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Garry Kasparov vs Jonathan Speelman
Barcelona World Cup (1989), Barcelona ESP, rd 10, Apr-11
Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto (B06)  ·  1-0
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Jun-05-05  PARACONT1: KAPOW!!! Don't anyone dare try silly stuff against the Champ!!! Unless they're looking for a whuppin'!!
Nov-29-05  KingG: LOL
Aug-08-06  KingG: Anyone know if there is a reason for it being called the 'rat defence'?
Aug-08-06
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  Gypsy: <Anyone know if there is a reason for it being called the 'rat defence'?> Asked Lawrence Day about it. His characterization was: Lives in shadows and is most dangerous when cornered.
Aug-08-06  KingG: <Lives in shadows and is most dangerous when cornered.> Doesn't look like it in this game. :-)
Aug-08-06  ganstaman: That's because Kasparov didn't corner the rat, he pulled it out into the open day light.

But anyway, I thought (correctly or not) that the Rat is just 1.d4 d6, and from there it can really become anything (Modern, Pirc, KID, Leningrad Dutch, Hippo, etc). Am I wrong?

May-01-10  abstract: 23...Be5 could save the game? am i mistaken?
May-31-13  phil6875: (abstract) By that stage I don't think he could have saved the game whatever move he played. Speelman's major error was 15...Nc2,a stronger move would have been 15...a5 with this continuation 16. Rac1 Rhe8 17. Na7+ Kb8 18. a3 Na6 19. Bf3 Rxe3 20. Qxe3 Nc5 21. Nb5 c6 22. Nd4 Re8 23. Qd2 Bd3 and Black has a small advantage.
Jul-03-13  phil6875: Black was ok up until 16...d5 which was the major error.

<abstract> After 23...Be5 White plays 24. e4 and Black's position is hopeless after 24...Be6 25. Qa7+ Kc8 26. Qa8+ Kd7 27. Qxb7 Ke7 (or Bg8) 28. Nxc7 Bxc7 29. Qc6+

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