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Kasparov's super simuls
Compiled by crawfb5
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Kasparov put a new twist on simultaneous exhibitions by playing a series of clock simuls over the years against national teams and other strong groups of players around the world, playing 4 or more masters to grandmasters simultaneously. Other world champions have given clock simuls. Lasker played one of the first and one opponent was a very young Reti (Reti vs Lasker, 1908). Alekhine played them fairly often on his tours (Game Collection: Alekhine's clock simuls), but Kasparov seems to have played more and against stronger opposition than other WCs. Here are some of the games where the beast of Baku pounded the best of the rest.

These "super" simuls differ from a "typical" simul in several respects: 1) instead of the opponent being required to move or use one of a limited number of "passes" when the exhibitor comes around, the games were all clocked, that is, essentially Kasparov was playing multiple tournament games at the same time, 2) the opposition was much stronger than in a typical simul, with some even being composed entirely of grandmasters, 3) Kasparov would play half of the games with Black -- if it was a field of 4, he would play them all one day, rest one day, and then play them again with colors reversed.

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS -- These are only the simuls I have found to date. I'm sure there are others. Also, not all of the games are currently in the database. I found the Kasparov game collections by <KingG> to be particularly useful as a starting point in pulling this together.

"To conduct these super-simuls is extremely difficult; they take gigantic energy, and they demand careful voluminous preparation. But I repeat: their chess returns surpass all expectations. And the quality of the games, which I plan to write about in subsequent articles, speaks better than any words that I could use to persuade you that all of the above is not simply an exercise in pretty phraseology." -- G. Kasparov, Chess Life Jan 1994

Kasparov wrote a series of articles on these simuls for Chess Life. Unfortunately, the only one I seem to still have is the Jan 1994 issue.

FIRST HAMBURG MATCH DEC 1985 RESULT 3.5-4.5

An early "super" simul and a rare loss for Kasparov. His frustration over not having enough access to opponent games supposedly helped stimulate the development of ChessBase.

SECOND HAMBURG MATCH FEB 1987 RESULT 7-1

The revenge match. Schulte scored one of the two draws. His impressions of the match and notes to the game are at http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~oschulte/ches....

SWISS MATCH MAY 1987 RESULT 5.5-.5

SATELLITE MATCH 1988 CANNES RESULT 10-1

Played against opponents world-wide via satellite. Kasparov did play White in all games.

USA JUNIOR MATCH FEB 1988 NEW YORK RESULT 4-2

A YouTube video series on this match (thanks, Eyal!). Part 2 has Kasparov's famed outburst against Edelman for taking a quick draw by repetition.

Part 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUwr...

Part 2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRmp...

Part 3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RWq...

FIRST FRANCE MATCH DEC 1988 RESULT 3-2

SECOND FRANCE MATCH JUN 1989 RESULT 4.5-1.5

HARVARD MATCH 28 OCT 1989 RESULT 8-0

Played shortly after Kasparov's match with Deep Thought. His opponents were 3 players from the Harvard team, 1 faculty member, 2 alumni, and 2 computers. http://www.thecrimson.com/article.a...

Currently only two of the games are in the CG database.

GERMANY MATCH JAN 1992 RESULT 3-1

FIRST ARGENTINA MATCH OCT 1992 BUENOS AIRES RESULT 9-3

PERU MATCH 1993 LIMA RESULT 5.5-.5

User <Jim Bartle> was a spectator at this match. A few of his memories are posted at: Panno vs Kasparov, 1992

BRAZIL MATCH 1996 RIO DE JANERO RESULT 5-1

UMBC MATCH 17 MAY 1997 CANTONVILLE RESULT 7.5-0.5

Kasparov played the 4-board UMBC team, which had won the 1997 Pan-Am Championship, along with 4 area students. This took place shortly after his loss to Deep Blue. The UMBC team had been playing similar clock simuls for training against other GMs, including Smirin, Kavalek, and Shabalov. Kasparov required each player to submit six recent games for his preparation. http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/org... Photos at: http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/org...

SECOND ARGENTINA MATCH 1997 BUENOS AIRES RESULT 8.5-3.5

ISRAEL MATCH 19 AND 21 MAY 1998 TEL AVIV RESULT 7-1

Kasparov described this as one of the peak performances of his career, blowing away opposition averaging over 2600.

FAROE ISLAND MATCH 2001 RESULT 5-1

CZECH MATCH NOV 2001 RESULT 5.5-2.5

Kasparov beats another all-GM team, all rated over 2500. ChessBase's news report (NOTE: the links to the Bobby Ang articles mentioned are broken): http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

first Hamburg match, Dec 1985 result 3.5-4.5
Chandler vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B40) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs H Wegner, 1985
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Behrhorst vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 50 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs R Gruenberg, 1985 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

Wahls vs Kasparov, 1985 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 29 moves, 1-0

H J Cordes vs Kasparov, 1985 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 53 moves, 1-0

date should be 1985
Kasparov vs C Hess Sr., 1985
(A57) Benko Gambit, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

date should be 1985
Kasparov vs H Reefschlaeger, 1985
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

second Hamburg match, Feb 1987 result 7-1
Kasparov vs O Schulte, 1987 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Wegner vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 23 moves, 0-1

H Reefschlaeger vs Kasparov, 1987 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs H J Cordes, 1987 
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Wahls vs Kasparov, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 50 moves, 0-1

R Gruenberg vs Kasparov, 1987 
(A21) English, 22 moves, 0-1

F Behrhorst vs Kasparov, 1987 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs B Stein, 1987 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 25 moves, 1-0

Swiss match, May 1987 result 5.5-.5
Kasparov vs H Wirthensohn, 1987 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs A Huss, 1987 
(E09) Catalan, Closed, 38 moves, 1-0

