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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
"Vishy's Worst Knightmare" (game of the day Feb-19-2021)
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 5, Oct-22
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  1-0



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Jun-30-18  Toribio3: Destroying the right to castle is the main theme of the game. In this way, it is easy to find the trees in the forest with the help of knight rangers dancing with impunity.
Feb-19-21  Whitehat1963: Slaughter!
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  HeMateMe: What a monster game! After Nxf6+, black can't stop Q-d6+ and a coming mate.
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  OhioChessFan: I don't get the pun.
Feb-19-21  Ironmanth: Fantastic game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all have a safe and wonderful weekend out there.
Feb-19-21  Brenin: <OhioChessFan>: I think that playing Black against Kasparov, having your K stuck on e7, and allowing him to establish a well-supported N on d6, would be any chess player's worst (k)nightmare. Not the greatest of puns, but appropriate to the game, for once.
Feb-19-21  goodevans: It may be home prep but it's still brilliant.

My favourite move in the game is <23.Qe1>. Vishy has just successfully defended against the assault from the K-side but there's absolutely nothing he can do to prevent the Q transferring to the Q-side to break through there.

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  Honza Cervenka: 11...Nc6 is bad. Black can play 11...Ng6 or 11...Ned7. Eventual 11...0-0 trying to exploit pin of Nd4 runs into big troubles after 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Rxf6!
Feb-19-21  goodevans: <Honza Cervenka: 11...Nc6 is bad. Black can play 11...Ng6 or 11...Ned7.>

I believe the main difference is that the N on c6 cuts the communication between c7 and c5 so that <11...Nc6 12.e5 dxe5> can be met with <13.Ndb5 axb5> (12...Qe7? 13.Bxc5 Qxc5 14.Nc7+) <14.Bxc5 Nd4 15.fxe5> and black is once again in trouble.

With the N on d7 or g6 <12.e5? dxe5> would be good for black.

Feb-19-21  W Westerlund: I do not understand why Black does not take 24. ... Rxe4. 25.Qc5 and 25.Nxc8, seem to win practically immediately, but it seems that Black survives and the White rook cannot leave the first rank. Since Anand did not play it, what am I missing?
Feb-19-21  goodevans: <W Westerlund> 25.Qc7+ Bd7 26.Nf5+ and whatever black plays it will be 27.Qxd7#.
Feb-19-21  W Westerlund: Goodevans: Thank you, it is very stupid of me, I missed 26.Nf5+, although it is evident.
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  maytintan: <westerlund> 25.Qc7 Bd7 26. Nf5
Feb-19-21  W Westerlund: Maytintan: Thank you. It is really strange. I was never good at tactics, nowadays I try to solve the daily puzzle. It happened that I miss Mondays and Tuesdays, sometimes I solve a Friday or Saturday puzzle quasi immediately. I am thinking about it. Is it because I am getting older or because it is a pattern that I recognize? I think it is some of both. It is not very pleasant to miss things like 26. Nf5+.
Feb-19-21  goodevans: After 19.Nce4, Fabian Fiorito v Oscar Panno 1996 Argentina Championship continued

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19...Qb6 20.Qh5 Rf8 21.Rd1 Ra4 22.c4 Qe3 when white settled for a draw with 23.Nxc8+ Rxc8 24.Rd7+ Kxd7 25.Qxf7+ Kd8 26.Qf8+ Kd7 27.Qf7+ Kd8 28.Qf8+ Kd7 29.Qf7+ ½-½

I don't know what the championship situation was at that point but it seems like a criminal waste of a winning position to me.

Feb-19-21  morfishine: Must've taken boatloads of imagination to come up with the pun "Knightmare"

I thought this junk was supposed to be weeded out

guess not

Feb-19-21  areknames: A classic Kasparov domination game and not a bad pun at all really.
Feb-19-21  areknames: <morfishine> Instead of constantly complaining about the puns why don't you find something constructive to do? Here's a suggestion; enjoy, and study this GOTD which for a change happens to be a superb one.
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  perfidious: The pun is actually a propos; pity it is so overworked.

The game is an outstanding example of Kasparov's prowess against the Sicilian and a cautionary tale of the fate which can await those unwary Black players who do not manage to get their pieces out of the box.

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  Everett: Enjoyed the fact that 11... 0-0 is best. Good to assess why that is
Feb-19-21  goodevans: <Everett: Enjoyed the fact that 11... 0-0 is best...>

I believe <Honza Cervenka> when he says "11...0-0 trying to exploit pin of Nd4 runs into big troubles after 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Rxf6".

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  OhioChessFan: 11.. 0-0 12. fxe5 dxe5 13. Rxf6

Black is in trouble if he takes the Rook. But 13...exd4 has to be best. 14. Bf4 Qd8 seem obvious. After that, Fritz says 15. e5 dxc3 16. Bh6 cxb2 17. Rb1 g6

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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, the position after 11.f4 was not new. It occurred already in Tal vs Najdorf, 1970, where Najdorf played better 11...Ned7.
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  Honza Cervenka: <OhioChessFan: 11.. 0-0 12. fxe5 dxe5 13. Rxf6 Black is in trouble if he takes the Rook. But 13...exd4 has to be best. 14. Bf4 Qd8 seem obvious. After that, Fritz says 15. e5 dxc3 16. Bh6 cxb2 17. Rb1 g6>

16.Bxh7+ can be better here.

May-10-21  RookFile: Black wasted time with his knight. Computer says just play 8....Bd6 and 0-0.
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