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Smbat Lputian vs Garry Kasparov
"Gulliver and the Lputian" (game of the day Jul-29-2009)
Tbilisi (1976), rd 2
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  0-1



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Dec-16-05  Jim Bartle: Thirteen years old...Well, this can't really count as brilliant, since it was obviously a prepared line cooked up using 70s-era computer programs by K and his junior-high buddies.
Dec-17-05  sucaba: 18. ♔f1 ♖xb1+ 19. ♘xb1 ♕xe4 20. ♗xg7 ♕xb1+ 21. ♕d1 ♕f5+ 22. ♗f3 ♔xg7 23. cxd6 should lead to a draw, too.
Jan-30-06  goragoragora: Yeah. Perhaps better played at
the previous 'Watsongimmes'.
Jan-30-06  trolls: Ha, ha! That's funny! I get that
you must mean that Black's opening
play is practically a blow by blow
straight out of John Watson's book
on the K.I.D.? It does kind of
look familiar!
Should we check 14 year-old Gazz's
bookshelf at this time?

Alright, let's not razz Gazz for
being a harder workier than his
opponent, huh? But still...

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  technical draw: I don't want to be stoned (or maybe I do?) but I don't think this is such a great game.
Nov-17-06  Maatalkko: <technical draw> A better question is: ARE you stoned?
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  technical draw: Maybe I just have a Lputian mind.
Nov-21-06  Maatalkko: <technical draw> Good one. I concede defeat, I can't think up another pun. I was tyring to come up with something related to Smbat and smoking bud...but I can't do it. Maybe I should have slept last night.
Mar-11-07  Jgamazo: 16. ... Nxe4!! is the most beautiful shocking move in this game. White's reply 17.fxe4 is forced ( 1f 17.Nxe4 Rb1+!) now comes 17. ... Qh4+ to exploit the fact both rooks can be forked by the queen on e4. 18.g3? an instincual move by the shocked Lputian is a blunder. Both 18.Bf2 as mentioned by KingG and 18.Kf1 Rxb1+ see Quigley vs Henry Chicago open 1987 lead to draws. After 18. ... Rb1+ 19.Kf2 (if 19.Nxb1 Qxe4 forks N and Rook) comes 19. ... Rb2!! another shock to the system. 20.gxh4 (if 20.Qxb2 Bxd4+!). And after a technical sequence of captures you get the last nail in the coffin 23. ... Rxc3+! going into a winning endgame. White's pawns are all weak and his bishop is bad, which means his rook will have to be on the defensive. Eventually the f pawn marchs down the file to exchange White's last piece or he will inevitably lose the piece defending a pawn. A 12 year old kid thinks for 25 minutes on move 9 and decides the course of the game 15 moves ahead. Now that's amazing. My comments are based on the observations of Igor Stohl and Graham Burgess.
Mar-12-07  setebos: The Great man slays a Lilliputian :)
May-02-07  Skylark: I love the purpose of 15. ... c5. You tell anyone looking at this position cold that the point was to set up a queen fork of h1 and b1 on e4 and they'd probably look at you funny. 15. ... c5 is amazingly deep; though 15. Be2 looks natural, it allows the combination. Even 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nd5 would have been safer (though bad for white). But who would have seen the crushing 16. bxc5 Nxe4!! A grand concept that the game culminated to. I was looking for e4 sacrifices for a while when I was analysing the game (for example, after 10. ... Nd4! white wouldn't want to play 11. Bxd4? exd4 12. Qxd4?? Nxe4! - after noting this theme I looked for various sacrifices of this nature, and initially wanted to play 14. ... c5 a move early. But Kasparov's 14. ... Re8!, a calm-before-the-storm move, sets everything in place.

The endgame was also played marvellously, and with the queen trade after 19. ... Rb2!, the sequence ... Rc2 and ... Rxc3! is not something everyone would play. Rather than giving white chances with his central pawns, black confidently goes into a technically won endgame, beginning by building up on the e4 pawn, then coming up with some nice tactical shots to win the bishop for the f-pawn (34. ... Bg4!, 36. ... Bf5!, 37. ... Bxd3! and of course the beautiful final touch, 38. ... Rf1!, where after 39. Rxf1 Bxf1 40. Kc3 Kg7 41. a6 Kf6 42. a7 Bg2, followed by marching the king to d4 and soon enough white will be in zugzwang and will have to give up all his pawns.

