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Garry Kasparov vs John Fedorowicz
"K-Fed" (game of the day Jul-06-2010)
World U26 Team-ch (1981), Graz AUT, rd 6, Aug-22
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-11-07  Poisonpawns: This game was so incredible to me.First I must say that Kasparov`s 26.exf5!! is just awsome.27..Bxc3?! seemed ok capturing a piece and hitting the rook with tempo.Problem is the Rook loves to go to the 7th rank!.To test the soundness of whites sacrifice we must play the correct 27..Rxc3 which is difficult to play because the back rank is open.Nevertheless it is best.27..Rxc3 28.Re8+ Nf8 29.g4 Bxd5 30.gxh5 Now two lines: A)30..Bxf3? 31.hxg6 h5 32.f6 and white wins B)30..Bf7 31.Be3 Qc6 32.Re7 Ra3! 33.h3 Qc4 34.fxg6 hxg6 35.Re4 Qc3 36.h6 bf6 37.Qf4 bd8 38.Bd4 and white is on top. Only Improvements i see for black in this particular line in this game are 18..Bf6 as worth a try and also 22..fxe4!? 23.Nxe4 Bxd5 24.Be7 Bf8 25.Bxf8 Rxf8 ends up in whites favor. This was theory up until 18.b4 by the way in 1981,and as we know lines come and go.I just wanted to praise 26.exf5!!,It is not that simple to find and easy win OTB,but such a move shows a glimpse of the character of a player.We see that Kasparov,like Tal before and other great Tacticans may have not seen the win right away,but what they have seen is the ability to force their will ,their ideas in the form of pieces and position on an opponent.Sometimes analysis reveals the escape hatch that an opponent may have missed,but in this game,It is revealed that not only was the attack beautiful and violent but also sound.In 1981 Kasparov was destined to be Champion.
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  HeMateMe: <Eric Schiller> Was this an Olympiad? By chance, do you remember who the other American players were, and how the team itself did?

Kaspy is still a teenager in this game, I think. A sign of things to come.

Jul-06-10  DocFox: Black Queen play was absolutely mystifying. Moved it several times to blocked in positions. I was mystified. Does anyone have an explanation of why black queen play seemed so dubious?
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  Once: <DocFox> I don't think black has much choice. He has allowed himself to get squeezed into a cramped position where his pieces don't have much room to move. So he needs to develop as best he can, contest the open files and try to exchange off pieces wherever possible.

12...Qc7 A fairly normal developing move. Gets the queen off the back rank so that the rooks can talk to each other. Avoids b7 and d7, cos his bishop and knight need those squares - a sad side effect of his cramped position.

18...Qd8 Offers the exchange of queens as a cramped position is easier to endure with fewer pieces. The game is pretty level at this point.

21...Qb6. Where else? c7 is on the same file as a white rook and the back rank stops the rooks from combining. Fritizie still thinks the game is level.

24...Qd8. Again, black doesn't have much choice (24...Qc7 25. Nxb5), although Fritzie also points out the counter-attack with 24...Bf6.

25...Qb6 "Would you like a draw?"

Incidentally, the move that Fritz really doesn't like is 29...Bc8, when the eval rockets from +1.5 ish to +16. Instead 29...Nf8 limits the damage (but white is still winning).

Jul-06-10  BraveUlysses: Great game. Only after 24.Be3 Qd8 25. Bg5 Qb6 -the older US GM implicitly accepting the draw by repetition- does Kasparov decide to proceed with a full piece sac attack out of thin air in a fairly complex position. In the end his Q is en prise for no less than 7 moves but black cannot take it and defeat is inevitable. Apparently he had it all worked out OTB and analysis proves its soundness, a truly incredible feat of calculation. He must have been terrifying over the board, monstering seasoned masters like this.
Jul-06-10  SpiritedReposte: So the threatened knight on c3 was really no threat at all. I bet black was thinking "what do I have to do against this guy?!"
Jul-06-10  tarek1: I wonder if, instead of 23...Rac8 Black could have held with 23...fxe4, preserving the pawn chain which protects the king, and threatening perhaps Bxd5 next.
Jul-06-10  JohnBoy: I disagree with the assessment of <Once> regarding 21...Qb6. Like <Omar>, I believe that 21...Bf6 is in order. If white does nothing, then 22...Bxg5 23.Qxg5 (or 23.Nxg5 h6) Qxg5 24.Nxg5 Rac8 - to play ...Nf8 if/when white lands the knight at e6. Getting guns off of the board is essential.

