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Garry Kasparov vs Jeroen Piket
Korchnoi Birthday Gp A (2001) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 2, Apr-28
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0

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May-14-06  spirit: i haven't seen a GM blunder of this sort before...was this blitz???
May-14-06  knightfly: <spirit>No it wasn't a blitz game. It's annotated in Mega Database 2006 by Israeli GM Alik Gershon who suspects it's a serious time trouble blunder. Even so you don't expect to see it from a GM. If you want see an even more bizarre GM blunder, from an ex world champ too, check out this game. Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993. Not even any time pressure involved.
May-17-06  spirit: thanks <knightfly> that one was really bizarre coming from karpov...humans, and even computers will soon start suffering from what i will call "over learning"...you get so deep in analysis to the point that the basic rules loose their meaning...
Jun-02-08  percyblakeney: This was a rapid game and it is annotated by Karolyi in his book on Kasparov. Maybe he is a bit overly positive in his annotations even though it of course is a well played game by Kasparov. Before Piket's losing blunder Karolyi has given white no less than ten exclamation marks (no !?, ?! or ?), while all black has is a couple of question marks and two ?! at best.

Still Piket would have had decent drawing chances with 30. ... Rd7 instead of the losing mistake, as also Karolyi hints by giving a long line (30. ... Rd7 31. Qg2 Rdf7 32. Nf5 gxf5 33. g6 Rg7 34. exf5 Bxf5 35. gxh7+ Kxh7 36. Rg3) where he means that black's king is vulnerable (even if engines on low ply see it as a fairly even position). Considering the time trouble it would at least not have been a clear win for white without Piket's final mistake.

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