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Anatoly Karpov vs Vitaly Tseshkovsky
RUS Spartakiad (1983), Krasnodar
English Opening: Great Snake Variation (A10)  ·  0-1



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Apr-16-08  ToTheDeath: It's rare to see a sitting world champion so completely busted out of the opening as White.

White resigned since he's losing the a pawn by force.

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  Honza Cervenka: It was not Karpov's best day. Instead of 11.e3 which allowed Tseshkovsky to take over the initiative for free he should have calmly grabbed the Pawn after 11.dxc5 Na6 12.Nxa3 Nxc5 13.Nc4 etc. Black still has some activity there but white has a Pawn and definitely is not worse. After that Tseshkovsky outplayed him in great style. Also 22.Bxb6 was a mistake but the position was already difficult for white.
Jun-18-08  euripides: Goodness. I suppose this is the game every chessplayer dreams of - the game that validates the career, the day when you were the best in the world. What's particularly joyous is that karpov didn't lose to some tactical error, but by being completely nonplussed by the originality of Tseshkovsky's approach.
Feb-13-19  Chessdreamer: The source of this game? Was White really the world champion Anatoly Karpov?
Feb-13-19  Retireborn: <Chessdreamer> Good question. I cannot find any Karpov-Tseshkovsky games later than 1980, and it would be unusual for the then World Champion to a play a team event in Krasnodar.

Probably it's someone else with a similar name.

Feb-14-19  Chessdreamer: Thanks for your help, Retireborn!
Dec-04-21  Retireborn: Megabase assigns the white pieces to someone called Viktor Karpov, (b 1963)

At least it wasn't Anatoly Korchnoi!

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  HeMateMe: I guess the Tseshkovskys will have to retract those tales to the kids about how "your grandfather beat the world champion!"

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