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Garry Kasparov vs Gentaro Gonda
Cannes (1988), Feb-14
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1-0
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Dec-25-07  awfulhangover: Got it. If you did not see 38...Kf8 39. Bg7+ Kxg7 40. Qxe8 - you didn't solve it!
Dec-25-07  newton296: kasparov is a tactic machine!

it' pawn sac , followed by mate threats at g7 and h7 , followed by a threats to promote a pawn , followed by a bunch of checks that set up a deflection finally allowing promotion.

how does he do it?

Dec-25-07  xrt999: <Terry McCracken: Black's blunder was 32..Nd7??>

how many hours do you think Gonda lay awake every night obsessing over this game?

Dec-25-07  ChessNe1: all things in their right space and time. chess is cosmic.

so easy, for me it was a Christmas gift.

Dec-25-07
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  Eyal: <Terry McCracken: Black's blunder was 32..Nd7??>

<FSR: Near the end of the game, I wanted Black to play 32...Ng4+ 33.Kg3 Nxf6, but then realized that 33.Qxg4! is distressing.>

32...Ng4+ 33.Kg3 would actually lose outright to 33...Qxf2+ 34.Kh3 Qe3+ 35.Qg3 Qxg3+ 36.Kxg3 Nxf6; however, it's indeed refuted by 33.Qxg4! So the right move by Black would have been <32...Qe2!> preparing Ng4+, and it seems that White doesn't have anything better than to allow a draw by 33.Qd4 Ng4+ 34.Kg3 Nxf6 35.Qxf6 Qg4+ with a perpetual check.

Dec-25-07  deadlysin: easier than mondays, 38.Bf6+ wins easily. 38...Kf8 and then 39. Bg7+
Dec-25-07  sanyas: This is a very elegant game.
Dec-25-07  GannonKnight: Easy -- A gift, appropriate for today. Merry Christmas!
Dec-25-07  TheaN: 2/2

How nice. The d-pawn is powerful after 38.Bf6+! which was White's idea with 37.Qe6.

38....Nxf6 (Kf8 39.Bg7+! Kxg7 40.Qxe8 or 38....Kg6(h6) 39.Qxe8) 39.Qxe8 Nxe8 40.d7 Δ 41.d8=Q which is unstoppable. White wins the ♕ vs ♘ endgame easily.

Dec-25-07
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  playground player: How about a consolation game between Gonda and Alonzo Morphy?
Dec-25-07
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  whiteshark: I thought <38.g3> will bring black in a zugzwang-like position and he will lose at least ♘d7.
Dec-25-07  notyetagm: <vonKrolock: Very pleasant - at least two nice study-like points: d6-d7 in one variation, and g7+ in the other. Immediate memory on Kasparov winning Kramnik's in a similar way in the 90's...>

Yes, that was my first thought, too!

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994


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35 ... ♕d6-f8?? 36 ♗e6-d7+! 1-0 <remove the guard>


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35 ... ♕d6-f8?? may be the greatest zeitnot-induced blunder of Kramnik's career: LPDO!

The positions in this simul game and the Kramnik game are eerily similar. The White queen is a knight move away from the Black king on the edge of the board, meaning that the Black king is on the -only- square from which His Majesty can defend Her Majesty. Then a bishop checks from a square adjacent to the Black king, driving him off from the defense of the Black queen.

Dec-25-07  Larsker: Good puzzle.

Merry Xmas to everybody.

Dec-25-07  notyetagm: <Larsker: Good puzzle. >

Yes, a very good puzzle, showing the need to Game Collection: Evaluate forcing moves like a computer.

