Anatoly Karpov Vs Garry Kasparov – Rapid Match 2009: Valencia, Spain – Gary Chess Grandmaster

♕ ♕ ♕ “Kasparov Vs Karpov Rapid Match 2009 Valencia, Spain” – Karpov opens with his normal d4 and Kasparov responds with the sharp Grunfeld Defense. Karpov attempts to avoid excess complications in the opening by fianchettoing his kingside bishop, although black is able to quickly create counterplay with 7. …c5 and 8. …e6. An unusual knight maneuver (10. Nec3!?) by Karpov achieves solid control of the center. Kasparov plays actively with 13. …Bd4!? and Karpov is forced to create a mass of complications beginning with 14. a5!? Black had achieved a solid position with dynamic counterplay, however in time-trouble Kasparov dropped a pawn with 25. …Qf6? (better was 25. …Qa6). Kasparov had one more chance to salvage the game, however he blundered in severe time-trouble 32. …Bc1 33. …Nd3+ and 34. …Bc2 – allowing white to easily promote his past d-pawn. CORRESPONDING ARTICLE: PGN: [Event "Kasparov Vs Karpov Rapid Match 2009"] [Site "Valencia, Spain"] [Date "2009.09.23"] [White "Anatoly Karpov"] [Black "*Garry Kasparov"] [Result "1-0"] [Opening "Neo-Grunfeld,, main line"] [ECO "D72"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Ne2 c5 8. d5 e6 9. OO OO 10. Nec3 Na6 11. a4 exd5 12. exd5 Nb4 13. Be3 Bd4 14. a5 Bxe3 15. axb6 Bd4 16. bxa7 Bf5 17. Na3 Rxa7 18. Ncb5 Rxa3 19. Rxa3 Bxb2 20. Re3 Qb6 21. Qe2 Bg7 22. Rd1 Bd7 23. Na3 Bd4 24. Re7 Ba4 25. Rc1 Qf6 26. Rxb7 Bb2