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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
PCA-GP Credit Suisse Rapid Final Blitz Playoff (1996), Geneva SUI, rd 4, Sep-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack Anti-English (B90)  ·  1-0


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Feb-05-06  Tariqov: <pantlko>What makes you think this is Blitz??This is a classical game.
Nov-13-06  adalav: Yes it might be a blitz. Check out:
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  Landman: Looks like the clip's up at YouTube now also:
Oct-24-07  timhortons: andrew soltis (anand-kasparov,geneva grandprix 1996) "black correctly concluded his two pawn edge must win if he reaches an endgame for example 33...Nxe3 34.Qxe3..QXe3 35.Rxe3 and now...F5 is the most forcefull since 36 rxf5 ...rxc2 and Bh6....ke7-e6,should end matters fairly soon...but black threw 10gran away with one move 33....Qxe3?? black overlooked the 34.qxg4...white threatens qxc8 as well as rxe3 both had nothing better than 34..0-0 35.rxe3...nxe3 and resigned 20 moves later
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  alexmagnus: This game was rapid.
Nov-28-07  Eurotrash: <Landman> I laughed so hard at that clip. Chess is brutal.
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  Jim Bartle: Kasparov sure isn't one of those players who maintains a calm poker face.
Nov-28-07  Resignation Trap: Nyuk, nyuk, that 22-second clip (after Vishy's 34.Qxg4) was one of the funniest I've ever seen. Kasparov's eyes were as big as two watermelons!
Feb-08-08  jonnymalk: oh god, that youtube clip was so funny! already he was reacting before Anand made his move.

Also, there was really no need for Kasparov to keep a poker face as the mistake was obvious.

Feb-08-08  Open Defence: I thought Anand was probably supressing a smile as he made his move too
Feb-08-08  jonnymalk: Anand is such a cool customer.
Feb-21-08  Hot Logic: Imagine the audience reaction seeing Kasparov on stage - his eyes bulge and it looks like the move has physically knocked him back in his chair - this was a priceless moment.
Mar-11-08  sentriclecub: Here is his facial reaction. Landman's video link seems to be broken.

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  Landman: <sentriclecub> That's the same link I posted. ;)
Apr-17-08  prinsallan: I love the genius that is Garry Kasparov, but he would probarbly be terrible at poker ^^
Aug-20-09  VaselineTopLove: Love the video! If only all chess players were as emotive, then chess could find more TV sponsorsip - but that might give away the players' plans. Nonetheless, I think the players should just fake certain funny or weird emotions for the cameras every move or two, regardless of their true feelings about the position, so that non-chess playing audiences can derive some entertainment from these antics and sponsors might get more interested in relaying them on TV - pretty much making it a reality TV show...
Aug-16-11  gaatab: i think they should call this game,
"blundering over god's cuntry..."

poor kasparov...:(

Oct-05-11  Everett: Kasparov certainly created some complications afterward. Any chance of his survival after 33...Qxe3?
Nov-12-11  eyalbd: Now in HD :-)

Kasparovs blunder move is at 4:53


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  kingscrusher: Fun rapid game - great video there!
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Jun-05-12  Jacob Arnold: I'm not familiar with this variation of the Najdorf, so can someone explain why the Bishop moves three times in a row here?
Dec-09-12  dumbgai: Wow what a blunder, instead of 33...Qxe3?? simply 33...Nxe3 34. Qxe3 Qxe3 35. Rxe3 0-0, followed by ...f5 and black should win.
Dec-08-15  dannygjk: This was a Blitz game people stop saying it was Rapid.
Feb-22-16  vasparov19: it was a blitz game
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