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Garry Kasparov vs Baadur Jobava
European Club Cup (2003), Rethymnon GRE, rd 3, Sep-30
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Black resigns seeing 53. Rd7+ Rd6 [if 53. ..Ke4, then 54. Rd4+ wins] 54. Qd3+ wins easy for white.
Oct-29-03  drukenknight: what if 43...Bxh4?
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  Honza Cervenka: <dk> What about 43...Bxh4 44.e6 fxe6 45.Qxh5+?
Oct-30-03  drukenknight: it looks difficult for black. Honza what thoughts do you have where black goes wrong?
Oct-30-03  DWINS: Black had a decent game until 40...Rg8.

It looks weird but Black should have played 40...O-O!? White can't play 41.Qxh5 because his bishop is hanging and after 41.Bxd5 exd5 42.Rxd5 b4, he still can't take the h pawn because then his rook would be lost.

After white safeguards his rook, black will be able to play Qg4 protecting his h pawn. In the meantime, white has to be concerned with Black's two connected passed pawns. The position is murky but I think Black is holding his own.

Oct-30-03  drukenknight: 40...00 you crazy man!

Look at 49...Qg4; what does that do that 49...Qe4 couldnt do better? blocks the diagonal and doesnt let the Q give another check.

Can he hold the resulting end game by using the passed pawn?

Oct-31-03  DWINS: Right you are, drukenknight. 49...Qe4 is definitely a better move than 49...Qg4 but black is still in trouble.

After 50.Rc7+ black is going to lose the f pawn.
50...Kd6 51.Qc3 (threatens Qc5 mate) Re5 52.Rxf7 (threatens Qc7+) Re7 53.Rf8 and with his king exposed I'm not sure if black will survive.

May-24-04  get Reti: Kasparov spent many moves this game safeguarding his king
Aug-19-06  notyetagm: With 34 ♗xg6!, White threatens to <RELOAD> on g6 with his c2-queen if his bishop is captured by the Black f7-pawn. After 34 ... fxg6?? 35 ♕xg6+, Black is either mated or loses his queen to a pin on the d-file.

Yet another example of a <RELOADING> square, here the g6-square, being lined up with the enemy king (Black e8-king).

Aug-19-06  Aspirador: <RELOADING> should be forbidden by modern copyright law. Then these things would not happen so often.
Oct-10-11  THEGOAT: Black must have been in time trouble here,because he more than held his own in this game against Kasparov untill around the 44th move..then went to pieces
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  ToTheDeath: Very high level game. Jobava played very well to hold the balance until move 40 or so.

41.Kh2! was an excellent move to safeguard the king as the immediate tactical shot 41.Rxd5? fails to 41...Rg4! =

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  plang: 4 Be3 had some popularity in the early 2000s but still is considered a rarely played sideline. 8 Kd1 was a new move (leaving the bishop awkwardly placed on b4). Kasparov thought it was a mistake for Black to enter the complications starting with 31..Nxd4?! recommending instead 31..Nd5 or 31..0-0. Kasparov recommended 40..0-0 41 Rxd5..exd 42 Bf5..Kg7 43 Qxh5..Rh8 44 Qf3..b4 45 h5 with a strong White attack but no immediate win. 46..Qd7 would have been a tougher defense.

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