Sneaky: <From "Kasparov's Chess Openings" by Otto Borik (one of my favorite books!) some great comments on this game.>
How does White play against a system in which White advances his d-pawn but does not follow it up with c4? Club-players often ask me this question, especially those normally patient with their fellow man but in this case become annoyed when faced as Black with such a solid set-up.
At the end of 1988, in a match with the exiled Czech grandmaster Vlastimir Hort in Cologne, the World Champion provided an impressive example of an active strategy for Black in this line. The match formed part of a publicity week sponsored to the tune of 300,000 DM ... with the winner receiving a limousine. Kasparov duly won the match 2.5-1.5 points and gave us in the very first game a speldid solution to the problem: Black to play and win against the Queen's Pawn Opening.
Once again, Kasparov begins the unlikely looking plan of taking over control of e5 ... We say 'unlikely' because at the moment this square is controlled three times by White and not once even by Black! The f3 knight will first be eliminated and White can hardly prevent this by 7.♘e5? ♗xe2 8.♕xe2 ♘h5! 9.♗g3 (9.♗g5?? f6) ♘xg3 10. hxg3 f6 11.♘f3 e5 when Black has a strong center plus the two bishops.
Perhaps White should castle here, since he can always play h3 later.
8. ♗xf3 c6
9. O-O ♘bd7
10. ♕d2 ♖e8
We can now see the resemblance to Romanishin vs Kasparov, 1976 : the f3 knight has gone, the c6/d5 set-up restricts White's KB and Black is aiming for ...e5. This is another key position to remember!