Monday 30 May 2016

The day Karpov tried Fischer Random

While some say chess is an art (as well as a science), we tend not to treat it that way. Most players don't just look at a position and think to themselves "that's nice", but instead immediately launch into a "if white plays here" kind of analysis. But sometimes there are games where you just have to appreciate how the pieces are arranged on the board.
An example of this is the Karpov - Kasparov game from the 1993 Linares tournament. If you play through the game below, make sure you stop at move 22 (22. Nc1) to appreciate what Kasparov did to Karpov. It looks like Karpov had started with his back rank shuffled, and I assume Kasparov took great delight in his position. But once you have enjoyed the static nature of the position, keep clicking to see the dynamic finish that Kasparov found.

Karpov,Anatoly (2725) - Kasparov,Garry (2805) [E86]
Linares 11th Linares (10), 1993

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