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Pablo Ricardi vs Garry Kasparov
Buenos Aires (1992) (exhibition), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 1, Oct-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1-0


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Mar-31-16  Cybe: Seems to be 28… Ne5 is better, than 28… Rg8.
Mar-31-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: The general idea was pretty easy, and it doesn't seem to have mattered much which specific move order choice one made ...
Mar-31-16  stacase: I saw the first three moves, but I thought White would come away with more than a Pawn in the deal.

Well, my postmortem says, White was ahead 6 to 5 Pawns and grabbed another with the trade to make it 6 to 4 and a better position.

Mar-31-16  alphee: 29. ♖c7 ♕c7 30. ♕f6 ♖g7 31. ♘e6 OK but I didn't see 31. ... ♘e8 and If I had I doubt I would have been tempted by the queen sacrifice .... Will try to be better next time.
Mar-31-16  The Kings Domain: Missed this. Good and clever sacrifice.
Mar-31-16  gofer: So, GK is on the losing end of this one... ...well it happens to the best of us!

This POTD has lots of choices...

Ng3, Nf5, Nc6, Ne6, and the big gun Rxc7!

29 Ng3 Qe5 looks to be too slow

29 Nf5 Nxf5 30 Rxc7 Qd6/Qe5 31 Rxf7 Qxf5 32 Nxf5 looks fun, but maybe not against GK...

29 Nc6 Qf8 and it looks like all of white's nice attacking lines have been lost (temporarily)

29 Ne6 looks to be a very strong positional move, stopping Qe5, attacking Pc7, allowing the reloader N2d4, stopping Raf8/Rgf8 and creating the threat of 30 Rxc7 Qxc7 31 Qf6+! mating, so I am keen on this one, but perhaps we can force this the other way around.

<29 Rxc7! ...>

29 ... Qxc7
30 Qf6+ Rg7
31 Ne6 Ne8
32 Qxg7+ Nxg7
33 Nxc7

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The continuation gains a pawn (but not a mate), but it does also leaves white with a two-pawn advantage and an advanced passed pawn that can easily be supported! So I think we can assume this will be a winning endgame...


Yep. But this still feels a little bit unsatisfactory. What do our silicon friends say!? They seem to agree...

<dfcx: <Penguincw: ..., I would've played 29.Ne6.> Stockfish6 (@26) likes 29.Ne6 (+2.55), Rxc7 (+2.46) and even Nc6(+2.38), g3(+2.17), Ng3 (+2.15) So this is a puzzle with many solutions.>

Mar-31-16  saturn2: At first look black seems fine, the two knights cover one another and Spassky once wrote this is something very good. My first try was 29 Rxc7 Qxc7 30 Qe5+?? but qickly after that I saw 30 Qf6+ works. All in all a rather easy Thursday.
Mar-31-16  vermapulak: What about if I play 30.Ne6 after 29.Rxc7 29... Qxc7. That will treat the queen capture and then 31.Qe5+ ? am I missing something ?
Mar-31-16  morfishine: Looked pretty straightforward to me: <29.Rxc7> and now after 29...Qxc7 30.Qf6+ Rg7 31.Ne6

Whats interesting is its Kasparov on the receiving end and not the other way around


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  piltdown man: Kasparov missed it, but I saw it? Something seriously wrong here.
Mar-31-16  Ayaend: <piltdown man> it's easy when we are this puzzle to see the good move but in the complete game it's more different... Anyway great played by white to beat Kasparov 😊
Mar-31-16  Imran Iskandar: I would have played Ne6.
Mar-31-16  mel gibson: I saw it too - straight away - but it's only a swap of pieces & white is only up because he was already 1 pawn ahead & black will lose it's isolated pawn on e4 anyway - making white 2 pawns ahead.
Mar-31-16  Ayaend: When we have * 😅
Mar-31-16  mel gibson: I tried this on my computer.
I following the text move 29.Rxc7
& the checkmate occurs against black on the 87th move.

If 29. N g3 then checkmate against black occurs on the 92nd move.

That is with 5 seconds per move on DR4 64 bit with average of 17 depth.

Therefore there's not much difference if an alternative move is taken.

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  kevin86: Kaspy goes down to defeat here. The combination puts white two pawns ahead.
Mar-31-16  saturn2: <Fusili This game is from Kasparov's simul> I once saw him playing simultan and his method was to play very quick. He was literally spurting from one board to the other.
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  beenthere240: The combination also simplified the game by eliminating a rook and queen, which had to dampen black's hopes for counterplay (say on the g file).
Mar-31-16  RandomVisitor: After 28...Rg8:

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+3.22/26 29.Ne6 c5 30.b4 c4 31.h5 a5 32.N2d4 Ne8 33.bxa5 b5 34.a4 bxa4 35.Rxc4 Ng5 36.Nxg5 Qxg5 37.Qxg5 Rxg5 38.Rxa4 Nf6 39.a6 Nxd5 40.Ra5 Rxh5 41.a7 e3 42.Rb1 exf2+ 43.Kxf2 Rg5 44.Rb8+ Rg8 45.Nc6 Rf8+ 46.Kg3 Rg8+ 47.Kf3 Nc3 48.Ra3 Nd5 49.Rxa8

+2.90/26 29.Ng3 Qe5 30.Qxe5+ Nxe5 31.Rxc7 Rg4 32.Re7 Nd3 33.Re6 e3 34.Rxe3 Rxd4 35.Rd1 Rxd5 36.Rdxd3 Rxd3 37.Rxd3 Nc4 38.b3 Ne5 39.Re3 Ng6 40.h5 Nf4 41.Re7 a6 42.Rf7 Nd5 43.Nf5 Rd8 44.g4 Nb4 45.Rf6 Nxa2 46.Rxb6 Rg8 47.Nh6 Ra8

