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Garry Kasparov vs Istvan Csom
"Baku Debacle" (game of the day Oct-19-2018)
Baku (1980), Baku AZE, rd 1, Mar-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1-0


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Oct-20-15  notyetagm: Kasparov vs Csom, 1980

29 ?

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29 ♖h1xh7! 1-0 <line-opening: target h8>

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Oct-20-15  notyetagm: Kasparov vs Csom, 1980

Game Collection: LINE-OPENING SACRIFICES: TARGET -> LOOSE SQUARE 29 Rh1xh7! 1-0 blasts open the h-file to get at the h8-square next to the Black g8-king

Oct-20-15  psmith: I went with Qh5+ rather than Rh1+. But contrary to what <goodevans> says this is slower. Rh1+ is mate in 5. Qh5+ is mate in 10 against best defense (and to get that mate you have to follow Nh6 with Nxh6 rather than Qxh6+ as I had planned and <FSR> analyzed).
Oct-20-15  saturn2: <dfcx 29 Qh5 is refuted by h6> 29...Qxd5+ should be even worse for white
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  gawain: I thought about 29 Rxh7 but I was preoccupied with the fact that 29 Nh6+ is almost mate. Almost.

Distracted by the black knight I decided to try 29 Qh5 instead, thinking that Black had nothing better than the hopeless 29...Nh6. Wrong! Later, after finding out that 29 Rxh7 was the winning move, I noticed that 29 ....h6 refutes Qh5. Careless of me.

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  Check It Out: I saw 29.Rxh7 but didn't do so well following it up. Seems like a difficult Tuesday, following a difficult Monday. By the time we get to Sunday we'll need Carlsen's help.
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  Bubo bubo: 29.Rxh7! threatens mate in three starting with Rh8+. Black has no sufficient defense:

A) 29...Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Nh6 (or 30...Kg8 31.Qh8+ Nxh8 32.gxh8Q+ Kf7 33.Qg7#) 31.Qxh6+ Kg8 32.Qh8+ Kf7 33.Nxd6+ and Black loses the queen or his rooks: 33...Kxf6 34.Qh6+ and 35.Nxb5 resp. 33...Kg6 34.Nxb5 Rxh8 35.gxh8Q Rxh8 36.Bxh8

B) Moving the knight leads to mate: 29...Ng5 30.Rh8+ Kf7 31.Nh6+ Kg6 32.Qf5+ Kh5 33.Rh1#

C) Moving the Re8 down the e-file avoids immediate checkmate, but loses house and home after 30.Rh8+ Nxh8 31.gxh8Q+

Oct-20-15  The Kings Domain: Nice game by the young Kasparov. Although he was no prodigy the sound attacking style he became known for was already in place by then.
Oct-20-15  Ackj: The home page says "29?" but shows the position at move 28. I'll take at least a little credit for finding 28.Nf5 threatening mate or royal fork.
Oct-20-15  jdc2: The position on the front page was after move 27, not 28. Still got 28. Nf5 Nf7 correct, after that I didn't see clearly.
May-29-16  Chessman1504: The Rxh7 sacrifice bears a slight resemblance to the winning tactic Nakamura missed against Carlsen in Zurich 2014.
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  yiotta: Basically, this was Garry giving odds of the queen's rook, see final position. (OK, just felt like kibitzing :).)
May-29-16  RookFile: Black played 10...Bc5. What exactly did that accomplish for him? The question here is whether white is going to attack, or black. You need to establish what the roles are going to be. If you're supposed to play defense, then play defense.

In this game black thinks he's going to attack. He's going to whip up an attack on f2. Well, it didn't exactly work out, did it. The bishop ends up somewhere on the queenside, doing nothing, while black's kingside burns down. Ugly or not, 10....d6 followed by developing the queenside pieces would have been a lot better for black than the game.

Feb-01-17  Albion 1959: So where was the extra queen? There was actual promotion in the game. Yes there were some lines when black resigned that showed the promotion of the pawn on g7, but to class this in the multiple queens category - NO !
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  offramp: Today's GoTD title, "Baku Débâcle", is based on the famous dessert "Baked Alaska". It might have been better on a game by E. Lasker.
Oct-19-18  JonathanJ: <offramp> Are you sure? Debacle doesn't sound anything like Alaska. Apart from that, I don't get the pun.
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  piltdown man: Or Sarah Palin.
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  HeMateMe: you could see the sac on the h file coming, the last shot.
Oct-19-18  Ilkka Salonen: Kasparov doesn't respect the Soviet Union which made him the chess player he is! The capitalist dementia is spreading! The whim of the capital, and it's dogs lusting for something to bite.
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  Plaskett: Kasparov flew in from Moscow during our recording of a series of videos in 1999. He hired out the recording studio to analyse just a very few variations of this particular game. We spent little more than half an hour recording, but I found it most illustrative of his conscientious approach to chess, life the universe and everything that he wanted just to refine analysis on this one game - a game we had already gone through together earlier.
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  HeMateMe: Kasparov will probably never forget that the Soviet leadership favored Karpov, an ethnic Russian, over himself, half jewish, half Armenian in the first world championship match, before Kasparov was a big star with clout.

And, he'll never trust going back to Russia if they have leadership (Putin) that simply murders media and political critics without a care in the world. He lives in New York City.

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  Domdaniel: <Ilkka Salonen> -- Putin's Russia is just as capitalist as anywhere is. One can hardly blame Kasparov for not 'respecting' the Soviet Union, given the way he was treated (despite being a protégé of Botvinnik).

Some features of the USSR deserve to be respected -- their space program, their success at chess, and writers like the Strugatsky brothers. But many more things were oppressive: Stalinism, gulags, and much more.

Modern Russia had an opportunity to join with the civilized world, but spurned it for extreme nationalism and paranoia.

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  keypusher: It hardly matters, but after 29....Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Ng6, most efficient is 31.g8/Q+ and mate in two.

< The Kings Domain: Nice game by the young Kasparov. Although he was no prodigy the sound attacking style he became known for was already in place by then.>

I’m sure the GMs that faced him at Banja Luka would be surprised to learn he wasn’t a prodigy.

Nov-24-18  Granny O Doul: "Baku debacle" may not be a pun, but it is still pretty fun to say.
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<Granny O Doul: "Baku debacle" may not be a pun, but it is still pretty fun to say.>

Csom fun!

<keypusherL It hardly matters, but after 29....Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Ng6, most efficient is 31.g8/Q+ and mate in two.>

I was wondering why he didn't play that, too, seems kind of obvious.

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