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Garry Kasparov vs Veselin Topalov
"Kasparov's Immortal" (game of the day Apr-13-13)
It (cat.17), Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands) (1999)  ·  Pirc Defense: General (B06)  ·  1-0
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Apr-14-12  JoergWalter: <Chaamjamal> of course that is debatable. I consider this one by kasparov higher:

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985

Still here is a serious contender, imo

R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963

Apr-14-12
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  parisattack: <chaamjamal: Is this really the greatest chess game ever played?>

Not for me, as brilliant as it is. I think Kasparov's storyline has given it a special aura.

May-31-12
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  Abdel Irada: In which Veselin Topalov proves that queening one's king doesn't always win.
May-31-12  jmi: <Abdel Irada: In which Veselin Topalov proves that queening one's king doesn't always win.>

How do you queen a king? Wouldn't that also mean that afterwards, Topalov has no king on the board anymore? He can't lose then! :)

May-31-12
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  Abdel Irada: <jmi>: Precisely, but if anyone could find a way to mate a kingless opponent, it would be Kasparov. Hence the comment. ;-)
Jul-25-12  rilinddd: can anyone tell me why black didn't play 31 Rd1+
Jul-25-12
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  Jim Bartle: It's better than what Topalov played. 31...Rd1+ 32. Kb2 Ra8 33. Qb6 Qd4+ 34. Qxd4 Rxd4 35. Rxf7. White is down the exchange but up by two pawns and possibly more.
Aug-13-12  vikram2791: Amazing game: the rook sacrifice was fabulous!
Aug-15-12  Tigranny: Greatest game of chess ever? Spectacular stuff by Kaspy.
Oct-20-12  Rookiepawn: I think there is an improvement for Jim Bartle's variant: 31... Rd1+ 32. Kb2 Qd4+ 33. Qxd4 Rxd4 34. Rb6 Ra8 (in my humble opinion). This way Black forces Queen exchange and I cannot see a way for White to force victory,

Or maybe 34. Ra7 Rd6 and White has it still hard to bring the Bishop to c2 and mate.

Can anyone enlighten me? I cannot find a winning variant for White here. Thanks!

Oct-20-12  Balmo: After 31...Rd1+ 32. Kb2 Ra8 33. Qb6 Qd4+ 34. Qxd4 Rxd4 35. Rxf7 White threatens Be6 followed by checkmate on b3. I don't think Black can prevent that and save his kingside pawns.
Oct-20-12  Balmo: In other news 37. Rd7 may be one of the sexiest moves of all time.
Oct-20-12  Rookiepawn: Please forget my previous comment: 34. Rb6 Ra8 35. Bc8 I guess.

Next time I'm having my chessboard before commenting,

Dec-27-12  hadess: Hey guys, why topalov didn't play 29 Rd6 instead of Bb7? Thanks
Dec-27-12
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  Jim Bartle: As written above, after 29...Rd6, 30 Kb2 is still threatening mate.
Apr-03-13  leka: The founder of the chessmetrics Jeff Sonas is totally wron.Jeff Sonas is a joke.Jeff Sonas a tough school Stanford graduate a honor student a master of science of maths.Jeff Sonas do not know thhe Gauss bell curve stats!!!! Jeff Sonas gives the highest ever a tourmanent chess results to Karpov in Linares in 1994.J.Sonas gives the wrong 2899 rating for Karpov 11/13 84.16% score for Karpov in Linares in 1994.The real Karpov score in Linares in 1994 was 3016.8 rating.There is an even higher score by A.Alekhine in San Remo in 1930 92.8% score fo Alekhine gives Alekhine a rating 3042.Jeff Sonas wrongfully downgrades the older eneratios of chess players.Jeff Sonas gives to Paul Morphy a rating 2743.That is a joke!! Paul Morphy was closer to 2900 rating player.Bobby Fischer put on the top spot the best chess player award to Paul Morphy.Fischer the top two were 1.Paul Morphy 2.Howard Stauton
Apr-13-13
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  Phony Benoni: It's Kasparov's 50th birthday.
Apr-13-13
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  morfishine: Dazzling game thats immune from having a pun attached to it.

With that said, I would've ventured "And the King Topal Over" or something like that

Apr-13-13
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  HeMateMe: Must be wonderful to be able to see this on the chessboard.

<"Veselin makes slippery King"> [my attempt at a pun]

Apr-13-13  fgh: <leka>: We already know that you are a troll, but thanks for the extra evidence.
Apr-13-13
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  Stonehenge: 24...Kb6 24. Nb3 Nxd5 is equal, but I read somewhere Topalov didn't want to spoil the fun. Kudos to him if that is true.
Apr-13-13  Arap Kios: Happy birthday 'beast from Baku' am from kenya
Apr-13-13
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  Abdel Irada: <HeMateMe: Must be wonderful to be able to see this on the chessboard.>

Certainly easier than seeing it on a Monopoly board.

Apr-13-13  master of defence: Are the chessgames.com repeating games to the GOTD?
Apr-13-13  Nezhmetdinov: <parisattack: Not for me, as brilliant as it is. I think Kasparov's storyline has given it a special aura.> I hadn't played this game through in some years, I thought I remembered how good it was, but I found myself laughing out loud and exclaiming over some of the moves in a way I very rarely do nowadays. It reminded me of why chess is there and why I fell in love with it over 20 years ago now, when I was a teenager. THIS is the one, right here.
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