Kasparov and Karpov coming on strong as they prepare for world rematch
World champion Gary Kasparov and former titleholder Anatoly Karpov have taken different routes in preparing for their rematch, scheduled to start July 28 in London. Karpov, who has been playing with unaccustomed vigor and renewed determination, competed in two very strong recent tournaments -- in Brussels and in Bugojno, Yugoslavia -- and won both.
Kasparov, on the other hand, has not played in a tournament since winning a big international event at Niksic, Yugoslavia, in September 1983. But recently the world champion has been taking on the strongest of the top Western European masters in match play -- and with enormous success. In the last year he has conquered Robert H"ubner of West Germany, Ulf Andersson of Sweden, and Jan Timman of the Netherlands. In his latest match, concluded recently in Basel, Switzerland, he turned in what is probably his most impressive performance to date when he trounced Tony Miles of England.
Miles, the ninth-ranked player in the world, fought hard in each game but managed just one draw in six games to lose by a 5- score. Miles is nobody's doormat, and in the past he has scored well against Soviet players. He plays with great confidence; once he defeated Karpov while the latter was world champion by replying to Karpov's 1. P-K4 with P-QR3. But apparently his style was tailor-made for Kasparov, who thrives on complications and originality.
Today's game, the third of the match, features original, creative play right from the outset, with both players throwing away their opening texts and going at each other with hammer and tongs. Queen's Pawn Opening Kasparov Miles 1. P-Q4 N-KB3 2. N-KB3 P-B4 3. P-Q5 P-QN4 (a) 4. B-N5 N-K5 5. B-R4 Q-R4 ch 6. QN-Q2 B-N2 7. P-R4! (b) BxP 8. PxP Q-B2 (c) 9. R-R4! (d) Q-N2 10. P-B4 NxN 11. PxB NxB 12. Q-Q3! (e) P-Q3 (f) 13. P-K4 N-Q2 14. QxN P-KR3 15. Q-K2 P-N4 16. B-N3 B-N2 17. P-K5 O-O 18. P-R4 QxQP 19. RPxP NxP? (g) 20. BxN PxB 21. PxP B-B3 22. R-KR5 (h) K-R1 23. NxP Q-N6 (i) 24. R-QR3 Q-N5 ch 25. K-B1 QR-Q1 26. N-B6 QxP/N7 27. QxQ BxQ 28. RxRP R-B1 29. RxKP P-B5 30. K-K2 P-B6 31. K-Q3 Resigns (j)