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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-05-04  haha: d5!?
Mar-05-04  snaper804: it's because kasp doesn't want to finish 2.
Mar-05-04  shr0pshire: this makes up for kasparov's 17 move draw with leko and 18 move draw with kramnik!
Mar-05-04  Keshishian: I agree with haha. d5 is my move as well. And I believe Kasparov is playing for the win.
Mar-05-04  trguitar: This game will be drawn. Vallejo is playing great defence!!
Mar-05-04  JustAFish: I was thinking of d5 as well.
Mar-05-04  vishyanand: will garry be gracious enough to let vallejo draw instead of his losing in 5 minutes time?
Mar-05-04  DeTorre: Kasparov just awoke, hes going to activate his king at least, maybe hes going for the h pawns
Mar-05-04  haha: Kasparov try to freeze him for unexpect move !!!!
Mar-05-04  MiCrooks: What is the secondary time control? 20 in 1? Rg3+ looked interesting winning the king-side pawns, but it looked like White might be able to just push the a-pawn while the Rook was distracted.
Mar-05-04  jerzy: Garry want to have two connected passers f and g and d5 opens the position so bishop becomes stronger
Mar-05-04  Taidanii: Garry?! Why is this move difficult?!
Mar-05-04  sagahelten: Could Kasparov be in trouble after: Rc8+ Kh7 Rf8?
Mar-05-04  JustAFish: h7+ is interesting. It pulls the black king one square further from the a pawn.
Mar-05-04  haha: they draw this one, lol
Mar-05-04
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  chessgames.com: GAME OVER -- 1/2-1/2

Thanks to everybody for stopping by today.

Mar-05-04  Taidanii: This was a draw??? There's no freaking way!!! MY GOD! Garry could have easily pulled this one out!
Mar-05-04  gilbertv: I was honestly shocked at another draw. Uninspired play throughout the entire tourney. These guys are too good we need Pro-Am format to spice things up. Thanks for chessgames coverage.
Mar-05-04  JustAFish: One thing I noticed about this tournment is that many of the draws were very exciting. (Some, of course, were sub-20-move duds, of course) I think it has been demonstrated that a split point does not necessarily mean a passive, uninteresting game. Some of these draws were strong fights with lots of interesting possibilites. Our collective impression of who was winning in several of these games flipped back and forth many times.
Mar-05-04  Dick Brain: the pawn liquidation made it very drawish. oh well wait for next year.
Mar-05-04
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  AgentRgent: Taidanii: after 55. hxg5 Bxg5 56. Rxf7+ Kg6 57. Rd7 Black has very little chance to win, and a good chance to lose. That's why it's a draw. Vallejo accepted because of his time trouble.
Mar-05-04
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  beenthere240: Why is this called an uncommon opening? It began like an Alapin sicilian and then transitioned (as often happens) to a pretty ordinary Naj Sicilian with 6. f3.
Mar-05-04
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  Calli: Yes,

Alex Fedorov vs A Shneider, 2003

or

Bologan vs DeFirmian, 2003

reach the same position after 17 moves. The opening is B90.

Mar-05-04
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  beenthere240: All 3 games revolve around white's absolute control of d5 -- Kasparov was the only one who came close to a real queenside offsensive.
Mar-05-04  Benjamin Lau: I don't know why all the players have had a sudden obssession with the ...e5 Sicilian setup this year. It's a great way of playing the Sicilian, but the lack of variety annoys me. Has there been some sort of recent theoretical development that has made so many players so fond with this line?
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