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Garry Kasparov vs Boris Gelfand
Linares (1993), Linares ESP, rd 11, Mar-11
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Flank Variation (B87)  ·  1-0
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Jul-22-06  verticali: <TopaLove> gives part of the answer: if 15 ... a4, trapping the bishop, then 16.xg7 xg7 17.h5 f6 18.xf6+

which in turn becomes a nice mate:
black can't protect h7 by moving the pawn: after h6 or h5 comes Nxf7, followed by Qg6... nice)

Jul-22-06  e4Newman: wow!!

Jul-22-06  HannibalSchlecter: Don't mess with Kaspy!
Jul-22-06  Sacred Knight: I wonder how a person being a GM feel when he is beaten like Gelfand in this game.
Jul-22-06
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  al wazir: < tamar>,<RandomVisitor>: Sorry! I meant 24...Nc6.
Jul-23-06  RandomVisitor: 1: Kasparov Gary (RUS) - Gelfand Boris, It Linares 1993


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Analysis by Rybka 2.1 mp:

25.Qxf6+ Qg7 26.Qxg7+ Kxg7 27.Rxa8 Bg6 28.Re1 e4 29.Bd5 Nd4 30.Bxe4 Nxc2 31.Bxc2 Bxc2 (4.27) Depth: 17 00:00:02 4kN

(, 23.07.2006)

Jul-23-06
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  al wazir: <RandomVisitor>: Thanks! But why did Rybka play 25...Qg7 instead of Bg7 ? The move you give seems to lose a ♖ right off the bat.
Jul-23-06
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  tamar: <al wazir> Against 24...Nc6 one of Garry's myriad eyes no doubt saw 25 Qxf6+ Bg7 26 Qe6!


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Jul-24-06
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  al wazir: <tamar>, <RandomVisitor>: I apologize for harping on this, but I still don't see a win by force against 24...Nc6. If 25. Qxf6+ Bg7 26. Qe6 then 26...Ne7.

Then I suppose the continuation would be 27. Rxa8, followed by 27...Qxa8 28. Qxe7, and white has ♖+♙+♙ vs. ♗. Certainly it's time for black to think about resigning, but hey! it's a better line than 24...Ne7.

Aug-06-06
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  patzer2: <al wazir> <I still don't see a win by force against 24...Nc6> The move 24...Nc6 loses after 25. Qxf6+ Bg7 (diagram below)


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26. Qe6! Ne7 27. R(f)d1! , when the decisive threats of 28. Rxa8 or 28. R(1)d7 (+9.34 @ 15 depth, Fritz 8) leave Black with a hopelessly lost and very resignable position.

I also suppose Kasparov could have also tried 24. Bd5! instead, when 24...Nc6 is out of the question and play would continue similar to the game line with 24. Bd5! Nd7 25. Qg4! .

Aug-06-06
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  patzer2: Kasparov's demolition combination with 19. Ndxe6!! proves to be too much even for a great defender like Gelfand to overcome.
Jan-08-07  Shajmaty: <RandomVisitor: <itz2000>if Black wants to improve he can play 10...Nc6 or 13...Nc6.> Or 13...a5 (Jonathan Speelman's suggestion).
Feb-10-07
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  fm avari viraf: When Garry goes for an attack, it's difficult for any GM to stop him! His Ndxe6 demolishes Black's stubborn defense. A sheer beauty to watch the whole combination.
Feb-11-07  hitman84: Hello Mr. Viraf Avari!
Nice to have another FM kibitzing on CG.
Do you still actively participate in chess tourneys ? India or abroad ?

Feb-28-07
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  fm avari viraf: Hi Mr hitman84 & thank u. Till 2003, for 8 consecutive years I played at Hastings, England, & 2004 I played Commomwealth in Mumbai, India. Due to my health problem, I don't participate actively. God Bless.
Oct-20-07  notyetagm: <drnooo: ... that back rank finally clogged as an L.A. freeway.>

Indeed.

Position after 24 ♖d1-d8:


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Nov-19-09  spotkicker: Moving b5-b4 is not very good for these variations. Black should play 13...Nc6 instead of 13...b4?! 14.Ne2 Kh8 15.Bg5 (15.Be3? Nf6 is too difficult to solve the problems) 15...Nf6 16.Qh4 and Black's position is not bad.
Nov-21-10  libertyjack: What's wrong with 10... b4 ?
Dec-23-10  jmboutiere: 17...a4 much better than 17...Bb5
Dec-23-10  jmboutiere: 20...Qb7 much better than 20...Qa7
Sep-12-11  spotkicker: Instead of 10...b4?! suspicious move black could go on by playing 10...Nc6 11.Rfe1 Rc8 12.h3 Bf6. On the other hand 10...b4 11.Ne2 a5 has some weakness. For example 17...a4 (instead of 17...Bb5) was better. However, white has a decisive advantage again. 18.Bc4 and more advanced pawns of black on queenside where white has a pawn majority are weakness. And in that position 20...Qb7 is not a solution to prevent the losing of the game. 21.e5!! wins again.
Oct-21-11  serenpidity.ejd: Typical Kasparov win- neat and simple to look at. He makes his opppnent look like an amateur player or a mismatch. KASPAROV IS A CHESS GENIUS.
Oct-10-12  fisayo123: Kasparov 13-0 against Gelfand! Wow.
Aug-24-18  Saniyat24: What happens if Black plays 25...Bg7?
Aug-24-18
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  tpstar: <What happens if Black plays 25...Bg7> 26. Qe6 creates a decisive Battery with a mate threat on g8:


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The retreats 13. Nf3 & 14. Ne2 set the table for White's attack, while Black's Queenside pieces never got in the game.

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