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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Chuchelov
European Club Cup (2003), Rethymnon GRE, rd 1, Sep-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation Pirc Variation (E39)  ·  1-0

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Jan-26-04  lordhazol: 7... b6?! helps white a bit.Kasparov has faund very good ideas.12- Nf6h5 than comes back f6 again..Black loses a little time so Kasparov not forgives.
"A LITTLE BRILLANCY"
May-07-04  Bobsterman3000: unbelievable.
Feb-09-05  Poisonpawns: Superb!! When Kasparov is gone from chess it will be like when Jordan left the N.B.A
Mar-10-05  LIFE Master AJ: It is a VERY nice game ... isn't it?
Mar-10-05  LIFE Master AJ: Black resigns at the end for the following two reasons: # 1.) If he puts his King in the corner, then Rh1 is mate. # 2.) After 27...Qf7[]; 28.QxQ/f7+, KxQ/f7; 29. RxP/d7+, and 30.RxB/b7. (Garry would then be up a ton of Pawns.)
Mar-11-05  Gowe: Poisonpawns, you see the future my friend, and you are right. This Kasparov retired is very hard to accept and probably as tought as the retired of Jordan, probably because both were youngs and still had a lot to give to the game. (Jordan cameback, who knows)
Mar-13-05  LIFE Master AJ: <Gowe>
We can only hope that he returns in a year or two. (I Keep my fingers crossed!!) Certainly no other player in chess offers the level of excitement that he brings to the game.

Most people do not realize is that he might be a little burnt out ... he has been doing chess almost constantly since before he was ten.

I count myself lucky, I am not even fifty yet. However I have witnessed both Fischer and Kasparov in action. (Of course lately, I watch his games via the Internet, like almost everyone else!)

Mar-14-06  alexandrovm: if they exchange queens white will be up 3 pawns, that's why black resigned
Sep-06-06  nolanryan: the continuation if 19...exf4 ?
Sep-06-06  nolanryan: upon further inspection with the computer, it looks very dangerous for black to try 19...exf4. One plan for white in this case is Bxh7, followed by Rhe1, when if 21 ..Qd8, 22. Bf5 seems to bring major pressure down the central files.

Another plan is 20. Nxh7 Nxh7 21 Bxh7 Kh8 22 Bg6 Qd8 23 Qc3! followed by ramming down the h-pawn. All kinds of sacs seem to work for white in this line.

The computer has a rough time calculating these lines though.

Jan-01-09  KingG: Games like this make me wish Kasparov had played more 2600 players in his career rather than just the very top guys.
Jun-11-09  Al2009: Very nice game! But I am not sure 14.Bf4 (?!) was the best, it seems dubious. Why White gets back? Probably after 14. Bd3, h6 (what else? 14...g6; 15. Bxe7, Qxe7 16. h5! is terrible for Black)15. Bxe7, Qxe7 16. Qe2! (with the idea Qe4 or Nb5) White is clearly superior without any need to sacrifice...
Jun-11-09  TommyC: With 14.Bf4, white protects the e5 pawn and prevents black freeing his game with d6 or d5, for the time-being at least. If I understand Aquarium correctly both moves are in the Rybka 3 book with 14.Bd3 marginally preferred.
Sep-25-12  maelith: Nice game by Kasparov..
Mar-08-18  veerar: Black's d P stays put,on d7 itself!
Mar-08-18  veerar: In the Nimzo,Black's c and d Ps,have to be moved early for free game.
May-03-21  Gaito:


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WHITE TO MOVE

White played here 18.Nb5

Deserving attention was 18.Bd3 at once, with some very interesting and exciting possibilities, e.g:

I) 18...Qh5 19.Ne2 Na5 20.Be5!? Nxc4! 21.Bxc4 d5 22.Nf4 (see diagram below):


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22...Rxc4 23.Nxh5 Rxc2 24.Kxc2 Nxh5 25.Nxe6 Rxf2+ 26.Rd2, and White has a distinct advantage (Diagram):


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II) 18...g6 19.Nxh7! Nd4 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Qc1 Nb3 22.Qe3 and White has a clear plus.

May-03-21  Gaito: On move 19 Black probably should have captured the f4-Bishop, but he was apparently afraid of the ensuing complications: 19...exf4 20.Bxh7+ Kh8 21.Bg6 Qd8 22.Rhe1 Ba6! (∞).
May-03-21  BwanaVa: "KingG: Games like this make me wish Kasparov had played more 2600 players in his career rather than just the very top guys."

Interestingly enough, a Fischer Boom friend of mine made the same comment about Petrosian...he feels that the very top players just deal with certain risks, threats, problems by second nature that are just not mentioned...and that a book of top flight GM wins against Senior Masters would be a very educational.

May-03-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

22...hxg5?? Black couldn't resist the temptation to capture the proffered knight, but that was a terrible blunder.

After 22...Na5! (sacrificing an exchange in order to bring about some weaknesses on White's castled position) there would have been a lot of play on the board, though White would still have had the upper hand. A sample variation: 23.b4 Nc6 24.Bxf8 Kxf8 25.f3! d5! 24.fxe4 dxc4 25.Qxc4 Ne5 26.Qd4 Kg8 (Δ 27....hxg5) 27.Nf3 Bxe4+ 28.Ka1 (diagram)


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White is an exchange to the good, but his attack has vanished and Black has achieved some active piece play. Further there could follow 28...Nxf3 or else 28...Qa4, always seeking some counterplay.

No doubt White would have won anyway, but his task would not have been so easy.

Sep-05-21
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  plang: In Kaidanov-A.Ivanov Denver 2002 (game not included in this database) the game had continued 11 e4..Nc6 12 Rd1 and White had gone on to win; 11 0-0-0 was a new idea. 16..gxf was suggested to protect some of the squares around the king. No doubt White would have had strong threats after 19..exf!? but Black was no better off declining the piece. After 22..hxg? Black was lost; Kasparov offered 22..Ne5 and 22..Ne7 as alternatives though White would still have had the upper hand.
Sep-07-21  Gaito:


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WHITE TO MOVE
White played here 18.Nb5.
Deserving attention was 18.Bd3 at once, with some very interesting and exciting possibilities, e.g:

I) 18...Qh5 19.Ne2 Na5 20.Be5!? Nxc4! 21.Bxc4 d5 22.Nf4 (see diagram below):


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22...Rxc4 23.Nxh5 Rxc2 24.Kxc2 Nxh5 25.Nxe6 Rxf2+ 26.Rd2, and White has a distinct advantage (Diagram):


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II) 18...g6 19.Nxh7! Nd4 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Qc1 Nb3 22.Qe3 and White has a clear plus.

Sep-07-21  Gaito:


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BLACK TO MOVE

22...hxg5?? Black couldn't resist the temptation to capture the proffered knight, but that was a terrible blunder.

After 22...Na5! (sacrificing an exchange in order to bring about some weaknesses on White's castled position) there would have been a lot of play on the board, though White would still have had the upper hand. A sample variation: 23.b4 Nc6 24.Bxf8 Kxf8 25.f3! d5! 24.fxe4 dxc4 25.Qxc4 Ne5 26.Qd4 Kg8 (? 27....hxg5) 27.Nf3 Bxe4+ 28.Ka1 (diagram)


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White is an exchange to the good, but his attack has vanished and Black has achieved some active piece play. Further there could follow 28...Nxf3 or else 28...Qa4, always seeking some counterplay.

No doubt White would have won anyway, but his task would not have been so easy.

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