Dec-25-07  Terry McCracken: <xrt999: <Terry McCracken: Black's blunder was 32..Nd7??> how many hours do you think Gonda lay awake every night obsessing over this game?>

No idea? I'm sure it wasn't that traumatic;)

Dec-25-07  Terry McCracken: < Eyal: <Terry McCracken: Black's blunder was 32..Nd7??> <FSR: Near the end of the game, I wanted Black to play 32...Ng4+ 33.Kg3 Nxf6, but then realized that 33.Qxg4! is distressing.>

32...Ng4+ 33.Kg3 would actually lose outright to 33...Qxf2+ 34.Kh3 Qe3+ 35.Qg3 Qxg3+ 36.Kxg3 Nxf6; however, it's indeed refuted by 33.Qxg4! So the right move by Black would have been <32...Qe2!> preparing Ng4+, and it seems that White doesn't have anything better than to allow a draw by 33.Qd4 Ng4+ 34.Kg3 Nxf6 35.Qxf6 Qg4+ with a perpetual check.>

Yes, 32..Qe2! was drawing. I'm sorry I didn't point that out.

Dec-26-07
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  FSR: <32...Ng4+ 33.Kg3 would actually lose outright to 33...Qxf2+>

D'oh! (smacking myself in the head)

Dec-26-07
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  kevin86: Funny,the final move doesn't win the black queen,but instead insures white will gain a NEW queen.

38...♘f6 39 ♕xe8 ♘xe8 40 d7!

Dec-26-07  SuperPatzer77: Gentaro Gonda missed the only move for a draw - 32...Qe2! =. I agree with Eyal 100%. 32...Qe2! is the best defensive move that prevents White from winning the game. 33. Qd4 (only move) Ng4+, 34. Kg3 Nxf6, 35. Qxf6 Qg4+ forcing a draw with perpetual checks while the Black Queen is staying on the d1-h5 diagonal. Of course, Gentaro Gonda's blunder move was 32...Nd7??.

With the Black Queen staying on the d1-h5 diagonal, 35...Qg4+, 36. Kh2 Qh5+, 37. Kg1 Qd1+, 38. Kh2 Qh5+, 39. Kg3 Qg4+ and so on. Then it's, of course, a draw because of perpetual checks.

Dec-26-07  SuperPatzer77: The best move for Black is 32...Qe2! =. White's move - 33. Qd4 (only move), Ng4+, 34. Qxg4?? (blunder move) Qxg4, 35. d7 Qh5+!, 36. Kg3 (36. Kg1 Qd1+ winning White d-pawn) f4+! (winning White bishop and then White d-pawn).

34. Qxg4?? Qxg4, 35. Be7 Kf7.

Dec-26-07  xrt999: < Terry McCracken: <xrt999: <Terry McCracken: Black's blunder was 32..Nd7??> how many hours do you think Gonda lay awake every night obsessing over this game?> No idea? I'm sure it wasn't that traumatic;)>

Being up a pawn on Garry Kasparov then losing, that sucks.

If this is not something to obsess about, then its time to give up chess.

Oh, wait, he did.

Dec-26-07  Atkins: <Terry McCracken: <xrt999: <Terry McCracken: Black's blunder was 32..Nd7??> how many hours do you think Gonda lay awake every night obsessing over this game?>- No idea? I'm sure it wasn't that traumatic;)> It wasn't. At time I said to him that he has at least a draw. His first reaction was a smile. This was a simultanous game and obvioulsy Mr Gonda enjoyed a lot to play a World Champion. In fact kasparov played quite lightly against him. Mr Gonda was 13 times Japanese Champion. Alas as many Japanese he could not train as he wants but still some times plays beautifull game.

Dec-27-07
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  patzer2: For the Christmas, Dec 25, 2007, solution, Kasparov plays the discovered attack with check 26. Bf6+! when 26...Kf8 27. Bg7+ deflects the King and wins the Queen.
Dec-28-07  xrt999: <In fact kasparov played quite lightly against him. Mr Gonda was 13 times Japanese Champion.>

Im not sure what this means. Kasparov play was flawless. 13 time Japanese champion could sit and stare at the chess board for 2 weeks and not comprehend what Kasparov sees in a 4 second glance out of 1 eye while watching CNN with the other eye.

Aug-06-09  bradct: Another interesting aspect early in the game was Kasparov's decision to capture away from the center with 9.exd4. Most players wouldn't even consider this and would blindly capture toward the center with 9.cxd4. A little thing, but Kasparov's capture created an unbalanced position and allowed the dark-squared B to get active more quickly. A subtle difference between ordinary players and the truly great..knowing when to break the "rules" of general principles.
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