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Garry Kasparov vs Alexander G Beliavsky
Moscow (1987)
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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May-24-08  KingG: It was an excellent game from Kasparov until 35.g4?, which might have been played in time trouble. Simply 35.Nxe8 was winning.

At first Fritz 8 seemed to show that 36.Rc1 was still winning, for example 36.Rc1 Nxg4 37.hxg4 Rh7 38.Rh2 Qxd4+ 39.Qf2 Qxg4+ 40.Rg2 Qh3 41.Qc5!(or even Qd4) Re7 42.f6 Qe3+ 43.Qxe3 Rxe3 44.Rh2!

But 36...Rh7! looks like it leads to perpetual check. 36...Rh7 37.gxh5 Rxh5 38.Qf4 Rh4! 39.Qe5 Rxh3 40.Rh2 Qg8+.

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And now 41.Kh1 Ng4! 42.Rxh3 Nf2+ 43.Kh2 Ng4+ =

41.Rg2 Qh8, and there are many possibilities but White can't escape perpetual, and even has to be careful he doesn't lose. For example 42.Qe6(threatening Qf7#) Rh1+ 43.Kf2 Qh4+ 44.Kf3 Qh5+ 45.Ke3 Qh6+ 46.Ke2 Qh5+, and White's king can never step on the d-file because of Qh3+ or Qh6+, winning.

41.Kf1!? Ng4 42.Rxh3 Nxe5 43.dxe5 Qg4!, and it's perpetual again.

In the end Beliavsky defended well and then blundered just after time control. The only saving move was 41...Rxe6! 42.fxe6 Qh6!, and White can't avoid perpetual.

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