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Karpov – Kasparov 1985 Match Game 4

  • NM GreenLaser
  • | Aug 27, 2011

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.


  • 4 years ago


    Yes, I remember their rivalry was somewhat bitter so it's nice to hear they couldn't resist the post mortem game analysis. I remember seeing footage of Kasparov as he approached the chess table for one of his games..he looked like he owned the friggin chesstable even before the game started!LOL Say GreenLaser, I wouldn't mind playing a few games with you...I'm a teacher so I'm taken to school quite a bit!LOL

  • 4 years ago

    NM GreenLaser

    CapaOrsini, yes. we can all go to school, even Kasparov, and that's just with humans! In the years of the Kasparov-Karpov matches when they were not on good terms, at some point it was noticed they did post mortems together. That was because they were the only ones they could really discuss chess with.

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    Marvelous play by Karpov, nice article. Even though Kasparov won the match, we have to remember how very close it was...almost all the games were draws! Nice to see that even Kasparov can be taken to school.

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