|Apr-28-08|| ||Retireborn: Hi, anybody know the occasion/tournament that this game was played?|
|Apr-28-08|| ||percyblakeney: <Retireborn>
It is from the Spartakiad, Kasparov played for Azerbaijan's team and this is another game from the same event:
Kasparov vs Polugaevsky, 1979
|Apr-28-08|| ||Retireborn: Percy,
Many thanks for your reply. Do you have a source for that information?
I have Bob Wade's book about Kasparov's early years which doesn't mention a game v Pavlenko at the 1979 Spartakiad at all. OK, maybe the book is wrong, but Chessbase thinks that Pavlenko is an Azerbaijani himself!!?
Can you point me to any good sites with useful info about tournament dates, round numbers etc?
|Apr-29-08|| ||percyblakeney: <Do you have a source for that information?>|
Chessmetrics have both Kasparov and Pavlenko participating in the Spartakiad in Moscow 1979, and it's the only event they play in Moscow that year, so it seeemed logical that it should be this one:
On the other hand it does turn out that Pavlenko still is playing, and for Azerbaijan, and if he did that also in the 70s he can't well have played against someone in the same team (unless Azerbaijan had two teams)...
So, in short, I now have no idea where this game comes from :-)
|Apr-29-08|| ||percyblakeney: The plot thickens, white could be an <Alexandr> and not <Oleg> Pavlenko, if this Russian site is right, nothing on the event though:|
|Apr-29-08|| ||Retireborn: Thanks again Percy.
The Russian site you mention lists Alexandr Pavlenko as being born in 1968, so I think it unlikely that he was an 11-year old prodigy playing in the 1979 Spartakiad.
Looking at Kasparov's own book "My Games" I see that game 186 vs Govbinder is the last game definitely from the Spartakiad. The next 4 games (Vdovin, Pavlenko, Morgulev, Arakelov) all listed as USSR 1979, were surely not played in the Spartakiad, perhaps not even in Moscow, at all. I suspect that they were informal training games and that's why Bob Wade doesn't mention them in his book. Perhaps we'll never know :-)
Kasparov on Kasparov: Part I