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Garry Kasparov vs Leonid Yurtaev
15th Soviet Team-ch lower group (1981), Moscow URS, rd 2, May-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bishop Attack Classical Defense (E48)  ·  1-0



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Apr-10-13  Rhialto: I think Black resigned less in view of 31.Qxe6+? which makes the win unnecessarily complicated (for instance 31.Qxe6+ Kf8 32.f7 Rbb8) than 31.Rg1 which as far as I can see, contains an unstoppable threat of 32.Rxg6+ Kf7 33.Qh7+ Ke8 34.Rg8+ winning. After 31.Rg1 Kf7 (to meet 32.Rxg6 with 32...Ke8), 32.Qg7+ wins the rook.
Apr-10-13  Abdel Irada: <<•>Diagnosis by clairvoyance?<•>>

Sometimes a doctor has to question, palpate, test, and question again before offering a diagnosis. On other occasions, though, he need merely look over the patient to "see" an internal pain and know what it means and how to treat it.

When this happens, it can seem uncanny, as if the doctor were using clairvoyance. Of course, the clairvoyance is really nothing more arcane than intuition: the product of intelligence guided by much experience.

Here, many players will find themselves in the role of that doctor. Looking over Black's position, they will see that the e6 square looks "tender," and so they start to palpate to confirm what they already "know": that a touch on this spot will elicit a pain reaction; for, deep inside, there is a dangerous vulnerability echoed in this little tender spot.

Sure enough:

<<•> 29. Rxe6! ... >,

and Black winces.

Of course, he can't reply (a) 29. ...Qxe6 30. Qh6, and mate cannot be avoided.

This leaves

<<•> 29. ...fxe6

30. Qh6 ... >

Yes, that hurts. With the pawn still on f7, this move could have been easily met by ...Qf8. But now the kingside is critically weakened; all is not well.

White threatens mate on g7. Pointless spite checks aside, Black can meet prevent this with any of four moves.

< (1) 30. ...Qf8
31. Qxg6†, Kh8
32. Qxh5†, Kg8
33. Rg1† >

White mates in two.

< (2) 30. ...Rb7
31. Qxg6† ... >

Which way to run?

< (2.1) 31. ...Kf8
32. Rg1 >

Black can delay mate, if he wishes, with (b) 32. ...Rg7 33. Qxg7†, Ke7 34. f7†, when White will queen with discovered check and cut away the remaining defenders.

< (2.2) 31. ...Kh8
32. f7 ... >

The threat is 33. Qh6#, and the answer is one of two:

< (2.2.1) 32. ...e5
33. Rf6, Rxf7 >

It's this or (c) 33. ...Qf8? 34. Qxh5†, Kg7 35. Qh6#.

<34. Rxd6, Rf1†
35. Kg2, Rg8
36. Qxg8† >

White has a rook and a knight to spare.

< (2.2.2) 32. ...Qf8
33. Qxh5†, Kg7
34. Rg1†, Kf6
35. Qg5†, Kxf7
36. Rf1†, Ke8
37. Rxf8† >

Farewell, option (2), which so far holds out best.

< (3) 30. ...Rd7
31. Qxg6†, Kf8 >

Black cannot play (d) 32. ...Kh8? 33. Qxh5†, Kg8 (33. ...Rh7? 34. Qe8†, Qf8 35. Qxf8#) 34. Rg1†, Kf8 35. Qh8†, Kf7 36. Rg7†, Kxf6 37. Qh6†, Kf5 38. Qg5#.

< 32. Rg1 ... >

Also playable is 32. f7, but Black can struggle on with 32. ...Rb8.

The text poses a question: I threaten 33. Qg8#. What do you propose to do about it? The answer does exist, but it's more comic than practical.

< 32. ...Rg7
33. Qxg7†, Ke8
34. f7† >

No matter where Black moves, White queens with check and wins with élan.

One try left.

< (4) 30. ...Kf7
31. Qg7†, Ke8
32. f7† >

This time, White will queen with discovered check.

