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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 3, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-26-02  knight: Kasparov knowing that Anand has sufficient defense forces a draw.
Feb-14-03  CaissaKnight: Actually, white was discovered to have a win here, though I don't know the proper line
Oct-24-04  Poisonpawns: 13...Nxe4 14.Bxg7 Rg8 15.Be5 d6 16.Qd4 dxe5 17.Qe4 Rxb2 18.Rfb1 Qb7 19.Rxb2 Qxb2 20.Qxc6+ Kf8 21.Rd1 Qxa2 22.Rd7 with the worse endgame for black but after13..Nd5 14.e5 black is in trouble too. Did Kasparov miss a win? Does anyone know where a full analysis of this game is?
Mar-17-06  ClubplayerGOLD: Sorry friends but why cant Anand take the bishop in the final position. I know there is a reason I just dont see it. All I see is Qxg6 and a loss of a piece :(
Mar-17-06  Richerby: Well, in the *final* position, Anand can't take the bishop because it's protected by the ♖h4. :-)

I think the point is that, if Black plays 41... ♕xg6 then White has 42.♖xb2 ♖xb2 ♕xb2 winning the exchange. However, after 41... ♔g8, 42.♖xb2 doesn't work because of 42... ♕c1+ 43.♔g2 ♕xb2 and, assuming White avoids the exchange of queens, Black can play ♕f6, which I'm guessing gives him enough of a defence against White's threats (or, possibly, he can counterattack with ♖f8).

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