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Elisabeth Paehtz vs Garry Kasparov
ZMD Blitz (2002), Munich GER, rd 1, Nov-13
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1
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Dec-01-02  bishop: 36.Nf4 is very bad, after 36.Nc1 Kasparov would have gotten beat.
Dec-02-02
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  Honza Cervenka: 36.Nf4 is a blunder. After 36.Nc1 or 36.Bf3 white is simply a piece up. But Paehtz could try (of course if she did not lose by exceeding of time limit) 37.Bf3 gxf4 38.Kg1. It is not easy even for Kasparov in a blitz game to win such ending.
Apr-07-08  component: Why offer the pawn sac with 12. Ne4? I don't see the compensation.
Apr-10-08  component: Please answer....
Apr-10-08
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  whiteshark: <component: Why offer the pawn sac with 12. Ne4?> Why not ? It was a blitz game.

Maybe a blag.

Apr-10-08  positionalgenius: <component>12...Ng8 is even worse because it slows blacks developement by returning the knight to its starting square. 12...Ne4 is a lesser evil.
Apr-10-08  Phoenix: Some possible reasons:

1.Black would get the bishop pair

2.the light-squared bishop would be unopposed on a dangerous diagonal

3.Black is Kasparov.

Aug-24-08  just a kid: I don't see the win.
Aug-24-08  sallom89: <3.Black is Kasparov.>

must be the best reason out of those 3.

Jan-08-09  KingG: Kasparov's performance in the first half of this match was terrible, considering there was a 500(!) points difference between him and his opponent. There was a time handicap, so she had 16 minutes while he had 8, but that is hardly an excuse. This game was by far the worst, and I can only assume that Kasparov was in serious time trouble nearing move 30. For example, the obvious 28...Bxe3 would have been completely winning, although 28...Qxe3 was good enough. But 30...Rxd8?? was a serious mistake, instead of simply 30...fxe6 31.Bxe6+ Kh8 32.Rxf8+ Bxf8 . 31...Nxf1 leads to a completely lost position, while 31...Bd5 at least allows Black to fight. Then the game was obviously won for White until she played the horrible 36.Nf4??.

In game 3, E Paehtz vs Kasparov, 2002, Kasparov ended up a piece down, and was lost, but eventually Paehtz allowed too much counterplay and he ended up winning.

Afterwards Kasparov said that his poor performance was due to him not being completely awake at 10am, and he did play better in the second half of the match. You can read about it here: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail....

Oct-15-11  Xeroxx: I don't understand.
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