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Garry Kasparov vs Stuart Rachels
Kasparov Clock simul, 6b New York (1988) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Feb-24
Benoni Defense: Hromadka System (A57)  ·  1-0



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  kevin86: Black's attack has quick start,but is bungled-white is just the opposite,he brings his home. I missed b8-I was looking for a mate on the g-h files by Ng6+ but it blocks the rook and allows an escape.
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  patzer2: <hsbsitez> After 40.Qg4+ Kh8 41. Ng6+? hxg6 , Black wins.
Mar-22-05  YouRang: Similar to yesterday's problem, with the rook taking the knight at f7, which allows a back-rank type of mate.
Mar-22-05  hsbsitez: Thanx Patch, it skipped my mind, that the pawn will be blocking the g-file after taking the horse....
Mar-22-05  brainzugzwang: <Zaius> I also looked at 40. Qg3+ Kh8 41. Nf7+ Rxf7 42. Qb8+, at first not seeing ... Kg7. But I think the win might still be there (just a lot more work than Garry's solution): 42. Qb8+ Kg7 43. Rg3+ pretty much forces ... Qg5 (... Kh6 44. Qg8) 44. Rxg5+ fxg5 45. Qd5+, and depending on Black's response, it seems White can at the very least give a Q check with a fork on the b-pawn, picking up that and whichever b-file piece Black decides not to protect, leaving a Q vs. R+piece endgame. With the advanced d-pawn and dominating Q, I would think White would have good chances - still, mating is better, yes?
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  Richard Taylor: beautiful finish - but easy to see - but the point is Kasp had to foresee probably quite early or at least that he had such things - he was probably aware he could do it well before c2 happenned - great Tal-like mayhem - a game with lots of possibilities - both sides had to keep attacking each other if black retreated Kasp overhwelms black in the centre and gets the King. Both played well.
Mar-22-05  Garland356: Wow, I wish I could make the other person move the way I wanted like Kasparov does!
Mar-22-05  KibitzerX: Beautifull!! That was such an awesome move!!
Nov-14-05  JYMMI: GREAT! IT'S ONE OF KASPAROV'S GAMES THAT SHOWS Y HE WAS THE BEST CHESSPLAYER OF THE WORLD. AH! RACHELS SHOULDN'T MOVE gxf5 because that pawn was the main defense of the king so without that pawn kasparov's rook had free way to defend his queen to make the mate.
Jan-19-06  LluviaSean: amazing...simply amazing...
Apr-21-06  LluviaSean: Still...amazing..
Apr-21-06  TylerD: The master of chaos, as he called himself ones, displaying the meaning of the words. Quite beautiful.
Nov-16-13  WBP: I am sorry, but I am totally blind, here. What's the winning line for black after 24 gxh3? I don't see any purely tactical shot. The only thing I can see is perhaps 24...bxc3, followed (after 25 bxc3 and black queen moves--perhaps to h4?)by trying get the rook on the second rank (which seems too slow)...or what? White's the exchange up after taking at h3, so black must have something pretty potent afoot. Thanks, anybody!
Nov-16-13  Shams: <WBP> At a glance, I think the point is that after <23.Kh1> Black has quite a dynamic position for his small material deficit and is simply winning if he can take the Nc3. But 23...bxc3? runs into 24.Re8+ Bf8 and White might be fine liquidating on f6, but instead 25.Nh5! looks fatal due to the loose Rb8. Hence <23...Bxh3>, clearing the back rank to take the Re8+ off the table.
Nov-17-13  Granny O Doul: Yes, this was played as part of a clock simul at the Russian Tea Room in 1988, one of six games. You can see some of it in the film "American Gambit", which is on youtube. The highlight of the film was Stuart's shushing Garry, and the highlight of the event may have been Garry's blowing off the RTR chef's offer to prepare a free meal for Garry and his entourage, after staying late just for that purpose. Rachels, annotating the game in Chess Life, castigated himself for spending an hour just to reach a position he had set up on his chess board at home.
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  perfidious: <Granny>: My recollection is that there were more than six juniors opposing Kasparov that day: besides Rachels, I recall Patrick Wolff, Vivek Rao, Dan Edelman and Ilya Gurevich and there may have been as many as ten.
Nov-17-13  Shams: <perfidious> I'm pretty sure it was six.
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  perfidious: <Shams>: Your view is understandable, given the statement in the cited article, but I just came across the link below as well.

Not, of course, that D Edelman vs Kasparov, 1988 was a soul-stirring epic, as will be shown by a perusal of the kibitzing.

Nov-17-13  Granny O Doul: The number of opponents was definitely six, the ones named by perfidious plus Alex Fishbein. The Waitzkin game in that link, I seem to recall, was from a non-clock simul against a bunch of more-or-less regular kids.
Nov-17-13  WBP: <Shams> Thanks! I was looking for an outright haymaker, but after 24 gxh3 bxc3, I can see that black has a strong position. (e.g., 25 bxc3 Qxd5 26 Qxd5 Nxd5 and the white c pawn is lost, the two black knights are very strongly placed, and dark squared bishop exerts great power.

And yeah, this can be seen on Youtube under American Gambit (in three parts)

Oct-26-15  auroraspitfire: How and why did Alekhine die?
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  FSR: Yes, there were six boards. <perfidious> and <Granny> have named all the players. Wolff, the only winner, discusses the clock simul in his recent appearance on the Perpetual Chess Podcast. Rachels discusses the present game in his own recent appearance on the PCP, and no doubt at greater length in his new (and acclaimed) book <The Best I Saw in Chess>. And yes, the clock simul is covered in the American Gambit documentary available (or at least parts of it are) on YouTube.
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  saffuna: Rachels' book opens with another clock simul game against Kasparov, in London in 1983. Also a Benoni, also a Kasparov win.

They played on computer screens (in 1983!), not on boards with pieces.

Apr-24-21  Granny O Doul: @auroraspitfire: As to why, death, a necessary end, will come when it will come. As to how, nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
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  HeMateMe: I was wondering how Rachels got to play kaspy, then saw the <exhibition> tag. I think Rachels did win the USA junior championship one year but that's a mighty step below Kasparov.
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