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Garry Kasparov vs Natan Sharansky
Simul, 25b (1996) (exhibition), Jerusalem, Oct-15
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1



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Jun-07-04  mack: Fair play, Sheransky.
Sep-20-05  hayton3: Interesting - even Kasparov can't bend the principle of piece development - too many pawn moves seal his fate.
Sep-20-05  MrSifter: Kasparov's play here is horrendous.
Could he have been Black instead?
Sep-20-05  who: Really Kaspy was fine till he stopped his bishop from covering e3 with Nbd2. A typical simul mistake missing - a tactical shot.
Sep-20-05  who: and no, Kasparov was definitely white; this game made the headlines when it was played.
Sep-20-05  MrSifter: Upon further thought, (and after taking into account the history, personality and status of these two men), I'll assert that this game was fixed in favor of Sharansky for his reputation's sake.

Kasparov's supposed fit following the game seems to be a bit of acting wih the purpose of leading one away from coming to this conclusion.

Feel free to chew me out for all this :)

Sep-20-05  BadTemper: why did he resign after moving?
Sep-20-05  Titicamara: Probably because

29. Kg3 Ree1 (winning another bishop)

Sep-20-05  who: <MrSifter> Sharansky is no Patzer. I think he was a Candidate of Master in the USSR - and that's no small title. At that level it shouldn't be shocking if he could beat Kasparov in a simul
May-05-06  DP12: This game is absurd and Kasparov could never play like this. It is absolutely horrible.
May-05-06  asip87: 14...Nxf2, nice sac for sheransky..
oppose to mate if..16 Kf3.. force kasparov to nailed its rooks.. this game..far2 to easy...howd...why..wat..happen to kaspa..!??
Jun-08-06  Everett: Perhaps Kasparov threw the game and decided to throw the fit to make it convincing that he wanted to win.
Jun-09-06  Catfriend: The simul was played against Israeli Parliament Members, so Kasparov didn't expect any particular fight. However, Sheransky, then the Minister of Absorption IIRC, is a master.
Jun-09-06  Everett: "Minister of Absorption"? Did he monitor sponge use?
Jun-10-06  Catfriend: In Israel, the title means being responsible for the different aspects of repatriation.

In general, absorption has many meaning, and the chemical one you used is but one. See for more, including <assimilation: the social process of absorbing one cultural group into harmony with another>.

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  technical draw: In Israel the Minister of Absorption difers from other countries immigration ministers since his or her duties are mainly to those Jews making "Aliyah" or return to Erets Israel.

Either that or it's the nickname of Chaim Cohen owner of Tel Aviv Sponge Co. Ltd.

Hi, Catfriend....

Jun-12-06  Catfriend: Hi, <TD>:) What's up?

Good understanding of Israeli life, BTW;)

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  waddayaplay: ''Concentration is the key to my game,'' he [Kasparov] said, ''and if it's lost I can make a stupid mistake. And with players with high ratings, every mistake costs you a game. And this has a snowball effect -- I make one mistake, I get angry, then I make another mistake and really lose control. With Sharansky, I made a bad mistake, and he punished me.''

N.Y. Times

Jul-22-06  euripides: You wouldn't think Gazza's hand would allow him to play 14 Nbd2 even in a simul. But the one true law of chess is that any blunder can be made by any player.
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  Fusilli: Kasparov's play looks so horrible because he had no other choice, after his blunder with Nbd2 (as <who> said, a type of mistake not unseen in simuls), than playing passive trying not to lose more material.

Kasparov is not and has never been someone suspected of throwing games. Too big of an ego to allow for that.

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  FSR: Ouch. Obviously Kasparov had overlooked that 16.Kf1 would lose to 16...Bd3+.

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