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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 7, Mar-01
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Dec-13-05  szunzein: Spassky was one of the best; after all he always won when he really needed to (or almost)
Apr-10-06  Dres1: Im the best at marbles
Apr-10-06  Dres1: scratch that... i am the Greatest
Sep-27-06  T Ciddasselepoh: Spassky69 was clearly under the influence of strong alchohol when he made that statement. I hope he's better now.
Sep-14-07  intensifier: anand owns every single chess player except this kasparov which he has a head 2 head record of 8-23 quite incredible, and kasparov owns every1 except gulko which hes only played 4 times but i dont know about fischer can any1 tell me bout me, does he have a head 2 head record in which he is trailing?
Sep-14-07  bravado1: Fischer has an odd record against few players, but the most notable one is against Geller who beat Fischer 5 times losing only 3. He also tied Kortchnoi and Tal. The rest of the players who outscore Fischer played him in the very early stages of his career, or scored a victory in a single game they played, so they dont reaaly count. As to Spassky69's comment - this guy is either mentally deranged or was under influence of some suspicious substance.
Sep-14-07  Petrosianic: No, Fischer lost to Tal, 4-2. The database here says 4-4, but two of those Fischer wins were blitz games.

Two other people with winning records against Fischer are Dragoljub Janosevic, and the late, great, tragic Abe Turner.

Sep-22-08  VaselineTopLove: 57...Rc5 can be found by any patzer here!
May-12-09  shahjinan: anand blundered badly on move 57....and lost the chances of draws....

I believe Anand was made for making mistakes against Kasparov.....

Mar-20-10  rubicante: anand has no drawing chance, rc5 on move 57 is lost either, who could expect anand wont see so simple move??
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  Everett: Pressure. Would Anand have ever become world champ if Kasparov didn't retire? Probably, because age eventually effects everyone... but it is remarkable that Kasparov didn't lose a single game to Anand after '98.
Feb-18-11  KingG: <but it is remarkable that Kasparov didn't lose a single game to Anand after '98> And that was a rapid game. I'm pretty sure the last time Anand beat Kasparov in a classical game was in game 9 of their 1995 match, Anand vs Kasparov, 1995.
Jun-07-11  joelsontang: I think 46...Ra3 loses, compared to 46...f4, making use of the connected pawns and rook against the white king. I tried my best at this site, and I could find no win for white, even it seems white is the one who has to play carefully to hold the draw.

What do kitbitzers think???

Oct-27-11  serenpidity.ejd: Clap!clap!clap! As always a beautiful game by the chess genius. When Kas makes a sacrifice it is trouble for his opponent. And when did Kas go wrong when he makes sacrifices. In this case Anand was already losing when he took the bait. And by move 39. Rb5 Kas already knew he will win. Kas I think had seen the outcome in his mind already. The calculation must be very amazing.
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  Everett: See, the reason why Kasparov became such a great, great player, was because he learned throughout his career. Case in point, if the names and year were covered up, and we had to choose which WC played White in this game, what would be the guess.
Jul-06-12  Petrosianic: If I knew that a world champion played this, but didn't know which one, I'd guess Steinitz.

Just kidding. Actually, Karpov, Spassky or Smyslov would be my first guesses.

Sep-13-12  QueentakesKing: I recommend this game as an <End game Technique> lesson.
Oct-28-13  Riferrari: Amazing zugzwang at 57... Didn't see that one coming.
Nov-20-13  MarkFinan: I was recently told to study endgames, so I thought I'd start with a R+p v R+p game by arguably the greatest player of all time. Did Anand really learn nothing from game's like this?? I just don't get blacks 57th move!
Jan-28-14  joddon: completely crazy pawn ending .a war between the rooks and really no one had a chance but both were perhaps counting really fast the number of moves it would take to queen up.but suddenly kasparov just takes!!
Jul-02-15  1 2 3 4: Amazing technique by Kasparov.
Jun-10-16  jszigeti: bravado1: The Fischer-Tal thing is only an unfortunate accident of history. Every single one of Tal's wins comes from the 4-0 sweep at Bled 1959 when Tal was about to become world champion and Fischer was 16. If they had met more often later Tal would almost surely have a negative record in "classical" games against Fischer just like he has against almost every top Soviet player of the era. The record with Geller is a different story with games spread out across the 1960's. They only played 10 games. They were level 2-2 after the Curacao 1962 Candidates. Geller won three in a row between 1965-1967 (one in 60 Memorable Games), Fischer taking back one at the 1970 Interzonal, the last time he played outside of the WC matches. Geller's lead is the only one that stands up to scrutiny. A pity Geller did not get farther along (or end up paired in the first round instead of Taimanov) in the Candidates so that Fischer could have fixed that up with one of those 6-0 deals. Korchnoi eliminated Geller in the first round comfortably only to be cheated by the Soviets fixing the Korchnoi-Petrosian match, in the belief that Petrosian has the best chance of stopping Fischer (actually their best chance of stopping Fischer was clearly Spassky himself, who was up +3-0=2 at the time) even though Fischer had demonstrated that he had Petrosian's number at the USSRvWorld match (at which point they were even in career wins, Fischer running up a net +4 at the Candidates Final 1971). A Korchnoi match at that time would have been more interesting, even if less useful for evening up career totals.
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  perfidious: A fine technical display by a champion better known for his attacking prowess, and a reminder that great players are not so one-sided as some would believe.

<Spassky69....Anand....studied so hard over that last year he knows so much more than (Kasparov) learned in (his) entire 20 year reign of (sic) World Champion....>

This snippet is even more comical than the constant attempts by posters here to denigrate Anand's career, mostly since he became champion.

<....Although you beat Anand 22 times to 8 you are inferior to Anand who after winning tons of rapid chess that doesn't count will overcome you this year since he knows so much more than you.>

Aside from being plain wrong, guess your crystal ball failed this trip, inasmuch as Kasparov retired from top chess several months after your post.

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  g15713: Position after White played 57. Kf3
Black to play

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57... Rc5! 58. Kxf4 Rxh5 leads to a tablebase draw according to Shredder while 57...Kh8?? was a blunder

Found some analysis by GM Alterman and J.Doss on this game

See the following link as a reference:


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  plang: Anand lost two tough, theoretically drawn rook endings in this tournament; this one and one against Leko. The one against Leko was really tricky; this one is a little harder to understand. The punishment of 57..Kh8? doesn't seem that hard to find.
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