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Peter Korzubov vs Garry Kasparov
URS-chT U20 (1977), Moscow URS
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation (B80)  ·  0-1



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Jun-22-03  alonso666: sorry, but that was a horible blunder
Apr-25-04  ToTheDeath: It must have been a time pressure scramble. After 34. R7d2! Bxd2 35. Nd7 (threatening Qf8#) Qc8 36. Rxd2 the game is over.

Kasparov is a terror even in losing positions.

Apr-25-04  ToTheDeath: If 35...Bxg2+ in the above variation instead of Qc8 then white just takes the bishop with his king and and runs over to the queenside. Black has no perpetual.
Jun-18-04  Prophylaxis: Korzubov vs Kasparov, 1977
Oct-11-05  AlexanderMorphy: Big blunder which costs him the game...but Kasparov did play well and deserved it in the end!
May-09-06  TheWhiteRider: It feels good to see that they too make blunders
Aug-21-07  adnol: Thought only I am capable of such mistakes :-)

Korzubov almost had Kasparov in this one :-)

Sep-22-07  watergun7: Well... Gazza was only 14...
Dec-05-07  smarterthanbobby: crisp ending
wt? f start
was this history
or was it art...

why can't garry and bobby play a game,
because in this cruel world there's
the brillant and the insane...

I pick bobby, if It was to win out,
no ties in the set, but I would
keep my money close, I would never
make a real bet...

A treat for you all, thanks for loving chess, have a good christmas new years and god bless!

it's just a game all, no playing
chess on new years... ok... relax
and smell the roses!

May-08-08  shinto: white would have easily won the match if he had palyed 34.Rd8 instead of that blunder move 34.Qh4!! Then White need just one move to make white checkmate!! Then next move is Ne6!! Game over!!
May-08-08  spinal pat: After 34.Rd8 Bxg2+ 35.Kg2 Qg4+ 36.Kf1 Qf3+ 37 Ke1 Qf2# I think, or am I (probably) missing something?
Jan-23-09  Kaspykov: After 34. Rd8 Kasparov checkmate and win...

the right move is R7d2

May-26-11  ColdSong: Certainly more than an only weak move in this one.
Nov-09-11  robca: Why was 13... Rxc3 made? At another point kasparov could of took a rook with his bishop and passed...
Nov-09-11  Shams: <robca> Shredder 12 also prefers 17...Bxe1 (first choice) with only a small edge for White, +0.65: 18.fxe6 Bxc3! 19.e7 Qc8 20.exf8=Q+ Nxf8.

Black's 18th move in that variation is part of the answer to your question <Why was 13... Rxc3 made?>. For a material investment equal to a pawn Black gets the Bishop pair, more pawns in the center and a host of weak White pawns to attack, and weak squares to occupy, as 18...Bxc3 would grab the long diagonal for Black's bishop in that line. The exchange sacrifice on c3 is quite a common idea in Sicilian games.

Mar-27-12  screwdriver: I was rooting for Kasparov in this game, but it looks like he should've lost!
Oct-27-16  MrJafari: I think it was White's right to win, although Kasparov made a sacrifice that was not so fruitful...
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  HeMateMe: white loses his queen trying to stop a mating net. Kasparov's piece play is extraordinary. He seems to know the result of an exchange sac 20 moves in advance.

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