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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), Lyon FRA, rd 14, Nov-26
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Richard Taylor: They were both in time trouble but Karpov may have had winning chances with 37 ... Rf2 despite some checks by Kasparov.
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  Richard Taylor: In the match with Anand the game deiviated with 9...g5! Then in the next Scotch Kasparov came up with another move...
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  Richard Taylor: I got that (slightly) wrong the game where Anand played 9 ... g5 was a draw and then there were no more Scotch openings in the Kasparov - Anand match.
Jun-12-08  ToTheDeath: "One of the best games which we played during this match." - Karpov.

Kasparov was critical 14.Qd2 and the ensuing complications- 14.Re1, winning back the pawn and playing for an endgame advantage was the corrrect strategy he said afterwards.

21...Ne4 22.f3? Nxg3! was a cute trap which Kasparov probably saw in a millisecond.

Karpov praised 32.Qf1 as an excellent defensive move in time pressure. The subsequent return of the exchange by Black ensured the draw.

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  Peligroso Patzer: This was the game in which Kasparov revived the Scotch opening, which had long been regarded as offering no real prospects for a meaningful White advantage. Although this hard-fought game ended in a draw, Kasparov collected a full point with the Scotch (after 102 moves!) in the next game of this match in which he played White: Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 .

Alekhine was among those who long since had written off the Scotch. In commenting upon White’s “singular” 6th move (6. Nd2) in this game: Tartakower vs Ed Lasker, 1924 , he sardonically wrote the following: “Predicated upon a few positional traps, it is not likely that it will open a new horizon for the sober and colorless Scotch opening.” (“New York 1924”, by Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises, Inc. © 2008, at page 128.) Although Alekhine seems to have been correct regarding 6. Nd2, his wholesale dismissal of the Scotch was less-well justified.

Jul-01-09  Knight13: <21...Ne4 22.f3? Nxg3! was a cute trap which Kasparov probably saw in a millisecond.> That move wasn't meant as a trap. It was simply the best move to go about Black's plan. And Karpov didn't mean it for Kasparov to fall in to it.
Jul-19-11  Ghuzultyy: Great game, very fun to analyse.
Mar-25-15  offramp: It's a pity Karpov didn't try out the famous 4...Qh4 variation. Kasparov would have known that Karpov wouldn't try it. It is not in Karpov's style at all - so perhaps he <should> have tried it?
Nov-05-20  Olavi: This is I think one of the very best games ever played in WC matches, if not the best, oddly ignored.
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  perfidious: In reference to the citation by <Peligroso>, Alekhine's view of the Scotch was nearly unanimously shared by strong players for decades, as Ljubojevic was the only top GM to play this who comes to mind from roughly the 1930s till this match, along with most other lines in the open games after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6.
Nov-06-20  Olavi: Timman played the Scotch a few times in the 80's.
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  perfidious: Timman barely counts; he played everything, including the Black side of the KID, which he held in low regard.

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