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Smbat Gariginovich Lputian vs Garry Kasparov
"Gulliver and the Lputian" (game of the day Jul-29-09)
Tbilisi (1976)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  0-1
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May-02-07  Skylark: I love the purpose of 15. ... c5. You tell anyone looking at this position cold that the point was to set up a queen fork of h1 and b1 on e4 and they'd probably look at you funny. 15. ... c5 is amazingly deep; though 15. Be2 looks natural, it allows the combination. Even 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nd5 would have been safer (though bad for white). But who would have seen the crushing 16. bxc5 Nxe4!! A grand concept that the game culminated to. I was looking for e4 sacrifices for a while when I was analysing the game (for example, after 10. ... Nd4! white wouldn't want to play 11. Bxd4? exd4 12. Qxd4?? Nxe4! - after noting this theme I looked for various sacrifices of this nature, and initially wanted to play 14. ... c5 a move early. But Kasparov's 14. ... Re8!, a calm-before-the-storm move, sets everything in place.

The endgame was also played marvellously, and with the queen trade after 19. ... Rb2!, the sequence ... Rc2 and ... Rxc3! is not something everyone would play. Rather than giving white chances with his central pawns, black confidently goes into a technically won endgame, beginning by building up on the e4 pawn, then coming up with some nice tactical shots to win the bishop for the f-pawn (34. ... Bg4!, 36. ... Bf5!, 37. ... Bxd3! and of course the beautiful final touch, 38. ... Rf1!, where after 39. Rxf1 Bxf1 40. Kc3 Kg7 41. a6 Kf6 42. a7 Bg2, followed by marching the king to d4 and soon enough white will be in zugzwang and will have to give up all his pawns.

<KingG> I think you're neglecting the line 22. Bc3, and although the position isn't winning for black, it isn't a draw yet ie 22. ... Bf3 23. Bd4+ Kf1 24. Bd7 and black can play for a win (although it's probably drawn). Still, it's not like it would be easy to calculate over the board, and I definitely don't think Lputin thought he would be winning after 18. g3?

<The actual combination itself after 15. ...c5! is very nice but not that difficult to calculate for Kasparov(even if he was only 13).> Sorry but I don't agree here at all, white had many options after 17. ... Qh4+, and Kasparov apparently spent the most time on move 14 and then only 15 minutes on the following combination. I highly doubt that anyone can say they can easily calculate the arising variations from move 14 accurately - most computer software would need hours to do it.

Mar-24-08  sallom89: nice game, deserves attention...
May-08-08
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  KingG: <Skylark> <<KingG> I think you're neglecting the line 22. Bc3, and although the position isn't winning for black, it isn't a draw yet ie 22. ... Bf3 23. Bd4+ Kf1 24. Bd7 and black can play for a win (although it's probably drawn).>

Yes, but after 18.Bf2 Bxc3 19.Bxh4 Rxb1+ 20.Kf2 Bxd2 21.Rxb1 dxc5 22.Rb8 Bc3, there is no need to play the passive 23.Bf3, even though it still probably draws. Instead 23.Bg5, with the idea of Be3, and also threatening Bg4 looks good. The immediate 23.Bg4 isn't possible because of 23.Bg4 f5! 24.exf5 Be1+, winning the bishop, and at the next move threatening mate if the White King goes to the back rank.

In any case, exchanging down to this endgame would definitely have been the safer way to get a draw, even if White hadn't found all the best moves afterwards.

May-27-08
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  jessicafischerqueen: 16...Nxc4!!

Unbelievable tactical vision.

Kasparov surely calculated this out before offering his Knight-- after his c-file Rook invades, it is only apparently <en prise> twice in a row.

White cannot capture the Rook on c1 with his Knight, because the Knight is <OVERLOADED>- he must stay to protect the e-pawn or else

<Rxe4!> and White's position collapses on the spot.

Then <Kasparov> puts his Rook on prise again with

<19...Rb2!!>

Again, the Rook is immune because the White Queen is <OVERLOADED>.

It cannot take the Rook on b2 because the Queen must stay to defend the DSB or else

<20...Bxd4+!!> and again White's position Collapses entirely.

So at the end of this brilliant Tactical sequence <Kasparov> is up the exchange, has the initiative, and has a better position.

Brilliant-- He was 13 years old at the time.

Jul-08-08  ToTheDeath: A great game, although I don't think it's quite on the level of Byrne-Fischer 1956-- for one thing the tactical motifs of a pawn sacrifice to plant a knight on d4 and tactics on the e1-h4 diagonal after Nxe4 were all well known resources against the Saemisch.

Fischer's planting a knight en prise on a4 in that game and then sacing his queen were far more original and impressive.

Sep-05-08  dwavechess: Rybka agrees with Kasparov 76% and 71% with Lputian
Sep-11-08  dwavechess: Down to 68% with rybka 3 w32 at 3 minutes per move for kasparov
Sep-11-08  myschkin: . . .

Annotated (in Spanish): http://www.winner.com.py/feparaj/Pa...

Sep-12-08  dwavechess: With R3 differences increase because Lputian makes 58%
Jul-29-09
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  whiteshark: <18.Rf1!? es otra interesante respuesta, muy poco analizada.>


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Jul-29-09  whatthefat: I seem to remember voting on and rather enjoying this pun. Nice work, whoever it was!
Jul-29-09  lzromeu: Indeed. kasparov was a giant.
Jul-29-09
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  kevin86: White thought that he saved the game with a double attack-but was countered.
Jul-29-09  Arthur.J.Fizelbotom: <Smbat Gariginovich Lputian> "I'd like to buy a vowel..."
Jul-29-09  WhiteRook48: 5...Nc6?!?!?!?!
Jul-29-09  SirChrislov: Pics of GM Lputian at my Chess Club in Los Angeles, 2006:

http://midknightkibitzer.smugmug.co... (this is the Los Angeles CC. run by SM Mick Bighamian; visitors welcome.)

Jul-29-09  Vakus: Two Armenians play chess, is it surprising?
Jul-29-09  Lightboxes: 17 moves for 24. ... dxc5!
Jul-30-09
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  David2009: Lputian vs Kasparov, 1976 Perhaps 12 b5 (instead of the natural 12 dxc6) was necessary. What an amazing combination.
Feb-19-10  Damianx: 19 n x R b1 queen must move b x b k x b & white looks great up a piece
Aug-10-10  truthteller908: This is the first game that I've studied where I actually saw how a chess grandmaster can look so far ahead of the game and execute a plan that pays off 8 moves later with a tactical thunderbolt that gave him the edge. Its said that after 9.b4 Kasparov sank into deep thought for about 25 minutes mapping out his plans that eventually led to Nxe4. What a plan it was.
Dec-26-10  knights: i think the turning point in the game is move 15 .... c5! Kasparov lured Lputian into a trap by moving his pawn onto c5. Lputian then thought that if he captured the c5 pawn, the b-file would be free for his rook and also, he would be ahead two pawns or so.

For Lputian, the best response to Kasparov's move, 15. c5 would have been 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. a3. if he had done this he would have been one pawn ahead.

another mistake Lputian made was 28. Rb1 because by doing this, he took support off of the e pawn, so kasparov moved his bishop to capture the e pawn and advance into white's territory.

Lputian could have easily won if he hadnt made these few mistakes.

Feb-19-12  screwdriver: I thought it was a well played game. Kudos to Kasparov for playing so brilliantly.
Jan-16-16  SpiritedReposte: Vintage Kasparov KID! Such energy and a long sustained initiative.
Mar-31-16  MrJafari: Great Game! Kasparov sacrificed some times!! to gain win!
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