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Garry Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson
"Ulf's Bane" (game of the day Nov-16-2017)
Interpolis 5th (1981), Tilburg NED, rd 8, Oct-11
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Andersson Variation (E12)  ·  1-0

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May-06-12  Blunderdome: Great game. I guess Garry was 18 at the time?
May-10-12  DanielBryant: I wonder if Kasparov already had the d5 sac in his mind when he played 10.b4. The position required vigorous play on White's part just to avoid Black clamping down on the kingside (such as by cycling the knight to c4), and it's remarkable how Black's position suddenly implodes after the d5 sac disrupts the harmony of Black's pieces.
Jul-09-12  The Last Straw: got 43 on guess the move
Sep-30-12  WiseWizard: Brute force, levels and levels above the competition, modern Morphy.
Feb-18-13  morfishine: Powerful attacking game by Kasparov

A positional lemon by Andersson

May-23-13
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  Zugged: This game was crystal clear for me- in a variation i like as White. 71 on guess the move Ulf must have had a long night before this one
Nov-16-17  newzild: I've never been a Kasparov fan, but this is a very impressive performance.

The 14. d5 sacrifice is so typical of his style.

Nov-16-17
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  Richard Taylor: Anderson played one of the great games against Kasparov. It was a brilliant "draw". His manoeuvrings were extraordinary and Kasparov couldn't break through. Anderson won an award for his game even though it was 'only' a draw.
Nov-16-17
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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Kasparov here of course. I think I saw a number of these kinds of attacks and sacrifices by Kasparov as GM Murray Chandler used to publish them in those days in the NZ Listener. Seeing them it was clear he was to be the next World Champion.

Deep sacrifices based on positional factors.

Nov-16-17
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  Richard Taylor: Ulf does mean wolf (I believe). Someone told me once, not sure if it is true, that the word for wolf, in various similar forms is the most 'universal' word in the European languages...
Nov-16-17
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  kevin86: pressure, pressure!
Nov-16-17
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  Once: Kasparov does that Kasparov thing again. He is first to castle, first to park a rook on an important file and first to connect his rooks by getting his minor pieces and queen off the back rank.

Playing through a lot of his games, it's astonishing how often he is the first to get his rooks working. The tactics and strategic pressure soon follow.

Nov-16-17
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  ajk68: Where does this variation become the
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Andersson Variation?
Nov-16-17  Olavi: <Richard Taylor: Ulf does mean wolf (I believe).>

Yes, it's an archaic Scandinavian word for which in modern Swedish is varg. In the classic Learn from the Grandmasters (ed. Keene) the chapter on Andersson's game is titled Ulf in Sheep's Clothing.

Nov-16-17
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  piltdown man: Brilliant pun!
Nov-17-17
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  Once: <ajk68: Where does this variation become the Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Andersson Variation?>

Not in my repertoire for at least a decade, but I think this is how it goes:

After 3...b6, it's a Queen's Indian. White hasn't played Nc3 so black can't play the Nimzo Indian with Bb4.

4. a3 is the Kasparov-Petrosian variation. The idea is to continue to prevent black from playing the Nimzo Indian's trademark move of Bb4. If left to his own devices, white will play Nc3 and e4 with a strong centre.

5...Ne4 is the Andersson variation. Black plants a knight on e4 to stop a white pawn from getting there.

Add it all together and we get the Queen's Indian, Kasparov-Petrosian variation, Andersson sub-variation. And the point at which we get there is 5...Ne4.


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I think!

Nov-17-17  Magpye: <Once: Kasparov does that Kasparov thing again. He is first to castle, first to park a rook on an important file and first to connect his rooks by getting his minor pieces and queen off the back rank. Playing through a lot of his games, it's astonishing how often he is the first to get his rooks working. The tactics and strategic pressure soon follow.>

So he's following the rules that Lasker laid down on development.

Nov-17-17  Magpye: And don't forget that even Capablanca lost in this variation: Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930
Nov-17-17
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  Once: <Magpye: So he's following the rules that Lasker laid down on development.>

Yup. The surprising thing is that his opponents presumably knew the same rules but didn't manage to follow them quite so well...

