New Post: Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match 1986
After the two matches in 1984 and 1985, in 1986, the time has come for act three of the "Saga of the two K's"
And once again, the match was full of controversy.
First of all, before the match, there was a lengthy dispute regarding the return match. Kasparov considered the return match was a privilege for the champion and he also protested that match shouldn't start in February, a mere three months after the end of the previous match. (Whereas the second complaint sounds reasonable, the objections against return match are somewhat hypocritical from Kasparov, when we consider how loudly he demanded a return match against Kramnik in the 2000s)
Also, during the match, Kasparov had a strong suspicion Karpov somehow knows the strengths and weaknesses of his home analysis. For a time, he wavered this suspicions with the help of positive feelings - after 16 games, he was leading +3 and the outcome of the match seemed virtually decided.
However, in 17,18 and 19 games, Kasparov suffered three consecutive loses. After the 19th game, his second, Evgeny Vladimirov, suddenly left the team. Although he never explained his decision, there is strong indication he was actually secretly copying and sending Karpov Kasparov's pre-match analysis.
Even that was not enough, as Kasparov managed to recuperate in games 20 and 21, and then win the game 22 in beautiful style.
With the +1 score, Kasparov managed to beat Karpov again and to defend his title.
Alas, this was not the end of his battles against Karpov – as it turned out, in less than a year he would have to face him again... http://chessentials.com/kasparov-karpov-1986/
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