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Garry Kasparov vs Teimour Radjabov
FIDE Moscow Gran Prix (2002) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 5, Jun-05
Modern Defense: Two Knights. Suttles Variation (B06)  ·  1-0


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  Sneaky: I don't know much about this opening theory, but it seems to me that Bxh6 was the root of all evil. After Qh6 Black cannot castle, and White is active enough to do something about it. Notice how Garry didn't retreat his queen from h6 until Black commit to O-O-O.

Perhaps the Black king would have been safer in the middle?

Jun-09-02  Dirac: Hi, I'm a beginner and hope someone more experienced can help. I've noticed a lot of games, especially the newer ones, end with the resignation of one side without checkmate. This would apparently be because the player has realized that his position is hopeless. However,often this isn't obvious to me. Can someone explain why black resigned after Nxb4?
Jun-09-02  Dirac: ok i see it now.
Jun-24-04  hollowone: It's so tragic, watching those knights dancing along the black pawn line and mowing down everything, leaving the black king naked as a babe.
Nov-03-04  sergeidave: Funny position after 21. Nfxe5. It gives the impression of symetry...
Nov-03-04  sergeidave: I don't get it, what was the plan playing 21... Rd5??
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  alexandrovm: was this a normal time control, or a rapid game?
Jun-21-05  LuckyBlunder: In the kibitzing of Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2003 is said it was a rapid game. - page 6 - :)
Nov-03-05  Queens Gambit: Nice demolition of Kasparov
May-13-06  higginap2000: hello
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  WarmasterKron: <Sneaky> I suspect you're right. Black has spent his first six moves preparing for king-side castling, and then throws it away with 7...Bxh6. Perhaps it would be better to ignore Kasparov's provocative Bh6 and simply play 7...O-O.
Dec-26-06  abcpokerboy: <Sneaky>, it must be reassuring to know that someone will acknowledge your comments, even if it's 4 1/2 years later.
Dec-26-06  aazqua: Errr ... Kasparov won? I'd say Radjabov was the guy who brought a knife to a gun fight.

>>Nice demolition of Kasparov

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  who: <Sneaky> it's hard to say. I think after 7.0-0 Bxg7 black is in a bad way too as white can start a pawn storm due to the weakness of g6 and white's having not castled yet. It's a little caveman like, but it is almost always bad if an opponent can exchange off your fianchettoed bishop - especially if you've castled that side.
Dec-13-08  Mikhail Tal fan: Heeelp! HOW CAN WHITE WIN???after 25 Nxb4?
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  extremepleasure2: I think black's problem stemms from 3..c6. If you once played 2...Bg7 then you should avoid the lines with c6 and long castling, and continue the game with the regular developing moves like d6 with the idea of short castling and keeping the option of ...Nc6.

If you want to play the line with c6 with the intention of long castling then you should avoid playing ...Bg7 because in this case if white plays Bh6 to exchange the black square bishops (as it happened in the game) you can win a tempo over the line played in the game by immediately exchanging your black square bishop if your bishop is still on f8 instead of g7.

Logically speaking 3...c6 was a wrong choice.

Dec-13-08  chess61: <Mikhail Tal fan> White is three pawns up, Black's Queen is under attack, Black's King is exposed, Black has no attack, etc. It is totally hopeless.
Mar-08-09  Mikhail Tal fan: thanks..
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  Bobsterman3000: This is a prime example of "locked" knights hampering each other.

Also the two black knights seemed to be in the thick of things, they didn't cover the most critical squares and didn't have any room to retreat, either...

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