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Garry Kasparov vs Lajos Portisch
Brussels OHRA-A (1986), Brussels BEL, rd 5, Dec-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation (D61)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-04  PivotalAnorak: No kibitzing for this game yet ?! Strange, as it is famous thanks to Kaspy's 8. cxd5 (the Bg5 is en prise !). What if 8... hxg5 ? I guess 8. cd is home analysis, what did Gazza have up his sleeve ?
Sep-09-04  clocked: 8...hxg 9.dxe fxe 10.Nxg Nb6

white has a number of possibilities, such as, the straightforward h pawn run, but is this enough?

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  offramp: Portisch should have taken the bishop; he hasn't made an error in the opening and can hardly lose.

Of course he didn't fancy playing through variations obviously well-known to his opponent. Anyway, here's how I think the game would go if black took the bishop:

8...hxg5 9.dxe6 fxe6 10.♘xg5 ♘b6 11.h4 c5 12.♖d1 cxd4 13.♖xd4 ♕c7 14.h5 ♗c5 15.♖g4 ♘bd5 16.h6 ♗xe3 17.♖c4 ♕e5 18.♘f3 ♗xf2+ 19.♔xf2 ♕e3+ 20.♔g3 ♘e7 21.♘d1 ♕b6 22.♗d3 ♘f5+ 23.♗xf5 exf5 24.hxg7 ♔xg7 25.♖c7+ ♖f7 26.♖xf7+ ♔xf7 27.♕c4+ ♔g7 28.♘g5 ♕d6+ =

Sep-10-04  clocked: It is a little strange to bring another white piece into the attack with 12...cxd4. Another path might be 11...Nbd5
Sep-10-04  Minor Piece Activity: I think white has enough comp for the bishop. In your line clocked, after 10...Nb6, white has 11. Bd3 threatening a very uncomfortable 12. Bg6 or (maybe) Nh7/Bh7 later. I don't know what Kaspy had in mind if Portisch accepted, but I would have played, maybe, 11. Bd3 Nbd5 [now Nh7 loses to Nb4] 12. Bg6 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Qd5 14. h4!? Qxg2 15. o-o-o Qc6 with an unclear game? I'm sure there are many improvements. Maybe 14...e5 instead of the materialistic Qxg2.
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  offramp: Has anyone else ever played it?
Sep-10-04  Minor Piece Activity: I don't think so. This game is famous I think because traditionally white only sacrifices the Bg5 once h4 is played, so that after ...hxg5, hxg5, white has an open h file.
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  offramp: I have looked myself and found 23 games in Megabase up to 1995. This is the first one, from 1972.

Zavodny,Z - Novotny,J [D61]
Brno Uni Cup m Brno CZE (2), 1972

1.d4 ♘f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘f3 d5 4.♘c3 ♗e7 5.♗g5 0-0 6.e3 ♘bd7 7.♕c2 h6 8.cxd5 ♘xd5 9.♘xd5 ♗xg5 10.h4 ♗f6 11.♘xc7 ♖b8 12.g4 a6 13.g5 ♗e7 14.gxh6 gxh6 15.♘xe6 ♕a5+ 16.♔d1 ♕h5 17.♖g1+ ♔h8 18.♘xf8 ♘xf8 19.♗e2 ♗f5 20.♕c7 ♖c8 21.♕e5+ f6 22.♕xe7 ♗c2+ 23.♔e1 ♕a5+ 24.b4 1-0

And here is one where black takes the bishop:

Siviero,G - Simini,E [D61]
Corr corr, 1989

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♗g5 ♗e7 5.e3 0-0 6.♘f3 ♘bd7 7.♕c2 h6 8.cxd5 hxg5 9.dxe6 fxe6 10.♘xg5 ♘b6 11.h4 c5 12.h5 cxd4 13.h6 dxc3 14.♖d1 ♕c7 15.hxg7 ♖d8 16.♖h8+ ♔xg7 17.♖h7+ ♔f8 18.♖f7+ ♔e8 19.♗b5+ 1-0

Of the 23 games, white won 14, 5 were drawn and black won 4.

Sep-10-04  Minor Piece Activity: You're right, I also found an example on that I missed earlier (black declines though). Vyzmanavin vs J Lammi, 1992
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  offramp: By the way - I thought my last two posts were consecutive. I didn't see your intervening post until after I posted those two games.

I wasn't being snotty!

Sep-10-04  Minor Piece Activity: offramp, I didn't think you were. I've never seen a useless or snotty post from you. Btw, I liked your funny comment on Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 but did you mean Qd1-d3? =)
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  offramp: It probably was - keeping control of the d-file.
Sep-19-06  micartouse: It's amusing that Black was afraid to accept another later piece sacrifice. After 15. Nh4 g5, White probably wouldn't have enough for the piece. The champ played very courageously here.

Maybe one of those instances where great attackers benefit from being known as great attackers.

Sep-19-06  ikipemiko: in case 15Nh4 g5.. 16Nf5
Sep-19-06  micartouse: <ikipemiko> Thanks. I swear I'm not making excuses, but the game in my database had a slightly different score. It had 12 ... Re8 instead of 12 ... Rc8, so I assumed the bishop was protected.

I'd ask if someone could look it up, but this score seems more believable since Black wants to put rooks on c8 and d8.

Aug-21-07  laskereshevsky: before this game PORTISCH had a quite good tournament:

1/2 vs. SHORT.. 1/2 vs. NUNN.. 1 vs. KORCHNOI.. 1/2 vs. HÜBNER.. .....

But after this game he lost other 4 (!) in a row....

0 vs. KASPAROV... 0 vs. SHORT... 0 vs. NUNN... 0 vs. KORCHNOI... 0 vs. HÜBNER... with a final 1/2 vs. KASPAROV...

Looks like the 8.♙xd5's effect was distructive for LAJOS...

Another disasterfull tournament-end was made by SHORT after a great start with:

1/2 vs. PORTISCH... 1 vs. HÜBNER... 0 vs. NUNN... 1 vs. KASPAROV (the only tourn. defeat)... 1/2 vs. KORCHNOI... 1 vs. PORTISCH...

at this point the rank was


When everybody were waiting for an exciting duell between the "BAKU'S OGRE" and the 21 Y.O. new English Star, SHORT collapsed with four defeats against HÜBNER, NUNN, KASPAROV (revenge!) and KORCHNOI

FINAL RANK after 10 rounds


Mar-06-17  dhotts: I could not refuse the bishop sacrifice and would play 8...hxg5!? Is there an explicit reason not to take the bishop?...What did Kasparov have up his sleeve?
Jun-05-20  gammarus: This game features in Jörg Hickl's book "The power of pawns" (as an example for the weakness of hanging pawns). Hickl celebrates the move 14. a4!, which lures the queen from the defense of the Be7 (Black doesn't want the pawn to advance any further), allowing the Nf3 to reach f5 via h4 (after 15. Nh4, the pawn fork on 15...h5 does not work, because after 16. Nf5, the knight attacks the bishop). Later on, this allows White to invade on d6, exchange the b7 bishop and win the d5 pawn.
Jun-05-20  SChesshevsky: <...example for the weakness of hanging pawns...>

A really terrific and interesting game. Kasparov uses his tactical prowess against the hanging pawns. Not sure if that's typical.

Always thought standard way was to provoke one to advance to create weaknesses that might be taken advantage of. Like in Petrosian - Suetin 1954 and 1972 Fischer WC game 6.

But I guess why bother when you can see like Kasparov. I also particularly like the way he dodged a simplified opposite color B endgame.

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