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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
"Making a Bee Line" (game of the day Sep-17-2017)
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984/85), Moscow URS, rd 3, Sep-17
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  1-0

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Dec-21-09  M.D. Wilson: I wonder how Korchnoi would have fared if he had played this match against Karpov?
Aug-16-12
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  harrylime: Is Kasparov lost after 17...Bf5?

Or after 24.b4 .. I love this move btw

Super game from Karpov.

Aug-16-12  BishopTakes: Karpov is Positional master
Oct-23-12  Corry: One of best karpov's game... In this game his pieces are really untouchable from the beginning to the end . Kasparov try to attack like a child against his father ... sick!
Dec-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Karpov annotates this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...
Aug-21-14  coldsweat: I think "later games" might be a bit of an understatement -- it took Garry thirty two games to finally win one.
Oct-09-14  yurikvelo: <Anatoly Eugenievitch Karpov, aka Demolition Man> Hoidini-1st-line Man!!!
http://goo.gl/as5Dn6
Stockfish-5 analyze 28..32 plyes deep.
Feb-13-15  bennyvsfischer: 28.Rd7!
May-18-15  ToTheDeath: Yep, deadly accuracy and a Python like grip, all the hallmarks of Karpov at his best.
Sep-17-17
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  offramp:


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17. f2-f3! This tiny move wins the d-pawn and the game. One of Karpov's best games.

Sep-17-17  anjumskhan: at the end of the game, there is a line of pieces along the b file, hence the title "making the bee line".
Sep-17-17
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  MKD: What is the best continuation, if black plays Bc2?
Sep-17-17
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  offramp: <anjumskhan: at the end of the game, there is a line of pieces along the b file, hence the title "making the bee line".>

There is a similar position in Larsen vs Kavalek, 1979.

Sep-17-17
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  PawnSac: < MKD: What is the best continuation, if black plays Bc2? >

probably something like...

31. Bb6 Bxc2 32. Bxc7 Bxb4 33. Re8+ Bf8 34. Bc6 or Rb8 Nc5 35.Bd6 Ne6 36.Bc4 g5 37.Bxe6 fxe6 38.Rf8+

Sep-18-17
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  kevin86: Whites's minor pieces attack, black's cower.
Sep-18-17
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  kevin86: Doesn't a bee line begin with a buzz?
Oct-29-17
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  offramp:


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23... Rxb5!!
24. Nxb5 Bc4 ±.
That would have given Black some chances to save the game.

Mar-08-19  Momentum Man: Hi offramp!

After 28.Rd7, Black doesn't play 28...Bxc2

I assume that's because he didn't like 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Rxe7

But I am thinking Karpov could also play 29.Rxb7.

Then 29...Rxb7 30.Ra8+ Bf8 31.Bc5 threatens mate.

After 31...h5 32.Rxf8+ Kh7, White is down the exchange. So maybe there isn't enough compensation here.

Originally, I was thinking 31...h5 is answered with 32.Bd3, but writing this comment made me realize 32.Bd3?? is a horrible blunder because it's en pris to the Black Bishop on c2

Mar-10-19
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  offramp: <Momentum Man> I hadn't thought about this game in a long time.

Karpov played
16. Rad1!


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Kasparov thought for 50 minutes on his reply, 16...Na5, which gives up a pawn.

GK thought he would get enough piece activity to win the pawn back, but that didn't happen. Karpov was too good.
*****
Karpov played the final moves with great accuracy.


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26. Nc2.
The knight comes back into play with tempo because the ♗ on a2 is attacked.
26...Bd5.


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White has lots of available moves. Karpov plays one which seems to walk into a pin.
27. Rd1 Bb3
<Apart from ...Bxc2, Black intends ...Nd8.>
28. Rd7!
<The best move! It is not easy to see but the ♗b3 is in trouble and Na1! is threatened!>
28...Rd8
As <Momentum Man> says, 28...Bxc2 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Rxe7 is very bad for Black.
29. Rxe6 Rxd7.


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30. Re1! <He didn't miss Black's big threat of ...Rd1+.>
30...Rc7
31. Bb6.


