Slaying the Dragon

Following Bobby Fischers dramatic World Championship victory in 1972, the chess world was abuzz. The new American champion captured worldwide interest he enjoyed a New York City street parade, made a few appearances on TV shows, turned down a host of endorsement offers, and then disappeared. The chess world was hopping up and down for another Fischer victory, but he was nowhere to be found. First one year, then a second year, and finally a third year went by without Fischer's pushing a pawn in...

Lightning and Thunder

Tlie 1990 FIDE World Championship match was again a duel between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. The match had two sites and two sponsors. The first half of the 24-game match was played in New York City and sponsored by Ted Field of the Interscope group. The second half of the match was played in and sponsored by the city of Lyons, France. The players were playing for three million dollars and the diamond-studded Korloff trophy, valued at over half a million dollars. Big stakes for a chess...

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Black continues a brave march forward Karpov realizes that he's about to lose a pawn and therefore seeks piece activity as compensation. In the ending, the King can become an aggressive fighter, not just a worried general in need of protection. Meeting the threat of Nf5-< 7 isn't easy. Perhaps Black should have sacrificed the exchange with the speculative 25 e4 26.Ne7+ Kf7Z7.Nxd5Nxd5, hoping that the connected passed pawns could save the day. Korchnoi is being taunted by opportunity....

Rapid Coup

The following game occurred under extraordinary circumstances. It was the 1991 FIDE semifinals candidate match played in Brussels between Amir Yusupov of Russia and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine. The players are two of the best of modern times. Ivanchuk is the younger of the two and was tapped by Garry Kasparov as a likely successor to his FIDE crown. After a hard-fought, eventful match, Yusupov staged a dramatic comeback and was able to force the match into overtime. At the time this match...