Kasparov sweeps Karpov

Sept 23, 2009
Kasparov sweeps 2-game rapid matches against Karpov
By Jaime Pilapil

Chess sleuth tactician Gary Kasparov subdued Russian compatriot Anatoly Karpov twice in a row in their two-game rapid matches Tuesday night (Wednesday night in Manila) in historic Valencia, Spain.

Although playing white, Karpov, 58, was too slow in pushing his pieces and could not keep pace with Kasparov’s Queen’s Gambit initiative. With time winding down, Karpov resigned after his 24th move blunder.

In the next rapid game (25 minutes time control), Kasparov, playing white, dominated his rival in only 28 moves of Queen’s Gambit.

Karpov resigned after realizing that he could not stop the two-fisted rook and queen attack of Kasparov, who is known for making the major pieces of his opponent irrelevant when launching his attack.

The two former world champions will play rapid matches anew today before shifting to blitz.

These two legends fought five incredibly close world championship matches starting in the 1984 World Chess Championship which was controversially terminated without result with Karpov leading +5 -3 =40.

In the 1985 World Chess Championship, Kasparov won the title, 13–11. The 1986 World Chess Championship was narrowly won by Kasparov, 12.5–11.5, while the 1987 World Chess Championship ended up 12–12, with Kasparov retaining the title.

The last time the two tangled for a world championship was in 1990 which was again narrowly won by Kasparov, 12.5–11.5. -30-

Karpov (2644) – Kasparov (2812)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nb6 7.Ne2 c5 8.d5 0–0 9.0–0 e6 10.Nbc3 Na6 11.h3 exd5 12.exd5 Nc4 13.b3 Nd6 14.Bf4 b6 15.Qd2 Bb7 16.Rad1 Nc7 17.g4 Qd7 18.a4 f5 19.g5 Rad8 20.Bg3 f4 21.Nxf4 Nf5 22.Nb5 Nxb5 23.axb5 Nd4 24.Ne6 Black wins 0–1

Kasparov – Karpov
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 c6 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.Bxd6 Qxd6 8.e3 Ne7 9.Bd3 Nd7 10.Nge2 h6 11.0–0 0–0 12.a3 a5 13.Rad1 b6 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Qb8 16.N2c3 Ba6 17.Bxa6 Rxa6 18.d5 Nxd5 19.Nxd5 cxd5 20.Rxd5 Ra7 21.Qd2 Nc5 22.Nf6+ gxf6 23.Qxh6 f5 24.Qg5+ Kh8 25.Qf6+ Kg8 26.Rxf5 Ne4 27.Qh4 Re8 28.Rh5 f5 White wins 1–0

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