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Garry Kasparov vs Anatoly Karpov
Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Oct-29
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Keres Defense (C92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  spirit: 32.kh1...i dont understand this move
Jun-24-06  euripides: <spirit> I don't know but I guess Kasparov wanted to play exf6 or possibly e6 without allowing Black to force the queens off with Qd6. White seems to have some advantage and is playing for a win at that stage.
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  spirit: aha...
Jan-27-07  Max Lange: 26.e6! is critical and missed by Kasparov. This game is fun to analyse and complete misanalysed by Seirawan in his otherwise interesting 1991 book "Five Crowns" (pre computer!). Other moves criticized by Seirawan turn out to be optimal (according to Fritz). Worth playing on your PC.
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  whiteshark: <Max Lange: <26.e6!> is critical and missed by Kasparov.>

What is critical after <26...fxe6 27.Bxg6 hxg6 28.Qxe6+ Kh7>?

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  keypusher: <whiteshark> May 27. Qxe6+ Kh8 28. Bxg6 hxg6 29. Qxg6 threatening 30. Qh5+ is better? If 29...Bd6 30. Nf3 seems like a strong answer. I don't see anything immediately crushing after 29....Be7, but White is a pawn up.
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  whiteshark: <keypusher: <May 27. Qxe6+ Kh8 28. Bxg6 hxg6 29. Qxg6...>> That looks better.

However, there is a pretty zwischenzug <28...Bd5!> with <29.Qg4 hxg6 30.Qxg6 Qc6>, offering queen's trade-off. This is very similar type of position as known in Marshall Gambit of RuyLopez, when black is a pawn down but his ♗♗-pair gives enough compensation.

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e.g. <31.Qxc6 Bxc6 32.Nf3 Bb7 33.Ng5 Rd3 34.Re1 Bc6> = /

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Jun-30-09  Knight13: <keypusher: <whiteshark> May 27. Qxe6+ Kh8 28. Bxg6 hxg6 29. Qxg6 threatening 30. Qh5+ is better?>


Jun-30-09  talisman: that mouse (like santa) is everywhere.
Oct-23-10  nelech: according to Kasparov , 27 e6! wins
Jul-31-15  Everett: <27.e6!> does indeed look like a win. Karpov's last move leaves his DSB loose on a3, and Kasparov could have taken advantage with this break in the center.

As in so many of these Ruys games, Karpov's pieces get tangled up on the q-side, and Kasparov has opportunities against the Black K. In fact, in nearly all of these games, Karpov's king safety seems to be the most salient part of the position.

Jul-31-15  Howard: What does Kasparov's book say about 27.e6 ?
Jul-31-15  nelech: "Blinded by the proximity of victory, i did not see the strong thrust 27 e6! which would have quickly breached the opponent's defences:27...Bxc1 (27...Bd5 28 Ng5!)28 exf7+ Kf8 29 Rxc1 Bxe4 (29...Nxf4 30 Qe3!) 30 Bxe4 Qa3 31 Bxg6! hxg6 32 Rd1 and wins, or 27...f6 28 Bxa3(28 f5!?)28... Qxa3 29 Qxb5 Ba6 30 Qb3! Qxb3 31 Bxb3 Kf8 32 Ra1 with an extra pawn and good winning chances" (Kasparov)
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