? ..besides, I think he lost simply because Karpov outplayed him.
Jul-05-06  RookFile: Well, in the final position in this game, I'm not sure why you call it a draw. It's not totally dead, and white does have a passed d pawn.
Apr-09-08  Waitaka: Kasparov looks very upset for loosing...

Apr-09-08  Waitaka: These guys knows what they are doing...

Analysis by Fruit 2.3.1, depth 16:

(-0.10) 28...Qxe8 29.h3 Nc4 30.a4 Be4 31.axb5 Qxb5 32.Nd2 Nxd6 33.cxd6 Bc6 34.Qa3 a5 35.Qa2+ Bd5 36.d7 Qxd7 37.Qxa5 b5 38.Qb6 Kf7 39.Qc5

(-0.13) 28...Bxe8 29.Qc3 Nc4 30.Bb8 b6 31.cxb6 axb6 32.Bg3 Bf7 33.Ne1 Qf5 34.Qb4 Qe6 35.Qc3 Bg6 36.Bf4 Qe2 37.f3 Bf5 38.d5

Tinny advantage for black.

Jun-22-09  akapovsky: Have you looked at Kasparov's face during the match?If that isn't trying I don't know what is ;)
Jun-22-09  WhiteRook48: tiny advantage. Surely that turns out in Karpov's favor
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