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Anatoly Karpov vs Garry Kasparov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987), Seville ESP, rd 9, Nov-04
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Seville Variation (D87)  ·  1/2-1/2

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May-15-05  weepingwarrior: The Spassky Variation found it's way back to Karpov's Opening against Kasparov, who dubbed this " The Seville Variation" "Thanks Kasparov, for not only disrespecting Spassky, but also for being so self centered. At least Korchnoi is still active. Your retired!
Apr-27-06  thom: 57. ♕b7+ not ♕c7+
Apr-27-06  blingice: Yes, that does seem wrong.
Apr-27-06  scriabin369: Is 26. e5 ... possibly followed by 27. Ne6 ... 28. Qc1 ...

The plan being that Karpov may have to sac his pawn... though it may not actually be taken... gaining at least an attack on the out of position king

Sep-09-07  nelech: instead of 26 Nd5? 26 Nd3!was winning : 26 ...Nb6 27 Qd2 Kg7 25 Qb2+ Kg8 29 Qb3+ Kh8 30 Rf7
Oct-20-08  Brown: <nelech> Great find! Did you happen to look at 26..Qa3, because I think after the exchange of queens, white will put a rook on f7 with some pressure, but perhaps not enough to win. A long endgame will ensue, with white maybe a pawn up.
Jun-28-09  WhiteRook48: practically the entire match was contested after 14 Kxf1
Jun-30-09  Knight13: <practically the entire match was contested after 14 Kxf1> Until it became a drawn rook endgame on move 62.
Jun-25-13  csmath: Here Kasparov employed new approach with 14. ... cxd4 not happy with the way 5th and 7th game went even though he himself now thinks that 14. ... Qd6 was actually better.

But the real stinker here is the move they did not analize in his camp 21. ... e5?! in his typical active approach to defence.

This could have cost him the game. Kasparov himself has no comment for 24. ... Qd6 even though he had another (perhaps better) option 24. ... Qe7.

By the way on 26. Nd3! as suggested black is not forced to play 26. ... Nb6. Even if so 26. ... Nb6 27. Qd2+ Kg8 29.Qb3+ black does not have to play 29. ... Kh8? but rather 29. ... Nc4 which is what Kasparov suggested in his book on "Modern Chess - Part 3."

Nevertheless because of exposed kind black position is very difficult to hold and perhaps it is strategically lost but there was a possibility. Black would be forced to give a pawn and the best he could hope for is to enter rooks ending that way. Whether that would have been enough to win it is hard to say.

Karpov was surely relentless in those types of situations.

Aug-10-13  csmath: <The Spassky Variation found it's way back to Karpov's Opening against Kasparov, who dubbed this " The Seville Variation" "Thanks Kasparov, for not only disrespecting Spassky, but also for being so self centered. At least Korchnoi is still active. Your retired!>

I did not notice this originally but ...
I think it is really unwarranted comment, excuse me. Spassky did not invent "Spassky" variation either, it has been played by Tolush and Gligoric before Spassky and surely all of the richness of the variation has been expanded to these days.

Most of the times the variation names are given because of certain important events. In this case Sevilla match for WC was one of the greatest WC matches in the history of chess and thus this variation is rightly so christened with the proper name.

Dec-05-13  jrofrano: <csmath> Please provide a game where Bxf7 was played before Karpov played it in this world championship. I was unable to find anything other than some game between two guys I've never heard of Michaelsen and Wegner.
Dec-05-13  RedShield: See Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1955.

In <Kasparov vs Karpov 1986-1987>, Garry notes in Game 5:

<The capture on f7 surprised me, of course. All of us Soviet players grew up on <Kurs Debyutov> by Panov and Estrin, where in black on white it was written that 13.Bxf7+ (after the exchange of pawns on d4) 'does not give any advantage', and 'Black's position fully compensates for the sacrificed pawn'. The same verdict was given by Botvinnik and Estrin in their monograph on the Grunfeld Defence (1979) and by Karpov himself in the Yugoslav <Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings> (1976).>

Dec-13-13  jrofrano: <RedShield> I found that game a few days ago as well. Thanks for the information!
Aug-18-15  offramp: From what I remember, Karpov's score with the 12.Bxf7+ Seville variation is pretty bad.
Aug-18-15  Nerwal: <From what I remember, Karpov's score with the 12.Bxf7+ Seville variation is pretty bad.>

Well, games 5 and 11 of the Seville match were decided by terrible blunders. Karpov's best game in this line is probably the Belfort one (Karpov vs Kasparov, 1988).

Aug-18-15  offramp: <Nerwal: <From what I remember, Karpov's score with the 12.Bxf7+ Seville variation is pretty bad.> Well, games 5 and 11 of the Seville match were decided by terrible blunders. Karpov's best game in this line is probably the Belfort one (Karpov vs Kasparov, 1988).>

So what was Karpov's score with the Bxf7+ Grunfeld?

Jul-03-20  Howard: The final position was a win for White according to Stockfish ? That’s news to me.

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