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Garry Kasparov vs Joel Lautier
9th Euwe Memorial (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 4, May-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  0-1


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Aug-05-04  mack: 16. Nd6+?
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  lostemperor: Quizquestion. Which player has never finished ahead of kasparov in a classical tournament on first place. In alphabetical order:

A Lautier
B Salov
C Short
D Topalov

All four players has finished on first place in a tournament where Kasparov also participated. But only one had to share his first place with Kasparov. That player was Topalov.

Topalov (1996) and Lautier (1995) were the only two who beat Kasparov to get first place though. In 1991, also in this tournament in Amsterdam, Salov and Short finished shared first ahead of both Karpov and Kasparov (shared third).

<mack> 16. e5 Ba6 17. a4! better (Kasparov).

Mar-02-05  ranchogrande: thx for the puzzle <lostemperor).I simply forgot to answer.sorry. Yesterday I read in NIC , 1994 , and also that year Lautier won vs Kaspy (!).And Karpov made the perhaps best result off all times 11/13(!!!)2. shared Kaparov and Shirov (who had the lucky lot and got the opponents the round after theyve been tortured by Garry!)8 1/2.In Linares...
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  lostemperor: <ranchogrande> Isn't it a nice coincidence you happen to read NIC where Lautier won vs Kaspy. What is more puzzling to me is why Kasparov has so much difficulty with Lautier. Lautier is one of the few players to have a plusscore vs Kasparov in serious games 2-1. On the other hand Karpov has an overwhelming score against Lautier. I can only think of that Lautier is a theoretician like Kasparov?!

The piecesacrifice of kasparov here was interesting. Here's how (according to notes of Lautier) Kasparov could have done better 16. e5 Ba6 17. a4 Bxb5 18. Nxb5 Nd5 19. Nd6+ Ke7 20. Qh5 g6 <Raf8? Qg5> 21. Qh4+ <Qh6 Ne3! and Nf5> Kf8 <f6 Qh6 Rag8 Nc8!> 22. Qh6+ Ke7 23. Rae1 Qxb2 24. c4 Nb4 25. Qg5+ f6 <Kf8 26. f5!> 26. Qh6 Rag8 27. Rd1!

And forced was (in the game) 17. e5 Ba6 18. Rf2 Rhd8 19. Rd2 Qxb2 20. Na4 Qb8 21. Qe1 Kf8 22. exf6 Nxf6 although still

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  Eggman: Ivanchuk defeated Kasparov at Linares 1991 (Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1991) and finished in first place ahead of Kaspy, if memory serves. For a brief time there it seemed that Ivanchuk would be the next world champion, or at least a formidable challenger. Sigh.
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  Jim Bartle: True. But a few months after that Linares he famously blew a lead to Yusupov in the Candidates Quarterfinals, and he hasn't challenged seriously since.
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  plang: <But a few months after that Linares he famously blew a lead to Yusupov in the Candidates Quarterfinals, >

True, but give Yusupov some credit He played some grest chess in those last two wins.

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  Jim Bartle: Plang: No argument here.
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  Eggman: Yes, but in the Yusupov match Ivanchuk missed a win in game 7 (it was instead drawn) that would have clinched the match there and then without the necessity for a game 8. Plus, in the first game of overtime (a famous and beautiful game: Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991), Ivanchuk did at one point accidentally pick up the wrong Knight (he had intended to move the other one), which helped Yusupov some.

Plus, I don't think it helped Ivanchuk's confidence that he shortly afterwards lost a specially-arranged match to Anand, 3-5.

Jan-11-10  seeminor: Here is an interesting article by GM David Norwood giving some first hand insight into Kasparov and his preparation during this tournament.

Jan-11-10  ughaibu: Which was first: Zontakh vs Matulovic, 1995
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  Marmot PFL: I had to look twice to be sure that Kasparov was playing white here (still hard to believe)
Feb-25-17  User not found: He definitely went for it but this is what I do.. Not Kasparov. Strange game really.
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  ChessHigherCat: Lautier is one of the GMs I had the pleasure of seeing blitz in the Jardin du Luxembourg when he was a kid, but he didn't live in Paris so he didn't come by very often (so much for the snobby terms "coffee house/park chessplayer")
Feb-26-17  Saniyat24: Nobody got a good pun for this game...!
Feb-26-17  N0B0DY: Bad Day at Black Rock
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