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Garry Kasparov vs Semon Palatnik
"The Knight Stalker" (game of the day Mar-19-2010)
46th URS-ch selection (1978), Daugavpils LAT, rd 7, Jul-??
Alekhine Defense: Modern. Alburt Variation (B04)  ·  1-0

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Mar-19-10  abcpokerboy: <Badmojo>, if you like Kasparov's use of knights, observe the last moves of this game against Leko. I wonder if one piece (other than a queen) has moved so many times consecutively to force the resignation of an opponent.

Kasparov vs Leko, 2001

Mar-19-10  Garech: Great game and great choice for GOTD, very instructive stuff.
Mar-19-10  drpoundsign: good pun but kinda gross. Richard Ramirez likes AC/DC not chess
Mar-19-10  drpoundsign: I studied with Lev Alburt but he is expensive and emphasizes endgames whic I don't survive to play
Mar-19-10  patzer2: Kasparov could have won positionally with 23. Bb3 . However, he chose instead to spring a deep and wonderfully coordinated attack on the weakened castled position with 23. Bxg5!!

This finishing attack is a beauty!

Mar-19-10
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  kevin86: The knights poised like vultures-waiting to strike.
Mar-19-10  Riverbeast: The Alburt variation is weak...Black is just begging for a butt kicking like this
Mar-19-10  WhiteRook48: the knights did everything in this game
Mar-19-10  alexrawlings: What a fantastic game!

I was wondering why black didn't try 26.. exf5.

I think he can't afford to leave the d5 square for the white knight as he would have followed up with 27 Nd5 which would lead to either

a) 27.. Qf8 28 Qh7#;

b) 27.. Qd8 28 Qh7+ Kf8 29 Ne6+ Ke7 30 Nxd8 and white is a up a queen and three pawns for two bishops

or c) 27.. Qe8 28 Nc7 followed by 29 Nce6 and mate should follow with 30 Qh7#

Mar-19-10
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  al wazir: How does white proceed after 24...f6 ? If 25. Nxg5, then 25...Rf7.
Aug-10-11  DrMAL: Kasparov describes this fabulous and instructive game in his "My Story" video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s_v...

After 25...Rf7 GM Palatnik offered 15-year-old Kasparov a draw. Not wishing to be impolite he responded with 26.Bxf5! LOL.

Nov-28-11  indoknight: another Kasparov game where he use the knight with brilliant combination! Huebner vs Kasparov, 1986
Apr-13-13  Balmo: This is my favourite Kasparov game, played right at the start of what was to be an incredible chess career. Happy Birthday Garry Kimovich!
Apr-13-13  RookFile: I like the rook lift.
Jan-29-14  Sularus: A simpler path from Kaspy himself (Test of Time, page 7):

23. h4 gxh4
24. Qg4! f5 (24. ... Ng6 25. Qh5)
25. exf6 Nxf6
26. Nxf6+ Rxf6
27. Rxf6 Qxf6
28. Qe4! Rd8
29. Qh7+ Kf8
30. Nb5! "with a decisive attack".

Jun-17-14  Eusebius: Wonderful game by Garry. I like this balance of attack and defense.
Jun-17-14  tonsillolith: <Badmojo: Any player in the history of chess use his knights better than Kasparov?>

<abcpokerboy: <Badmojo>, if you like Kasparov's use of knights, observe the last moves of this game against Leko. I wonder if one piece (other than a queen) has moved so many times consecutively to force the resignation of an opponent.

Kasparov vs Leko, 2001>

Check out the havoc Ivanchuk's knight wreaks toward the end here: Ivanchuk vs DeFirmian, 1990

Feb-16-15  Diabolicaal: who say's bishops are better than knights?
Aug-25-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

<Riverbeast: The Alburt variation is weak...Black is just begging for a butt kicking like this>

As an Alekhine player, I can corroborate this. If Black plays ...g6 while there is still a white pawn on e5, and White can force him to defend with ...e6, Black's kingside dark-square complex is fatally compromised.

Aug-26-16
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  perfidious: In my best days, I had a line prepared for Alburt in the Alekhine's if we were ever to meet at the board, though my preference was generally to open 1.d4/c4. My recollection is that he put up massive scores with such lines in the eighties, though the consensus was the positions Alburt got in these middlegames were dodgy.
Apr-08-17  maelith: Kasparov is a tactical monster.
Dec-25-18  MrJafari: Great for me! I'll save this in two collections for the first time I think...
Oct-26-20  fisayo123: Devastating combination from Kasparov. All the pieces participate in the attack
Jun-08-21
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  HeMateMe: Is this a good opening for average club players? Whites pawn structure looks shaky. Of course GK gets the initiative and murders his opponent but is it a good line for regular joes?
Jun-08-21
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  perfidious: <HMM>, the 'best' openings for average players are: anything which suits their tastes.
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