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Garry Kasparov vs Andrei Sokolov
Team Tournament (1978), Baku, rd 8, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation (B83)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-29-04  chess4games: kasparov plays really good in this game. Interesting.
Apr-20-06  HamasHamas: Kasparov playing bad Chess, and
getting away with it. And it's shameful.

Move 12: A Scotch with f4 out.

Yet we can't play 12...d5?, without
a very bad French happening after
13 e5.

That points to the solution: 12...e5!
first, and after 13 f5?! d5! 14 ed
Nb4!, equalizing cleanly, except
that White may need to equalize at
this point.


An acceptable alternative, maybe
even envisioning the creative solution at move 18 (!!).

If 13 e5? Ng4!


Bringing a d-pawn back seems to
defeat Black's whole purpose in
playing the Sicilian, yet he has
captured an important attacking
piece. Nevertheless, this move will
virtually mandate Black's 18th, so
it's good that that move is intended.


'Play for material gain. Whatever
your opponent give, you take, unless
you see a good reason not to.'
- Bobby

Kudos to Bobby, and here there is no
good reason not to play 19...fxe4!,
winning a pawn.

27 Nxd6? Boyish bravado, and
completely unsound.

28...Qf8? ANY retreat but this.
The rest is not worth commentary.

Mar-23-07  sharkbenjamin: Complications when you need them. He is a master at that.
Sep-02-07  metatron2: <HamasHamas> I don't think u really checked your suggestions deeply before overruling the choices made by these two great players (even though they were quite young at the time they were already very strong). First u just give comments about opening alternatives, and then u decide that black should have taken the pawn with 19.. fe : while that maybe true, u cannot just decide that it is a pawn given for no reason by Kasparov without checking it deeply: u should note that 19.. fe releases the blockade on the dangerous white f pawn and opens up the h3-c8 diagonal for the white queen, which by itself can be considered as reasonable compensation, for example: 19.. fe 20. ng5 .. fd 21. Bc5 bc (dc) 22 Qh3 h6 23 ne6 and f5 seems quite dangerous for black. And finally u decide that 27 nd6 is "boyish" sac, yet it is obvious that it is a very well planened sac that started back with 25 nb5 (why else would garry play nb5 then?), and it is quite a strong sac too. U say that any other move then 28.. qf8 was winning, but what move? there aren't many places for the black queen out there u see and all these places leave Bg7 unprotected against the devistating rd7 penetration (which is possible thanks to nd6! "boyish" sac...).

So u see, next time, u should double check yourself before criticizing the greatest...

Jul-26-17  bla bla: why not 19...fxe4?
Jul-26-17  Nerwal: <why not 19...fxe4?>

After 19... fxe4 20. ♘g5 White develops a dangerous attack.

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