Nov-17-17
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  cormier: 1) +0.14 (33 ply) 3.g3

2) +0.12 (33 ply) 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 O-O 7.e3 h6 8.Bh4 Be6 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.Qxc3 Bf5 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 c6 13.Ne2 Nbd7 14.O-O Re8 15.Rac1 Rc8 16.Rfd1 Qb6 17.b3 Qb5 18.Qxb5 cxb5 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.h3

3) +0.09 (33 ply) 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Be7 5.d5 Ba6 6.e3 O-O 7.Nc3 Re8 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 c6 10.b4 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 b5 12.O-O a5 13.bxa5 Rxa5 14.Bb2 Na6 15.Rfd1 Qc7 16.e4 Bd6 17.Re1 Qb8 18.dxc6 dxc6 19.Kh1 Nd7 20.Rad1

1.5 hour analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-17-17
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  cormier: 1) +0.14 (33 ply) 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 O-O 8.Nc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.O-O Qe7 11.Rad1 Rfd8 12.Qc2 c6 13.f4 c5 14.e3 Rac8 15.Rfe1 h6 16.Rd2 Nf8 17.dxc5 Qxc5 18.Qa4 Ra8 19.Qd1 Rac8 20.Nb5

2) +0.08 (33 ply) 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bf4 Bd6 8.Bxd6 Qxd6 9.e3 O-O 10.Be2 c6 11.O-O Nbd7 12.h3 h6 13.b4 a5 14.Qb3 Rfb8 15.Rfb1 Re8 16.Bd3 Ne4 17.Ne2 Qe7 18.Rc1 Nd6 19.Qb2 axb4 20.axb4 g6

2.0 hour analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-17-17
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  cormier: 1) =0.00 (29 ply) 5...d5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e3 O-O 9.Bd3 h6 10.Bf4 c5 11.O-O Nc6 12.h3 Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.b4 cxb4 16.Nb5 Qb8 17.axb4 a6 18.Nbd4 Nxb4 19.Nf5 a5 20.h4

2) +0.16 (28 ply) 5...d6 6.Bf4 Be7 7.h3 Nbd7 8.e3 Ne4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.O-O f5 12.Bg3 O-O 13.Bc2 c5 14.Ba4 h6 15.b4 a5 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.Bxd6 Nb6 18.Bxc5 Qxd1 19.Bxd1 Bxc5 20.bxc5 Nxc4

3) +0.17 (28 ply) 5...h6 6.Bf4 Nh5 7.Bd2 Nf6 8.Rc1 Be7 9.d5 exd5 10.cxd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd5 Bxd5 12.Bc3 Bxf3 13.gxf3 O-O 14.Qd2 Bf6 15.Rg1 d5 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.Rxc7 Na6 18.Rd7 Nc5 19.Rxd5 Nb3 20.Qc3 Qxc3+ 21.bxc3 Rfc8 22.Rd7 Rxc3

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-17-17
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  cormier: 1) +0.31 (28 ply) 7.Bf4 d6 8.e3 Bb7 9.Bd3 Be7 10.e4 Nd7 11.Be3 Bf6 12.Qc2 O-O 13.O-O c5 14.d5 h6 15.Rae1 Rc8 16.h3 Ne5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.b4 Bd4 19.Qa4 a5 20.Bd2 axb4 21.axb4 cxb4

2) +0.22 (28 ply) 7.e3

3) +0.06 (27 ply) 7.b3 Be7 8.e3 O-O 9.Bd3 d5 10.O-O Nd7 11.Bb2 c5 12.cxd5 Bxd5 13.Bc4 Bxc4 14.bxc4 Qc7 15.Qd3 Rfd8 16.Rac1 Nf6 17.Rfd1 Qb7 18.d5 exd5 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.cxd5 Bb2

5.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-17-17
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  cormier: 1) +0.22 (31 ply) 7...Bb7

3.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

Nov-17-17
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  cormier: 1) +0.58 (32 ply) 8...Be7 9.Bg2 c6 10.e4 O-O 11.Nb1 d6 12.O-O Nd7 13.f4 h6 14.Nc3 Rc8 15.Be3 f5 16.d5 cxd5 17.exd5 e5 18.Nb5 Ra8 19.fxe5 Nxe5 20.Bf4 Bf6 21.b3 Nf7 22.Nd4 Re8 23.Ne6 Qd7 24.Re1 Ne5 25.Nd4

10.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

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