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Jeroen Piket vs Garry Kasparov
KasparovChess GP g/60 (2000), Internet, rd 4, Feb-09
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  1-0


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Nov-20-05  b3wins: It's amazing how quickly Kasparov loses a theoretically drawn rook endgame! Starting with 39...h5? his defensive plan is wrong. It was better to hold with g6 and Kg7. This game made Piket the winner of the Grand Prix, played over the internet.
Jan-01-06  euripides: Mueller and Lamprecht like 39...h5 but criticise 44..Re1, suggesting Black can save the game by moving the rook to the a file.
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  refutor: ...h5 is okay. 44. ...Ra3 45.Rc7 Ra5 working to prevent e5-e6 is probably drawing.
Sep-22-07  ketchuplover: This is the best single game rating performance in chess history.
Mar-07-08  cionics: Ketchuplover:
Are you joking or serious? Piket is really quite good. This is not the only time he beat Kasparov. It's too bad he quit chess. I wonder what he's doing now.
Mar-08-08  aazqua: This is some horrible stuff. My guess is that Piket is doing something more productive with his time, like pumping gas.
Mar-31-08  ToTheDeath: I'm just going to ignore that ridiculous comment.

Nice victory for Piket, many "drawn" endgames are harder to hold than they look.

Dec-01-10  picard: A great chess vibes article talks about this game. Kasparov hated to play when he wasnt attacking. The endgame is drawn in theory but gary just hated those passive positions. He was no good at merely defending. I think in this endgame he was playing for a win!
Dec-01-10  anandrulez: Just imagine Carlsen Anand Kramnik or even Aronian - this position might have been a well fought draw. Endgames maybe wasn't Kasarov's strong point - and hence he didnt do much to enhance his skills in eg by boringly studying - just guessing .
Sep-27-11  dusk: Why did not Piket play 17. e4 ?
Sep-27-11  Shams: <dusk> Well, he plays it a couple moves later and still gets in trouble on the d4 square, so I think that's the answer.
Oct-11-11  dusk: <Shams> I did not mean that.17. e4 is a very strong move to attack h7.19. e4 is not that effective because the knight moved back.
Nov-08-11  Eric Farley: Not all world champions were conversant with endings. I can cite three who lacked good technique in this area, so important and yet so neglected by most players: Alekhine, Tal, and Kasparov. It's amazing -- and inexcusable -- to see a world champion bungling a book draw ending (a rook ending with 4x3 pawns all on one wing). And I think that of the three mentioned, Kasparov was the worst. I don't think that Alekhine or Tal would mishandle such an elementary ending like that.
Nov-08-11  HeMateMe: Could this just be a bad day for Kasparov? I can't believe that someone with his history would not be a superior endgame player.
Nov-08-11  HeMateMe: Kasparov was able to defeat Karpov in a similar position, 1 Rook, 4 pawns v. 3 pawns, same side of the board, no doubled pawns, in game 24 of one of their matches. The win gave GK a 12-12 draw, and he kept his title. If Karpov can be beat, maybe this is not such an easy ending to defend against.
Nov-09-11  Eric Farley: kasparov's history isn't so noble as people might think. There's the infamous incident during his game with Polgar, which shows the bad egg he is. Then he broke away with Fide, sending chess back ages; the same FIDE that helped him in 1984, preventing him from losing to Karpov. Kasparov is an overestimated player. Talented, yes. But a notorious endgame blunderer. In this particular game he bludered three moves in a row!
Jun-21-12  achieve: Un-Kasparov like; Piket in fine form, though.
Sep-20-12  vinidivici: <b3wins: It's amazing how quickly Kasparov loses a theoretically drawn rook endgame! Starting with 39...h5? his defensive plan is wrong. It was better to hold with g6 and Kg7. This game made Piket the winner of the Grand Prix, played over the internet.>

Pardon me to say that...clearly you were accusing someone like Kasparov without any strong evident.


So u are wrong, my friend. h5 required to prevent g3 pawn advance that prevent to strengthen f-pawn.

Furthermore...41...Rd7 is a very strong move, guarantee a draw.

still, 42...Rd7 is a draw also.

42...Re3? is a mess, luckily Piket didnt do 43.Rc7!.

Finally, 45.Re2 seems a mistake

45.Re4 is a good move...
46.Re7 Ra4
47.e6 Ra5+
48.Kh4 Kf6
49.Rxf7+ Kxe6 draw

Jun-23-15  Ulhumbrus: Kasparov may have thought that it was an automatic draw and that White could not do anything. That however would appear so only if Black avoided making any mistakes.
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  Plaskett: Piket has, for many years now, worked as essentially the PA for van Oosterom - the sponsor of the Melody Amber events in Monaco. Melody Amber being the names of van Oosterom´s daughter.

The last time I saw Jeroen was whem he qualified for the Candidates from the 2000 Western Zonal. He crushed me in the first round, and, as almost a parting shot, sadly observed, "You waste your talent!". I smiled back and opined on what, for me, was the principle fault with contemporary chess; "Opening theory!"

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  Grandma Sturleigh: White's plan comes from M Stean vs Hartston, 1972. That game is quoted in the Encyclopedia of Chess Endgames which also analyzes the correct defence.

Kasparov neglected his homework. What would Botvinnik have said?

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