Fedo's error was underestimating the potential of white's position.

Jul-06-10  JohnBoy: Also, this should be classified as a Benoni, no?
Jul-06-10  screwdriver: I was wondering why Fedoriwicz resigned. 34...Kd8 35.Qh8+ Ne8 36.Qxc3 Rxc3 37.Qxc3 (Down by 2 pawns with 3 connected king side pawns for Kasparov, but queens are still on the board with 2 minor pieces. Maybe I'm missing a checkmate or something.
Jul-06-10  hellopolgar: this pun isn't related to britney spears's ex-boyfriend, is it?
Jul-06-10  Bobsterman3000: Nice pun on the great Kevin Federline, currently the #1 entertainer in the USA.
Jul-06-10  TheaN: <screwdriver> it's a bit quick to capture on c3 right after Ne8. Okay, Black is 'skewering' both of the White Queens but two Queens rarely do NOT own the board. Try this:

34....Kd8 35.Qhh8† Ne8 36.Qg5† Kc7 37.Qxe8 and see whether you would still say Black has play left. Take note that 36....Bf6 cannot be played due to Qgxf6† and 36....Kd7 meets Bh3† with fatal tempo.

Alternatively, 34....Kd8 35.Qf8† Ne8 36.Qh5 and a zallion of moves more for White to finish up.

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  kevin86: Kasparov + two queens=unbeatable!
Jul-06-10  WhiteRook48: interesting.
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  chrisowen: We have gents Bf6 defender adopted a more nice position for black no kidding? White counts 4.a3 his pet weapon derailing FedExpress's QID engine. Blacks queen shuttles miserably 25..Bf6 adversary brakes off the attack on ebony king. As it is pair of queen's invoke friendly pride once Fedor swallows rook. Entertaining games manage Kasparov 18.b4 even smell like teen spirit.
Jul-06-10  MaxxLange: <<JohnBoy>: Also, this should be classified as a Benoni, no?>

No. I do not know the theory enough to be 100% sure, but the QID Petrosian theme seems to dominate the play in this game. I do not know when Black usually play ...c5 in this a3 QID system. ....c5 was played early here, which, I reckon, is what makes you consider it as a Benoni

But, isn't an early ...b6 and ...Bb7 rare in the main line Benoni systems? Even if Black had played ....c5 before ...b6, I'd want to call this a transposition from Benoni to a QID. The main story there, of course, is how the young Kasparov next terrorized the full GMs, not just World Junior Champ players, with his little Petrosian a3 move.

Jul-06-10  sambo: Does anyone remember the chess-playing Amp can from last fall ( I remember speculation that it was actually Fedorowicz; was the name ever revealed?
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  HeMateMe: You mean the Pepsi can that played chess in WSQP? I had thought it might be Joel Benjamin, he lives in Brooklyn. The guy was WAY too skinny to be Fed.
May-30-12  Anderssen99: 33...,Ng8 (33...,Kxe7. 34.Qe6#) 34.Qxg8+,Kxg8. 35.Qh7+ mates.
Dec-11-15  ToTheDeath: A great attack. If you cut the board in half down the middle after Re7 you can see White has a decisive material advantage on the kingside despite being a piece down. Black's pieces are in no shape to defend their monarch from the hammer blows raining down on him.
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  perfidious: < MaxxLange: <<JohnBoy>: Also, this should be classified as a Benoni, no?> No. I do not know the theory enough to be 100% sure, but the QID Petrosian theme seems to dominate the play in this game....>

Seems like a QID to me.

<....I do not know when Black usually play ...c5 in this a3 QID system. ....c5 was played early here....>

In Kasparov vs Van der Wiel, 1981, also played at Graz, White came into difficulties before managing a win--it seems that sometime after this event, Kasparov began essaying 4.Nc3 and only then 5.a3, after the bishop had committed to b7.

<But, isn't an early ...b6 and ...Bb7 rare in the main line Benoni systems?>

In most Benonis, it is not seen at all.

Dec-04-16  maelith: brilliancy by the great kasparov.
Dec-04-16  Howard: Seem to recall reading in the late Larry Evans' column some decades ago that Kasparov missed a quicker win near the end of this game--not that it mattered.
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  Plaskett: Federowicz was not a happy bunny afterwards. The late Eric Schiller, qua US Team Captain, said, "I tried to explain that all that happened was he just got beaten by Gary."
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