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Dimitri Reinderman vs Garry Kasparov
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 5, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  0-1

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Sep-26-02  bishop: Black had the more advanced passed pawns and better king position in the ending.
Jan-20-08  Capablanca44: A very instructive endgame! The d and e pawns made a powerful Pawn Duo that gave Black a chance to deliver a lethal blow to White. This was an excellent strategy by Kasparov because he had to plan to link up the d and e Pawns. The d and e Pawns did not even need piece protection when they reached the sixth and seventh ranks. Yet Kasparov made sure to have his King in close proximity. The significance of a Passed Pawn Duo can have a great impact in the endgame.
Jan-20-08  Capablanca44: Kasparov made sure that White`s King did not have any access to the adjacent c file. Another technique to ensure the safety of the Pawn Duo. We can really learn a lot from the expert endgame technique used in this game. Hence the placement of the Black Rook on the c file was not only to stop White`s Pawn from promoting but to protect the indomitable Pawn Duo.
Apr-30-09
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  Check It Out: Even in the Sicilian it's disconcerting for me to see GM's leaving their rooks open to exchange like this. The values pounded in my head as a kid make it hard for me to even consider given up a rook for a minor piece purely for positional considerations.
Sep-06-11  qqdos: <Administrator> <Not (B90) but (B89)>. This game is incorrectly classified. It is clearly a Sozin/Sicilian (by transposition) and as such was classified (B88) in Chess Informator 75/231 when it was published there, but that is also wrong. Compare it to I. Almasi vs Howell, Budapest 1994 (B89) which appears in Akopian's 1996 (89) Monograph, p.67 note 297 and p.131 [game 47]. This variation comes under the umbrella of the (B89) Velimirovic. Ditto the games given under "find similar games" above! By the way, White's 23.Rf1? is a mistake - better 23.f6!
Sep-06-11  qqdos: <perhaps Not (B89) but (B88)> All is confusion. I have tracked a few more "truly" similar games in your database, each classified as (B89). (1) Anand vs Piket, Amsterdam 1990 but not in the (B89) Monograph. Beliavsky/Mihalicisin in their 1995 (B88) Monograph give the text at p.40 note 216 and p.76 [game 55]. Chess Informator 50/70 designate it (B88); (2) Velimirovic vs Popovic, Yug-ch 1986 - same story; (3) Yakovich vs Ionov, Ussr-ch58 1991 - same story. It's time for the pundits to sort this all out!
Dec-03-11
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  plang: Played in round 5; the 4th of Kasparov's 7 consecutive wins in rounds 2-8. Piket had played 13..b4 against Anand at Amsterdam 1990 and Whiye had gone on to win. Kasparov's 13..e5 was new. After 15..b4! Black's attack already looked faster than Whites; perhaps 13 f5 is an improvement over Reinderman's 13 g4?! Bad for White would have been 19 f6?..b3! 20 Bxb3..a4 21 fxe..axb. 21..Qh4! was a clever way of interfering with White's attack. 22 f6?!..Bf8 23 fxg..Bxg7 would have just strengthened the position of the Black bishop. Reinderman should have retaken the exchange at move 23 or 24 as after Kasparov's 26..Rc8 the c-pawn was doomed and Kasparov was going to end up with connected passed pawns (unless 28 c3!? was tried). 32 Qd5 led to a losing endgame; Kasparov gave, as an alternative, 32 Qg2..d5 33 g6+..hxg 34 Qxg6+..Kf8 35 Rg1..Bxa3! 36 Qxg7+..Ke8 37 Qa7..Bxb2+ 38 Kxb2..Qe2+ 39 Ka3..Ra6+ which is also winning for Black. 33..g6! won control of e6 making it easy to utilize the passed pawns.

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