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If now 31...Rxc2 32. Rxe7 Nd6...


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...and now 33.Bc5 or 33.Rd7 wins a piece.

Very accurate play. Karpov was at one of his career peaks at the start of this match.

Nov-18-20  fisayo123: Its rare to see Kasparov beaten so smoothly but Karpov makes it look easy here. In queenless middle games and endgames his play was characterized by an extreme precision that Kasparov needed time to adjust to. You can't just make any sort of slip against him or hope for any sort of mistake
Apr-22-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

According to the engines, Black ought to have played 21...Rxa6, with approximate equality and a likely draw as an outcome of the game. For example: 21...Rxa6 22.Bxa6 Be7 23.Nb5 (23.Rc1 also deserves attention) Nc6 24.Nc3 Be6 25.Ne4 Nb4 26.Be2 Rb8 (diagram below)


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In spite of having an extra pawn, White's chances of winning this ending would be very dim, almost inexistent even for an endgame genius as Anatoly Karpov, because all of Black's pieces are very well placed to prevent the advance of White's b2-pawn. Sooner or later the pawn would fall. The engines evaluate the ending as equal (SF13 gives a numerical evaluation of +0.33).

Apr-23-21  Gaito:


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WHITE TO MOVE

In this position Karpov played 22.Bc5. An alternative worthy of consideration was 22.Rd1, e.g. 22...Rxb2 23.Bc5! Bb3 24.Rd4 Bf6 25.Rxf6! Rxe2 (if 25...gxf6? 26.Rg4+ leads to a quick mate) 26.Ra6 Rfe8 27.Rxa5 with an easy win for White. Very likely Karpov refrained from entering into these complicated tactical variations because he always preferred to have everything under control. Naturally enough, for a machine 22.Rd1 is the "correct" move, but for a human being 22.Bc5, as played by Karpov, should be the safest course. Why bother to complicate the game when in front of you there is a young tactical genius?

Apr-23-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

It is not clear if Kasparov was short of time when this position was reached. The engine (SF13) suggests that Black play here 24...Nb3, and does not approve of the move 24...Nb7?

A likely continuation after 24...Nb3 could be 25.Rxe6 fxe6 26.Be3 Be7 27.Bd7 (equally good would be 27.Bc4) Bxb4 28.Bxe6+ Kf8 29.Nc2 Be7 30.Nd4 Bc5 31.Nf5 Bxe3+ 32.Nxe3 Nc1 33.Rxc1 Bxe6 34.Kf2 (see diagram below):


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This is the sort of ending where the advantage of a pawn is almost of no significance, and a draw should be the likely outcome.

Sep-30-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

According to the engines, Black ought to have played 21...Rxa6, with approximate equality and a likely draw as an outcome of the game. For example: 21...Rxa6 22.Bxa6 Be7 23.Nb5 (23.Rc1 also deserves attention) Nc6 24.Nc3 Be6 25.Ne4 Nb4 26.Be2 Rb8 (See diagram below):


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In spite of having an extra pawn, White's chances of winning this ending would be very dim, almost inexistent even for an endgame virtuoso as Anatoly Karpov, because all of Black's pieces are very well placed to prevent the advance of White's b2-pawn. Sooner or later the pawn would fall. The engines evaluate the ending as equal (SF14 gives a numerical evaluation of +0.33).

Sep-30-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

It is not clear if Kasparov was short of time when this position was reached. The engine (SF13) suggests that Black play here 24...Nb3, and does not approve of the move 24...Nb7?

A likely continuation after 24...Nb3 could be 25.Rxe6 fxe6 26.Be3 Be7 27.Bd7 (equally good would be 27.Bc4) Bxb4 28.Bxe6+ Kf8 29.Nc2 Be7 30.Nd4 Bc5 31.Nf5 Bxe3+ 32.Nxe3 Nc1 33.Rxc1 Bxe6 34.Kf2 (see diagram below):


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This is the sort of ending where the advantage of a pawn is almost of no significance, and a draw should be the likely outcome.

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