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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Epishin
Moscow PCA-Intel GP (1995) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 1, Apr-28
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-08-07  notyetagm: Black To Play: 30 ... ?

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If you played 30 ... axb4??, then you just fell into the mating trap that Kasparov set with his last move, 30 ♖cg1.

Kasparov had planned 30 ... axb4?? 31 ♕xh7+!! ♔xh7 32 ♖h3+ ♔g8 33 ♖h8+ ♔f7 34 ♖f8#, an <Arabian Mate> from out of a clear blue sky!

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I have seen this -exact- same mating combination played by Janowski in one of his famous games. Anyone know the game? Someone could find it by using Chessbase 9 and looking for the piece configuration ♘g6-♔f7-♖f8 with Janowki playing White. Thanks.

Jan-08-07  Happypuppet: Good job to Epishin for stepping through Kasparov's minefields there. Is the exchange sac the only 30th move for Black?
Jan-08-07  Albertan: <HappypuppetGood job to Epishin for stepping through Kasparov's minefields there. Is the exchange sac the only 30th move for Black?>

Yes Happypuppet(according to my chess engines) the exchange sac is the only move Epishin could play the salvage the game and he found it! Kasparov missed his chance on move 27.He could have played 27.Rcg1 and had after 27...Rc7 28.Rh3 Nf8 29.Nxf8 Rxf8 30.Qg6 Re8 31.Bxe4 fxe4 32.Rh7 Kf8 33.Qg5 he would be winning.

Aug-21-07  waddayaplay: <notyetagm> Check Janowski vs Schlechter, 1899
May-26-08  notyetagm: <waddayaplay: <notyetagm> Check Janowski vs Schlechter, 1899>

Thanks, that was -exactly- the game I was thinking about.

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