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Garry Kasparov vs Igor Efimov
URS-ch U20 (1977), Riga, rd 3, Jan-??
French Defense: Winawer. Maroczy-Wallis Variation (C18)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-23-05  who: Weird that Kasparov took such an early draw with a promising position. I guess it's because he was young.
Apr-30-06  GarryBonaparte: 'If not yoo, then...?'
Apr-30-06  Prugno: Igor Efimov (now one of Italy's top players and an excellent coach and trainer) told me about this game once. It was a junior team event and the ONLY game Kasparov didn't win, thus stopping him from making a 100% score. Garry was surprised by a novelty Igor had prepared with the help of his teammate Azmaiparashvili (they're both Georgians), so much so that he offered the draw himself in a still very unclear position.
Jan-18-08  The Chess Express: White has to play 8. Qxg7 in this line. Otherwise black’s dubious 7…Ne7 is justified. After 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 Nbc6 10. f4 cxb2 11. Bxb2 Nxb4 12. Nf3 black has no material to offset white’s advantage.
Jan-18-08  The Chess Express: Incidentally, black’s best answer to 7. Qg4 (and one that is not covered yet in the OE) is Kf8!? After 8. Nf3 Qc7 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. Qf4 f6 11. 0-0! The position is unclear, but I’ll take white.
Aug-08-08  ToTheDeath: 18.Bxf5! gxf5 (forced) 19. Qg3 Qe7 20.Rdc1! Bc6 21. Be3 followed by Nd4 and Bg5, with a huge positional advantage (what is the knight doing on a4?)
Sep-16-15  The Kings Domain: Tense and interesting game by the youngsters, too bad they drew, the position held a lot of promise.
Apr-09-17  MrJafari: Black played smartly. He once approximately traped White's queen...

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