Kasparov vs Karpov
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[Event "World Championship"] [Site "?"] [Round "20"] [White "Kasparov"] [Black "Karpov"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C70"] [Opening "Spanish: 4.Ba4"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 12. a4 h6 13. Bc2 exd4 14. cxd4 Nb4 15. Bb1 c5 16. d5 Nd7 17. Ra3 f5 18. Rae3 Nf6 {This was not known to the chessplaying public at the time but I was prepared for it. 18...f4 19.R3e2 Qf6 20.e5 18...Nb6} 19. Nh2 {I made this move almost instantly, demonstrating to Karpov that I was the one who had the opening under control. At this point White, speaking objectively, has a clear advantage, with more active pieces.} 19... Kh8 {19...fxe4 20.Nxe4 Nbxd5 21.Nxf6+ Nxf6 22.Rxe8 Nxe8 23.Qd3} 20. b3 bxa4 {20...c4 21.bxc4 bxc4 22.Nxc4 fxe4} 21. bxa4 c4 { This takes control of the d3-square.} 22. Bb2 {My plan is simple. I want to attack, attack, attack! Karpov should have completed his development now with 22...Rc8, but instead he panics and releases the tension in the center.} 22... fxe4 { 22...Rc8 23.Rf3 fxe4 24.Nxe4 A very messy position with unclear complications.} 23. Nxe4 Nfxd5 {23...Nbxd5 24.Bxf6 Nxf6 25.Nxf6 Rxe3 26.Rxe3 Qxf6 27.Qc2} 24. Rg3 {I am really putting on the pressure. Black's next move is necessary to defend the weak squares on the sixth rank.} 24... Re6 { 24...Nd3 25.Bxd3 cxd3 26.Qh5} 25. Ng4 {25.Nf3 Qe8} 25... Qe8 {But here Karpov goes astray. Still, it is hard to find a good defense. 25...Nd3 26.Bxd3 cxd3 27.Nxh6 Rxh6 28.Ng5 Qd7 29.Re6} 26. Nxh6 c3 { 26...Rxh6 27.Ng5 Qh5 28.Kh2 There is no defense for Black.} 27. Nf5 cxb2 28. Qg4 Bc8 {Black has an extra piece and an advanced passed pawn, but his king is still in serious danger. In fact, there is no defense.} 29. Qh4+ {29.Nxg7 Rxe4} 29... Rh6 { 29...Kg8 30.Ng5 Rxe1+ 31.Kh2 Bxf5 32.Bxf5 Rh1+ 33.Kxh1 b1Q+ 34.Bxb1 Qe1+} 30. Nxh6 gxh6 31. Kh2 {31.Nf6 Qxe1+ 32.Kh2 Bg7 (32...Qe5) 33.Qxh6+ Bxh6 34.Rg8+ 31. Nxd6 Qxe1+ 32.Kh2 Qe6} 31... Qe5 {31...Ra7 32.Nf6 Qf7 33.Re8 Nxf6 34.Qxh6+} 32. Ng5 Qf6 33. Re8 Bf5 34. Qxh6+ {34.Nf7+ Qxf7 35.Qxh6+ Bh7 36.Rxa8} 34... Qxh6 35. Nf7+ Kh7 36. Bxf5+ Qg6 37. Bxg6+ {37.Rxg6 Ne7 38.Rxe7} 37... Kg7 38. Rxa8 Be7 39. Rb8 a5 40. Be4+ Kxf7 41. Bxd5+ 1-0
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WhiteKasparov
BlackKarpov
Game
Moves41
OpeningC70 — Spanish: 4.Ba4
Result1-0
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Tournament
TournamentWorld Championship
Location?
Round20