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Garry Kasparov vs Loek van Wely
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-17
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-03-04  Knight13: Black will lose his Knight and Rook. Good game.
May-03-06  notyetagm: Kasparov kept his light-squared bishop on the a2-g8 diagonal, pinning the Black f7-pawn to the Black g8-king. This pin prevented Black from playing the thematic ... f7-f5 pawn break, leaving Black with no active plans.

Very nice prophylactic play by Kasparov.

Feb-11-11  Eyal: This is a model game for "positional" play against the Sveshnikov (and is indeed presented as such in K.’s "Revolution in the 70s"...) – combining pressure on d5 and against the weak a5 pawn.

Some interesting comments/lines given by Kasparov:

As far as theory goes, he thinks that 15.Bc4 is more accurate than Bb5, and that Black in his turn should have played 15…Ne7 (as in the stem-game Smyslov vs Sveshnikov, 1977) instead of Bb7 – all revolving around the key d5 square.

18...d5 is met by 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Nxd5 Bxd5 21.h3! f6 22.c4 Be6 23.Qxd8 Rfxd8 24.Rfa1 Rac8 25.b3 Rd3 26.Rb1 and the a5 pawn falls (26…Ra8 27.b4); 21.h3 is necessary because after an immediate 21.c4 Bb7 22.Qxd8 Rfxd8 23.Rfa1 Rd2 White has back rank problems - 24.b4 Rad8! 25.h3 axb4.

19…Qb6 threatens 20…Bxe4, attacking the bishop on b5 by discovery; 22.b3 stops …a4 – Black can’t play it immediately after 20…Bc6, because he has to spend a tempo defending the d-pawn.

22...Qb7 is met by 23.Nd5! (23.f3? d5! 24.exd5 Nxd5 25.Rxa5 Qb6 26.Rxd5 Bxd5 27.Bxd5 Rxd5 28.Qxd5 Qxe3+ 29.Kh1 Qxc3 and draw) 23...Nxd5 24.exd5 Bb5 25.Rxa5 Bxc4 26.bxc4, and even though White’s extra pawn is doubled, he has good prospects for making the c5 break.

24.h4 & 25.h5 gain space on the K-side once Black is completely on the defensive, and help White in the endgame that results after 28.Bd5! with the swapping of pawns and pieces. White gets a passed pawn on the Q-side, and then trades it for the opportunity to infiltrate Black’s position with his rooks.

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  plang: Played in round 2; the first of seven straight wins bt Kasparov in rounds 2-8. 15..Bb7 was new; 15..Ne7 had been played previously.

Seirawan after 24 h4: "Not an obvious move. White seems to have reached a zenith and doesn't know exactly how to continue. Is the text good? I'm not sure. It could be brilliant. White is gaining space on the kingside and there is a reasonable chance that he might play Ne3-f5 in the not too distant future. In that case, Black could respond with ..g6 and it might be a good idea for White to have an advanced h-pawn."

Kasparov thought that 24..h5 may have been better than Van Wely's 24..h6. Had Van Wely played 28..Nxd5 29 exd f5 would have been a great square for the White knight. 38 g3! would have won quicker; after 38 Rxg7? Van Wely had more counterplay. Van Wely missed the best defense: 41..Rc7 42 Rxc7+..Kxc7 43 Nxh6..Rh4+ 44 Kg1..Rxh5 45 Nxf7..Kd7 46 g4..h3 47 Ng5..Rd3 48 Ne4..Kd8 49 Nxd6..Rxd5 50 Ne4 and White still has some work to do; after 41..Ke8? the game ended quickly.

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  tpstar: White to Play and Win after 43 ... Kf8.

<Eyal> <plang> Great comments!

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  ToTheDeath: Great game. 24...h5 would not have been better- as Tibor Karolyi shows in his book Garry Kasparov Fighting Chess White could play 25.Qd1! with a direct attack on the kingside:

I.) 25...g6 26.Qf3 Rf8 (or 26...Be8 27.g4! cracking open the kside like a walnut) 27.Qf6 Ra7 28.b4! winning

II.) 25...Bxe4 26.Qxh5 and now

a.) 26...g6 27.Qg5 Qc7 28.Ng4 d5 29.Nf6+ Kg7 30.Nxe4 dxe4 31.h5

b.)26...d5 27.Qxe5! utilizing the pin 27...Ng6 28.Qg5 f6 29.Qg4 dxc4 30.Qxe4 cxb3 31.Qe6+ Kh8 32.Qxb3 Nxh4 33.Ra4! and White is better

c.) 26...Bg6 27.Qg5 d5 28.b4! Qc7 and now either 29.Bb3 or 29.h5 and Black will have trouble defending his king.

Powerful game all the way through.

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