Black can prolong the struggle in some of these variations, but he must finally succumb to the mortal malady that our inner chessic physician first diagnosed by the "tenderness" of e6.

Apr-10-13  DWINS: FWIW, Houdini prefers <FSR's> line.

After 29.Rxh5 gxh5 30.Ne4!, Black is toast. The knight blocks the fourth rank allowing the combination to succeed. Black's Queen is attacked and has no good square to move to. 30...Qf8 leads to a mate in six starting with 31.Qg5+, while other Queen moves allow 31.Qh6 followed by mate.

Apr-10-13  Abdel Irada: There is an error in my variation (2.2.1). Rather than 32. ...e5? 33. Rf6, White wins faster with the simple 33. Qxd6, Rxd6 34. f8=Q†, Kh7 35. Qxd6 .

Note to <Rhialto>: 31. Rg1!? also looks powerful, and I spent a bit of time on it, but a shade clearer is the direct denudation 31. Qxg6†, when 31. ...Kf8 32. Rg1! wins immediately. Meanwhile, as shown above, 31. ...Kh8 offers no better chances.

Apr-10-13  Alex56171: I saw 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Qh6 Qf8 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32. Qxh5+ Kg8 33. Rg1+ and that's it. Maybe worth half a point.
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  paulalbert: I looked at both Rxh5 and Rxe6 as logical candidates, but wasn't able to work out correctly all the variations to be sure which was correct.
Apr-10-13  Abdel Irada: <paulalbert: I looked at both Rxh5 and Rxe6 as logical candidates, but wasn't able to work out correctly all the variations to be sure which was correct.>

If the latest analysis, offered by <DWINS> above, holds up, they both are. Houdini's 30. Ne4! seems to win in problem-like fashion by interfering with Black's intended defense on the fourth rank.

Apr-10-13  mig55: Dit is een leuke, wit speelt en wint.
Apr-10-13  mig55: 4rlk1
Apr-10-13  Abdel Irada: <al wazir: OK, I'll bite>

Hmm. A bit alarming, that, coming from a golden retriever.

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  whiteshark: <29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Qh6>, and the curtain drops.
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  doubledrooks: I went with 29. Rxe6 and now:

a. 29...Qxe6 30. Qh6 Qxf6 31. Rxf6

b. 29...fxe6 30. Qh6 Rb7 31. Qxg6+

b.1. 31...Kh8 32. f7 Qf8 33. Rf6 Qg7 34. Qxh5+ Qh7 35. f8=Q+ Rxf8 36. Rxf8+ (I actually thought the game could continue 36...Kg7 37. Rf7+, neglecting that the rook was still on b7)

b.2 31...Kf8 32. Rg1 threatening 33. Qg8#

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  kevin86: Black can stop the mate,but white can open attack with queen and rook on the h-file.
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  Jimfromprovidence: The line I saw was 29 Rxe6 Qf8, protecting h6 and threatening 30...fxe6 and 30...Rxb2.

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White now wins with 30 Nxd5, threatening Ne7+.

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If 30..fxe6, then 31 Qxe6+ Qf7 32 Qxf7+ Kxf7 33 Nxb4.

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  al wazir: <Bartimaeus: 30.. Rb7 31. Qxg6+ Kf8 32. Rg1 threatening mate in 1 and forcing black to sacrifice his rook.> Thanks.

Now I see why I haven't yet made GM.

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  al wazir: <Abdel Irada: A bit alarming, that, coming from a golden retriever.> "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." But everyone can tell if you're a fish.
Apr-10-13  Everyone: You're a fish.
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  FSR: <DWINS: FWIW, Houdini prefers <FSR's> line.

After 29.Rxh5 gxh5 30.Ne4!, Black is toast. The knight blocks the fourth rank allowing the combination to succeed. Black's Queen is attacked and has no good square to move to. 30...Qf8 leads to a mate in six starting with 31.Qg5+, while other Queen moves allow 31.Qh6 followed by mate.>

30.Ne4!! is a gorgeous move. If only I'd seen it I'd be demanding double credit. :-)

Apr-10-13  Patriot: Black is up a pawn.

