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Hey, let's all calm down and just see how the match goes. Karpov's still very much in it.
Again, games three and four are here:
I don't think there's any way Fischer would have started or finished such a match. If it indeed had been possible to get him to face Karpov I wonder how long a first to ten wins match would have been. The first Kasparov-Karpov match had only reached five wins after five months. First to ten wins could have meant a match that was up to a year long, and no one would be able to organise such an event. If Fischer hadn't quit playing in 1972 I would have had him as slight favourite in 1975, but it would have been quite even. I've always been amazed at predictions like that of Alburt, that Karpov would find it hard to even draw a game and that it would be a quick 10-0 to Fischer.
Alburt said that?? Can you provide a reference?
This is what Alburt said (and I think it's quite nutty to say the least):
"Karpov knew he could hardly draw a game with Fischer, never mind winning one or two games. His only chance was to disrupt the match. So a whole arsenal of tricks was worked out, designed to upset the sensitive American, unaccustomed to such methods."
thats an awesome quote. I also believe Fischer would have won.
Joshka: Many folks try to claim a Karpov victory over Bobby in 1975, cause Karpov beat Spassky in their finals match. Well Fischer demolished Spassky in their match in 1972. Take away the forfeit win for Spassky, a game never played, and Spassky won 2 games!!!.....and one of those 2 wins, was Bobby's Bishop takes h2 experiment. So all in all Boris beat Bobby one time in the match. Korchnoi, 20 years Karpov's elder, gave Karpov everything he could handle in the 1974 finals match, and nearly beat Karpov in their 1978 match! Bobby would have won hands down in 1975, 1978, and probably 1981.
Korchnoi's record vs. Fischer is +2 =4 -2, so there's not much reason to think that Karpov beating him narrowly (until Merano '81, when he won convincingly) tells us much about his chances against Fischer.
Anyhow, Tolya's holding his own so far. Here's game three:
maybe Korchnois words tell us a different story: Fischer is the strongest player, or Fischer is way stronger.
not to mention when the one match with Korchnoi was really close, than we could assume that without all the aid of so many people Korchnoi would have won. I dont have the score right now in my head, but you didnt say it was wrong.
6 games is a too small size, but Fischer was absolutly dominating, he was way the strongest player around the time. Everyone agreed.
I wonder which game Fischer will forfeit, and for what cause? Noisy audience? Poor lighting?
My extra-dimensional sources tell me that Fischer is already objecting to the digital clock, says it makes a high pitched buzzing sound, but also that both players are committed to playing out the match because of A) the large amount of money at stake and, moreover, B) a criminal mastermind (and chess fanatic) has threatened to assassinate both players if the match is abandoned.
Breaking news from the Parallel Universe News Network (PUNN)! Fischer wins a game:
Indeed, there were just slim chance for Karpov to win playing Black. So, he might have played for a draw. He could have known that. So, He might have played when he played white.
Again Fischer might have won.
BTW, how did you compose this imaginary match between Karpov and Fischer? Chessmaster's Karpov and Fischer perosnality is my guess
I researched what the most likely openings for each side might be, factored in some possible innovations, accounted for the state of contemporary theory, assessed the psychological situation, tabulated each player's individual style, and ultimately synthesized all that into a set of personality parameters which I then completely ignored and instead just went with moves that looked cool.
Haha. This thread has brightened up the forums for me. A great idea as well as some really fine instructive games presented. I await each new game with bated breath
Thank you. If any one has any ideas for what Karpov should play in game five, lemme know, he's one point down and currently undecided between Nf3, d4 and e4. :)
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