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Garry Kasparov vs Jaan Ehlvest
"Ehlvest Has Left the Building" (game of the day Aug-09-2016)
Team Tournament (1978), Baku, rd 2, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Polugayevsky Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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Sep-01-06  euripides: 8...h6 is not found elsewhere in this database. The usual approach, which was introduced (as Honza said above) by Polugavsky and has been intensively analysed, is 8...dxe5 9 fxe5 Qc7. I don't know the current state of play on the theory of that line.

On <13...Nf8> I like the look of 14 Qf3 e.g. 14....Ra7 15 exd6. 14...d5 looks like the game though 15 Nf5 may then be worth consdering.

Sep-02-06  Albertan: <euripides: The usual approach, which was introduced (as Honza said above) by Polugavsky and has been intensively analysed, is 8...dxe5 9 fxe5 Qc7. I don't know the current state of play on the theory of that line.>

Hi euripedes. The current state of play in this line is that after 9...Qc7 the most often played continuation is 10.exf6 Qe5+ 11.Be2 Qxg5 12.Qd3 Qxf6 13.Rf1 Qe5 14.Rd1 Ra7 15.Nf3 Qc7 16.Nf5 f5 17.Qd4 Qe7 18.Bh5+ g6 19.Qxh8 Qxg4 as played in Ebenfelt- Unander SWE-ch 1984,Hellers-Polugaevsky Haninge 1989, Koch-Gallagher Lyon op 1993, and Castelfranchi-Leroy Budapest FS07 IM, 1994.

Sep-05-06  patzer2: Yeah it looks like Elvis (Ehlvest) left the building early with 8...h6?, and Kasparov was the one saying "thank you, thank you very much!"

After 9. Bh4! this game is pretty much a foot note in the opening as to why not to play 8...h6? Kasparov's followup 15. Rhf1! initiates a decisive combination to exploit Black's lack of development and helplessly exposed King position.

Sep-05-06  patzer2: Instead of 8...h6?, Black should play 8...dxe5 9. fxe5 Qc7! = as in B Savchenko vs I Cheparinov, 2005.
Nov-04-07  sallom89: Kasparov was being paul morphy wanna be :p
he did let his opponent to feel that he can advance and attack.

Mar-29-08  sallom89: <sallom89: Kasparov was being paul morphy wanna be :p he did let his opponent to feel that he can advance and attack.>

that sounded childish...

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  HeMateMe: The opening itself seems pretty ugly for black. Knight, stuck on h7, in a blown open king side? Looks horrible, and thats apparently the desired setup.
May-15-09  Ychromosome: This game makes me very happy.
May-15-09  hedgeh0g: What a game! Look at how many pawn moves Black plays in his first 9 moves!
May-15-09  whiteshark: <EmperorAtahualpa> Thanks for explaining the pun a few years in advance... :D
May-15-09  kevin86: Why should black resign here? He is playing the young chess phenom (and future champion) and is a knight and two pawns to the bad.
May-15-09  hedgeh0g: <kevin86> Didn't you just answer your own question?
May-15-09  ungeneral: <kevin86> It is worse than that, it's mate to follow soon
May-15-09  wgb: The same thing I noticed and was about to post...Nd6+...what am I missing?
May-15-09  WhiteRook48: Disaster
May-15-09  AnalyzeThis: You pretty much have to be a lunatic to play this way against Kasparov, but in Ehlvest's defense, Kasprov was still a junior then, not yet at his peak strength.
May-16-09  kevin86: my post was a bit of sarcasm. I guess it was a poor one.
Dec-22-13  AlbertodaCruz: Merry Christmas and that in 2014 our dreams become realities. Thank you all for this wonderful 2013 for the development of our beloved Chess
Nov-18-15  paramount: 16.Ncb5 is a good move, its almost a miracle.

But i myself as a 2700+ player prefers 16.Bg6, its easier to calculate.

Aug-09-16  belgradegambit: Ehlvest was only 16 at the time. I'm sure Gary was already known as a superstar junior.
Aug-09-16  kevin86: Black has two strikes again and the third is on the way.
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  Honza Cervenka: Good game by young Gazza but bit too much one-sided. He even missed some much better opportunities in the process. For example, 21.Bb5 is winning instantly, as the Knight cannot retreat for 22.Qb6+ with much more crushing effect, and 21...d4 can be followed by 22.Rxd4! Nxd4 23.Qxd4 and black is absolutely helpless despite of extra Rook. And of course, I see no reason why not simply 27.Nxh8 Bxh8 28.Qxg5.
Aug-09-16  morfishine: <Honza Cervenka> Excellent analysis and very nice post as usual!

You are one of my favorite posters, particularly for analysis


Aug-09-16  RandomVisitor: After 8...dxe5 9.fxe5 Qc7 10.exf6 Qe5+ 11.Be2 Qxg5 black is not without problems

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<+0.48/41 12.0-0> Ra7 13.Qd3 Rd7 14.Ne4 Qe5 15.Nf3 Qxb2 16.Qe3 Bb7 17.Rab1 Qxa2 18.c4 Bxe4 19.fxg7 Bxg7 20.Qxe4 Rd6 21.Ng5 Rd4 22.Qe3 Qd2 23.Qxd2 Rxd2 24.Bh5 Bd4+ 25.Kh1 Rf2 26.Rxf2 Bxf2 27.cxb5 Be3 28.Nxe6 Kd7 29.Ng7 axb5 30.Rxb5 Kc6 31.Rf5 Kb6 32.Rxf7 Nc6 33.Nf5 Bc5 34.g3 Rf8 35.Rxf8 Bxf8 36.Kg2 Kc5 37.Bf3 Ne7 38.Ne3 Kd4 39.Kf2 Bh6 40.Nc2+ Kd3 41.Ne1+ Kd2

Aug-09-16  RandomVisitor: Apparently 7...b5?! invited complications after 8.e5 that could not be met.
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