<+2.66/26 29.Rxc7 Qxc7 30.Qf6+ Rg7 31.Ne6 Ne8 32.Qxg7+ Nxg7 33.Nxc7 Rc8> 34.Rc1 Nf5 35.g3 Ne5 36.Rc3 Kg8 37.Nb5 Rd8 38.Nf4 Rd7 39.Rc8+ Kf7 40.Rh8 Kf6 41.Re8 Re7 42.Nh5+ Kf7 43.Rh8 Kg6 44.Nf4+ Kg7 45.Rc8 Kf7 46.Ne6 Nf3+ 47.Kg2 Kf6 48.Nc3

+2.61/26 29.Nc6 Qf8 30.Ned4 Nh6 31.Qxf8 Rgxf8 32.Ne7 Ndf5 33.Nexf5 Nxf5 34.Ne6 Rf7 35.Rfe1 Rc8 36.Rxe4 Rd7 37.Rec4 Rxd5 38.Rxc7 Rxc7 39.Rxc7 h6 40.g3 Rd2 41.Rf7 Nd6 42.Rd7 Nc4 43.Rxd2 Nxd2 44.Kg2 Kg8 45.Nd4 Kf7 46.g4 Kf6 47.Nc6 a6 48.Kg3

Mar-31-16  scormus: yes, 29 Ne6 looks strong and is strong. Curiously it's what I imediately thought, before I started to think about Rxc7. which I settled on because the continuation was so forcing. A case of the first move you think is often right.

I can understand W playing Rxc7, even though he didn't know it would ever be CG POTD ;)

Mar-31-16  RandomVisitor: A deeper look, after 28...Rg8:

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+3.28/32 29.Ne6 c5 30.b4 c4 31.h5 Rae8 32.Rfe1 Rg5 33.Nxg5 Nxg5 34.a4 Rg8 35.Ng3 h6 36.Rc2 Rf8 37.Qe3 Qg7 38.Rd1 Kg8 39.b5 Kh7 40.Rdc1 Kg8 41.Re1 Rc8 42.Kf1 Rc5 43.Rd1 Rc8 44.Qc3 Qe7 45.Rdd2 Ngf7 46.Kg1 Ne5

+3.11/32 29.Ng3 Rg6 30.Ne6 c5 31.Nxe4 Rag8 32.g3 Nxe4 33.Qxe4 Qf6 34.Rc3 Rg4 35.Qf3 Qxf3 36.Rxf3 Nd6 37.Kh2 Rc4 38.Rc3 Ra4 39.a3 Re8 40.f3 Re7 41.Rd3 Ra5 42.Re1 Rb5 43.b3 Ra5 44.Ra1 h6 45.Kh3 c4 46.bxc4 Nxc4 47.f4 Kg8 48.g4 Kf7 49.h5 Kf6 50.g5+

<+2.84/32 29.Rxc7 Qxc7 30.Qf6+ Rg7 31.Ne6 Ne8 32.Qxg7+ Nxg7 33.Nxc7 Rc8> 34.Rc1 Nf5 35.Rc3 e3 36.fxe3 Nxe3 37.Rxe3 Rxc7 38.Nf4 Rc4 39.g3 Kg7 40.Re2 Kf6 41.Kg2 Kf5 42.Re7 Kf6 43.Rxa7 Rc2+ 44.Kf3 Rxb2 45.Nh5+ Kg6 46.g4 h6 47.Kf4 Rd2 48.Ke3 Rh2 49.Rb7 Rxh4 50.Kf4 b5 51.Rb6+ Kh7 52.d6 Rh2 53.Rb7 Rf2+

+2.66/32 29.Nc6 Qf8 30.Ned4 Nh6 31.Qxf8 Rgxf8 32.Ne7 Ne8 33.Rfe1 Ng4 34.Rc2 Ngf6 35.Ne6 Rf7 36.Nxc7 Rxe7 37.Nxa8 Nxd5 38.Rd1 Nb4 39.Rc8 Kg7 40.Rdd8 Kf7 41.a3 Nd3 42.b4 Ne5 43.Rd4 Ng4 44.Kf1 h5 45.Ke2 Ne5 46.a4 Nd3 47.Kf1 Nb2 48.Rd5 Nxa4 49.Rf5+ Kg6 50.Rg5+ Kf7

Mar-31-16  David2009: I bailed out too early, seeing 29.Rxc7 and if Qxc7 30.Qf6+ Rg7 forced 31.Qxg7+!?. The game continuation 31.Ne6 is more accurate since Black's pieces end up less active. It's encouraging that the great Kasparov lost occasionally to unknowns - I had expected the puzzle position to feature a missed opportunity. Oh ye of little faith!
Mar-31-16  The17thPawn: I was worried after the dust settled that 34...,Rc2 brought black new life. The I saw he could be forced to exchange with with 35. Rc1
Mar-31-16  CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up a pawn, with a safer king position and a superior queen position. White can grab another pawn with decisive results: 29.Rxc7! Qxc7 (Qe5 30.Rxf7 wins more material; 29... Rxg2+? 30.Kxg2 is not a desperado - it simply gives away a rook) 30.Qf6+ Rg7 31.Ne6 Ne8 32.Qxg7+ Nxg7 33.Nxc7 looks like an ending that should not produce any more than minor technical problems for white.

All I have time for....

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  patzer2: Catching up on puzzles I missed this week, and found this past Thursday puzzle solution 29. Rxc7 Qxc7 30. Qf6+ Rg7 31. Ne6 very easy.

Black's game starts to slip after 23...e4 allowing 24. Ne2 . Instead, 23...Qg7 = (-0.15 @ 26 depth, Komodo 9.3) keeps it level.

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