White would love to play 29.Qh6 and 30.Qg7#, but black can defend with 29...Qf8. 29.Rxe6 seems to make it more palatable.


29...fxe6 30.Qh6 Rd7 31.f7+ Rxf7 32.Qxg6+

29...fxe6 30.Qh6 Qf8 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32.Qxh5+ Kg8 33.Rg1+

29...fxe6 30.Qh6 Kf7 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.f7+ Kd7 33.f8=Q+

29...fxe6 30.Qh6 Qd7 31.Qxg6+ Kf8 32.Qh6+ Ke8 33.Rg1

29...fxe6 30.Qh6 Qd7 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32.f7

29...Qxe6 30.Qh6

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  ajk68: The mating threats at the end are beautiful.
Apr-10-13  James D Flynn: Black is 2 pawns up but he has a serious weakness on the dark squares around his K: 29.Qh6 can currently be answered by Qf8, but if the Black Q could be diverted from the d6 to f8 diagonal Qh6 would mate on g7. That brings 29.Rxe6 as a candidate for that would have to be answered by fxe6 since Qxe6 30.Qh6 forces Qxf6 and 31,Rxf6 leaving White up a Q for a R. 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Qh6(threat Qg7#) if now Qf8 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32.Qxh5+ Kg8 33.Rg1+ Qg7 34.Rxg7+ Kf8 35.Qh8#. Black has other options on his 30th move: Kf7, Rb7, Rd7,Qd7,Qc7. 30….Kf7 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.f7+ Kd7 33.f8=Q+ Kc6 34.Qxd6+ Rxd6 and White is up a Q for a R. 30…..Rb7 31.Qxg6+ Kf8 32.Nb5 Qb4 33.Qh6+ Ke8 34.f7+ Rxf7 35.Qxe6+ Qe7 36.Nc7+ Kf8 37.Qh6+ Kg8 38.Rg1+ Rg7 39.Rxg7+ Qxg7 40.Qxg7+ Kxg7 41.Ne6+ Kf6 42.Nxd8 and White is up a N in the endgame with K and 3pawns for each side with an easy win. 30 ---Rd7 31.Qh6+ Ke8 34.Qh8+(if f7+ Rxf7) Kf7 35.Qg7+ Ke8 36.f7+ Kd8 37.f8=Q+ Kc7 38.Qxd6+ Kxd6 39.Qf8+ Re7 40.Rf7 Rb7 41.Nb5+ Kc6 42.Rxe7 Rxb5 and White is up a Q in the ebdgame 30…Qd7(or c7) 31.Qh6+ Ke8 32.f7+ 33.Qxf7 Qh8+ 34,Ke7 Rxf7+ 35.Kxf7 36.Qxd8 and White is up a Q for a R in the endgame.
Apr-10-13  Abdel Irada: <al wazir: <Abdel Irada: A bit alarming, that, coming from a golden retriever.> "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." But everyone can tell if you're a fish.>

And, right on cue:

<Everyone: You're a fish.>

Apr-14-13  offramp: Kasparov will always be World Champion at attacking with queen, rook and one minor piece (preferably a white-squared bishop).
Nov-22-17  Abdullah Alkhalifi: 31. Rg1 Kf7 32. Qg7+ Ke8 33. f7+ Kd7 34. f8=Q+ Kc6 35. Qxd6+ Kxd6 36. Qxb7 Rd7 37. Qa6+ Ke7 38. Rxg6 Rd6 39. Qxa7+ Rd7 40. Rg7+ Kf6 41. Qxd7 Kf5 42. Kg2 Kf4 43. Qxe6 h4 44. Qg4+ Ke3 45. Qf3+ Kd2 46. Qe2+ Kc1 47. Qd1+ Kxb2 48. Na4+ Ka2 49. Qc2+ Ka3 50. Nc5 Kb4 51. Qb3+ Ka5
Jul-09-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for white on move 28.

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