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Gazza's Greats
Compiled by AdrianP
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These are some games of Kasparov's which I have found particularly enjoyable. At the moment, I have not been particularly systematic in picking them

The games marked with * are the three that Garry himself considers his 'best' games.


= Kasparov v Fischer (corr)...?!
Botvinnik vs Fischer, 1962 
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

GM-Thumping at the age of 12
Romanishin vs Kasparov, 1975 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 32 moves, 0-1

Pyrotechnics lead to a won ending
Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 38 moves, 0-1

An early example of an uncompromising style
Kasparov vs Palatnik, 1978 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 37 moves, 1-0

Garry borrows Alekhine's Gun
Ljuboshic vs Kasparov, 1978 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 38 moves, 0-1

Accurate endgame technique
Kasparov vs Dolmatov, 1979 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 65 moves, 1-0

Imaginative conversion of a material advantage
Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1979 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1-0

Gazza accepts a Tal N sac on his own terms
Tal vs Kasparov, 1980 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

N on f5 is worth a queen (if it threatens mate in 1)
Kasparov vs Csom, 1980 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 29 moves, 1-0

Do you really want to accept a Kasparov pawn sac...
Kasparov vs Pribyl, 1980 
(D85) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Chiburdanidze, 1980 
(E92) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

A Knight on f5 is worth at least a pawn
Kasparov vs Nikitin, 1981 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Gavrikov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1981 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Unfathomable complications
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982 
(A64) Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8, 36 moves, 0-1

Busting the Benoni
Kasparov vs Nunn, 1982  
(A67) Benoni, Taimanov Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Van der Wiel vs Kasparov, 1982 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Double Bishop Sacrifice
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

The Power of the Queen
Kasparov vs Beliavsky, 1983 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

1985 Match (Game 16) "Supreme creative achievement"?
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Timman, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

1985 Match (Game 1)
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

1985 Match (Game 24)
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

Strategic Masterpiece *
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1986 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Irresistible force meets the immovable object...
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Crunch Time *
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987  
(A13) English, 64 moves, 1-0

Left jab, left jab... right hook!
Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988 
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Textbook King's Indian attack
Piket vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

A bloodcurdling Yugoslav Attack
Kasparov vs Piket, 1989 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Salov, 1989 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 
(C45) Scotch Game, 102 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1991 
(C45) Scotch Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Anand, 1991 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

21. ...Rxe3! a decisive and precise combination...
Anand vs Kasparov, 1992 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 33 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Karpov, 1992 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs P Nikolic, 1992 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Boris underestimates Gazza's Nxe6!
Kasparov vs Gelfand, 1993 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 25 moves, 1-0

Gazza teaches Karpov Fischerrandom...!
Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Sacking a queen... to make another queen...!
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1-0

Kramnik tests Garry's K and Q v K technique...
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 86 moves, 1-0

17. Rxb7!, a great positional exchange sac
Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994 
(B33) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1994 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 39 moves, 1-0

Cooked up in Kaspy's Kitchen
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

An unexpected Q sacrifice and an exact conversion
Kiril D Georgiev vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 58 moves, 0-1

Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

The crowd-pleaser
Anand vs Kasparov, 1996 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1996 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Opposite sides castling and a positional queen sacrifice
Shirov vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

Bishops versus Knights
Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1997 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 57 moves, 1-0

Game of the Century? *
Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 
(B06) Robatsch, 44 moves, 1-0

Impressive pawn sac
Svidler vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B53) Sicilian, 42 moves, 0-1

Constant counter-attacking and a study-like finish
Anand vs Kasparov, 1999 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 50 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Svidler, 1999 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 31 moves, 1-0

Najdorf Bashing: Nxe6! sac and a very precise finish
Kasparov vs Van Wely, 2000 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

A good technical endgame win
Morozevich vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 57 moves, 0-1

Pawn power! (20. g4!, 21. g5! and 32 d5!!...)
Kasparov vs Adams, 2002 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Playing with fire...
Kasparov vs J Ye, 2002 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 66 moves, 1-0

A big creative achievement
Kasparov vs Grischuk, 2003 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 63 moves, 1-0

Sometime's what looked so difficult, is actually so easy!
Kasparov vs X3D Fritz, 2003 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2003 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs V Chuchelov, 2003 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Shirov, 2004 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Svidler, 2004 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Dreev, 2004 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 59 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Adams, 2005 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 54 moves, 1-0

Active Defence in a Difficult Position
Anand vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B33) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Adams vs Kasparov, 2005 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 0-1

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