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Viswanathan Anand vs Anatoly Karpov
Candidates Match (1991), Brussels BEL, rd 3, Aug-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Variation Exchange Line (B11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-12-06  offramp: A tremendous example of Karpov's defensive abilities. He played the best possible move over and over agin and got a draw in the end. Anand seemed to have Karpov's disease of wanting to win with everything in hand, winning without allowing the opponent any counterplay whatsoever. But few platers are able to do that; nor is it always desirable. Giving the opponent counterplay may speed up the winning process, as Kasparov says, as long as you are willing to calculate variations in depth. Here Anand either would not or could not do that.
Dec-29-07  Ken MacGillivray: Anand could have won if he had played 45.Qd8 threatening both Qg5# or Qh4#. He probably discarded this move when he saw that 45 ... Rxf4 meets both threats. However white wins with 45.Qd8 Rxf4 46.g4 Rf2+ 47.Kg1 maintaining the threat of Qh4#
Dec-29-07  Jim Bartle: Right. Apparently his second (can't remember who) was tearing his hair out when Anand didn't play 45. Qd8. Anand missed two or three wins in this match, but kept it close before losing the final game with a bad error.
Dec-29-07  slomarko: if i'm not mistaken his second was Gulko.
Dec-29-07  Jim Bartle: If in fact it was Gulko, then my use of "tearing his hair out" was a poor choice of words.
Dec-30-07  slomarko: don't worry maybe in the mean time his hair has grown back.
Apr-13-09  Jim Bartle: It was Mikhail Gurevich.

Karpov complained bitterly that Gurevich worked with Anand for this match, claiming he was "loaned" by Kasparov (Gurevich had been working with him) to give Anand all his analysis to beat Karpov.

Karpov claimed, "This shows an absolute lack of morals. Never before did the world champion interfere in the qualification cycle."

Gurevich replied, in effect, I'm a free man and I can work for whomever I wish.

Oct-19-09  jonico: What you think about Qxa3?...It´s better than Rd7?
Oct-19-09  WhiteRook48: 48 Qf6+ and 49 Qh4+ are essentially forced
Feb-13-11  fixingguru: unbelievable how Anand didn't manage to win this game.

1) on move 40

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40.c6 looks winning easily. (Anand played 40.Qa8)

2) Karpov's 44...Qf7 was horrible (44...Rc7 seems to hold)

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in this position, instead of 45.Rf8 Anand was winning with the simple 45.Qd8 Rf4 46.g4

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Jan-17-15  Howard: The now-defunct magazine Inside Chess made the comment at one point in the game "Not even Karpov can save this position."

Guess what happened !

Jan-17-15  offramp: <Howard: The now-defunct magazine Inside Chess made the comment at one point in the game "Not even Karpov can save this position." Guess what happened !>

Was the magazine being published live?

Oct-18-16  Howard: No, back in 1991 there was no such thing as "live commentary".

The magazine did use the present tense, however, in that quoted sentence.

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