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Lev Alburt vs Garry Kasparov
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 3, Nov-01
King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation. Geller Defense (E73)  ·  0-1



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May-20-03  gerti: ok i need help becouse i want to lern chess
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Aug-23-04  BradMajors: I am just reading the Olympiad Magazine from this event.. This was Soviet vs USA, a vital match, on board two. Other boards were
#1 Karpov - Seirawan (replacing Browne) 1/2
#3 Polugayevsky - Kavalek 1-0
#4 Yusupov vs Christiansen 1/2

Alburt ignores Kasparov handshake. Kasparov used over an hour on his first seven moves whilst Alburt with this opening innovation uses only one minute. This game draws a spectactular amount of attention. <i>"The Organizers are worried about the crowd that has gathered around the board just before the adjournment and one of the Olympiad staffers starts to push people back. Only those with valid identification can come near. The staff member for example tries to force back a bulky, bald man with no visible identification. "What are you doing here? Who are you?". The strangers smiles as he produces his card. It reads: MIKHAIL TAL.</i>

Mar-24-05  Runemaster: An unbalanced material classic. Kasparov was in time trouble from very early on, and no matter what level you are playing at, positions with unbalanced material are tricky to play. That explains the number of time-gaining rook checks he played.

15...Qxb5 was very nicely judged. White's pawn on b5 proves to not be as much a threat as it might have seemed, and the White queen has little scope.

19...Nxe4 was important, too, taking the chance to grab the supporting e4 pawn.

51...Re2+ drags the White king out to disaster, with the following moves exploiting the knight-fork theme.

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  keypusher: Thanks for reminding me of this one, I was amazed by it back when it was played. For those of us who were just getting involved in chess in the early 80s, it's hard to describe what a thrill Kasparov's games were.
Mar-24-05  RookFile: It was the same way in the 70's, with Bobby Fischer. Then we went through a boring period, where unfortunately, Karpov was the best in the game. Kasparov was like a breath of fresh air again.
Jul-01-05  farrooj: Wasn't there another great game by kasparov with a long line queen sacrifice? can anyone tell me the link?
Jul-01-05  Shokwave: Wow. What a game. I wonder where Lev's preperation and the game departed? And when was the adjournment?
Aug-22-05  Queens Gambit: Beatifull Game!!!!
Aug-22-05  Dres1: Why did he resign? Ke7 and its mate in 3 for white... am i missing something or what???
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  tpstar: 58. Kd7/Ke7 Rc7+ 59. Ke8 Bd6 and White has no defense to 60. Re7# (besides 60. Qb7 Rxb7 & 61 ... Re7#), so 0-1.
Aug-22-05  jorgegatica: If Ke7 then ...Rc7+ Re8 ...Bf6 and mate can not be stopped unless White sacrifices the queen just for surviving few moves more.

Greetings, JG

Jan-24-08  PAWNTOEFOUR: great game!! albert should have known something was up when kasparov gave up his queen.....if i was playing,i would have said...."time to go"
Jan-24-08  Riverbeast: WAX !!!!
Nov-24-08  aazqua: It looks like at the end Kasparov had the material imbalance but laced a convenient way to improve given the blockade on d5. Solution? Just move around, introduce complications and wait for Albert to blow himself up.
Mar-17-09  Jim Bartle: Great from move 14 on.
Jul-23-11  Garech: Superb game from Kasparov, would submit it but can't think of a pun!


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  HeMateMe: I submitted the pun "When the Levy Breaks", but it bounced with an error message because someone already submitted that pun.

This is the game where Kasparov swaps his Queen for three pieces and strangles the Odessan. Very tactical.

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  FSR: Could White have survived if he'd left his queen on a8 and shuffled his king around? Black's bishop on d8 isn't exactly impressive.

Ironically, one of Alburt's earliest wins against a strong GM was in a Benko Gambit when he sacrificed his queen for rook and bishop and his pieces overwhelmed White's position in Hort vs Alburt, 1977. In the present game, the shoe was on the other foot.

Dec-07-11  lemaire90: Very nice game !
Feb-12-12  master of defence: Yes, it´s a nice game. But i don´t have resigned here. I should have played 58. Qxe5+ Rxe5 59. Kxe5 and white can draw, but black has a knight advantage.
Feb-15-14  adroit: No. Game is over. 58. Kd7 Rc7+ 59. Ke1 Bf7 threatening checkmate. Alburt can stop with his queen, but then Kasparov will be a knight up, with the white king completely out the game. 0-1
Nov-13-18  birimbombum: Uuuuuh! What a game!
Nov-14-18  Howard: It's always seemed a bit strange that Kavalek and Christiansen only played Kasparov only ONE time each, despite the fact that they were both world-class players.

And Alburt only played him TWICE.

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  perfidious: Perhaps, perhaps not: all of them were strong, but not elite GMs who did not play a great many European invitationals.

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