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The younger generation are so ungrateful. Rarely can a father have so sacrificed himself as Rustam Kamsky has done for his son, Gata. Rustam, an ex-boxer, has argued with organisers, threatened opponents and put all his energies into ensuring that his son studies chess for a gruelling 14 hours a day. And after all Kamsky senior's efforts, what did his young offspring do on Father's Day? He lost dismally with the white pieces to Anatoly Karpov.

White: Gata Kamsky

Black: Anatoly Karpov

Elista, Kalmykia, somewhere in Russia.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6! 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7!

Karpon rarely plays the Petroff Defence, 2...Nf6, and had never before adopted this variation. Just the right strategy to throw your opponent off balance.


As Bent Larsen showed long ago, 6.Qe2 Nxe5 7.Bxe4 dxe4 8.Qxe4 Be6 gives Black excellent play for the pawn.

6...Bxd7 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Nc3 Qh4! 9.g3 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Qg4 11.Re1+ Kd8 12.Be2 Qf5 13.Rb1 b6 14.c4 dxc4 15.Bxc4

Superficially it might seem as though Black's adventurism has led him into trouble. His king is displaced and the game is becoming dangerously open. Yet Karpov knows that the most important feature of the position is the weakened white squares around Kamsky's king.

15... Re8 16.Be3 Bc6 17.d5 Bd7

These last two moves have removed the danger of an attack on f7 and have made it difficult for White to formulate a good plan.

18.Bf1 h6 19.c4 Re7 20.Bd3 Qf6 21.Kg2?

The start of a sequence showing that Kamsky has formulated a bad plan. His bishop, not king, belongs on g2, and his correct plan is to prepare c5.

21...Ke8 22.Bc2? Qc3! 23.Bb3 Kf8 24.Rc1 Qf6 25.Bc2 Rae8 26.Qd3 Bg4 27.Bd2?

White has single-mindedly prepared 27.Qh7, but now sees that it leads to disaster after 27...Qf3+ 28.Kg1 Re5! By now, 27.Bd1 was the only move to fight on.

27...Re2 28.Rxe2 Rxe2 29.Rf1 (see diagram) 29...Rxd2! White resigned

After 30.Qxd2 Qf3+ 31.Kg1 Bh3 mate is inevitable.