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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Las Palmas (1996), Las Palmas, Canary Islands ESP, rd 4, Dec-12
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line (B92)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Nov-02-08  VaselineTopLove: Nice play by Anand. I think Anand should have won this...
Nov-28-10  anandrulez: It appears Kasparov was winning after 20.g4
Here is the article on the game .

"Meanwhile White had played 20.Bd5. The game lasted six hours, Anand defended very tenaciously and at around 10 p.m., much to the disappointment of Kasparov, a draw was agreed. When he left the stage Garry spotted me and walked straight over. “I couldn't win it, could I, Fred?” he asked, with a troubled look on his face. It was a bit shocking: the world champion and best player of all times consulting a chess amateur, asking for an evaluation of the game he has just spent six hours on!

Naturally Garry wasn't asking me, he was asking Fritz. He knew I would have been following the game with the computer. “Yes, you had a win, Garry. With 20.g4!” My answer vexed him deeply. “But I saw that! It didn't work. How does it work? Show me.” He and Anand listened in horror while Juri dictated the critical lines. All of this was captured on video and published in ChessBase Magazine 56 (Feb 1997)"

Nov-30-10  krippp: Ironically, all the troubles with calculating the consequences of <20.g4 Qc8> were unnecessary, as instead of the multitude of critical variations arising after <21.Bd5?!>, White could have simply played <21.Rc3>, and forced the rather linear continuation of <21..Qb7+ 22.Qd5 Qxd5 23.Bxd5 Nd4 24.Bxa8 Rxa8>, which is a relatively easy win, the Queens being off the board and all.
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  Penguincw: Kasparov seemed to miss a win with 20.g4!

Jul-26-15  john barleycorn: <Penguincw: Kasparov seemed to miss a win with 20.g4! > Kasparov did not find 20.g4 and his comment on 25.Rd1? was "Instead of playing such a stupid move it would have been better not to make a move at all."

The real shocker in this game is that Anand had found 20.g4 in his home preparation!

However, he played confidently the black pieces until it dawned on him that he was sitting on the wrong side of the board for this particular variant. He admitted that after the game.

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