B Zueger vs Kasparov, 1987 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 0-1

F Gobet vs Kasparov, 1987 
(B33) Sicilian, 34 moves, 0-1

Hug vs Kasparov, 1987 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs M Trepp, 1987
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Satellite match, 1988 result 9.5-1.5
Kasparov vs Adams, 1988 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Ulibin, 1988 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs R Hamilton, 1988 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs E Arlandi, 1988
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 26 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs E Gueye, 1988
(A90) Dutch, 24 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs G Gonda, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs L Jones, 1988
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 38 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs R Gerber, 1988
(E68) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4, 43 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs R Weemaes, 1988
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 25 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs D Savereide, 1988 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs E Arlandi, 1988 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 26 moves, 1-0

US Junior match, 1988 result 4-2
Kasparov vs Wolff, 1988 
(A20) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Rachels, 1988 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

D Edelman vs Kasparov, 1988 
(B33) Sicilian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fishbein vs Kasparov, 1988 
(B33) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs I Gurevich, 1988 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 49 moves, 1-0

V Rao vs Kasparov, 1988 
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 51 moves, 0-1

first France match Dec 1988 result 3-2
Kasparov vs Kouatly, 1988
(A15) English, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs A Haik, 1988
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 49 moves, 1-0

J R Koch vs Kasparov, 1988 
(B33) Sicilian, 50 moves, 0-1

M Sharif vs Kasparov, 1988 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 31 moves, 1-0

second French match Jun 1989 result 4.5-1.5
Kasparov vs M Sharif, 1989 
(A17) English, 38 moves, 1-0

A Haik vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E77) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs J R Koch, 1989
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Miralles vs Kasparov, 1989
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs O Renet, 1989 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 43 moves, 1-0

Kouatly vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E92) King's Indian, 31 moves, 0-1

Harvard match, 28 Oct 1989 result 8-0
Kasparov vs V Rao, 1989 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 32 moves, 1-0

A Akhsharumova vs Kasparov, 1989
(B07) Pirc, 30 moves, 0-1

Germany match, Jan 1992 result 3-1
E Lobron vs Kasparov, 1992 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 46 moves, 0-1

Hertneck vs Kasparov, 1992 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Wahls, 1992 
(B07) Pirc, 37 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Hort, 1992
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

first Argentina match, Oct 1992 result 9-3
Panno vs Kasparov, 1992 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 0-1

P Ricardi vs Kasparov, 1992 
(E97) King's Indian, 34 moves, 1-0

C Amura vs Kasparov, 1992 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 45 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs J A Rubinetti, 1992
(C01) French, Exchange, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs H Spangenberg, 1992 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs C Amura, 1992 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Panno, 1992
(C01) French, Exchange, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

J A Rubinetti vs Kasparov, 1992 
(A43) Old Benoni, 40 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs P Zarnicki, 1992
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Zarnicki vs Kasparov, 1992 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs P Ricardi, 1992 
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 40 moves, 1-0

H Spangenberg vs Kasparov, 1992
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Peru match, 1993 result 5.5-.5
Kasparov vs O Requejo, 1993
(A10) English, 48 moves, 1-0

F Aparicio vs Kasparov, 1993
(A48) King's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

J Reyes vs Kasparov, 1993
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Munoz Pantoja vs Kasparov, 1993 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 64 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs C Oblitas, 1993 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 29 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs H Urday, 1993
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Brazil match, 1996 result 5-1
Kasparov vs G Milos, 1996
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Darcy Lima vs Kasparov, 1996
(E92) King's Indian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs G Vescovi, 1996 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 48 moves, 1-0

M Miranda vs Kasparov, 1996
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

C E Toth vs Kasparov, 1996 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs C Gouveia, 1996 
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 46 moves, 1-0

UMBC match, 17 May 1997 result 7.5-0.5
Kasparov vs V Atlas, 1997 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

W Morrison vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 53 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs D Atlas, 1997 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Shahade vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 52 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs R Kaufman, 1997 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 63 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs B Lefstein, 1997
(A10) English, 40 moves, 1-0

E Tsibulevskiy vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B32) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

Barakh Al vs Kasparov, 1997 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

second Argentina match, 1997 result 8.5-3.5
Kasparov vs Panno, 1997 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

Panno vs Kasparov, 1997
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs H Spangenberg, 1997 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

H Spangenberg vs Kasparov, 1997 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

P Ricardi vs Kasparov, 1997
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs P Ricardi, 1997 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 27 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs G German, 1997
(E17) Queen's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

G German vs Kasparov, 1997
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Sorin vs Kasparov, 1997 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 30 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs A Sorin, 1997 
(C45) Scotch Game, 54 moves, 1-0

Israel match, 19 and 21 May 1998 result 7-1
Kasparov vs Huzman, 1998 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 41 moves, 1-0

Huzman vs Kasparov, 1998 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Smirin, 1998 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smirin vs Kasparov, 1998 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Sutovsky, 1998
(B30) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Sutovsky vs Kasparov, 1998 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 53 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs B Alterman, 1998
(B32) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Alterman vs Kasparov, 1998
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

Faroe Island match 2001 result 5-1
J A Nilssen vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs J Rodgaard, 2001 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

H Olsen vs Kasparov, 2001
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Thomsen vs Kasparov, 2001
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs O Simonsen, 2001 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs E Nolsoe, 2001 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Czech match, Nov 2001 result 5.5-2.5
Hracek vs Kasparov, 2001
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs V Babula, 2001 
(B30) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

Oral vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 74 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Movsesian, 2001 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 43 moves, 1-0

Movsesian vs Kasparov, 2001 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Hracek, 2001
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

V Babula vs Kasparov, 2001 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 44 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Oral, 2001 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 1-0

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