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Garry Kasparov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Linares (2005), Linares ESP, rd 10, Mar-05
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0



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  cu8sfan: All right, the dancing rook! Now all I need is an Adams win to go 3-3!
Mar-05-05  ketchuplover: Did I miss anything? :)
Mar-05-05  radu stancu: <ketchuplover: Did I miss anything? :)> Nope. The usual Anand - Leko draw, the usual Kasparov victory (Yey!!!), and Mickey's still at it. :)
Mar-05-05  milanez: <whithergoes> kasim was kramnik's replacement(after he declined to participate) so kasparov would probably be +3 at this point..which still owns the rest of the field...
Mar-05-05  Ezzy: <Ketchuplover> No, not really. Only a masterclass of opening, middlegame, and endgame technique. A MASTERCLASS of psychology. Pure brilliance, of a near perfect calculating machine. Besides that, not much really!
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  tpstar: After 55. Qxg4 Black will be two Pons down.

Nice technique by Kasparov.

Mar-05-05  Mameluk: So when I watched Garry last two years, I had the feeling that life is over when youre 40. His results lately are fantastic again- 1,5 pts ahead of Anand- that is smashing.
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  Gypsy: < tpstar: After 55. Qxg4 Black will be two Pons down. > LOL, good Pon <tpstar>.

<Nice technique by Kasparov.> Great middlegame and transtion play. And it looked like he was playing with his food at the very end. :-)

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  Bobsterman3000: how long will the rook dance?
Mar-05-05  Sonic Adventure: Perhaps its Kasparov in a rook suit.
Mar-05-05  euripides: Even though I have argued that Keres may well not have thrown his games against Botvinnik, I do wonder about the wisdom of giving Gazza the two bishops and then opening the position.
Mar-05-05  MindlessOne: Kasparov is taking this tournament blind, <the results are posted at where you can also listen in> Leko although hasnt won or loss yett, all hes managed is draws. Topolav and anand as of March-05-2005 are tied.
Mar-05-05  csmath: This game looks like a computer play to me. It was very precise by Gazza.

15. ... 0-0
Vallejo abandoned initiative probably hoping for a quick release and draw.

18. ... Qb6?!
is inaccurate (Qe7 is better)

Here Kasparov gains advantage immediately with 19. Nc3! and the game immediately tilts to his favor, everything he played in the next 20 moves is a mastery. 46. e4! seals it, after that Vallejo had no hope else than some bad play by Kasparov.

It is amazing how Vallejo actually did not play bad and yet he found himself in a lost ending.

Mar-06-05  Everett: <csmath> Good thing humans know how to play precisely as well. Been doing it for years, if not so consistently.
Mar-26-05  fgh: <After 55. Qxg4 Black will be two Pons down.>

lol <tpstar>, I almost falled out of my chair because of laughing.

Mar-27-05  NakoSonorense: congrats <fgh>, you finally got the joke 20 days later!!!


Jan-16-06  EnglishOpeningc4: This is Kasparov's final game isnt it?
At least he went out on top
Jan-16-06  KingG: Unfortunately, this wasn't his last game. This was his last game: Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005
Aug-11-06  AdrianP: <Ezzy> <This Gazza bloke will go far1! He has a bright future ahead of him!> Strangely anti-prophetic!
Nov-06-06  alphastrike20: he has never lost a single slav game as white
Nov-06-06  alphastrike20: out of 79 slavs and semi-slavs kasparov has only lost two semi-slav games.
Nov-06-06  alphastrike20: out of 211 queen's gambit games, he has only lost 6 and won 123! this man is a genious. better than karpov
Mar-03-07  vesivialvy93: Maybe better than Karpov after all but we have to admit Kasparov's ending technique is more a great gift from Karpov in their battles for the titles than any others GM' imagine Karpov strenght after playing Fischer in 75-78-and 81 !!!!!
Mar-07-11  splatty: <alphastrike20: out of 211 queen's gambit games, he has only lost 6 and won 123! this man is a genious. better than karpov> I have to agree.
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  Bobsterman3000: 42 pages of kibitzing on just this one game? wow
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