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Garry Kasparov vs Veselin Topalov
"Kasparov's Immortal" (game of the day Apr-13-2013)
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-20
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1-0



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Jun-15-18  Immortaltortuga: @#$ can i not think of the basic checkmate strategy... Thanks man.
Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: < FredGambit: Someone on YouTube asked about 29 Re5 to drive the black queen from the a2-diagonal. 29 Re5 Qd1+
30 Ka2 Bd5+

(30 Kb2 allows 30...Qd4, obviously)

31 Kb2 Rc8
32 Bxc8 Rxc8
33 Qxc8 Qd4+
34 Qc3 Qxc3
35 Kxc3

and black has knight and bishop for the rook. Generally, masters prefer two minors for the rook, but is that the case in this position? Is this line really the best response to 29 Re5, or am I missing something stupid?

(Looking a bit further, white needn't play 34 Qc3; if the king retreats and black grabs the rook, 35 Qxa6# is in the air...jeez)>

29.♖e5 wouldn't work because after 29.♖e5 ♕d1+ 30.♔a2, black can play 30...♕d4 forcing white to trade queens. 31.♕xd4 (31.♖e3 ♖he8 32.♖xe8 ♕xc3+ 33.♔xc3 ♖xe8) ♖xd4. White is down too much material with no compensation in both scenarios.

Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: Also, 30...♗d5+ would be disastrous for black after white plays 31.♖xd5!. 31...♕xd5+ (31...♖xd5 32.♕b3#) 32.♕b3+ ♕xb3+ 33.cxd3#.
Jun-16-18  FredGambit: Mazy: You wrote <29.♖e5 wouldn't work because after 29.♖e5 ♕d1+ 30.♔a2, black can play 30...♕d4 forcing white to trade queens.> But this allows 31 Qb3#.

You're correct about <Also, 30...♗d5+ would be disastrous for black after white plays 31.♖xd5!> - I overlooked that very simple defense. So it appears that 29 Re5 might also be winning.

Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: <Mazy: You wrote <29.♖e5 wouldn't work because after 29.♖e5 ♕d1+ 30.♔a2, black can play 30...♕d4 forcing white to trade queens.> But this allows 31 Qb3#.> 31. ♕b3 is an illegal move because White's queen is pinned.
Jun-16-18  Mazymetric: <FredGambit: So it appears that 29 Re5 might also be winning.> No it doesn't. It appears exactly opposite of that. White would throw away any advantage he has by playing 29.♖e5.
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  WorstPlayerEver: <Immortaltortuga>

You're welcome.

Jun-16-18  FredGambit: <31. ♕b3 is an illegal move because White's queen is pinned.>

Pinned to what? The king is on a2 in your line. I just played it out on the viewer; if the move was illegal, I couldn't have done so.

Jun-17-18  Mazymetric: Sorry. My bad. In case of 30.♔a2, Black would reply with 30...♖d3! to eliminate ♕c3 threat. 31.♕xd3 (31.cxd3 ♘d5 32.♕b2 ♕xb3) (31.♕b2? ♗d5+ 32.♖xd5 ♘xd5 33.cxd3 ♖e8. There's no defence against ...♖e2) 31...♕xd3 32.cxd3 ♗xf3. Black is simply up a piece and white has lost all the initiative.
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  Check It Out: I have to say, that figurine notation is hard on the eyes and difficult to suss.
Aug-18-18  PJs Studio: 42.Qe4+ Wins quicker.
Did Kasparov really miss this simple fork?
Aug-18-18  FredGambit: Does it? 42 Qe4+ Kd2, then what?
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  offramp: This game is a big sack of poo.
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  ketchuplover: Not according to the staff.
Nov-22-18  Dr Winston OBoogie: Why isn't this game in <Topalov's> most memorable games? Is it because he lost or something!? This is a classic, one of those games you never forget!
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  perfidious: <DocW>, lost games cannot make the list at a player's home page.
Jul-20-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov "

Solve for white on move 33.

33.c3+! ♔xc3 33...♔b3 34.♕a2+ ♔xc3 35.♕b2+ ♔d3 36.♖e7 White wins 34.♕a1+! ♔d2 35.♕b2+ ♔d1 35...♔e3 36.♖e7+ White wins 36.♗f1! ♖d2 36...♕xf1 37.♕c2+ ♔e1 38.♖e7+ ♕e2 39.♕xe2# 37.♖d7! ♖xd7 38.♗xc4 bxc4 39.♕xh8 and White won.

Nov-04-19  Bdp8: <42Qe4+ Wins quicker. Did Kasparov really miss this simple fork?> <Does it? 42 Qe4+ Kd2, then what?>

Yeah, it really doesn't look like a faster win. One continuation given is: 42. Qe4+ Kd2 43. Qf4+ Kd1 44. Qc1+ Ke2 45. Qc2+ Ke3 46. Qb3

And Topalov resigned at move 44 in the actual game.

Nov-20-19  dashjon: Very awesome!! King walk. Rook sac. wow
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  saffuna: <Rook sac. wow>

Double rook sac. But the second one could not be taken.

Jan-26-20  YesChess1010: cool game to see
Apr-10-20  MordimerChess: Kasparov's Immortal.

However keep in mind that Garry missed winning 28.Ra7!

28...Nxd5 29. Rxa6+!! Qxa6 30. Qb2 Nc3+ 31. Qxc3 Bd5 32. Kb2 Qe6 33. Bxe6 Bxe6 34. Qb3+ Bxb3 35. cxb3#

28...Bxd5 29. Qc3 Rhe8 30. Kb2 Re2 31. Qc7!! Qe5+ 32. Qxe5 Bb7 33. Qc7 Rxc2+ 34. Qxc2#

28...Bb7 29. Rxb7 Qxd5 30. Rb6 a5 31. Ra6 Ra8 32. Qe3 Rxa6 33. Kb2 axb4 34. axb4 Kxb4 35. Qc3+ Ka4 36. Qa3#

Also, starting from the move 32. Garry had to find ONLY moves winning the game, any inaccuracy would be losing! That's why it became immortal.

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Jun-26-20  Playchess1vn: Video analysis:
Aug-05-20  MrCarciofo: <worstplayerever> sorry mate but after 37...Qxf1 White cannot simply give mate in d2:

38. Qc2+, Ke1; 39 Re7+, Qe2; QxQ#

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  Diademas: It's just depressing to read the stockfish evaluation of this great game.
There is nothing special about 24.Rxd4. Black just went astray with 24...cxd4. If he played Kb6 instead, all would be fine. Likewise we learn that 28.Qxc3 is a rookie mistake that loses all White's advantage. Apparently 31...Kxa3 was the last and totally unnecessary nail in Black's coffin.
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