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Garry Kasparov vs Lev Polugaevsky
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi URS, rd 4, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Sep-15-05  chessnewbie: why not 14. ....gxh5?
Sep-15-05  RookFile: I think Kasparov overextended himself, and black should win. 14...gxh5 is fine, nothing wrong with it. But what Polugaevsky did wasn't bad, he just needs to play
16....Bxf3 17. Bxc7 Bxh5 18. Bxd8 Kxd8. Black's pieces are a little tangled up (otherwise, you'd say he is simply winning), but I think the problems are managable, and black can hope for victory.
Feb-21-06  HamasHamas: This is just a bad game.
Jan-07-07  myschkin: In the end first the knight and after that the black rook will fall due to two "x-ray" attacks. Nice finish indeed.
Jan-03-11  grin44: 14. ..., gxh5 would be a terrible mistake, ending in total destruction of black's kingside. Anyway, in the end Polugayevsky makes horrible move 45. ..., Kc5. If 45. ..., Kc6, then there is quite interesting game ahead.
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  Sastre: 14...gxh5 is a good move. Black is fine after <15.Qd4 f6 16.Bf4 c5 17.Qe3 Qc6>.
Feb-13-11  th3doctor: 45. ...Kc5 is just a huge blunder. if 45. ...Kc6 black will continue to fight for a much longer time.
Apr-07-11  wordfunph: according to Jan Timman's book The Art of Chess Analysis..

"...Polugaevsky went wrong only in the endgame, after refusing a draw offer."

Dec-04-13  david9000: If 18. Qg7 Qg6 19. Rxe7+ Nxe7 20. Qxh8+ Kd7 21. Rd1+ then Bd5- (which I hadn't seen- too busy
thinking about bad king moves and checkmate..)
Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: After the Sicilian: Kan opening, Kasparov dominated the Center-Holds. The illuminescence of the Rooks-Knights made for Center-Squares-Chess. There is something worth a keeps when there, among the lilies, is a polish and a satisfaction-of-chess from the aroma of victory-well-earned in the seems. There are, in the historicals of pirates and princesses, an ample bounty of the finer things, and a deep-chess-game-Tournament is one of the most tawdry. Garry Kasparov here has manifested his genius as Grandmaster of Note.
Dec-10-16  Dave12: 16..Bxf6 is not good enough. 17.Bxc7 Bxh5 18.Bxd8 Kxd8 Rd1+ is a very bad position for black, despite material advantage
Jul-31-19  fisayo123: Kasparov was only 15 at the time and Polugaevsky was in the top 10 of the world.
Nov-22-22  Ninas Husband: A wonderful victory for the 15 year old prodigy. I wonder whatever happened to him? :)

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