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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Kasparov - Anand PCA World Championship Match (1995), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Sep-15
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-08-04  hollowone: Why such an early draw with so much material?
Jun-08-04  acirce: Seems quite drawish to me, should be mass exchanges on the d-file and then there are opposite-colored bishops.
Jun-08-04  Eatman: Most players as white would play on here since one could try to torture black for quite a while, but Kasparov must have felt that it was not worth exerting his own energy over. Possibly also has to do with match situation.
Jun-09-04  acirce: I agree, I usually play on forever if I have an advantage and there is no realistic risk of losing; which does NOT imply that I would play on against Anand, though :-)
Apr-11-05  dragon40: The 4th game from their 1995 WC Match.

The final position did surpise a lot of GM's that thought Kasparov had a chance for a real tangible advantage here. The main variation they were looking at was (instead of 21. Be3 as was played): 21. Bb2, f6 22. e5! making use of the pawn majority. A couple sample variatons that were given after 22. e5!: 22...f5; 23.Rfd1, Qf7; 24.Rd6!, and if 24...Bxc4; 25. Rxh6! 25...gxh6; 26.e6 22.e5 fxe5; 23.Rfe1, Qf7; 24. Rxe5 Of course these are samples and Kasparov after the game said he was worried about a potential counter-attack involving..f4 at some moment (it seems that if ..f4 occured, than Kg2 or even g4 would have been more than enough to render the attempt docile). I will usually play on if I feel I have an advantage and I dont feel as if I can lose. The match score before this game was 1.5-1.5 and Kasparov may have felt that it was good enough to keep it that way.

Nov-29-05  morphyvsfischer: Apparently Kaspy lacked trust in his pet variation AGAIN after 4 d4.

10...Bxc3? 11 Qxc3 dxc4 12 Qxc4 and white has better chances, with two good bishops.

16...Nxe4? (not a good way of exchanging pieces) 17 Bxe4 Nxc4 (...Bh3 18 Bb2! Bxf1 19 Rxf1 and the bishops seem more active than the rooks) 18 Bd5! (Qxc4 Qxe4 is equal) Ne5 19 Bb2 and the bishops give white a clear advantage

16 ...Bh3!? 17 Bxh3 Nxe4 18 Qc2 Nf3+ 19 Kh1 Qe5 20 Bg2 Qh5 (aiming to attack the white king) 21 h3 Nfg5 22 h4 Rad8 23 Ra2 is a very sharp, interesting position, avoiding a likely draw.

Attempting to retain the bishops by 18 Qc2 gives black good compensation after ...Bf5 19 Bb2 Qe6 threatens ...Ng5 (since the bishop is guarded) with good compensation for the pawn.

Another boring draw could have been much more interesting.

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