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Garry Kasparov vs Boris Kantsler
"Rook File of a Prodigy" (game of the day Apr-19-2021)
Junior competition (1975), Leningrad URS, Jul-27
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-05  mj29479: it seems garry "the kid" was not so good as he is now as "garry-the-anti-fide-man" :)) if you computer check the game it will be seen that he missed an obvious mate and nearly contributed to the collection of 'white to play and ruin the game' :)).
Mar-13-05  Orbitkind: Please tell me where the obvious mate is. If you mean 25.Qh5+ etc then you are wrong because the black king slips the net.
Mar-13-05  hintza: <Orbitkind> There is surprisingly no defence for Black after 27.Bg3!, where White threatens g6# next move. Mate in three after 27.Bg3, I am fairly certain.
Mar-13-05  Orbitkind: But Kasparov won by move 32 so does it really matter if he could have won by move 30 in the context of the game? He obviously found a win even if not quite as efficient. Players are people and not computer therefore likely to make a less efficient forced win than a computer sometimes. But efficiency is to be praised as Capablanca probably would have said.
Mar-13-05  hintza: <Orbitkind> He won anyway, so yes the fact that he missed an earlier win does not matter as much. But since you asked where the mate was, I posted it for you.
Jan-27-06  goragoragora: Interesting to see Garry taking
the White side of this, since the
Black side would later be touted in
Borik's book on Kasparov (rather
mistakingly, I felt.
Later, if 31...Kf5 32 Kf3! looks
like a cute point.
Sep-18-07  dfotarou10: I think that 28. Qg4 is a mate unless I am missing something.
Sep-18-07  dfotarou10: My mistake he can play 28. Kxe5
Dec-20-07  nimzo knight: 25. d4! is a kind of move which makes you a master (of course Garry proved to be much more than that). I think 25.. Ng7 will be replied by 26. Rh1
Oct-31-12  JIRKA KADLEC: Kasparov - Kantsler:
...19.Ng4 Ng7 20.BG5!! hxg5 21.hxg5 Rh8 22.Nf6+! Kg6 23.Rh1! Nf5 24.Rxh8 Bxh8 25.ND4!? Nxd4 26.Qh5+ Kf5 ....
Mar-25-13  wachter123680: no wonder Kantsler lost, while Garry was busy consolidating his pieces king side, Kantsler remains three unactive pieces to queenside, making no preparation for the incoming slaughter Kaspars had prepared with cunning.
Mar-25-13  wachter123680: Kaspars must have thought this little fifth rank a b c and d pawn wall on 10.. was cute tho.
Apr-16-13  BattleSquare: nice Knight sacrifice in 20.Ng5+ !!
Oct-24-13  MrJafari: It seems Kasparov didn't want to mate sooner intentionally! I detected some position which Kasparov could mate but didn't!!
Apr-13-15  whiteshark: Kasparov's move was indeed <20.Bg5!!>

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as <JIRKA KADLEC> rightly pointed out.

Check out "Kasparov on Kasparov, best games 1973-1985" (Vol I), game # 9

Here's the correct game:

[Event "Junior competition"]
[Site "Leningrad"]
[Date "1975.07.27"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Garry Kasparov"]
[Black "Boris Kantsler"]
[ECO "A07"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 g6 6. Ngf3 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Qe2 b5 10. e5 a5 11. Nf1 Ba6 12. h4 b4 13. N1h2 h6 14. Bf4 Kh7 15. Bh3 c4 16. Kg2 Nf5 17. Bxf5 gxf5 18. g4 fxg4 19. Nxg4 Ne7 20. Ng5+ hxg5 21. hxg5 Rh8 22. Nf6+ Kg6 23. Rh1 Nf5 24. Rxh8 Bxh8 25. d4 Nxd4 26. Qh5+ Kf5 27. g6+ Kxf4 28. Re1 Bxf6 29. f3 Nxf3 30. Qxf3+ Kg5 31. Qg3+ Kh5 32. exf6 1-0


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  Sargon: whiteshark, you're saying: <Kasparov's move was indeed <20.Bg5!!>>

And then in the score you submitted, it still says 20. Ng5+

Oct-05-18  whiteshark: <Sargon> My bad!

Here's CB Megabase 2018 pgn

[Event "Leningrad"]
[Site "Leningrad (Russia)"]
[Date "1975.07.27"]
[White "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Black "Kantsler, Boris"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A08"]
[PlyCount "63"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 g6 6. Ngf3 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Qe2 b5 10. e5 a5 11. Nf1 Ba6 12. h4 b4 13. N1h2 h6 14. Bf4 Kh7 15. Bh3 c4 16. Kg2 Nf5 17. Bxf5 gxf5 18. g4 fxg4 19. Nxg4 Ne7 20. Bg5 hxg5 21. hxg5 Rh8 22. Nf6+ Kg6 23. Rh1 Nf5 24. Rxh8 Bxh8 25. Nd4 Nxd4 26. Qh5+ Kf5 27. g6+ Kf4 28. Re1 Bxf6 29. f3 Nxf3 30. Qxf3+ Kg5 31. Qg3+ Kh5 32. exf6 1-0

Jul-19-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for white on move 28.

I saw @hintza mention 27.Bg3 and wanted to confirm that move. Move confirmed below.

27.Bg3 Bxf6 28. gxf6+ Ke4 29. Qg4#
Or 27. Bg3 Nf3 28. Qxf3+ Kxg5 29. Qg4+ Kh6 30. Bf4#

Premium Chessgames Member
  opus: They hang Kings, don't they?

32...Qxf6 33. Rh1+ Qh4 34. Rxh4#

Apr-19-21  RookFile: Nice pun. And I had nothing to do with it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: What's up with the game score?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Williebob: This game score has been corrected at least once since it was posted years ago, but the current score does match the ChessBase MegaBase that <whiteshark> kibitzed above. The reference to New in Chess from <Patzer Natmas> indicates possible confusion, but I don’t have the issue; perhaps this was an alternate line used for their tactical trainer?
Apr-19-21  RandomVisitor: After 18.g4 black has the time to bring one more piece over to where it is needed...

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<40/70 06:08 -0.82 18...Ne7 19.g5 cxd3 20.cxd3 Ng6> 21.Bg3 h5 22.Nd4 Qb6 23.Qxh5+ Kg8 24.Ne2 Bxd3 25.Nf4 Bb5 26.Qd1 Nxf4+ 27.Bxf4 Rfc8 28.Kg3 d4

Apr-19-21  RandomVisitor: After 17.Bxf5 maybe black should recapture with the other pawn:

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<40/60 03:26 -1.34 17. ... exf5> 18.d4 c3 19.Qe3 cxb2 20.Rab1 Qd7 21.Rxb2 Rfc8 22.Rh1 Ne7 23.Qd2 Rc6 24.Rc1 Bf8 25.c3 Rac8 26.Rbc2 bxc3 27.Rxc3 Rc4

Premium Chessgames Member
  maytintan: <whiteshark> in your game line with 20. Bg5 there is an interesting line after 31.....Kh6, e.g. 32.exf6 Qxf6,33. Rh1+ Kg7,34. Rh7+ Kg8
35.Rxf7 Qh8 36. Qd6 Qh4 37. Qxe6 Qg5+
38.Kf3 Qh5+ 39. Ke3 Qh6+ 40. Rf4+ 1:0
(or 39.....d4+, 40. Kxd4)

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