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Teimour Radjabov vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 9, Feb-28
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Phoenix: Now you see it, now you don't...
Feb-28-04  Benjamin Lau: After 46...Bxg4, I thought Kasparov was winning, but I guess not. Does anyone have any improvements for the endgame (or middlegame too)?
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  Bobsterman3000: The discussion on is that 55...rb1 is a clear winner for Kasparov. A player of his stature would not have any trouble converting the extra H-pawn into a win after the knight is suicide sacrificed on g1 for the promoted queen, especially with the white king many files away and unable to provide support. I am very shocked that Kasparov did not see that... maybe he's still rusty after a light recent schedule.
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  crafty: 55...♖b1 56. ♘f3 g1=♕+ 57. ♘xg1 ♖xg1 58. ♔d5 ♖g5+   (eval -1.94; depth 18 ply; 1000M nodes)
Feb-28-04  Kenkaku: 55...Rb1 was such a natural move too, it was my instantaneous choice upon seeing the position while I was watching the game live. When Kasparov played 55...Rf2 I figured I must have not looked at it deeply enough and he had seen something better, but I guess this was not the case.
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  Drstrangelove: My question is why didn't Kasparov play the sicilian here?
Feb-28-04  Kenkaku: <Drstrangelove> To avoid being predictable, and to get Radjabov out of his preparation.
Mar-03-04  731: just like crafty said, if 55.-Rb1 was played then mate in 37 according to fritz using is endgame tablebases (no, I'm not kidding, I'm quoting this site > )
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  InspiredByMorphy: Out of 21 games with the Scotch, this was the only one that Garry has played as black. Interesting that with 13 wins and 8 draws as white (very impressive no losses), he draws. Radjabov is almost 200 points lower rated than Garry, and he stood his ground. I like the King march.
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  Bobsterman3000: I believe that the night exchange on C6 is usually considered Garry Kasparov's chief innovation when playing white in the Scotch. How ironic...
Apr-15-04  xqdashi: The early Nxc6 is not a Kasparov invention, it is generally credited to Jacques Mieses, who played it regularly in the early 1900s.
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  acirce: Yes it was played way before Kasparov but it was he who made it "alive" again with some new ideas.
Oct-11-04  The Analyst: There's a section in Edward Winter's book "Kings, Commoners and Knaves", containing analysis on 5 Nxc6 ... from the mid-1800s!
Feb-05-06  DeepBlade: They sure rushed towards the endgame
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  ahmadov: I bet I would not have played 55. ...Rf2
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  Whitehat1963: Radjabov is by far more commonly a 1. d4 player, yet here he trots out 1. e4 against the greatest player of the last 30 years if not in history. He's got cojones if nothing else! (Player of the Day)
Sep-10-08  Underworld: This is really awesome. You think Kasparov would've won considering he has never lost a scotch game, but this is the first time he has been on the receiving end of a scotch game. Way to go Radjabov. Him playing the Scotch game started back in the Karpov years. That is an amazing score with the opening.
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