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Garry Kasparov vs Zigurds Fridrikhovich Lanka
Tbilisi (1976)
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-22-05  vampiero: can someone explain to me exactly how this is a draw?
Dec-19-06  ernieb: It appears the black king can't protect both pawns without perpetual check.
Sep-18-14  MrJafari: That was very interesting game and I enjoyed it!
Oct-27-14  tjipa: A game from the bad old Soviet times. 13 yo Garry vs 16 yo Zigurds. And to imagine there are countless thousands of interesting games from that time that have NOT gotten into contemporary databases. Some can be recovered from old magazines, but there are countless gems that have not made it to a printed page either.
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  Sally Simpson: I agree with tjipa, many missing games.

Garry tied for first place (7/9) with Zurab Sturua but won it on the Buchholz Tie Break.

This was the last round game and Gary thought he was losing the adjourned position.

He analysed the position with Alexander Asanlov, Oleg Privorotshy and Albert Arutyunyan. Arutyunyan found the drawing method.

Garry does not mention when the games was adjourned, he just says after a few moves Asanlov was gesturing wildly, obviously excited.

Asanlov had just heard the other results and the Buchholz system would make Gary the winner if this game was drawn.

"10 moves later our game was recorded as a draw."

pages 23-24 'Unlimited Challenge' [the revised and updated 1990 version] by Kasparov with Donald Trelford.


Garry was lost. Here:

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If Black had played 40...Bxd5 instead of 40...exd5 (which is still OK for Black) I think White just resigns. He is a piece and two pawns down with no checks. 40...exd5 allowed 41.Qf5+ and some lucky wriggling chances.

Obviously time trouble was a Black factor. The two players made have thrashed out a few moves on inertia before adjourning.

I'd hazard a guess that here...

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...was the adjourned position White sealing 45.Be6+. On moves 41-44 then Black does seem to have better options that would have been spotted in the adjournment.

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  fiercebadger: at move 38 gazza had less than 1 min LanKa about 2 mins according to Zak in Improve your results
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  HeMateMe: kaspy lost time spelling the guy's name on his score sheet.
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