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Ognjen Cvitan vs Garry Kasparov
Intel World Chess Express Challenge (1994) (blitz), Munich GER, May-20
King's Indian Attack: Symmetrical Defense (A05)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-04  patzer2: Cvitn's double fianchetto opening strategy works out well against Kasparov, who gets outplayed early in the R+P vs R+P ending.
Feb-13-04  patzer2: Looking at the position with Black to move (27...?), I wondered why Kasparov didn't play 27...g5!?, gaining an advantage and the initiative with no worse than a draw. I figured I must be missing something. Is it possible Kasparov overlooked a simple deflection tactic? To answer that question, I ran it through Fritz 8 for a deep analysis.

Fritz 8 confirms Kasparov did indeed miss an opportunity by not playing 27...g5!? This move would have given him the better endgame with some winning chances and a draw in hand, and was surely better than the move played which enabled White to beat him.

Fritz 8's full analysis of best play goes 27...g5!? 28. Rf2 <28. Rff1 fxe4 29. dxe4 Rd4 30. Qe2 Rexe4 31. Qxb5 Re2 32. Qc6 Rdd2 33. Qa8+ Kg7 34. Rc3 Rxh2 (-0.84 @ 16 depth & 768kN/s)> <28. Rf3 fxe4 29. dxe4 Rxe4 30. Qc3 Re2 31. Qf6 Qxf6 32. Rxf6 Rdd2 33. Rxc5 h6 34. Rc8+ Kg7 35. Rcf8 Rd1+ (-1.28 @ 16 depth & 761kN/s> 28...Rd4 29. Qe2 fxe4 30. dxe4 b4 31. Rcf1 Rdxe4 32. Qa6 Re1 33. Qc4+ Qe6 34. Qxe6+ Rxe6 35. Rf5 (-0.72 @16 depth & 761kN/s) and Black has a clear advantage. A second deep analysis continues 35...R1e5 36. Rf8+ Kg7 37. R8f7+ Kg6 38. Rxa7 Re2 39. Ra5 R6e5 40. Rf2 Re1+ 41. Kg2 g4 42. a3 bxa3 43. Rxa3 h5 44. h4 gxh3+ (-0.56 @ 18 depth & 752kN/s) and despite even material Black had a slight advantage in the ending with his advanced King and pawns. A third deep analysis shows the game ending in a drawish position after 44. Kxh3 Rh1+ 45. Kg2 Rc1 46. Ra8 Rc3 47. Rg8+ Kh7 48. Rff8 Rxb3 49. Rh8+ Kg7 50. Rhg8+ Kh6 51. Rh8+ Kg6 52. Rhg8+ (0.00 @ 17/47 depth & 809kN/s).

Feb-13-04  patzer2: The above analysis may be of some minor theoretical significance, as it illustrates that Black's opening strategy against White's double fianchetto setup is sound. Black simply got outplayed in the middle game complications, as 27...g5!? would have gained the initiative with a draw in hand.
Feb-13-04  Benjamin Lau: Kasparov may have missed 27...g5!? because it seems aesthetically awkward although fairly logical IMO. I think that he had a draw but possible draw in the endgame though.
Feb-13-04  patzer2: Benjamin Lau, I agree with you. Kasparov would have drawn easily with 34...cxd4. Maybe he was pushing too hard for a win and got lost in his own complications?
Feb-13-04  Benjamin Lau: Did you mean 34...bxc4? About this game, it's funny how black has the much praised queenside majority, but it ends up doing him little good. I think even if Kasparov had played correctly, he would not have been able to win, only draw. I think the queenside majority is overrated, on a random note.
Feb-15-04  patzer2: Benjamin Lau, I did mean 34...bxc4 should draw for Black. Thanks again.
Jun-04-04  Whitehat1963: Player of the day beats Kasparov! But what's the finish?
Jun-04-04  WMD: 45.Re7+ and f7 will win. As this was a 5 minute blitz game, time may have been the deciding factor.

The event was the Intel Express Challenge, an 18 player all-play-all blitz tournament. Kasparov, despite this loss, came equal first with Fritz 3, and ultimately beat the machine in a play-off.

Jun-04-04  crafty: 45. ♖e7+ ♔d5 46. f7 ♖c3+ 47. ♔g4 h5+ 48. ♔f4   (eval 3.31; depth 14 ply; 1000M nodes)

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