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Garry Kasparov vs The World
"Sitting on Top of the World" (game of the day Aug-21-06)
Kasparov vs the World (1999)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  1-0
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Jan-25-11  karrer: after 52....Kc1,

If. 52....Kc1!, 53. Qe4 Qf1+, 54. Ke7 b4!, 55. Qb4 Qf5!, 56. Qc3+ Kb1, 57. Qf6 Qe4+!, 58. Kf7 Qc4+, 59. Kg7 d5!=. Upon 55. g6 Qg1!, 56. Qf4 (56. Qc4+ Kd1, 57. Qd3+ Kc1=)56....Kd1, 57. Kf7 b3=. - citing Peter Karrer's, Swiss programmer, 7-man ending tablebase of November 1999 for K-World at move 52....Some of the above black moves are the only moves possible that lead to draw.

Jan-27-11  Tigranny: Sorry about my error Kinghunt.
Nov-18-12  DPLeo:    
Let's not underestimate just how good the World played this game. Kasparov was barely able to squeak out a win against us.

We don't even have to consider the possibility of voting fraud or e-mail scandals. Kasparov's own words tell just how great we played.

<"After the game Kasparov shocked many people on the MSN forum, which was kept open after multiple requests, by announcing he had been reading the World Team strategy board during the game">

He admitted he needed to read our analysis in order to compete with us!

Case closed.

Dec-26-13  alexh0264: @Kinghunt jan-24-11 : I don't understand why black has no more checks after your play 70: why not 70. Kg5 Qd2 ? Or 70. Kg5 Qb5?
Jul-24-14  IFNB: Wow, I never knew Kasparov pulled a Bill Belichick in this game. Decreases my appreciation of it just a tad.
Aug-04-14  rickycota: <DPLeo> Play yourself against Kasparov and then talk, just don't use Engines
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  AylerKupp: <rikycota> What's your point? You don't think that <DPLeo> and the other members of the team should be proud of themselves because they almost held the greatest player of all time to a draw and only lost at the very end? And don't forget, Kasparov was also using both engines and assistants in this game.

What do you think it would prove if <DPLeo> or anyone else at this site played Kasparov one-on-one without the benefit of engine support? That Kasparov is a better player? Well, duh.

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  OhioChessFan: <"After the game Kasparov shocked many people on the MSN forum, which was kept open after multiple requests, by announcing he had been reading the World Team strategy board during the game">

Yes, an outrageous ethical failure on Kasparov's part. I don't know what to think of the fact he admitted it.

Oct-22-14  SpiritedReposte: I love a game that is so close instead of it being over when you are promoting a pawn, it is just the beginning of a second act.
Jan-08-15  GoldenBird: Eww 11...Qxe4
Jan-08-15  Rookiepawn: <"After the game Kasparov shocked many people on the MSN forum, which was kept open after multiple requests, by announcing he had been reading the World Team strategy board during the game">

A real blunder by GK. He could have tried to make it fair, who would vote for someone who does this?

Apr-21-15  Xonatron: Curious:

After 49. Kg6 there are only 7 pieces left. What do the 7-piece endgame databases say? Anyone with access to them?

After 55. Qb4 there are only 6 pieces left, mate in 82 moves.

Apr-21-15  Xonatron: Also, see my previous comment, Kasparov plays perfectly each move once it is down to 6 pieces, and the world does not. Amazing really.
Oct-09-15  The Kings Domain: Good play by both sides, Kasparov was just one step ahead.
Oct-09-15  john barleycorn: yes, there are a few points. <Rookiepawn> mentioned one.
Oct-29-15  Kinghunt: Just looked over this game again with some help from Komodo, and all I'm going to say is that the lizard is not impressed with the quality of play from either side. What a difference 16 years makes!
Oct-29-15  Kinghunt: <Xonatron: Curious:
After 49. Kg6 there are only 7 pieces left. What do the 7-piece endgame databases say? Anyone with access to them?>

It is a tablebase draw. 54...b4 is the losing move, changing it from a draw to a mate in 83 (as any six piece tablebase can tell you).

Kasparov appears to have missed an earlier forced win with 38. Rd1! His move allowed The World to reach a drawn queen ending, albeit one beyond their skill to hold.

Dec-09-15  rwbean: I got an m4.10xlarge instance on Amazon EC2 (Stockfish 6, 128 GB hash, 40 e5-2676 v3 cores, 5 piece tablebases) and spent another month looking at it - analysis at

Similar conclusions to last time - 18... ♗d4 is a clear draw, 21 ... f4 is better, it prefers 26... ♗c5 to 26... f4 because of 27. h4, there were better moves in 15... b5, 29... b4, 34... ♗h8, 35... ♘e5, and 36... ♗c3 (the only move!) ... 38. ♖d1 wins (the only move) ... and 53. ♕e4 also just appears to only draw. It took 54 ... b4 to finally lose.

Jan-03-16  Hawkman: This game was set 3 years after Garry's first loss to Deep Blue and the World team could have made their strategies private. Anyone who thinks Garry did anything wrong is very naive and should not go into business.
Apr-01-16  QueensideCastler: After 50...d1Q it's draw according Lomonosov Tablebases.

"The World" blundered with 54...b4 | After 55. Qxb4 white mates in 83.

54...Qd3 is the correct move.

Aug-23-16  karrer1: The public facade of 4 young chess advisors—one in Germany, one in France, young Felecan who played a very small role, and one in NYC who was promoted as “America’s new chess queen”—did not make it because these 4 advisors were not in close coordination to one another. Thus arose Khalifman’s chess school at Saint Petersburg as the coordinating point behind the scenes opposing Kasparov and covertly feeding their moves to the young chess advisor in NYC Thus (except for a small difference at move 15..) “her” recommended moves were followed by World—until move 51….. But the young NYC chess advisor “queen” had by then gone off to play in a tournament abroad; and at a pace of one move/day of the K vs. World game it is hardly surprising that a number of varying factors would enter into this game. So the public plurality vote went for 51….b5 (34% for 51...Ka1 to 39% for 51…b5,) which greatly surprised Khalifman, his group, and others. But then they regrouped and tried to steer the ending again to their taste, but that wasn’t so easy to do. Reviewing the game as played, black played 37….e6 and 39….e5, whereas black could have saved a tempo clearly by just playing 37….e5 at once. A tempo! This would have improved black’s position. True, Kasparov as world champion wanted an advantage, more than first move, in this game; that was also Fischer’s notion; and like Fischer, Kasparov not very long after this 1999 game left chess, for—politics!
Aug-23-16  WorstPlayerEver: The World still seems a bit straggly... both 54... Qd3 or Qd5 would have lead to a draw. But heck no; instead of defending both pawns the World just gives one pawn up for free and loses in a few moves.
Aug-24-16  pmukerji: What happens if black plays 45. d5+?...what is White's response?
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  OhioChessFan: <pm> 46. Kf5 captures or displaces the Knight and White wins easily.
Aug-24-16  WorstPlayerEver: Lol you are not going to tell me there's a move worse than 54... b4

Obviously someone pulls a joke on mankind. Make it 24/7

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