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Garry Kasparov vs Murugan Thiruchelvam
BT Wireplay challenge (1998), London ENG, Dec-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0


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Oct-22-07  0817: look at the position after 32...Bxd4, at first glance it appears as though kasparov has lost to a ten year old in a simul!
Oct-22-07  Shams: toying with children-- is anything as satisfying?
Oct-22-07  0817: having said that, virtually everyone who was watching the game live thought that Kasparov was lost after his 31st move. I even entertain the thought that, perhaps for a mere second, Kasparov also thought he was lost... *treason!*
Oct-22-07  newton296: that was a shootout!! unreal !

the tactics are amazing and kasparov had to be thinking that he almost lost to a 10 yr old.

Oct-22-07  Shams: no way Garry misses ...Bxd4.
Oct-22-07  SetNoEscapeOn: Yeah I don't think this was anything for Gary. At 2020 I'm willing to bet the kid saw Ne6+! as well.
Oct-22-07  Aspirador: What are you guys talking about? Garry was never lost in this game, 32...Bxd4 33.Ne6+ wins. Pretty sure that Garry saw this early on.
Oct-24-07  0817: Yes, of course HE knew he wasn't lost. I was referring to everyone else who was watching the game. At the time Murugan was considered a future world champion, seeing as he held the record for the youngest person to beat a GM at the time. Imagine if he HAD won this game? What would've L. Barden's prothecy be?
Oct-26-07  Ragh: What a great game by a 10-yr old against a World Champion!! Amazing tactics throughout the game.

32...Bxd4!! LOL. You need to be thinking at atleast 12-ply to have realized that Kaspy didn't blunder his queen away by letting his 10-yr old opponent pin it against Kaspy's king.

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  whiteshark: Did Ksprv missed <31.Ne6!!> ?

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<31... Ke7 32. Re1! c3 33. Rxe3 c2 34. Re1>

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Oct-26-07  0817: Even if he did, give the guy a break! It was a simul afterall and *personally* I find his 33 Ne6+!! to be more eye catching. Granted though, Your line leads to a more significant advantage than what Kasparov would have got if his young opponent had played the correct 32 ..Qxd8!, where Kasparov is still winning but the technical task is still a little tricky (in my eyes, at least!)
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  whiteshark: I agree, <0817>. Do you have any special relations with this game ??
Oct-27-07  0817: Only that I played the 10 year-old twice when he was 16 and I 17. By this time his interest in chess was wilting, although he still ended up victorious in both games!
Oct-27-07  Aspirador: <Only that I played the 10 year-old twice when he was 16 and I 17.>LOL, I once played a 21-year old who was 33 at the time. This was about when I was a teenager and had just turned 40.
Oct-27-07  0817: I played THE 10 ten year-old (of THIS game), when he was 16. NOT 'I played A ten year-old, when he was 16'. You clearly need to learn some grammar. "The 10 year-old" is just the name that we are giving to Kasparov's opponent in this game; we could call him by his actual name I suppose: Murugan. Now my previous message, which you quote, reads "I played Murugan twice when he was 16", which is fine.

Good night!

Oct-29-07  Aspirador: <0817> Don't take it so personally, 0817. Reminds me of a Bob Dylan song: "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."
Jun-25-08  apexin: <Talking about clones – the British lad Murugan Thiruchelvam was England's youngest ever player to gain an international rating (2020 at the age of nine). Less than a week after his 10th birthday he played against Garry Kasparov in a simultaneous exhibition. Garry singled out his game against Murugan as the best of the day. He told us that he was very impressed by the strategic understanding of the youngster. >
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