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Garry Kasparov vs Aidyn Guseinov
Moscow (1976), rd 3
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Jan-30-05  yossimimon: Hello.
what should be the white respond if move number 21 of black was Qxb2 instead of Bb7?

thank you.

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  tpstar: <yossimimon> Hello! Welcome to the group! I saw your question before but found nothing better than 21 ... Bxh6 22. Bxd7 Bxd7 23. Nf6+ & 24. Nxd7 which is an even trade. Now I think the idea was 21 ... Bxh6 22. Rf2 Qb3 23. Bc4! winning the Queen (23 ... Qxc4 24. Nf6+), but after 21 ... Bb7 the Queen may retreat to c8. On 21 ... Qxb2 White may try 22. Nf6+ Nxf6 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. Qxf6+ & 25. d7 and the passed Pawn is very strong. See you around.
Feb-04-05  aw1988: He's asking what about 21...Qxb2 instead of 21...Bb7? Well... let's see:

First off, the best move appears to be 21...Bxh6, with an approximately even game.

21...Bb7?, however, appears to lose: 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Rae1 Bxe4 24. Rxe4! and although it is not a crushing win, black over the board has small hopes of surviving.

Now to the real question, 21...Qxb2. This unfortunately for Guseinov also loses: 22. Rab1!

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  beatgiant: <aw1988>
<21...Qxb2. This unfortunately for Guseinov also loses: 22. Rab1!> Could you give the details of the line? In particular, what happens after 21...Qxb2 22. Rab1 Qd4?

<tpstar> On 21...Qxb2 22. Nf6+, how about 22...Bxf6 23. Rxf6 Qd4!? 24. Qxd4 exd4 25. Bxd7 Bxd7 26. Bxf8 Rxf8, going into an ending with two pawns for the exchange?

Feb-04-05  Cyphelium: <all below> On 21.- ♕xb2, the suggested 22. ♘f6+ appears to be unplayable, since on 22.- ♗xf6 23. ♖xf6, black plays 23.- ♕xa1+. A better try might be 22. ♗xg7 ♔xg7 23. ♕e7, which, apart from threatening 24. ♗xd7, also could lead to disaster on f7: 23.- ♖a7 24. ♗c4 etc.
Feb-04-05  aw1988: <21...Qxb2 22. Rab1! Qd4> 23. Rbd1!
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  beatgiant: <aw1988>
<21...Qxb2 22. Rab1! Qd4 23. Rbd1!> I still need more detail. For example, what happens (played out to the win) after 23...Qb6 or 23...Qa7?

<22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Qe7 Ra7 24. Bc4> Interesting idea. Also 23...Nb6 24. Ng5. So maybe Black tries 23...Qd4 24. Ng5 Qd5 25. Bxd7 Bxd7 26. Qxd7 Rad8, hoping to end with three pawns for a piece.

Feb-04-05  aw1988: Sorry, I do admit I have been a little lazy on the details.

23...Qb6 24. Bxg7 (finally!) Kxg7 25. Qe7! (or Bxd7 where if Bxd7 there follows 26. Qf6+ and if Kg8 27. Qxe5 , where if Kh7 there is 27. Ng5+ and if Kg8 here, Nxf7 is obviously decisive, and Ng5+ Kh6 Nxf7+ and black must give up the rook, otherwise Kh7 Qg5! forming a nice little mating net)

So back to Qe7: it threatens the capture on d7, and if 25...Ra7 white has 26. Ng5! with the threat of Rxf7+!, 25...Qd8 26. Rxf7+! and black must give up a queen via Rxf7 Qxd8, otherwise he is mated. 25...Rd8 is obviously a fatal weakening of f7, where 25...Qa7 is again met by 26. Ng5!.

Feb-04-05  aw1988: Of course, if I continue posting lazy lines I might change my user name. Perhaps Blackburne1898 would suit?
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  beatgiant: <aw1988>
Thanks. A position that needs a lot of calculation.

So to summarize, 21...Qxb2 22. Rab1! Qd4 23. Rbd1! Qb6 25. Qe7 wins with the threats against f7 and d7.

How about 23...Qa7 here? It looks like the same idea with 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qe7 Nc5 26. d7 is crushing.

But this makes me wonder why not the immediate 21...Qxb2 <22. Bxg7> Kxg7 23. Qe7 with all the same ideas? I think it's because Black has 23...Bb7! with the counterattack toward g2, so White wants to chase the queen away first.

Then what happens on 21...Qxb2 22. Rab1 Qa2? Now we use <tpstar>'s motif with 23. Bc4! Qxa4 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qe7, again with the big attack on f7.

Feb-04-05  aw1988: Ah, sorry, I forgot to look at Qa7. One moment...
Feb-04-05  aw1988: 23...Qa7 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Qe7 looks like it is winning as well. Nevertheless, with the cramped pieces, he will eventually.
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  beatgiant: Both <tpstar> and <aw1988> think that <21 ... Bxh6 22. Bxd7 Bxd7 23. Nf6+ & 24. Nxd7 which is an even trade>, but to me this looks dangerous for Black: 23...Kg7 24. Nxd7 and if the rook moves, 25. Qf6+. So Black goes for two pawns for the exchange with 24...Qxb2 25. Nxf8 Rxf8 26. Qe7, and it looks like Black is in serious trouble contending with the d-pawn combined with the threats against f7.
Feb-04-05  aw1988: Even if the rook does not move, Qf6+ and white is winning. After 24...Qxb2 25. Nxf8 Rxf8 26. Qe7 white is winning, so instead of 22...Bxd7?? it is far better to play 22...Bb7! using your own motif of using the Bb7 to create counterplay. What results is a very dynamic, but equal position.
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  beatgiant: <all>
Thanks, very enlightening material.

Also, on <tpstar>'s 21 ... Bxh6 22. Rf2 Qb3 23. Bc4 Qxc4 24. Nf6+ Nxf6 25. Qxc4 Ng4, Black already has three minor pieces and can win more by chasing White's rook around (26. Rf3 Bb7 27. Rb3 Bf4 28. h3 Ne3, etc.)

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  beatgiant: One final point for the sake of completeness: after 21...Qxb2 22. Rab1! Qd4 23. Rbd1! Qb2 24. Rd2! finally chases the queen off the second rank, after which White can play the usual winning maneuver with Bxg7, Qe7 etc.
Feb-07-05  yossimimon: <all of you>
Thank you!
Feb-28-09  Iron Chess: You could already see the original style and development of Garry Kasparov.
Mar-02-09  ChristopherCXF: The move bh6 was horrible. Black simple moves Bxh6, white: Rf2 black: g4! PWNED!

Jul-22-09  pericles of athens: 21. Bh6 is a stunna! damn!
Mar-26-11  kbeez: .....21Bxh6 loses quickly for black,white plays 22Bxd7..Bxd7 23Nf6+..Kg7 24Nxd7..Rd8 25Qf6+,massive advantage for white i think
Feb-10-15  MrJafari: I would play like Kasparov if I would see moves like him!

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