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Garry Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson
Belfort World Cup (1988), Belfort FRA, rd 10, Jun-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Reshevsky Variation (D36)  ·  1-0


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Dec-03-03  Spitecheck: The results aren't great for black in this line. Black's cramped position in the centre (reflected in white's greater space) left him inflexible when responsding to Kasparov's central feint and subsequent queenside probe.

Kasparov must have been yawning with glee halfway through this game.

It's like the minority attack was conducted through the centre LOL.


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  offramp: I can imagine Kasparov saying, "That, Ulf, is how you play an ending; no piss-arseing about!"
Nov-30-05  KingG: This really is a very nice game. It's almost a model of how to play this line.
Mar-27-06  alexandrovm: Karlsbad pawn structure. The two connected pawns proves decisive.
Aug-01-06  gambitfan: a wonderful game...

the opening Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2 (D36) seems to give a crushing advantage to White doesn't it ?

Mar-07-08  Jesspatrick: It's really hard to play the black side of this. I prefer 8...Nf8 to castling. No matter which way you go, it takes many moves to equalize with Black.
Oct-08-08  notyetagm: <KingG: This really is a very nice game. It's almost a model of how to play this line.>

Yes, this game is analyzed in John Cox's excellent <Starting Out: 1 d4!> as a model game in this variation.

Oct-30-11  DrMAL: Game here can indeed be appreciated at various levels. Yes, in Exchange variation of QGD a favorite of Kasparov, after principled 5...c6 and 6...Be7 combination (played either order) pair of moves 6.Qc2 and 7.e3 (also either order) opening is main, common line. 6.Qc2 first (Reshevsky) has obvious idea of taking over diagonal ASAP limiting development of black LSB and preventing Bf5. 9.Nge2 (instead of more popular 9.Nf3) opts for f3 aiming for center break e4 where main line was played. After 11.f3 black has many options, this is great position for creativity especially with computer and several moves were tried (Opening Explorer).

After both sides play strong development and 13.Kh1 another principled move towards center break and K-side attack, black position is cramped and 13...N6d7 to exchange pieces is basic approach to relieving space disadvantage. 14.Bf4 is good alternative but Kasparov does not need DSB, preferring to put N on f4 as was played next move. I think 14...Qxe7 was stronger prep for e4 break but after 14...Rxe7 15.Nf4 Qc7 is also good. 15...Rc7?! was inaccuracy Q is hemmed in by Rs. 16...Nf6 instead of 16...Ng6 or 16...Nb6 makes black Q more shut in, after Kasparov finally plays 17.e4! (he waited one move to prepare Qf2) and pawn swap, white had clear edge.

Kasparov did not hesitate with further preparation but played simplest most direct 19.d5 right away to open position. This is consistent with his style, he prefers simpler direct approach especially to open position and use his tactics. After 20.Bb5! to embarrass R this immediately pays off, not unusual for even top player such as Ulf back then. Technique has refined greatly with computers and communications in last 20 years, making difference between, say, 2600+ players then versus 2700+ players now. 20...d4 was only good move as computer verifies, after 20...Rc7 natural move but inaccurate, 21.exd5! was very strong. Where to put B is good question for computer to help clarify, each has roughly equal merit but different ideas. 21...Bd7 tried to swap pieces, forcing 22.Be2 to avoid, now 23.d6! was threat so Ulf played 22...Rc8?! but this does not completely avoid, 22...Ne4 was better.

23.d6! was still strongest move but Kasparov played 23.Qxa7 to retrieve well earned pawn. Same for move 24 Kasparov plan is (better IMO) hybrid that trades advantage for connected passed pawns. 26...Re5?! instead of 26...Re6 was subtle mistake that would have become apparent after 27...Qxb6 but Andersson made second mistake 27...Nf5?! now swapping more pieces with 29.Bd3! (or 29.Bg4!) helps white much more. It was just matter of very simple play Andersson could have resigned here. Kasparov planning behind 17.e4! break and finesse during moves 20-25 was beautiful example of his technique.

Oct-30-11  qqdos: <DrMal> I imagine you cannot wait to get your hands on the new (?newish) book Kasparov on Kasparov: Vol.1 (Everyman Chess). Perhaps you may prefer to wait for Vol.2, which will cover the period from the mid-1980's when he was in his prime (first flush!).
Oct-30-11  DrMAL: <qqdos> Sure it will make great Christmas present, in case you are feeling generous LOL. Actually, as you surely know by now from other analyses (e.g., Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 now buried after yet another heap of trash from AJ) while I also very much appreciate historical content especially by players (especially Garry) I prefer to make fresh look using my own skill and aid of top engine, it often leads to good luck such as finding 24.Rh3! in Fischer vs Geller, 1967 analysis, cheers.
Feb-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Excellent game by Mr. Kasparov!


Feb-01-12  rudiment: Why not 22. d6 ?
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  Sastre: 22.d6 Rxe1 23.Rxe1 Rxc3 24.Bxd7 Rc4 25.Bb5 Rb4 26.Bf1 Qxd6 .
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  Penguincw: Kasparov's two passed pawns makes a huge difference.
Jul-20-12  Poisonpawns: Hans Berliner would be proud
Sep-23-15  kamagong24: so practical!
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