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Karpov – Kasparov 1985 Match Game 4

  • NM GreenLaser
  • | Aug 27, 2011
  • | 8429 views
  • | 26 comments

In 1985, Anatoly Karpov was challenged by Garry Kasparov in their first championship match with a fixed number of games. Instead of an unlimited match, which was stopped when they played the year before, there would be only 24 games. In this match, Kasparov won games 1, 11, 16, 19, and 24. Karpov won games 4, 5, and 22. In the last game with Kasparov ahead 12-11, Karpov needed to win to tie the match and keep the title. Karpov did not win or draw. Their rivalry would continue in additional matches as they remained the top two players.

I have selected game 4, won by Karpov, to examine. The opening was a line of the Queen’s Gambit Declined that was played four times in the match. Each player had the white pieces in two of those games. Only game 4 was decisive. The other three games are included in the notes. In this game, Kasparov equalized and was tripled on the c-file. Each side had three major pieces and opposite bishops. Kasparov did not play with the required correctness and gave Karpov chances to outplay him. Both kings were potentially at risk, but Karpov better exploited his possiblities, won the game, and tied the match.


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  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    wissem88 wrote, "i'm learning now" I glad that this article helped you to learn. I have to say that I am still learning.

  • 3 years ago

    wissem88

    i'm learning now

  • 3 years ago

    losenwin456

    the 2 K's are the greatest, no doubt. its just that kasparov got more media publicity because of his anti soviet stance. i feel kasparov is as positionally solid as karpov is !

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    jesterville, I wouldn't call Karpov shortchanged. Karpov is held in less regard than Kasparov, not due to personality, but results. Kasparov won their matches. Yes, they were close, but repeated results count. Karpov is held in high regard and new books about him are around.

  • 3 years ago

    jesterville

    "GreenLaser", thanks for the article.

    I remember following these games and being amazed...Kasparov gets a lot of the headlines, but Karpov stats are just as impressive. Do you believe that Karpov has been "short-changed" because of his less firey character?

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    aalekhine68, I would consider Anand a positional player based on his style and opening choices. It must be noticed that any player at Anand's level is skilled at tactics and can attack. The label "positional" is not a limitation. Petrosian was regarded as positional and defensive, but was said to be as capable of tactics as Tal. A top player must be versatile. If a player is relatively weak in any area, that player will not be near the top. The label is correctly applied to the usual choices the players makes.

  • 3 years ago

    aalekhine68

    Nice.  I did hear Kasparov say in the same interview that he was more of a "dynamic style" player.  Before, I disliked Karpov's style.  My favorites were Alekhine, Fischer and Kasparov.  Now that I am older, I have begun to realize that Karpov is a genius.  What can you say about Anand's style - is he a positional player?

  • 3 years ago

    monkeyboy123

    cool

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    aalekhine68, the world's top players are great in positional play and tactical play compared with other players. Among these, Karpov is considered a positional player. He defends well while placing his opponents under pressure. He knows where he wants to locate his pieces. Great players who are more tactical in their style are more willing to risk playing with more imbalances in dynamic positions that place their opponents under pressure, but also may need tactics (tricks) to justify the risks. Early in his career, Capablanca was more tactical or attacking than later when he used little combinations to prove his positional superiority. Tal was a fierce attacker who later became more positional than earlier and won endgames as well as shorter games. Kasparov is less positional in style than Karpov. He is more likely than Karpov to play an active move than Karpov in a position in which it it not necessarily better than the alternatives.

  • 3 years ago

    aalekhine68

    Hi GreenLaser, can you expound more on "Karpov is a positional player" thing?  I have heard Kasparov say that Carlsen is like Karpov in that he has the natural ability to see what is a "good" position.

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    bojnord, technically the opening was the Orthodox Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined. The Tarrasch Defense (D32-34) usually has 3...c5. In the Queen's Gambit, Black often plays c5 or e5. In this game, Black played 9...c5. By move 13, the position did have the pawn structure that often appears in the Tarrasch Defense. However, there were fewer minor pieces left than is usual at that point in the Tarrasch. Playing with the black pieces against Karpov could be a problem with any opening. Perhaps, playing as many games against Karpov as Kasparov did would help a player to improve.

  • 3 years ago

    bojnord

    tarash is weak against positional player lik karpov

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    Russian_Boy, Kasparov gives 39...Rd8 a ?! rather than a ? because while the alternatives he offers (Bh4 and Bf6) are better, White still has an attack. Karpov offers another choice that is good for White. You are correct that the move played by Kasparov is not good. Notice that Karpov's earlier e4 opened white squares on the b1-h7 diagonal and the battery would be available with the queen on c2, d3, f5, or g6.

  • 3 years ago

    Russian_Boy

    I do not understand why Kasparov played 39...Rf8 - Rd8? It gave a very good chance to Karpov to build a battery Queen+Bishop after 40 Qe5 - Qf5.

  • 3 years ago

    Turtlekrieg

    Thanks for the fine article!

  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    rdwhahb, bold makes it more readable, especially to me when I am writing and correcting the article.

  • 3 years ago

    Pinsandforks

    Creme de la creme!!!Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    markronilodevera

    Cool

  • 3 years ago

    rdwhahb

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  • 3 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    CapaOrsini, I am not playing games here. One reason is the temptation to spend excessive hours doing so.

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