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Garry Kasparov vs Michael Adams
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 7, Feb-11
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Larsen Variation (B04)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: 32.c6 and 33.c7 formed a pretty finish of this game.
Feb-02-04  Catfriend: Why not 24..♗:b2?
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  Honza Cervenka: 24...Bxb2 25.Rd1 Qc6 26.Rd6 Qb5 27.Rb6 Qa4 28.Rbxb7 is not better than the played line, but maybe 24...Rfe8 (not allowing to play Bd6 with a tempo as it happened in the game) would have been an improvement.
Feb-08-06  McCool: Nice finish.
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  plang: The books I have on the Alekhines only mention 5 Ne5. 5 de looks like an interesting alternative for someone wanting to avoid theory. 18 c5 is a clever move; increasing Kasparovs positional advantage. 20..a6 was an error, Christiansen mentions 20..b6 as a possible improvement though white would still have had a significant advantage. 24 Qg4 is a really, cool, quiet move. Finish strarting with 31 Rc1 is sharp and forceful
Oct-27-07  notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka: 32.c6 and 33.c7 formed a pretty finish of this game.>

Wow, a beautiful tactical finish by Kasparov indeed.

Position after 32 c5-c6!:

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Kasparov's brilliant tactical point is that the dangerous White c6-passed pawn is taboo: 32 ... ♖c8xc6?? <SELF-PINS> the Black c3-bishop to the <UNDEFENDED> Black c6-rook, dropping material to 33 ♖b7x♖b4! <pin>.

(VAR) Position after 32 ... ♖c8xc6?? 33 ♖b7x♖b4! <pin>:

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Hence the White c6-passer is taboo.

Then comes 32 ... ♖b4-d4 33 c6-c7!, shown below,

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and now the White d6-bishop is taboo since the White c7-passer promotes after 33 ... ♖d4x♗d6 34 ♖b7-b8.

(VAR) 33 ... ♖d4x♗d6 34 ♖b7-b8:

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Seeing no good response to 33 c6-c7!, Black (Adams) resigned.

A great example of <TACTICS> in the service of <STRATEGY>. Kasparov (White) wants to advance his deadly White c5-passed pawn to promotion as his winning <STRATEGY> and by using <TACTICS> he is able to do just that, advance the White c5-passer with 32 c5-c6! and 33 c6-c7!.

Oct-27-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming passed pawns for promotion

Position after 33 c6-c7!:

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Aug-02-08  safar: <notyetagm: <Honza Cervenka: Kasparov's brilliant tactical point is that the dangerous White c6-passed pawn is taboo: 32 ... Rc8xc6?? <SELF-PINS> the Black c3-bishop to the <UNDEFENDED> Black c6-rook, dropping material to 33 Rb7xRb4! <pin>.>

Surely after 32...Rc8 White plays 33.Bxb4 and wins everything!

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