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Adrian Mikhalchishin vs Garry Kasparov
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi URS, rd 12, Dec-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Matanovic Attack (B82)  ·  1-0



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Oct-31-05  Steppenwolf: The last twenty moves were useless, Kasparov being 2 pawns down and white with the initiative. At move 60 (Qf8), game over. Why did Kasparov go on? Hoping for some patzer mistake at that level? Anyway, a good game with lots of action (and 4 queens for a very short while).
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  Phony Benoni: When he was only fiftenn, Kasparov was not yet Kasparov. In his mature years, he would not lose a game where he had three different queens at one point or another.

The position after the queen trade following 56.a8Q Q6b6+ 57.Qxb6+ Qxb6+:

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is a tablebase win for White, but he still has to be careful: 58.Ka3? Qc5+!, and Black draws! For example, 59.Kb3 Qb5+ 60.Ka2 (60.Ka3 Qc5+) Qc4+ 61.Kb2 Qb5+ 62.Ka1 Qf1+, etc.

But White avoids this and never lets the win slip. The seeming indecision before move 72 is probably an attempt to make the time control or adjourn. There are still traps, though; for instance, after 72.Qd7+ Kh8:

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73.Kb3?? Qf7+! would be frustrating.

Nov-18-11  KOCMOHAYT: Why not ...36 Qa4?
Apr-12-12  Whitehat1963: Definitely worthy of of Game of the Day.
Jan-02-21  m.okun: Four queens on the board!
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  perfidious: <PB....The seeming indecision before move 72 is probably an attempt to make the time control or adjourn....>

Given that the third time check was at move 72, it appears White simply wanted to get there before committing himself, though an earlier c4 looks innocuous enough on the whole.

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  master8ch: Speaking of move 72, White missed 72.Qd3+, ending the game right there.

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