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Luc Winants vs Garry Kasparov
SWIFT Tournament 2nd (1987), Brussels BEL, rd 3, Apr-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. Exchange Variation (D59)  ·  0-1



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Oct-02-03  pogo5: Superb manoeuvring and a delightful flowing sequence in the end. Though Garry missed the faster and beautiful 49...hxg5 with 50.Qh5# being essentially unavoidable (49...hxg5 50.Kxg5 Qh5+ 51.Kf4 Qf5# ; 49...hxg5 50.Qd4+ f6 51.Rb7+ Kh6 and the lethal threat remains).
Oct-02-03  drukenknight: It seems that white goofed up before that. it seems that 44 Qd4+ would certainly be a prepatory move before all this checking starts.
Oct-03-03  pogo5: Say, dk, I do not see how 44.Qd4+ Kh7 can help white's game. If you have specific variations sustaining your claim, please provide them ; if not, why do you talk??
Oct-03-03  drukenknight: I guess you are not from a free country.
Oct-03-03  NiceMove: I bet he starting seeing the winning point at Qe5. Which leaves the rook undefended for a winning attack. Black position is superior to white's, the white knight is useless since it has to defend against the pawn, and an great finish.
Oct-03-03  drukenknight: after44.Qd4+ Kh7 45 Qxc3:


Oct-03-03  ughaibu: How about 45..... Qf3 46.Kg1 Qg3 47.Kf1 Rc7 followed by things like Qf3 or Ne4?
Oct-04-03  dalilama: dk, what about 45.....Qxf3+ then there are several combos from there...
Oct-04-03  dalilama: to add to ughaibu, I think it would go more like....45...Qxf3+ 46 Kg1 Nh3+ 47 Kh2 Nf2 then if white plays 48 Kg1 (to avoid mate) ..Qxg3+ 49 Kf1 Ne4 (forking the queen and the mate on f2) then if white plays 50 Qe1...then it gets ugly...
Oct-04-03  drukenknight: hell, what time in the morning was it when I wrote that nonsense?
Feb-12-05  Ernesto7: the best game i've seen this year....WOW
Feb-12-05  aw1988: I would play 7...Ne4, just to be annoying :P
Feb-06-06  mehul: This is an exceptional game. There's a bunch of fine moves like 14...Kf8 (Who would have thought of that as a way of unpinning?) and 19...c4 (a shade of Bernstein-Capablanca 1914.).

The final combination...beginning with 42...Qf5 is fourteen moves deep! And garry must have sensed it 5-6 moves earlier. And all moves the moves in the combination are forced. Amazing stuff. Miss this guy's chess.

Apr-28-08  deadlysin: 19...a4 was better (approved by kasparov himself)
could be a puzzle

Nov-05-08  KingG: <aw1988> 7...Ne4 is known as Lasker's defence, and is really a drawing weapon for Black. 7...b6 is the Tartakower-Makagonov-Bondarevsky variation, and gives Black slightly more winning chances.

<Though Garry missed the faster and beautiful 49...hxg5 with 50.Qh5# being essentially unavoidable> I'm not sure if Kasparov missed this, or just wanted to play out his pretty pawn promotion sequence.

Dec-09-10  libertyjack: Wonderful game!
Jun-12-14  offramp: White has just played 43.♙f2-f3 to prevent ...♕f5:f2+.

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Kasparov plays 43...♘e4-g5! This uncovers an attack on the white♘c2. It also threatens ...♕f5xf3+ with devastation. So white has to take the knight.

White's king is harrassed around to 47.♔g2-h3.

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Black has to watch out for both 48.Qxh7 and the more drastic 48.Qf6+ and #!

Kasparov plays 47...♕e2:f3!. White takes the ♖a7. Black checks the white king around with the unusual aim of swapping queens. He has had a great idea: a finish similar to M Ortueta vs J Sanz, 1933 (or Tylkowski vs A Wojciechowski, 1931).

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54...Qxa7+ 55.Kxa7 c2!
The pawn cannot be stopped! Incredible!

Jan-13-15  Poisonpawns: This game is unbelievable
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  JointheArmy: What a combination. Definitely worthy of being a Sunday puzzle.
Jan-14-15  tonsillolith: I noticed that many of Black's moves in this game were primarily defending his pieces, or another type of prophylaxis. That certainly makes a statement about high-level positional play.
Jul-16-15  rookpawn101: Certainly a beautiful game
Aug-09-15  ToTheDeath: Remarkable calculation, giving up a rook to force a queen exchange and a winning pawn promotion. Of course it was made easier by the fact that it was all "only" moves for White, with the only small diverting branch 53.Kc5 Qxe3+ 54.Rd4 c2 winning.

Still it took real vision to see this from so far off. The game continuation was in some ways prettier than the forced mate pointed out above.

May-11-21  SChesshevsky: Been awhile since comments on this Kasparov blockbuster. The end was flashy genius but I especially was impressed how he coordinated his pieces around move 23... and on. Especially as Winants might've felt pretty good about then.

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