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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
Reykjavik Blitz (2004) (blitz), rd 2, Mar-17
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-14-05  Rocafella: Reykjavik... Lovely place, I stayed there a week ago, I was unfortunate as I didn't spot Fischer....:(
Apr-14-05  hintza: I would say that is quite fortunate...
Apr-14-05  Rocafella: why is that Hintza?
Apr-14-05  hintza: Well I would just be a little fearful of the man, that is all. I don't see what could really be gained by spotting him.
Apr-14-05  RookFile: This ending is a case where having
the bad bishop is not a big deal
when all your opponent has is the
good bishop. That happens a lot.

Now, if you had a knight for black
instead of a bishop.... white could
comforatably resign.

Apr-14-05  aw1988: I think the score may be incorrect: I do not see the point of Ne5. Perhaps it went Bxf3 gxf3 Ne5 Rfd1 Nxd3 Rxd3 etc.
Apr-14-05  fenno: <RookFile> I analyzed the endgame where the black bishop is replaced by a black knight in the game's position after black's 27th move using Fritz 8. I think it is still a draw, although black's position is better.
Apr-14-05  RookFile: I thought about this for a while,
with a knight for black instead of a
a bishop.

If there is a draw, it is a very
problematic on for white. What gives
him a chance is to advance his pawn to e4. The black knight is going to c4, where it can force the bishop to c1. Playing that pawn to e4 may
save white because it keeps the
black king out.

Apr-15-05  fenno: I mostly analyzed those altered endgame lines after 1.(28.)Kg3 f6 2.Kh4 e5 3.Bb2 g6 where white keeps his pawns on e4, e3 and f3 unless black makes a pawn move against them. I did not find a win for black.
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  offramp: Perhaps 14...Ne5 was played - perhaps the score is correct. In blitz it might have been missed by both players.
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  offramp: There is a transposition of moves. It should be: 14. Qe2 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Ne5 16. Rfd1 Nxd3 17. Rxd3...
Jun-07-05  acdc: The Chessbase Chess Database confirms that 14...Ne5 was played by Kasparov, but Karpov missed the simple 15.Nxe5. Which would have give white a win on the spot because black has no compensation for the piece.
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  offramp: <acdc: The Chessbase Chess Database confirms that 14...Ne5 was played by Kasparov...> Nowadays 5' games like this are not written out by hand; the computerized board keeps the score. So it does seem possible that Kasparov made probably the biggest howler in all the K-K games with 14...Ne5, although it is only a 5min game.
Aug-30-05  RookFile: Well, we can just add 14... Ne5 to the growing list of Kasparov blunders. To toss a knight out the window like that.... such dominance!
Aug-30-05  who: It's worth noting that Karpov missed it as well. And it was 5' chess. Your hero Fischer had blunders in 5' chess as well. See Fischer's annotations to the Herzeg Novi Blitz 1970 tournament (
Aug-30-05  acirce: <There is a transposition of moves. It should be: 14. Qe2 Bxf3 15. gxf3 Ne5 16. Rfd1 Nxd3 17. Rxd3...> This is most probably right. Certainly seems absurd to think a mutual blunder of that magnitude is more likely than a technical error, transposition errors in particular are not unusual.
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