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Richard Forster vs Garry Kasparov
"Forced Forster" (game of the day Feb-20-2010)
Korchnoi Birthday Gp A (2001) (rapid), Zurich SUI, rd 3, Apr-28
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1


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Sep-03-02  bishop: 11.Nxb5 runs into ...a6 and ...b5 but at least it does not lose a pawn.
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  Phony Benoni: The game looks very trivial, and the pun doesn't seem inspired either. Still, it's better than not having a new GOTD at all!
Feb-20-10  Jane Sanders: When I played through this game I forgot that Kasparov was black, given how much he dislikes giving his opponents the initiative. Up until about move 30 I was expecting White to crash through at any second. It was only after 31...Be3 that I realised my mistake!
Feb-20-10  Dr. Funkenstein: Hmmm, wildly attacking the master of the attack doesn't work out so well.....
Feb-20-10  limulus: Boring game, uninteresting pun.
Feb-20-10  ounos: Ha, interesting game actually! I enjoyed the counter-intuitive 30. ...cxb4, which after the 37. Bxe5, made the game resemble one of...checkers :)
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  kevin86: Black regains his rook and is two pawns ahead. Game/set/match to the champ.
Feb-20-10  MarbleSkull: Does 40. ...Qf2 help anything? It covers the white c-pawn, attacks the black c-pawn, prevents the counter sack, and keeps the original sack-to-perpetual idea in place.
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  Once: <MarbleSkull: Does 40. ...Qf2 help anything?>

40. Qf2 doesn't seem to lose as quickly as the flawed 40...Rxf6 idea, but it still leaves white two pawns down against Kasparov. I don't think that it makes Rxf6 possible next move either - 40. Qf2 c4 41. Rxf6 and Rxg2+ still works - either the white king or queen are deflected as per the game continuation.

But agreed, it's better than 40...Rxf6. Picture white's face: he would have been so proud of himself to spot the rook sac leading to a perpetual draw, and then for Kasparov to sac straight back to take the perp away and remain two pawns up.

Not the greatest of games, to be sure, or the best pun, but I enjoyed the last two moves. White bangs down 40. Rxf6 and says "ha!". Black chucks back 40. Rxg2 with a "HA!!"

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  chrisowen: Top play from Forster yet I empathise his novelty Bd2 displays the class difference. Once Nxb5, Gary does only connect with a passage to b5. In diagram's it shows brave knight's journey.

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How hard sending the knight across knowing that co-ordination of the kingside. I guess pushing b6 was humanistic.

Feb-20-10  WhiteRook48: ...boring
Feb-20-10  David2009:

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(Black to play,...40?) is a nice Monday puzzle.

Nice attacking game by Forster. If you are a cruiser up against a battleship running away won't help you. A difference of 355 ELO points translates into an expectation of approximately 5% i.e. Forster can expect one draw every 10 games.

Feb-20-10  dumbgai: So someone tried a wild unsound attack against Kasparov and lost. Who cares?
Feb-20-10  Bishoprick: What are the odds of a 2400+ player beating a 2800+ player?
Feb-20-10  MaxxLange: about 1 in 20
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