<KingG> I think you're neglecting the line 22. Bc3, and although the position isn't winning for black, it isn't a draw yet ie 22. ... Bf3 23. Bd4+ Kf1 24. Bd7 and black can play for a win (although it's probably drawn). Still, it's not like it would be easy to calculate over the board, and I definitely don't think Lputin thought he would be winning after 18. g3?

<The actual combination itself after 15. ...c5! is very nice but not that difficult to calculate for Kasparov(even if he was only 13).> Sorry but I don't agree here at all, white had many options after 17. ... Qh4+, and Kasparov apparently spent the most time on move 14 and then only 15 minutes on the following combination. I highly doubt that anyone can say they can easily calculate the arising variations from move 14 accurately - most computer software would need hours to do it.

Mar-24-08  sallom89: nice game, deserves attention...
May-08-08  KingG: <Skylark> <<KingG> I think you're neglecting the line 22. Bc3, and although the position isn't winning for black, it isn't a draw yet ie 22. ... Bf3 23. Bd4+ Kf1 24. Bd7 and black can play for a win (although it's probably drawn).>

Yes, but after 18.Bf2 Bxc3 19.Bxh4 Rxb1+ 20.Kf2 Bxd2 21.Rxb1 dxc5 22.Rb8 Bc3, there is no need to play the passive 23.Bf3, even though it still probably draws. Instead 23.Bg5, with the idea of Be3, and also threatening Bg4 looks good. The immediate 23.Bg4 isn't possible because of 23.Bg4 f5! 24.exf5 Be1+, winning the bishop, and at the next move threatening mate if the White King goes to the back rank.

In any case, exchanging down to this endgame would definitely have been the safer way to get a draw, even if White hadn't found all the best moves afterwards.

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  jessicafischerqueen: 16...Nxc4!!

Unbelievable tactical vision.

Kasparov surely calculated this out before offering his Knight-- after his c-file Rook invades, it is only apparently <en prise> twice in a row.

White cannot capture the Rook on c1 with his Knight, because the Knight is <OVERLOADED>- he must stay to protect the e-pawn or else

<Rxe4!> and White's position collapses on the spot.

Then <Kasparov> puts his Rook on prise again with


Again, the Rook is immune because the White Queen is <OVERLOADED>.

It cannot take the Rook on b2 because the Queen must stay to defend the DSB or else

<20...Bxd4+!!> and again White's position Collapses entirely.

So at the end of this brilliant Tactical sequence <Kasparov> is up the exchange, has the initiative, and has a better position.

Brilliant-- He was 13 years old at the time.

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  ToTheDeath: A great game, although I don't think it's quite on the level of Byrne-Fischer 1956-- for one thing the tactical motifs of a pawn sacrifice to plant a knight on d4 and tactics on the e1-h4 diagonal after Nxe4 were all well known resources against the Saemisch.

Fischer's planting a knight en prise on a4 in that game and then sacing his queen were far more original and impressive.

Sep-05-08  dwavechess: Rybka agrees with Kasparov 76% and 71% with Lputian
Sep-11-08  dwavechess: Down to 68% with rybka 3 w32 at 3 minutes per move for kasparov
Sep-11-08  myschkin: . . .

Annotated (in Spanish):

Sep-12-08  dwavechess: With R3 differences increase because Lputian makes 58%
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  whiteshark: <18.Rf1!? es otra interesante respuesta, muy poco analizada.>

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Jul-29-09  whatthefat: I seem to remember voting on and rather enjoying this pun. Nice work, whoever it was!
Jul-29-09  lzromeu: Indeed. kasparov was a giant.
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  kevin86: White thought that he saved the game with a double attack-but was countered.
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  Arthur.J.Fizelbotom: <Smbat Gariginovich Lputian> "I'd like to buy a vowel..."
Jul-29-09  WhiteRook48: 5...Nc6?!?!?!?!
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