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Elmar Magerramov vs Garry Kasparov
"Tangled Up in Baku" (game of the day Apr-04-2015)
Training Match (1977), Baku URS
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1
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May-28-08
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  maxi: Very nice game by a young fellow.
Apr-26-09  laskereshevsky: This game is part of a friendly/training match Between those players tooked part in Baku AT THE END OF THE 1977...

The only other game from the match i ever saw is the below one....

Kasparov vs E Magerramov, 1977

The match's final result and the others game's moves, as i know, is still a matter of secret between the Protagonistes involved...(players, trainers etc.....)

Aug-29-10
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  Rob Morrison: Beautiful game, though it's not at all clear to me how black proceeds if white plays 18. Ne2 instead of 18. exd4. White will eat the d4 pawn with the N and keep the e-file closed. If black has something I sure don't see it.
Mar-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

E Magerramov vs Kasparov, 1977.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF KASPAROV.
Your score: 33 (par = 33)

LTJ

Mar-21-12  Catfriend: <Rob Morrison: Beautiful game, though it's not at all clear to me how black proceeds if white plays 18. Ne2 instead of 18. exd4. White will eat the d4 pawn with the N and keep the e-file closed. If black has something I sure don't see it.>

You're absolutely correct in that 18. Ne2 is the best for White. However, this does not solve his problems. Black wants this pawn sacced - and sacced it shall be! 18. Ne2 Qe7, the only reasonable move is to take the pawn. 19. Nxd4 Nxd4 20. Rxd4 Rad8! and White's hard-pressed. Taking on d8 is bad: 21. Rxd8 Rxd8 22. Qc2 Qb4+ 23. Qc3 Qg4. Relatively best is probably 21. a3 (preventing nasty checks in b4) Rfe8 22. h4 (gaining some space, preventing Qg5 possibilities) Be4! White is by no means lost here, but he is quite tied-down, and it unclear how to proceed, unless it it is by playing Be2 and giving back a pawn (on g2).

Aug-21-12  andyatchess: Zugzwang?
Apr-04-15  RookFile: White is a good player. For example, look at this game:

E Magerramov vs Kasparov, 1979

Apr-04-15  morfishine: What a mess

A man and his dog were playing chess on a park bench. Soon, there was a crowd. Finally, one woman couldn't stand it anymore and blurted out "That dog is so smart! How in the world did you teach him to play chess?"

The man replied, "Well, he really isn't that smart...I got him down 3 games to 1."

*****

Apr-04-15
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  Karne: <morfishine: What a mess

A man and his dog were playing chess on a park bench. Soon, there was a crowd. Finally, one woman couldn't stand it anymore and blurted out "That dog is so smart! How in the world did you teach him to play chess?"

The man replied, "Well, he really isn't that smart...I got him down 3 games to 1."

*****>

Tell twitter, not us.

Apr-04-15
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  Sneaky: The final position truly is zugzwang. There are no immediate threats that I can see, but White has plumb run out of moves.

The rook on g2 cannot move.

The pawn on h2 cannot move.

The king cannot move.

The rook on h1 can only commit suicide on g1.

If the b-pawn moves, the knight is dead.

If Bxf3, ...Rxf3 loses the queen.

If the bishop moves anywhere else, ...Re1+

If Qg3, ...Ne2+ loses the queen. Other queen moves are suicidal.

So that leaves only one piece to move, the a-pawn. White's only move here that doesn't immediately collapse his position is either 31.a3 or 31.a4. Had he played that, Kasparov would have surely replied with his own waiting move (...a5, ...Kh8, etc) putting the ball back in White's court.

Apr-04-15  morfishine: <Karne> Speak for yourself...got up on the wrong side of the bed?...
Apr-04-15
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  TheTamale: Thank you, <Sneaky>, for your explanation of the power of 30)... b5. I could tell White was getting worked, but I couldn't see why that move was the one to break his spirit.
Apr-04-15  Kurochi: Can someone clarify me why white didn't/couldn't take the pawn 13. cxb6 ?
Apr-04-15
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  thegoodanarchist: Nice game and great pun! The zugzwang is even better.
Apr-04-15
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Sneaky,

Yes Zuggers once the Queenside burns up the pawn moves.


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"The rook on h1 can only commit suicide on g1."

I'd look for a way not to give up that Knight for a Rook on g1.

Thought first of Nxh2+ then hit a better move order.

1. Rg1 Rxc3 2. bxc3 Nh2+ then Qxc3+ and Rd8+ the curtain falls.

If I saw it my second sweep I bet the young Kasparov saw it moves ago.

Apr-04-15
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  kevin86: Pins and needles, needles and pins...
Apr-04-15  Smite: 12... Nd7 was deep and dynamic!! Was that part of the theory or a novelty? Really shook things up and seized the initiative.
Apr-04-15  morfishine: <Kurochi> You are correct, 13.cxb6 is much better; 13.c6 is a miscombobulation with White suffering from self-confusion

<Karne> Hey moron, no reply?

*****

Apr-04-15
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  keypusher: This would be a good game for tpstar's lyric treatment but the game is pretty short and Dylan's song has a lot of verses.
Apr-05-15  vajeer: What is White plays 13. Nxd5
Apr-05-15  mkadri: Kasparov, Legend of Chess
Mar-05-17  MrJafari: Kasparov overwhelmed his opponent. But why not 31.a3 ?
Jul-25-17  bla bla: why not 13.Nxd5
Jul-25-17  bla bla: w h y h e r e s i n g ? ? ?
Sep-01-17  tigreton: An impressive bind!
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