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Garry Kasparov vs Maia Chiburdanidze
Baku (1980), Baku AZE, rd 11, Apr-12
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1-0


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Jun-05-03  morphynoman2: What a nice game. Black is quite immobilized after 17. Ne3!!
Jun-06-03  Cyphelium: Either you are immobilized or not. ;-) But I agree, it's a very nice move.
Jun-06-03  mkdir: gary was great at though he simply busted it!!!...
Mar-31-04  vonKrolock: whithout a doubt one of the memorable games from the greatest of all
Mar-31-04  Benjamin Lau: Superb positional sacrifice for long term initiative! Reminds me a lot of Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896. These sort of sophisticated sacrifices generally permeate Kasparov's play, and this one is more interesting than most.
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  refutor: this is a great game by 17-year old kasparov. chiburdanidze can do nothing but move her rooks back and forth and wait for kasparov to come in for the kill...
Nov-03-06  who: commented on at
May-19-07  Gouki: that black knight at b8 stayed there throughout the entire game! talk about squeezing the air out of your opponent's position before delivering the final blow.

black gets absolutely stifled here on the kingside in this game!

excellent play by Kasparov :D

Aug-01-07  engmaster: 18) ...,Qd8 was a decisive mistake, the bishop on g7 is very weak, better was e8. Black is still lost.
Feb-09-08  Leviathan: What about 14. g5 Bg3 15.h4 ? Looks much safer to me.
Feb-19-08  A.G. Argent: Yep, truly a lovely game by GK. At 17, roaring into the chess world, showing a dominance deadly and merciless.
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  Jim Bartle: Yes, "merciless" seems an excellent description of Kasparov, maybe "implacable" as well. How many examples are there of Kasparov having a winning advantage and messing it up?

I remember there was a game in the 1990 WC match where he agreed to a draw when many people (such as RFJ) thought he had a huge advantage. But otherwise it seems to me when he gets the advantage he keeps it...

Feb-19-08  sallom89: good game by the youngster !
May-08-08  KingG: <Jim Bartle> <How many examples are there of Kasparov having a winning advantage and messing it up?> In his early days it did happen from time to time, and then late in his career it happened again. For example, Kasparov vs Spassky, 1981 and Kasparov vs Spassky, 1983, are two well known examples from his youth, and Kasparov vs Motylev, 2004 would be an example from towards the end of his career. But actually from 2003 on, there are quite a few games where Kasparov would fail to win superior positions, or would just outright blunder. Plenty of example of this are provided in Linares 2003 and 2004.
May-06-09  ToTheDeath: <What about 14. g5 Bg3 15.h4 ? Looks much safer to me.>

Kasparov: "By 14...g5 Bg3 h4 Black could 'lock' the kingside, but after Bh2 Nh8 17.Ne3 Ng6 18.f3 Nf4 19.Bf1 White, by continuing Bg1, Rh2, a3, b4, etc. would have seized the initiative on the queenside."

On 17.Ne3!?

"If 17. Bg3, then 17...f5 18.exf5 e4 with reasonable counterplay. The positional sacrifice of a piece yields White a strong attack along the g-file, in the face of which Black is limited to defence without counterchances."

I'm not so sure about this- the sacrifice is brilliant but does it really win by force? 18...Qf8! 19.Qg4 Ng5 20.Nxh4 Na6 21.Nf5 Nc7 22.h4 Nh7 23.Rg1 Ne8 24.Ke2 is given by Kasparov as win but Black can improve here- 20...Nxh3 may be playable, maintaining a blockade at g5.

Dec-03-10  BISHOP TAL: I think Kasparov once said a knight on f5 is worth a pawn.Here he goes down a bishop nice pateint attack well worth his peice invested.
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  perfidious: <ToTheDeath: ...I'm not so sure about this- the sacrifice is brilliant but does it really win by force? 18...Qf8! 19.Qg4 Ng5 20.Nxh4 Na6 21.Nf5 Nc7 22.h4 Nh7 23.Rg1 Ne8 24.Ke2 is given by Kasparov as win but Black can improve here- 20...Nxh3 may be playable, maintaining a blockade at g5.>

I'm not sure myself, but believe Kasparov's judgment was correct and that he certainly had considerable practical chances, even if no forced win exists.

As to Kasparov's cited line, 23.h5 may improve-how can Black meet 24.h6?

Whatever someone's silicon friend may come up with as a verdict on all this, 17.Ne3 is a magnificent conception by Kasparov.

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