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Zurab Sturua vs Garry Kasparov
Tbilisi (1976), rd 6
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  1-0


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Dec-19-05  Bobak Zahmat: Great win by Zurab Sturua!
Jun-22-06  radu stancu: By the way, Sturua was 20 and Kasparov 13 when this was played.
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  Domdaniel: After 21.c4 the black knight on d5 has no good moves. Kasparov must have seen that the line he played would lose a piece and lead to mass liquidation - maybe he hoped the queenside pawns could amount to something, but he just got a lost ending.

Perhaps 21...Nb4 - also shedding material but with more hope of drumming up complications - was a better bet.

No... not really, not after 22.Nxe7+. The game was lost well before this point.

Feb-08-08  achieve: <Dom> Yes, maybe almost lost after 20 moves...

16...Nc7 & 17...d5 were positionally shaky -- Nc7 allowing e4 in a way (...cxd4 Nxd4 ) and ...d5 giving e5 to the White Knight and subsequently c6...

Pawn on b5 is strong combined with the Rook battery on a-file...

Garry should have quietly exchanged LSBs at e2 earlier, but that is easy to say from here... He was young!

Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: 21...axb5 does not seem best
May-08-14  MrJafari: Sturua played great! I wonder why he couldn't be a champion chess player...
Jun-01-14  GumboGambit: For clarification: according to FIDE, Sturua was born in 1959, which would have made him about 17 when he played this game.
Oct-25-16  MrJafari: @GumboGambit: Thank you for your additional comment...
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