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Garry Kasparov vs Evgeny Bareev
Linares (1993), Linares ESP, rd 5, Mar-01
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0



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Aug-10-04  anxiousbobby: Masterful game by Kasparov. Anyone have any idea why he choose this opening and/or why he only played it one other time? Seems like a pretty good opening to
Aug-10-04  Lawrence: Hi, <anxiousbobby>, welcome to this mind-arousing site. Looks as if this opening is OK for you and me but not considered one of the really strong ones by GMs. Probably Kasparov tried it for novelty value.

Junior 8 shows that Bareev's 31....♘g4 was bad (eval +3.50), he could have played 31.....♕e3+ (eval +0.68).

Aug-11-04  anxiousbobby: Lawrence, thanks for the welcome. I have had good success with this opening.....I guess I am not playing master-level competition! LoL!! :-)
Aug-11-04  percyblakeney: Here's a recent game where the opening was a success: E Paehtz vs M Seps, 2004
Oct-23-04  yoozum: hmm, didn't know kasparov to play the bishop opening. anyways, fun game.
Oct-23-04  mack: Gazza has a 100% winning record with the Bishop's in fact:
Oct-23-04  clocked: Bishop pair + weakened king position = blood in the water.

Perhaps black could have closed some lines with 24...g4 25.Qd3 e4

Oct-23-04  yoozum: basically, i was just searching for kasparov games in which he uses less-utilized openings. bishop's opening is definitely one of them.
Mar-03-05  Whitehat1963: An excellent finish in a rare unorthodox opening (the opening of the day) for Kasaprov.
Jul-01-05  fgh: Surprising that Kasparov played the Bishop's opening. It's not a bad opening, afterall :-)
Jan-30-06  blingice: <fgh>

Kasparov vs P Schurmann, 1986

It's one of two.

Mar-25-09  WhiteRook48: 2 Bc4 is weird
Jul-18-09  tranquil simplicity: Hey! Anxiousbobby!- I also discovered recently whilst looking for an alternative to 2. Nf3, that 2.Bc4! is very strong. Amazingly it is not very popular. Why? I asked myself.... The best answer that I could come up with is as follows.- in Chess as in life, we have fewer TRAILBLAZERS that we have FOLLOWERS! Most people fall into the latter category! If we recall, the Kings Indian Defense had been thoroughly MALIGNED by the very best of Soviet Chess Masters. Since in the early part of the 20th Century Soviet Masters were the elite, most other Chess players listened to them and avoided the KID. That was until two Ukranian rebels David Bronstein and Isaac Boleslavsky began to adopt the KID will success did the 'conventional chess wisdom' of the time begin to crack. A few years later saw the emergence of the Chess genius and Giant Bobby Fischer who successful employed the KID will ruthless success. Only then did the KID enter mainstream Chess openings as a formidable weapon for Black!! Until a top GM regularly and ruthlessly destroys his opponents with the Bishop's Opening, i'm afraid as sound as it may be, it will forever be locked in the annals of Chess archives.
Aug-12-10  fetonzio: i just suppose this opening can't be any better for white than the gioco piano if black responds with Nc6, and the italian game is very simply weaker than the ruy lopez. so that's why it's not played often. btw, beautiful, messy game.
Jun-24-12  Poisonpawns: This opening is also used in situations where white wants to avoid the Petroff, as in the game Karjakin-Bologan Mainz 2004
Jun-24-12  King Death: Nunn was playing this long before to avoid the Petroff(Nunn vs Christiansen, 1982). As long as White doesn't expect a big edge there's nothing wrong with playing this way, besides who wants to play 25 moves of Petroff theory where Black does a lot of the pushing? That kind of thing used to happen a lot back in the 80s.

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