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Garry Kasparov vs Akkhavahn Vilaisarn
Corse Simul (2008), Bastia, France
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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Jan-26-09  KingG: Kasparov won all these simul games with fairly basic tactical shots.
Mar-09-09  brucejavier: kasparov still has the magic touch!
Sep-16-11  Shams: Black heard that the "two Ks" were good at chess, and figured he'd try his luck.
Dec-14-18
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  ChessHigherCat: Well, I got the first moves right but then Garry seemed to deviate from my line (he must have been out of shape that day :-)

19. Nxf5 exf5 20. e6 Bxg5 21. exd7+ Qxd7 22. hxg5 O-O 23. g4 g6 24. gxf5 gxf5 25. Qh5 Rc7 26. g6 Kh8 27. Rcg1 Rg8 28. Bxf5 Qg7 29. gxh7

Dec-14-18
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  OrangeTulip: I missed the clue namely the battery with Queen and Bisshop
Dec-14-18
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  al wazir: I had part of the right idea; I wanted to play 19. Bxf5 exf5 20. e6.

In either line, how does white proceed after 22...Qe8 ?

Dec-14-18  Walter Glattke: Black is always lost after 19.Nxf5, see 19.-0-0 20.Nxh7!? Kxh7!? 21.Qh5+ Kg8 22.Nxg7 Rf5!? 23.Nxf5 exf5 24.Rh3 Bf8 25.Qg6+ Bg7 26.h5 better still 19.-0-0 20.Nxg7 h6 21.N7xe6
Dec-14-18
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  patzer2: Took me longer than usual on today's Friday (19. ?) puzzle, but I eventually found 19. Nxf4! with the idea 19...exf4 20. e6 +- (+1.97 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

P.S.: So where does Black's game start to go bad?

Apparently, 10...cxd4?! 11. cxd4 favors White after 11...Qb6 12. Be3 ⩲ to ± (+0.75 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 10...c4 11. Be2 0-0 = (-0.03 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 10) is good for Black.

Early in the opening, I slightly prefer developing with the popular move 6...Nc6 = to ⩲ over the seldom played 6...a6 ⩲. However, 6...a6 is playable and perhaps has surprise value in getting opponents out of their memorized opening lines.

Naiditsch has had some good results with 6...a6 as in his win with it in M Vachier-Lagrave vs Naiditsch, 2017, where he played 9...c4 instead of 9...Be7 (played in this game).

Dec-14-18
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  ajk68: The same idea was available one move earlier.
Dec-14-18  mel gibson: I thought Qh5+ but that is only giving Black
a loss of -1.21 according to Stockfish 10.

Stockfish 10 agrees with the text & says:

19. Nxf5

(19. Nxf5 {(Ng3xf5
e6xf5 e5-e6 Be7xg5 e6xd7+ Qd8xd7 h4xg5 g7-g6 a3-a4 Nc6-b4 a4xb5 Nb4xd3+ Qd1xd3 Qd7xb5 Qd3xb5+ a6xb5 Rc1-c5 O-O Kf2-e2 b5-b4 Be3-d2 Rf8-d8 Rc5-b5 Rc8-b8 Rh1-c1 Nb6-a8 Rb5xb4 Rb8xb4 Bd2xb4 Kg8-f7 Bb4-a5 Rd8-b8 b3-b4 Na8-b6 Rc1-c7+ Kf7-g8 Ke2-d3 Nb6-c4 Rc7-c5 Nc4-b2+ Kd3-c2 Nb2-c4 Kc2-b3 Nc4-e3 b4-b5 Ne3xg2 Ba5-c7 Rb8-b7 Kb3-a4 Ng2-e3 b5-b6) +2.68/33)

score for White +2.68 depth 33.

Dec-14-18  saturn2: I looked at 19. Nxf5

19...Bxa3 20. Nxg7+ Ke7 21. Ra1 Bb4 22. Rxa6 materual plus

19...exf5 20. e6 Bxg5 21. exd7+ Qxd7 22. hxg5 O-O bishop pair and open h file look good but enough for a puzzle solution?

