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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984/85), Moscow URS, rd 26, Nov-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-11-08  Knight13: 20. Bxc6 bxc6 21. Qxc6 is better. Back-rank problem makes Black waste a move. Maybe not.... Still draws nvm.
Nov-10-10  Khairandish: Well done Kasparov!
Oct-29-17  offramp: Jonathan David Tisdall wrote, just before this game, for Reuters, and reprinted in <Moscow Marathon>, pages 164-166:

<Grumbles are now evident from the Soviet press, public and organisation. columnists are growing more cynical of the chain of draws with some amusing comments in various journals...

The strain of this match is beginning to show on Kasparov, however. He is noticeably thinner and appeared fatigued at the start of play today, blinking and rubbing his eyes during the opening and looking physically restless. Karpov, despite concerns about his stamina, still looks composed and fresh, with few signs of nerves.
One final word about finance and the match. I have been informed that due to the spiralling costs of the event, much of the bid for the championship may be diverted to covering costs and the actual prize fund is about 70,000 roubles, divided 5/8-3/8 according to FIDÉ regulations.>

Oct-30-17  offramp: Tsdall also wrote in the same introduction for this game:

<Match officials were bemoaning the cost of running the event and these are truly staggering. Besides being used for the lying in state of national leaders, the Hall of Columns in the House of Trade Unions is, in more cheerful times, one of the most popular concert venues, and block-booking the site is costing the USSR Chess Federation 7000 roubles a day (roughly equivalent to £7,000). Also, <the hall was only booked to the 20th of November> in hopes of a match of normal duration, and with today's game it is rumoured that rates would increase as scheduled entertainments are bumped and cancelled as the marathon continues.

Ticket prices for the championship are fixed at an unusually low level from 50 kopecks to 1 rouble 60, and at such bargain prices members of the organisation here tell me a maximum of 22% of ground costs can be met by gate receipts. There are, after all, various expenses and a huge staff as well.>

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