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Garry Kasparov vs Anthony Miles
Basel (1986), Basel SUI, rd 1
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  1-0
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May-21-06
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  offramp: After 26...Na8 black looks like he is setting up a Fischerrandom game.
Sep-22-07  engineerX: White castled so late. Kasparov says that 35.0-0-0 "almost made Tony drop from his chair". (source www.chessninja.com)
Mar-10-08  whatthefat: Kasparov sets the tone for his devastating 5.5/6 match victory over Miles in this the first game. A very complex middlegame arises after White's early kingside advances.

23.Nf4!? and 24.Rg4! underlines Black's immobility, offering to sacrifice the exchange for Black's only active piece and a total bind on the light squares.

Jan-06-11
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  technical draw: Amazing game. I don't understand half, I mean, 2/3 of the moves.
Jan-06-11  Shams: <technical draw> It's a shame that three-quarters of this game is over your head. If you have any questions about the five-sixths you don't understand, just ask me!
Jan-07-11  sevenseaman: Superlatively consummate. K cleans out all escape routes for Miles.
Jan-07-11  sevenseaman: Modern masters, specifically Kasparov, Anand, Topalov, even Beljavsky have been creating some very complex positions.

I've seen the trend escalate ever since that very complex game in WC challenge in NY wherein both Rs of Anand were threatened and he had no way but to lose one.

Sep-03-11  joelsontang: Miles missed 40...e3+ followed by exf2 which would have given him good drawing chances and a draw with best play after having defended so well!
Sep-08-11  Everett: <I've seen the trend escalate ever since that very complex game in WC challenge in NY wherein both Rs of Anand were threatened and he had no way but to lose one.> like Tal says, though, no matter how many pieces you leave en prise, they can only take one at a time.

BTW, we kibitzers are always analyzing by result. How 'bout 30..Nd4 or 33..c4, suggestions courtesy of Palliser...

Which makes me think, until nearly the end of his career, there were only three opponents that felt Kasparov did not see everything all the time: Karpov, Kramnik, and.... Deep Blue.

Jun-04-14  goldenbear: The opening is mis-labeled. In the Czech Benoni Black plays Ne8-g6-Ng7-f5. Here Black plays Ne8-Nc7 to assist a6-b5. This is the Bogus Czech Benoni...
Sep-29-14
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  whiteshark: This is the 1st matchgame Kasparov played just after having become The World champion where Miles said about him: <He's a monster with a 1,000 eyes who sees everything.>
Jul-25-15
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  thegoodanarchist: <goldenbear: The opening is mis-labeled. In the Czech Benoni Black plays Ne8-g6-Ng7-f5. Here Black plays Ne8-Nc7 to assist a6-b5. This is the Bogus Czech Benoni...>

So maybe it should be named the Czech Baloney Defense.

<whiteshark: This is the 1st matchgame Kasparov played just after having become The World champion where Miles said about him: <He's a monster with a 1,000 eyes who sees everything.>>

<whiteshark> Check out what <Tamar> wrote here:

Fischer vs Spassky, 1972

Jul-25-15
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  keypusher: <Jun-04-14 goldenbear: The opening is mis-labeled. In the Czech Benoni Black plays Ne8-g6-Ng7-f5. >

Nonsense. It's a Czech Benoni wherever the knight goes.

Jul-25-15
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  offramp: <goldenbear: The opening is mis-labeled. In the Czech Benoni Black plays Ne8-g6-Ng7-f5. Here Black plays Ne8-Nc7 to assist a6-b5. This is the Bogus Czech Benoni>

It's a phoney Benoni.

Jul-25-15
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  perfidious: Sh-h-h-h!!! Don't tell <PB>!!
Jul-25-15
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  whiteshark: <thegoodanarchist> that's kind of Chinese whispers methinks. ;D
Jul-26-15  Eusebius: It takes White an extremely long time to form up the pawn attack on the king side. But, apparently, if there is no counterplay it's still possible.
Aug-20-15  anema86: I'm only a 1750-1800 player, but I have to think Miles just wasn't feeling it through this game. After 26...Na8, I'd have resigned if I was playing black. Black's position is ridiculous. Black could almost be at the starting position of a Chess960 game, while most of White's pieces support each other. White has incredible attacking potential, and Black's pieces are almost all dormant on the back rank, doing nothing. Black has a passed pawn being protected by a Rook, but white has two pawns primed to rip into black's defenses, not to mention the excellent placement of the kingside Rook, both knights, and fianchetto'd bishop. Black's position is one I'd read as hopeless in one of my games. Miles does an excellent job of forcing counterplay, that's true, but the position is too bad for any real chance of a draw against Garry Kasparov.
May-10-16
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  offramp: I think this match v Kasparov shattered Miles.

He had not being doing well against the World Champion Karpov; up to 1986 he had won two games and lost about 9.

But recently Miles had been winning lots of tournaments. He was a top player! And for every outstanding chess player there is surely one goal: the World Championship!

When this match began, Miles may have thought something like this:

<I've beaten Karpov in the past. And Karpov was annihilating this kid Kasparov in Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984). He might beat me, but not by much. I'll use this match to guage my chances in a future World Championship match against him...>

I really think he may have thought what I just said. Then, after he lost 5-0, he may have thought, <"Even if by some fluke I in the future become World Champion, who will take me seriously after such a result?"

So one avenue of his ambition was in a way closed off. Soon after, Nigel Short became English number one ... and another door closed.

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