Dec-14-18
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  Diocletian: My line fails in the end but is more interesting and more brilliant than Kasparov's: 19. Nxe6 Bxe6 20. Nxf5 Bf8 21. Qh5 g6 22. Nd6+ Qxd6 23. Bd6+ hxg6 24. Qxh8 Qxa3.
Dec-14-18
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  agb2002: The first idea that comes to mind is 19.Nxf5 exf5 (19... Bxg5 20.Nd6+ Kf8 21.hxg5 Rc7 22.Rxh7 wins two pawns) 20.e6 Bxg5 (20... Bxe6 22.Nxe6 Bxh4+ 23.g3 wins decisive material) 21.Bxf5 (21.exd7+ Qxd7 [21... Kxd7 22.Bxf5+] 22.hxg5 just looks better for White) 21... Bxe6 (or 21... Bxg5 22.exd7+ Nxd7 23.hxg5) 22.Bxe6 Rc7 (22... Bxh4+ 23.g3 as above) 23.hxg5 wins a pawn.
Dec-14-18  Marmot PFL: I correctly concluded that white would play 19 Nxf5 and 20 e6, but can't black defend better? If 20...Bxg5 21 ed7+ Qxd7 he seems to survive quite a while longer.
Dec-14-18
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  thegoodanarchist: beautiful!
Dec-14-18  Articalplayer: Strong play. And very instructive.
Dec-14-18
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  MSteen: Elegant and simple. So if it's so simple, why can't I do it?
Dec-14-18  ajile: <al wazir: I had part of the right idea; I wanted to play 19. Bxf5 exf5 20. e6. In either line, how does white proceed after 22...Qe8 ?>


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Analysis by Rybka 3 32-bit : 19 ply

1. +- (2.05): 22...Qe8 23.Qxf5 Bxh4+ 24.Rxh4 Qxe6 25.Qxe6 Bxe6 26.Nd6 Rc7 27.f5 Bd7 28.Bxh6 gxh6 29.Rxh6 Ne5 30.Rxc7 Ng4+ 31.Ke2 Nxh6 32.Rb7 Rf6 33.Rxb6 Kg7 34.g4 Nf7 35.Nxf7 Rxb6 36.Ne5 Rb7 37.g5 Kg8

2. +- (2.74): 22...Bxe6 23.Nxd8 Bxd8 24.g3 Bd7 25.Qe2 Rc7 26.Rhe1 Be7 27.Qb2 Rb8 28.Bb1 Nc8 29.Rc5 Nb6 30.Kg2 Re8 31.Bg1

Dec-14-18
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  PawnSac: It only took a few seconds to see...
19. Nxf5 exf5 20. e6 Bxg5 21.ed+ Qx and then white has to choose which branch in the tree is best ( Qh5+, fg, hg, other? ). Since the black LSB is hemmed it, Itís clear 19.Nxf5 is only a temporary sacrifice, but it gains white the 2 bishops, and opens lines to the black king.

< Marmot PFL: I correctly concluded that white would play 19 Nxf5 and 20 e6, but can't black defend better? If 20...Bxg5 21 ed7+ Qxd7 he seems to survive quite a while longer. >

Yes! Bxg5 is definitely stronger. Black blundered and castled right into the attack.

< ChessHigherCat: Well, I got the first moves right but then Garry seemed to deviate from my line (he must have been out of shape that day :-) >

most definitely! lol

< 19. Nxf5 exf5 20. e6 Bxg5 21. exd7+ Qxd7 22. hxg5 O-O 23. g4 g6 etc.. >

in your line, after 22...0-0


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CHC.. 23.g4 is certainly an interesting idea worthy of consideration, but did you also consider 23.Rxh7! Kxh7 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.g6


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?? In the actual game black made the serious mistake of castling into the attack. Here again, in your line 0-0 castles into the attack! Black has some problems to solve.

Dec-15-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <PawnSac: CHC.. 23.g4 is certainly an interesting idea worthy of consideration, but did you also consider 23.Rxh7! Kxh7 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.g6>

In a word, No! Great idea, never even occurred to me. I should look at possible sacs more.

Dec-15-18
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  PawnSac: < ChessHigherCat: > who was it that said... "When you find a good move, sit on your hands and look for a better one" ?
Dec-15-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <PawnSac: who was it that said... "When you find a good move, sit on your hands and look for a better one" ?>

I think it was the fat guy with broken finger bones who always lost on time... (just kidding)

Dec-16-18
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  Count Wedgemore: <CHC: I think it was the fat guy with broken finger bones who always lost on time... (just kidding)>

"When you find a good move, play it. Do not sit on your hands and look for a better one. You will spend too much precious time that you'll need later in the game in order to find good moves." --Count Wedgemore

Dec-16-18
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  moronovich: I you find a bad move,look for an ok move,if you find an ok move then look for a better move,if you find a better move look for a splendid move,if you look for a splendid move find a brilliant move,if you find a brilliant look for a genius move.

And if you succeed with this, you

1:Have lost on time.

2:Congratulations! Your name is Vassily Ivanchuk

Dec-16-18
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  Dionysius1: Great stuff!
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