How the Fischer - Karpov World Championship Match Might Have Gone

How the Fischer - Karpov World Championship Match Might Have Gone

NM GargleBlaster
Jul 21, 2013, 7:34 PM |

Greetings readers!  I come from the future, or rather, the past.  Well, sort of both, really.  Allow me to explain - in the year 2055 humanity first discovers trans-dimensional travel, whereby parallel universes become accessable to our own by splitting bosons with an extremely sharp ginsu knife.  With this technological breakthrough we have found ways to explore various parallel pasts and discover what "might have been" had certain events unfolded differently.  For example, we now know that had Monica Lewinsky not met Bill Clinton global warming would have been delayed at least a century and the Boston Red Sox would have never won a World Series.   

"What does this have to do with chess?", I hear you ask.  Well, not much, except that one of our chief engineers plays chess and wanted to know what would have happened had Bobby Fischer played Anatoly Karpov in 1975.  As it turns out, in 97% of our hypo-explorations Fischer does not play, but we have recently discovered a universe in which he does!  Incidentally, in this universe a certain invasive free trog completely destroys all agriculture in the western hemisphere, so be grateful Bobby didn't play in yours.

Without further ado, below are the first two games of hypo-universe #337591's Fischer-Karpov World Championship match (held in Zagreb, Yugoslavia).


Game #1

A nerve wracking debut: Karpov's (slightly surprising) 1.Nf3 leads to a complex middlegame in which the challenger tries and succeds in provoking the World Champion into launching a double edged attack.  However, at a critical moment, Fischer misses the best way to punish his opponent's audacity and winds up in a slightly worse position which, in turn, Karpov misplays and finally winds up in a pawn-down rook endgame that he's only just able to draw.


Game #2

Karpov's surprise weapon is revealed - the Caro Kann!  Fischer reacts with an offbeat line he had only tried before in simuls, but gets a tiny edge with it anyhow.  Karpov's defense is very accurate, though, and the game drifts inevitably towards a second draw.


SCORE AFTER TWO GAMES: Karpov 1, Fischer 1

(games 3-4 are here)