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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov Blitz Match (2009) (blitz), Valencia ESP, rd 7, Sep-24
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: It's a bit surprising how long time it took Kasparov to win such an elementary ending like K+N+2P(g,h) vs K+N. For example, why not simply 68.h6+ Kh7 69.Kh5 with next g5-g6? I know that the game was blitz with increments which can explain a lot of useless moves here but still it wonders me.
Sep-25-09  percyblakeney: <I know that the game was blitz with increments which can explain a lot of useless moves here>

Yes, they were down to around five seconds each the last 30 moves or so, and 85. Nf5+ is another simple win Kasparov missed, even if he had a winning position throughout the endgame.

Sep-25-09  aazqua: Yeah, I saw 85 NF5+ immediately. Very unclear why Kasparov wouldn't take the opportunity to simplify and remove any possibility of error but I guess he probably felt he'd past the point of error 20 moves earlier.
Sep-25-09  aazqua: The more I look at this game the more it looks like Kasparov was just screwing around for the heck of it. I believe the draw rule is 50 moves without either a capture or a pawn advance, so he had all the time in the world.
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  Honza Cervenka: <85. Nf5+> Well, this is "tactical" possibility and with hanging flag such a thing is easy to miss. But to make quite planless moves instead of realization of fairly obvious winning plan is a mark of not just starring form.
Sep-25-09  kingsindian2006: A gm not playing in many years, and people expect him to be sharp in an endgame during blitz? come on now people, think alittle....
Sep-27-09  SetNoEscapeOn: I might agree with <aazqua> here. In blitz, some players will purposefully prolong the game in response to their opponent not resigning. That seems considerably more likely than Kasparov actually missing so many obvious moves: rusty or not, he could convert this position in his sleep.

Even in regular tournament games, I have seen people play out the most absurd positions only to have their opponents start promoting pawns to knights.

Aug-07-11  kasparvez: We have a video of this game which shows just how fast they played the ending out. And a win is a win:
Nov-11-17  LA MAN: I say despite ones experience that's what blitz chess moves with time pressure does when one is under pressure it sort of hypnotized the player. It does not mean to reflect on a players skill. One has to be that player alone who knows why they played as to what others observed. I have recently won and 18 move game by 2 pawns on the h 7 and g7 squares while the player fell for a swindle yet it was not game is on my archives there for one I won this nov. 2017. I call such in mind of blitz champs psychic chess their mind seeks out the final pattern it knows is there and unknown to them it just eventually falls in place position and or by mate draw or whatever they need at the time to be the winner.
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