Kasparov defeats Karpov in blitz

Sept. 25, 2009
Kasparov wipes out Karpov in blitz games

By Jaime Pilapil

Gary Kasparov dominated Anatoly Karpov in their 8-game blitz matches yesterday in Valencia, Spain.

Kasparov, 46, won five matches in a row from game 3 to game 7. Karpov, 58, took the opening game while games 2 and 8 ended in draws. Final blitz score: 6-2.
The chess legends fought rapid matches on Tuesday and Wednesday which Kasparov handily won, 3-1 (three wins and a loss). Hence, the exhibition games final score: 9-3 in favor of Kasparov.

Just like in rapid (25 minutes time control) games, in blitz (5 minutes) the two went on to play Queen’s Gambit Declined in games 1 (the only game won by Karpov), 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8. The two employed Queen’s Gambit Accepted in games 2 and 5. They played the d4 opening instead of e4, an opening leading to Sicilian Defense that gave much trouble to Karpov during their 25-year rivalry.

The Kasparov-Karpov Valencia stunt was just one of a series of exhibitions to commemorate their first World Championships in 1984. The next stop will be in Paris in December. They are also slated to hold games in New York, London and Moscow.

Kasparov said he is not returning to active chess unlike Karpov who is slated to hold rapid game matches against current World Champion Vishy Anand of India in two cities of France, first in October 31 in Bastia and in November 2 in Ajaccio.

However, Kasparov’s chess savvy is not kept in limbo as he is busy personally tutoring Norwegian star Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, currently the world’s No. 4, aside from appearing in exhibition games.

Adding the Valencia results to their five world championship matches, the score now is 28-21 in favor of Kasparov with 107 draws.

No one was declared a winner in their Moscow 1984 world championship. Kasparov won the next four title clashes in 1985 held in Moscow, 1986 in London and Leningrad, 1987 in Sevilla and in 1990 in New York and Lyon.

Dubbed as the clash of the chess legends, the Sevilla drew worldwide attention just like when they tangled in 2002 when Karpov defeated Kasparov in a rapid time control match 2.5-1.5. -30-
Rapid results: (3-1 Kasparov)
Karpov, Anatoly – Kasparov, Garry 0-1
Kasparov, Garry – Karpov, Anatoly 1-0
Karpov, Anatoly – Kasparov, Garry 1-0
Kasparov, Garry – Karpov, Anatoly 1-0

Blitz results: (6-2 Kasparov)
Kasparov, Garry – Karpov, Anatoly 0-1
Karpov, Anatoly – Kasparov, Garry ½-½
Kasparov, Garry – Karpov, Anatoly 1-0
Karpov, Anatoly – Kasparov, Garry 0-1
Kasparov, Garry – Karpov, Anatoly 1-0
Karpov, Anatoly – Kasparov, Garry 0-1
Kasparov, Garry – Karpov, Anatoly 1-0
Karpov, Anatoly – Kasparov, Garry ½-½

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