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Garry Kasparov vs Veselin Topalov
"Kasparov's Immortal" (game of the day Apr-13-2013)
Hoogovens (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-20
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0
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Mar-10-17  chessamateur: <RussP: Is there another game where a master missed an OBVIOUS mate?>

Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006

Mar-11-17  RussP: Excuse my faux pas wording...believe the term MATCH is more appropriate. That other word I used, game, should be reserved for when commentating on checkers.
Mar-12-17  FredGambit: No, RussP, you were right the first time. A match is a series of games, as in the Carlsen-Karjakin match.
Mar-17-17  RussP: My error...white pawn prevents checkmate in earlier post. After studying game for over a week now it looks as though it comes down to a known fact of not trotting to the enemy side of board with KING when all topalov had to do was move king to B8 after RE7 and tell kasparov I'm ready to trade now since the KNIGHT on A5 is dead in water and BISHOP on H3 is lame. Bet if you puched this play into computer, BLACK would win a very high percentage on this choice.
May-13-17  ggwin5: @RussP

Re7 is the star move to find. And no .. going back to Kb8 (after Re7+) does not save the game because of Qxd4. (Qxd4 threatens Qa7#. Taking the rook is not possible due to Qb6+ followed by Nc6. 25.. Nd7 also loses to Bxd7)

It is not "astonishing" that Topalov did not take the rook on Re7. Qxe7 is followed by Qxd4+ with quick mate - any serious chess player will spot it in seconds.

The Bishop h3 is not lame. It is critical - preventing King escape via c8 and eyeing the h3-c8 diagonal.

Topalov's Kb6 was the only move after Re7+.

May-14-17  ggwin5: Sorry. 26... Nd7 (after 25...Kb8 26. Qxd4)
Sep-24-17  Magnus Kasparov: Analyze with a strong engine for a while and you'll see that Topalov was dead lost from the moment he accepted the first rook sacrifice.
Oct-08-17  GT3RS: 24.Rxd4 is a mistake. Carlsen or Fischer would've punished him for that.

Kasparov made at least 2 more mistakes that gives black equality. Too bad Topolav couldn't exploit it.

Overall though it's one of the most aesthetically pleasing games I have ever seen.

Oct-08-17
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  plang: ...now go over some of Tal's best games with a computer
Oct-08-17
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  saffuna: <Kasparov made at least 2 more mistakes that gives black equality. Too bad Topolav couldn't exploit it.>

I don't think so. At least I haven't seen them.

Oct-08-17
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  saffuna: <GT3RS> How about this?

I'll play Kasparov after 24. Rxd4 and you play Topalov. We both have access to the mountain of analysis which has been written. Use Stockfish or any program to any depth.

I think if Topalov takes the rook he's lost. If he doesn't he's lost a pawn.

I have read that 24...Kb6 would have drawn, but I have not seen any wins for Topalov.

Nov-18-17  harrystevens: @drollere, 28...Bxd5 29. Kb2 and Black cannot prevent mate on 30. Qb3++. However, in the game 28...Qxd5 29. Kb2 Qd4 and White cannot play 30. Qb3 without putting himself in check.
Dec-07-17  MariusDaniel: Great game!
Jan-01-18  yurikvelo: +0.47 31. ... Rd1+ 32.Kb2 Ra8
+6.57 31. ... Kxa3 32.Qxa6+ Kxb4 <---- Topalov

https://pastebin.com/PRFK9B58 multiPV

Jan-01-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <Kasparov's Immortal> Are you sure Kasaparov is immortal? Does he dye his hair grey so he can compete in "mortals only" tournaments?.
Apr-15-18  ketchuplover: 39...Rb7+ looks bothersome to me. Also 31...Rd1+ appears at least drawing.
Apr-15-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Hi <ketchup lover>. According to FishStick 31...Rd1+ loses because white still has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. It's worth playing through this line, it's very entertaining:

32.Kb2 Ra8 33.Qb6 (threatening Qa5#) Qd4+ (forcing the trade) 34.Qxd4 Rxd4 35.Rxf7 (to allow for Be6! rather than a mere cheapo pawn grab) a5 36.Be6 (threatening Bb3#) axb4 37.Bb3+ Ka5 38.axb4+ Kb6 39.Rxh7 Rf8 40.Rh6 Rxf3 41.Rxg6+ Kc7 42.h4 Rf5 43.g4 Rff4 44.Be6 Rxb4+ 45.Kc3 Rb1 46.h5 Rh1 47.Bf5 Rh3+ 48.Bd3 Rh4 49.h6 Rhxg4 50.Rxg4 Rxg4 51.h7 Rh4

Jun-05-18  Mazymetric: <GT3RS: 24.Rxd4 is a mistake. Carlsen or Fischer would've punished him for that.> No it isn't. 24.Rxd4 is stockfish's top choice at depth 41.
Jun-13-18  FredGambit: Someone on YouTube asked about 29 Re5 to drive the black queen from the a2-diagonal.

29 Re5 Qd1+
30 Ka2 Bd5+

(30 Kb2 allows 30...Qd4, obviously)

31 Kb2 Rc8
32 Bxc8 Rxc8
33 Qxc8 Qd4+
34 Qc3 Qxc3
35 Kxc3

and black has knight and bishop for the rook. Generally, masters prefer two minors for the rook, but is that the case in this position? Is this line really the best response to 29 Re5, or am I missing something stupid?

(Looking a bit further, white needn't play 34 Qc3; if the king retreats and black grabs the rook, 35 Qxa6# is in the air...jeez)

Jun-15-18  Immortaltortuga: At 37, why did'nt the black played Qc4xf1 and eliminated the bishop...i have further played with black after this move and was able to gather a win.
Jun-15-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Immortaltortuga>

37...Qxf1 38. Qxd2#

Jun-15-18  Immortaltortuga: @#$%...how can i not think of the basic checkmate strategy... Thanks man.
Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: < FredGambit: Someone on YouTube asked about 29 Re5 to drive the black queen from the a2-diagonal. 29 Re5 Qd1+
30 Ka2 Bd5+

(30 Kb2 allows 30...Qd4, obviously)

31 Kb2 Rc8
32 Bxc8 Rxc8
33 Qxc8 Qd4+
34 Qc3 Qxc3
35 Kxc3

and black has knight and bishop for the rook. Generally, masters prefer two minors for the rook, but is that the case in this position? Is this line really the best response to 29 Re5, or am I missing something stupid?

(Looking a bit further, white needn't play 34 Qc3; if the king retreats and black grabs the rook, 35 Qxa6# is in the air...jeez)>

29.♖e5 wouldn't work because after 29.♖e5 ♕d1+ 30.♔a2, black can play 30...♕d4 forcing white to trade queens. 31.♕xd4 (31.♖e3 ♖he8 32.♖xe8 ♕xc3+ 33.♔xc3 ♖xe8) ♖xd4. White is down too much material with no compensation in both scenarios.

Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: Also, 30...♗d5+ would be disastrous for black after white plays 31.♖xd5!. 31...♕xd5+ (31...♖xd5 32.♕b3#) 32.♕b3+ ♕xb3+ 33.cxd3#.
Jun-16-18  FredGambit: Mazy: You wrote <29.♖e5 wouldn't work because after 29.♖e5 ♕d1+ 30.♔a2, black can play 30...♕d4 forcing white to trade queens.> But this allows 31 Qb3#.

You're correct about <Also, 30...♗d5+ would be disastrous for black after white plays 31.♖xd5!> - I overlooked that very simple defense. So it appears that 29 Re5 might also be winning.

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