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Anatoly Karpov vs Sam Greenlaw
Simul, 25b (1977) (exhibition), Washington, D.C. USA
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  0-1

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Apr-07-21
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  MissScarlett: Anyone know something of the circumstances of this game? I don’t think Karpov was in the US in 1977.
Apr-07-21
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  HeMateMe: If Greenlaw played the Greenblatt Program would the winner have greener pastures?
Apr-07-21
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  beatgiant: <MissScarlett> Here's a source that claims he was. https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2...

"In the late 70s, Anatoly Karpov came to Washington, DC for a tournament and gave a simultaneous exhibition. Clayton was on one of the boards and gained a hard-fought draw."

The source gives this link to the Karpov-Kennneth Clayton game, with venue listed as "Maryland Simultaneous Exhibition, 1977."

https://thechessdrum.net/palview2/k...

Apr-08-21
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  MissScarlett: <<Karpov reports that he and Fischer subsequently met in Asia in 1976, but that a match still could not be arranged.>

They met twice more. In August/September 1976 in Cordoba, Spain, (Karpov was playing locally at an tournament in Montilla), and in or around October 1977 in Washington DC.>

Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (kibitz #2155)

Apr-08-21
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  MissScarlett: There was a FIDE Congress in Caracas in mid-October 1977 at which possibilities for a Fischer-Karpov match were discussed. Afterwards Karpov flew to New York, so one can assume his meeting with Fischer in Washington took place shortly. Because of Fischer's sensitivities, maybe the trip was kept out of the press.
Apr-08-21
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  MissScarlett: <Afterwards Karpov flew to New York....>

In a plane, I mean.

Apr-08-21
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  Retireborn: Well hang on - if he literally flew that could well be the reason Fischer didn't want to play him.
Apr-08-21
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  MissScarlett: By 1977, Bobby was getting into his <satanic secret world government> phase, so getting him to Washington D.C., the belly of the beast, was an achievement in itself.
Apr-08-21
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  perfidious: While no biographical info is given at the page for Greenlaw, he was already a master and helped the Washington Plumbers win the National Chess League title the year before this game was played.
Apr-08-21
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  MissScarlett: OK, I've got the details now, but will hold off a while.
Apr-08-21
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  HeMateMe: I think Karpov was also in America to try and make a little money. He was endorsing those crappy stand alone chess computers about the same time Kasparov was. People of a certain age remember them: Mephisto, Fidelity, Sargon...I think Mephisto played at about 1400 and cost $300. A lot of money, 40 years ago.
Apr-15-21
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  MissScarlett: Baltimore Sun, October 11th 1992, p.7G:

<Flashback (20 years of chess coverage) - My first encounter with Anatoly Karpov, world champion of 1975-'85, came 15 years ago at the Capital Hilton in Washington.

Mr. Karpov was playing 25 boards in a $20-a-board simultaneous exhibition arranged by his friend, Lubosh Kavalek of Reston, Va. Fifteen of Mr. Karpov's opponents were among the highest-ranked players in the area.

(I have a photo here. Mr. Karpov is contemplating a move. John Meyer of Northern Virginia is in the foreground. The venerable Oscar Shapiro of Washington is three boards down the table.)

Notes on the occasion, with some revisions: Mr. Karpov won 19, drew 5 and lost 1. He looked at each face in turn, then the position. In five seconds or less he moved a piece or captured with a decisive, graceful sweep of the hand and moved on.

He wore a blue suit, by no means drably cut. (Looking back, I must have meant that as a knock at Soviet tailoring. By then, however, Mr. Karpov was a world traveler and could purchase suits wherever he went.) Straight dark blond hair. Expression clear-eyed, sober. Slight stature (a definite understatement). No nervous tics.

More than 160 people were crowded around four tables forming a square, some standing on chairs, all watching with a concentration comparable with that of the players.

Soviet security personnel permeated the room. I had a briefcase, and it attracted glares. Mr. Kavalek shushed the audience, not realizing that one of the offenders was Anatoly Dobrynin, Soviet ambassador to the United States.

The opposition folded rapidly. Mr. Karpov shook hands, smiled graciously and in some instances signed score sheets. But he did not speak, although his English was said to be adequate (more than adequate I would acknowledge later). He had declined interview requests.

The explanation was that he had not been on an official visit to the United States and that he wanted time to sightsee.

Sam Greenlaw, a likable Floridian who had launched a computer-systems firm near Washington, was the only one to topple the champion in four hours. (Brothers John and Gene Meyer, Ken Clayton, Harvey Bernard and Robert Joynt came away with draws.)

"I played an old, old opening," Mr. Greenlaw said, "the Meran variation of the Slav Defense. If you play really wild stuff, the person giving the simul is going to have a problem because he lacks time."

Mr. Karpov seemed reluctant to sign Mr. Greenlaw's score sheet but he finally did and looked unfatigued in earning $250 an hour.

The day after the simul a reader called and said he had seen someone in the hotel lobby who looked remarkably like Bobby Fischer, the American world champion who had refused to defend his title in 1975, which gave the crown to Mr. Karpov. Mr. Fischer had been incommunicado for some time; my initial reaction was doubt. Why would he come all the way from California to meet a person whom he must have regarded as a pretender to the throne?

But in his autobiography, "Karpov on Karpov," Anatoly confirms he met Mr. Fischer in Washington in 1977 (almost certainly at the time of the exhibition) to negotiate conditions for a match. An agreement seemed set, but, Mr. Karpov said, Bobby ultimately backed out.

I met Mr. Karpov on a number of occasions, later, in Europe and on the West Coast. My opinion of him, critical at the outset, changed. But then so have the circumstances. No one needs to look at the world any longer through Cold War-colored glasses.>

Apr-15-21
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  MissScarlett: The author is Edwin Albaugh:

<Mr. Albaugh worked in print journalism as editor and/or writer for 30-plus years (Baltimore Sun, Washington Star, U.S. News & World Report). Weekly chess columns appeared in The Sunday Star, The Sunday Sun and The Washington Times. He contributed to Chess Life (1986 Chess Journalist of the Year) and New in Chess.>

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/f...

Mention of the draw with Clayton suggests this game was played on the same occasion: Karpov vs K Clayton, 1977

Apr-15-21  Brown: < Mr. Karpov seemed reluctant to sign Mr. Greenlaw's score sheet but he finally did and looked unfatigued in earning $250 an hour.>

An amusing sentence

Apr-15-21
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  perfidious: A sum of $1k for four hours' work: nice git back in 1977. Must have been $500 as an appearance fee and $500 at 25 boards for $20 a whack.
Apr-15-21  Brown: <perfidious: A sum of $1k for four hours' work: nice git back in 1977. Must have been $500 as an appearance fee and $500 at 25 boards for $20 a whack.>

Four hours, with lots of positions...

We’re fortunate to have some of your first-hand chess experiences shared here at CG.

Apr-15-21
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  perfidious: I was not at this simul, though--been to that area here and there across the years, but never played chess or poker while visiting.
Apr-15-21  SChesshevsky: Seems kind of sporting of Karpov to go with the possible 5. Bg5 complications in a semi-slav. Especially when I don't think it was his preferred response. Though not sure in his younger days.

In simuls, usually expect drier, more comfortable opening positions requiring less thought and calculation.

Maybe figured he'd give them their money 's worth.

Apr-15-21  Brown: < perfidious: I was not at this simul, though--been to that area here and there across the years, but never played chess or poker while visiting>

Yes, but you know the typical formats.

The only simul I was a part of was over at the Marshall vs Jay Bonin back in 2008 or so

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