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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995), New York, NY USA, rd 12, Sep-29
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-13-05  dragon40: The 12th game of the 1995 WC Match.

Here, Anand switched from his more commonly played Open Variation in the Ruy Lopez and chose the Archangel Variation of the Lopez. This was a well-fought game, with both players giving it good effort and a good fight. After the game, several GM's in the Press Room criticised Kasparov's technique, saying it was sloppy and Ilya Gurevich in particular was quoted as saying "Karpov would have won this game" In their defense, this was the final game of the 3rd week of the match, and both players were understandably tired . From the final position, this primary variation was given as to why the game was agreed drawn: <44.Rh8, h3; 45.Kc4, h2; 46.a5, Ra1; 47.Rxh2, Rxa5 and it is a theoretical draw>.

Nov-29-05  morphyvsfischer: Kaspy doesn't like 4 Bxc6 dxc6 since, of course, 5 Nxe5?! Qd4 regains the pawn w/ advantage.

Curiously, no 5...Be7 has been seen in the 1995 W.C. match, among the few w/out it.

6...Bb7 has been crushed by Anand before.

12...Bc8 13 Bg5 Qg6 looks resonable.

15...Bxe3 16 fxe3 looks better for White: ...Bc8 17 Qd2 Be6 18 Nd4 Qe7 19 Nf5 Bxf5 and since 20 exf5 Qf6 clogs the kingside up, I like 20 Rxf5.

18 Bxc5 dxc5 19 Bxe6 Qxe6 and the d3 pawn is weaker than the doubled, isolated c-pawns.

21 Qd5 Qxd5 22 exd5 Rb8 23 Rb4 c5 24 dxc6 Nxc6 and white has no advantage. The b-file cannot remain controlled by White.

23...Rxb4 is correect: 24 Rxb4 Kf7 and white can't make progress.

25 d4 is premature: ...d5 26 exd5 exd5 27 dxe5 Rfe8 regains the pawn.

29 c4! is best. ...g4 30 hxg4 Nd8 31 Ra7 Rxg4 32 Rb2 is clearly better for white.

31 hxg4 is correct: both ...Rxg4+ 32 dxc6 e4+ 33 Kc2 exf3 33 gxf3 Rxf3 34 Rxc7 and ...e4+ 32 Kxe4 Nd8 33 Ra7 Rxg4+ 34 Kd3 Rxg2 35 Nd4 Nf7 36 Nc6 are clear advantages for White.

36 Ra7 is a draw as well: ...Rh4 37 Re1 38 Rxa6 Ra2 and black's nice h6 pawn outweighs the extra c3 pawn.

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