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Garry Kasparov vs Michael Adams
European Club Cup (2004), Izmir TUR, rd 5, Oct-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation San Remo Variation (E37)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-12-04  themindset: yes, i just found a game from a correspondence tournament in 1998:

[Event "12th CC Olympiad Final"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mousa, Essa"]
[Black "Cody, Philip"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E37"]
[PlyCount "41"]
[EventDate "1998.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Ne4 7. Qc2 Nc6 8. e3 e5 9. cxd5 Qxd5 10. Bc4 Qa5+ 11. b4 Nxb4 12. Qxe4 Nc2+ 13. Ke2 Qe1+ 14. Kf3 Nxa1 15. Bb2 O-O 16. Kg3 Re8 17. Nf3 Qxh1 18. Ng5 Kf8 19. a4 g6 20. Qd5 Be6 21. Qxe5 1-0

Oct-12-04  acirce: 16..h6 has been played at least 6 times before this game and 17.h4 has been the usual reply. Only 20.Qxb7 deviates from Fodor-Vargyas 2003 (20.Nh3, draw in 30 moves). Black has no choice after 20..exd4 21.Nf3 but to force the 21..Be4 draw.
Oct-12-04  Minor Piece Activity: I don't think Kaspy "snatched a draw from the jaws of the defeat." The rook sac is all theory, it's not like he missed a fork. =)
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  BishopBerkeley: <> A typo above!

20th European Club Clup 2004

Must be clupping along...

(: ♗B :)

P.S. Please feel free to remove this message should this typo be corrected. :)

Premium Chessgames Member Club clup, lol. Sorry, some clod clicked some clap-trap. We'll fix.
Oct-12-04  aw1988: <It's theory at least until 16...h6 and that has been played before.> That's disgusting. One of the most brilliant games I've ever seen and it has already been played up to move 16. :(
Oct-12-04  acirce: Up to move 19, actually. Check out the rest of my post. Also, against Azarov in the same event (that game seems not to be here yet) Kasparov basically played out Vallejo Pons vs Kasparov, 2004 once again, and that game had also been played before except some minor deviation near the end.
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  Joshka: <acirce> 17...Re8 was used before?...uhm can't find it anywhere..
Oct-16-04  acirce: <Joshka> The game I mentioned - Fodor-Vargyas, Budapest 2003 - is in the base of
Oct-17-04  whiskeyrebel: The variation is covered in depth in Bogdan Lalic's "classical Nimzo-Indian"...up to 17...Re8 that is. It's exhilarating chess for sure!
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  Chessical: This very sharp variation has been known since at least the 1940's:

<17...Qd2> 18.Nf3 Qxb2 19.Ng5 Re8 20.Bxf7+ Kf8 21.Bxe8 Qc2; J, Baay v L, Stumpers; Nijmegen 1948

Nov-20-05  DeepBlade: Too bad the Bishop is pinned, or else Kasparov could actualy mate.

It is sure one crazy opening.

Nov-20-05  csmath: <This very sharp variation has been known since at least the 1940's>

And more importantly known also as no good for white (draw at best). Very weird that Kasparov, as a player very well informed about theory, would choose this crap to play against Adams. The first novelty here was 20th move of Kasparov 20. Qb7, but by this move he has absolutely nothing in the game but a careful draw which Adams actually forces after 21st move.

Perhaps Kasparov was trying to unleash some kind of surprise.

Nov-20-05  csmath: Well, on the second thought I guess Kasparov was probably convinced in his tactical prowess but was denied any surprise here by fine Adams' play. Not a bad game.

Note to myself:
Avoid playing this against any decent engine, you'll get burned big time. :-)

Nov-24-05  Averageguy: A fine draw. An immensley tactical game, and a nice drawing sacrifice.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Still says "Club CLUP" ...

should be ... er, 'cup' (I think).

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  LIFE Master AJ: This was a GREAT fighting game of chess ... the way a chess game should end. (White, materially down, is forced to take a draw by a 'perpetual check' here.)

For more info on these lines, check out any good reference book. [MCO-14, page # 535, column # 07, and all notes that are pertinent.]

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  LIFE Master AJ: Another point of reference, the modern town of "Izmir" is also the biblical town of Smyrna. (trivia)
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  LIFE Master AJ: <themindset>
I have been perusing several books, a CD-ROM on this opening, etc. ...................

Apparently, this IS all theory, and is VERY wild.

Jun-10-06  hitman84: Kasparov is genius!
Though this game looks like great preperation.
Jun-10-06  blingice: <LMAJ> is correct. If you click on the "Similar Games" function, you'll find all of this: Games Like Kasparov vs Adams, 2004. According to that source, 10 OTHER games have been played with the first half of this game's moves.

Further, this opening only starts to become quite rare after 5. a3, then becomes extremely rare after 7..Nc6, (but after move 7, more transpositions come in Opening Explorer) , but after that, there only a few games peeling off the central line from there on.

Chessmaster 10th Edition has this opening in it's book a full 16 ply, and Chessmaster's label for the opening is <Indian Defense/Nimzo-Indian Defense/Classical Variation/San Remo Variation>. Impressive.

Next, I searched for the position after the first 32 ply of this game in the Chessmaster database, and it found only one game where black won.

May-01-08  positionalgenius: Great draw here,wild game
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  Richard Taylor: This var derives from an idea of Alekhines in his a game versus Vidmar...
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  Richard Taylor: In his notes to this game in his book of his games

Vidmar vs Alekhine, 1930

Dec-02-15  Howard: Check out today's GOTD, and see if it looks "familiar".
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