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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Sep-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Apr-11-05  dragon40: The 2nd game of the 1995 WC MAtch.
The final position again is pretty eve. The crowd was disappointed that the players agreed to a draw, but even with a serious try by Kasparov to win (maybe 30. h3 followed by g4 to get into the KSide), Black's position just isnt any weaker that White's here. As long as the black bishop keeps the White Knight out of a4, then black's B Pawn is not seriously weak. Daniel King's book on this match is pretty good, with some nice insights and on the spot variations..makes for a good read:)
Nov-29-05  morphyvsfischer: Kasparov apparantely didn't trust his pet 4 Nf3 here.

4...0-0 5 a3 Bxc3+ 6 Qxc3 b6 seems more Anand's style

4...c5 5 dxc5 and now instead of letting White get a small advantage in space with ...0-0 6 a3 Bxc5 7 Nf3 Nc6 8 Bg5, an exciting game could go 5...Na6!? 6 a3 Bxc3+ 7 Qxc3 Nxc5 with a fascinating position.

5 ...exd5 Bg5 and white has an edge.

6 Nf3 Qf5! (not allowing the white queen to guard e4) 7 Qxf5 exf5 8 Bd2 c6 9 e3 Nbd7 10 Bd3 Nb6 11 Ne2 Bd6 12 0-0 Ne4 13 Ba5 0-0 14 Rfc1 Rc8 and Black has a very good position, with slightly better central control.

7 a3 and now either ...Bxc3+ (avoids loss of time) 8 bxc3 Nc6 10 c4 Qd6 11 Bb2 cxd4 12 exd4 b6 13 Bd3 Bb7 and black has good play against the white pawns, or ...cxd4 8 axb4 dxc3 9 bxc3 b5! (blocking White's development) 10 Nf3 0-0 11 c4 bxc4 12 Bxc4 Qe4 with the equal game refutes it.

10 Bc3 leaves Black with the initiative: ...e5 11 Nf3 Bg4 12 Be2 0-0 13 Qb3 Qxb3 14 axb3 Rfe8 15 Bb5 Nd7 16 Bxc6 bxc6 17 Ra5 f6 and the game is equal.

Black should avoid an immediate 17...Bc6: 18 Qxd8+ Rxd8 19 Rxd8+ Kc7 20 Rhd1 Nd5 21 R8xd5 Bxd5 22 Nxd5+ exd5 23 Bf3 and white will win the pawn on d5, and the black queen has little to attack.

These side variations still don't explain why Kasparov played so timidly.

Jul-02-09  Knight13: <These side variations still don't explain why Kasparov played so timidly.> It wasn't an opening in which he can go super aggressive. At least based on what Black played.
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