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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov Rapid Match (2009) (rapid), Valencia ESP, rd 2, Sep-22
Queen's Gambit Declined: Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31)  ·  1-0



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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov (2009)
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game in two parts:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Sep-23-09  martas: nimzo: line played by Karpov after 22. Nf6+ is the best option according to Fritz and it's loosing after some checks. All other lines loose quicker.
Sep-23-09  twinlark: Nice video, KC. Thanks.
Sep-23-09  luzhin: I think Karpov had to play 21...Ne5, keeping that piece at least in the vicinity of his K-side. As played, it was virtually Kasparov's entire army vs Karpov's King, which is no contest.
Sep-23-09  virginmind: 25ply.
they've followed fritz line up to 27.Qh4, after which karpov played Re8 (instead of suggested f6):

Kasparov,G - Karpov,A, Match Kasparov vs Karpov 2009

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Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. (3.11): 22...gxf6 23.Qxh6 f5 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qf6+ Kg8 26.Rxf5 Ne4 27.Qh4 f6 28.Qxe4 Qe8 29.Qd5+ Kh8 30.Rc1 Re7 31.h4 Rff7 32.Rc6 2. (#4): 22...Kh8 23.Rh5 Qf4 24.Qxf4 gxf6 25.Qxh6+ Kg8 26.Qh7#

(me, Iasi 23.09.2009)

Sep-23-09  brucejavier: wow to me kasparov will always be the best player ever lived!! nice games, nice to see that he still has the touch!
Sep-23-09  TheChessGuy: <Udit Narayan> They say the same thing, only the one from 1985 is written in the Cyrillic alphabet, used to write Slavic languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, etc. After all, that match did take place in Moscow.
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  grkoste: A dose of truth serum is slipped into Kasparov's drink just before the big interview:

"But what made you decide to be a trainer for this young Skandinavian talent Magnus Carlsen?"

--Magnus has brought himself 99.75% of the way toward becoming the world champion. I figured that by helping him with that remaining 0.25% I could get, say, 50% of the credit.

--Also, there were things I still had not accomplished in chess. By decapitating the WCC-process in 1993, I essentially destroyed the reason for staging a zonal-interzonal-candidates match system and so it was discarded. By jilting Intel and accusing IBM of cheating I got rid of two big-bucks sponsors and discouraged others for a decade. By forming, then bolting my own rival chess organization I cut the legs out from any serious challenge to FIDE's corruption and idiocy.

--But there is still much work to be done and I may take a few moments from my campaign (of destroying the Russian government) to devote to destroying what's left of the organized chess. The rebuilding (of Russia and of chess) are trivial matters which I will leave to others.

Sep-23-09  tivrfoa: Thanks for sharing <grkoste>. Kasparov seems a little mad. Do this remember you of other chess player? =)
Sep-23-09  Ulhumbrus: 10..h6 not only disturbs the King side pawns, but this choice weakens the White squares. As White's black squared bishop has been exchanged, this suggests 10...g6, if Black must advance a King side pawn.

Here is one variation after 13..f5 instead if 13...b6 : 14 Nf4 Nf6 15 f3 b6 16 Rde1 c5 17 e4 fxe4 18 fxe4 dxe4 19 Nxe4 Nxe4 20 Bxe4 Rb8 21 Bh7+ Kh8 22 Rxe7! Qxe7 23 Ng6+ Kxh7 24 Nxf8+ Kg8 25 Qh7 mate

At move 24 if White plays 24 Rxf5 at once, this frees Black's f7 pawn to advance to f6, after which the R on a7 can cover the second rank. However if White's Q is placed on f6 instead of on h6, she blockades the f7 pawn, so that Black cannot answer the move Rxf5 with ...f6

Instead of playing 24 Rxf5 at once, with his Queen on h6, Kasparov first transfers his Queen from h6 to f6 without losing time by 24 Qg5+ Kh8 25 Qf6+ Kg8 and only now plays 26 Rxf5.

Now Kasparov threatens to bring his Rook to h8 without even losing a tempo by 27 Rg5+ Kh7 28 Rh5+ Kg8 29 Rh8 mate.

To answer that threat Karpov attacks the Queen by 26...Ne4 but after 27 Qh4 the attack continues with a winning double threat. White threatens both 28 Qxe4 and 28 Rh5. Karpov answers the first threat whereupon Kasparov carries out the the second threat by 28 Rh5 and wins.

Sep-24-09  percyblakeney: <Thanks for sharing <grkoste>. Kasparov seems a little mad.>

I think it is <grkoste> that got a little mad about the final combination, otherwise he would at least have made up and posted those quotes somewhere else than on this game page :-)

Sep-24-09  talisman: 21. ...Nc5?? ouch.
Sep-24-09  Ulhumbrus: 9..Nd7 obstructs the QB. 9...Be6 gets the QB out.
Sep-24-09  AuN1: reminiscent of the spanish game from the early nineties where kasparov sac'd the knight on h6 i believe, and then obliterated karpov shortly thereafter. it seems like mr. karpov has some sort of blind-spot to some of those king-side attacks. i saw that move in about 2 seconds, and i'm not even very good.
Sep-26-09  Whitehat1963: Excellent late-in-the-week puzzle after 21...Nc5.
Oct-02-09  tranquil simplicity: Hi there! This is directed at AuN1. That is excellent observation on your part; the way Karpov seems to miss the sac's on the King-side. I believe this happens because Karpov's strength and concentration lies in quiet, very deep positional moves. Most GM's in the 70s,80s and 90s even earlier this decade could not match Karpov's positional depth! That is exactly why it took a DYNAMIC and CREATIVE GM like Kasparov to first match Karpov's strategic understanding and then using magnificent creativity with beautiful combinations, BLOW Karpov's positions out of water!! Without this TACTICAL aspect Karpov would have been a tough nut to crack.
Feb-01-10  KingG:

It's interesting how long Kasparov takes in the early opening phase. Considering it's a rapid game, and the opening can hardly of been a big surprise, you would expect him to bang the moves out in seconds.

Feb-23-10  eppel: herr kasparov?numero uno mondial!als chessplayer fur alles zeiten.
Apr-07-10  The Rocket: "It's interesting how long Kasparov takes in the early opening phase"

He is probably thinking long term what he intends to do even if they are in known theory at that time.. or he just doesnt want to rush too fast, to still keep a certain focus in the early stages.

But in any case he did not apear to play that slowly to me actually, you should see kramnik he usually takes 30 seconds to play his first move:) in classical chess.

Sep-06-10  SamAtoms1980: This youtube video is all kinds of wootzor.

Nov-30-10  hedgeh0g: Karpov was rightly punished. His ENTIRE strategy in this game revolved around exchanging pieces.
Dec-23-10  kevins55555: kibitz!
Dec-11-12  kontoleon: What if 22 ... Kh8? has and here force win?
Dec-12-12  Cyphelium: <kontoleon> 22.- ♔h8 23. ♖h5 and there's no defense to the threat of ♖xh6+.
Nov-15-20  Mehzinho: A short straightforward win for Kasparov this time. I made a short 7-minute video analysis this time.

I go over;
- The initiative
- The winning tactic
- What would have happened if the sacrifice was refused? - The finish,
- How it would have ended if Karpov would not have resigned in the final position. See below:

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