Play like Garry Kasparov – Part Two – Karpov – Kasparov, 1985.

Karpov - Kasparov, 1985

In today's post, we are going to examine three positions from the 2nd game from the 2nd match between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov.

In this sharp Sicilian encounter, Kasparov, playing the Black pieces, suffered a bit after a mistake opening, but then Karpov returned the favour and made a passive move which allowed Kasparov to grab the initiative in his typical manner.

In the end, Kasparov didn't convert his advantage though, but his play in the middlegame was extremely strong and impressive.

The variations are taken from the book Kasparov vs Karpov, 1975-1985.

Good luck!

Position 1

Karpov's last move has been the strange looking Rfc1. How did Kasparov exploit this inaccuracy?

Position 2

In this position,Karpov played d6! How do you refute White playing Bf3 instead?

Position 3

Here Kasparov played Qh6 and the game was prolonged? Can you find the immediate winning idea?


Solution 1:

Solution 2:

Solution 3:


Complete game:

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