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Garry Kasparov vs Wolfgang Schweizer
Simul (1988) (exhibition), Zurich
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Apr-06-08  aazqua: Ouch. This is actually a standard variation beyond the bishop sac but black clearly wasn't careful enough with the diagonal.
Apr-06-08  newton296: kasparov blunderd at move 21. Bb5 ? instead 21. Be4!! wins blacks Q for R on the spot.

basically after 21.Be4! white threatens to take on d5 with the knight first and black cant recature due to Bxd5 + as mate threats force black to give up Q !

if ...kh8 white plays e5xf6 and mate is threatened again after f7+ or even better Bg7 + and black has to give up Q for B to stop mate.

Jul-21-13  csmath: It is not a blunder, just an oversight in a simultaneous game. This is more or less theory up to 18+ moves.

21. Be4! involves mate threats and with few seconds to decide for the move Gazza did not have enough time.

21. Bb5?! wins as well even with the best play for black:

21. ... Re7
22. exf6 Rb7
23. Nxe6 Bxe6
24. Rxd8 Rxd8
25. Qe5 Bf7
26. Bf4

and with h2-h4-h5 white has overwhelming attack.

The position after 18. Bf7?! is difficult to defend even for masters in classical time control. Pribil played 19. e6 against Farago and also lost.

Kasparov has these positions in his pinky and to play this against him is a certified suicide.

Jul-21-13  csmath: The best play for black after 18. ...Bf7?! is 19. ... g5 but even with this white will achieve attack that is going to be hard to defend.

18. ... Bd7 would be classical theory but this is not a popular line either. The whole 16. ... b6 line is suspect and the top players know this is difficult line.

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