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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
"Bait at b2" (game of the day Jul-08-2015)
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 12, Nov-01
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B93)  ·  1-0



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Nov-06-08  hitman84: Sicilian Scheveningen Variation (B82)
(Notes based on Kasparov’s annotations in the Informant CD)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6

Kasparov is ready to play the Sicilian Najdorf, his favourite variation.


But not in this line...


Transposing to Scheveningen Variation. 6...e5 would have led to the Najdorf.

7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.0–0 Qb6?!

With the benefit of hindsight one can call this move an error.

8...Be7 is safer.

9.Be3 Qxb2 10.Ndb5!

Not 10.Qd2 Ng4.

10...axb5 11.Nxb5 Ra5

This is Kasparov's improvement.

11...Qb4?12.Nc7+ seen in De Firmian- Gheorghiu, Lone Pine 1980 is bad for Black.


Only move.

12...Qxa2? loses to 13.Nc3 Qa3 14.Rb3 .

13.Rxb2 Rxb2 14.Qa1 Rb6

Forced. If 14…Rb4?? 15.Qc3! wins-NSH

Analysis Diagram: after 15.Qc3

15.Bxb6 Nxb6 16.Qc3!Be7 17.Rb1 Nfd7! 18.Qxg7 Bf6 19.Qh6 Ke7?

Kasparov claims that Black should first play 19...Rg8 preventing g4 advance by White.

On 20.e5 he gives 20...dxe5 21.Rxb6 e4.

Analysis Diagram: after 21...e4

But after 22.Rxe6+ fxe6 23. Bxe4 White is slightly better.


The bishop vacates the d-file for the heavy pieces and also prepares the advance e5.But as Kasparov points out, White misses a terrific attack with 20.g4 !! 20...Rg8 (20...Bd4+? 21.Kf1 Nc5 22.Rb4 ; 20...Nc5 ? 21.e5 dxe5 22.g5 ) 21.g5 Bg7 22.Qh4 (22.Qxh7?? 22...Bd4+ threatening… Rh8–+) 22...e5 ! 23.Kh1 exf4.

Now the tempting 24.g6+ is surprisingly unclear. 24...Bf6 25.gxh7 Rh8 26.Qh5 Be5! 27.Qg5+ Nf6! Isn't Black losing a piece?

Analysis Diagram: after 27...Nf6

28.Rxb6 Rxh7 (threatening ...f3 and ...Rxh2+.) 29.Rb5! Rh5(Now 29...f3? fails to 30.Rxe5+ dxe5 31.Qxe5+ ) 30.Rxe5+ dxe5 31.Qg1 Bd7! 32.Qc5+ Ke8 33.Bb5 Bxb5 34.Qxb5+ Kf8 35.Qxb7 Kg7.

So White should play 24.e5! 24...dxe5 (24...Bxe5 25.g6+ Ke8 26.gxh7 Rh8 27.Rb5!! 27...Na4 28.Rxe5+ dxe5 29.Qg5 ) 25.g6+ Bf6 26.gxh7 Rh8 27.Qh5 Nd5 28.Bc4 Ne3 29.Qxf7+ Kd6 30.Rb6+! .

Did Anand overlook 20.g4 ? I think he rejected it in his calculations because he didn’t want to expose his kingside.-NSH


Mixing up the move order.

Black should have played 20...e5! 21.Rf1 Rg8 22.fxe5 Bxe5 23.Qxh7 Rg7 24.Qh4+ Nf6 and he will have the upper hand.

21.Rd1! e5?

Now it is one move too late. The right move is 21...Rg4! 22.e5! 22...dxe5 23.Qh3 Rxf4 24.Qa3+ Ke8 (24...Kd8 ? 25.Qf8+ Kc7 26.Qd6+ Kd8 27.Qxb6+ ) 25.Qc5 Bd8 26.a4 e4 27.Rf1!Rg4! 28.h4! .f5 29.a5 Kf7 30.Bxd7 Bxd7 31.axb6 Be7 32.Qe5 Rxh4 with an unclear position.


Kasparov doesn't comment on this move. It threatens 23.Qd2. In all probability he saw the necessity of...Rd8 and prepared for it with the following move.


Missing the other threat.

Black should have played 22...Rd8 first, and then only ...Nc5 with better chances of survival.

23.Rxd6 Bg5

After 23...Kxd6? White can win as he pleases.

24.Qxf6+ Kc7 25.Qxe5+ or 25.Qxf7+ .

24.Qxh7 Nxe4 25.Rxb6 Rd8

Not 25...Be3+? 26.Kf1 Rg4 27.f6+ Kf8 28.Ke2! (Kasparov).

If 28...Bxb6 29.Qh8+ Rg8 30.Qh6+ Rg7 31.Qxg7# -NSH

26.Bd3 Be3+ 27.Kf1 Bxb6 28.Bxe4 Rd4 29.c3!

White has the last laugh. 29...Rxe4?? loses immediately to 30.f6+ - NSH


Apr-10-09  thom: My engine says: 11.. ♖a3! 12.♗d4 ♕d4 13.c3 ♕a5 14.♘xa3 ♕xa3 15.♕b3 . What do you think?
Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: ends with Q vs 2 Bs
Mar-11-11  YourNickname: One of the games that i never shall understand.
May-19-11  MumbaiIndians: Anand never had a gud record against Kasparov , bt dis game displays d power of d vintage Anand....simply gr8...!!!
Jun-15-11  DrMAL: 10.Ndxb5 was a great sac by Vishy, very creative opening preparation. Evidently, Kasparov did not prepare for this move since 11...Ra5 was a mistake. The odd move, 11...Ra3 was probably best among several good ones where the continuation afterwards is also odd, 12.Rb1 Qxa2! After 11...Ra5 both play extremely accurately until 21...e5 a second mistake.
Jun-15-11  BobCrisp: What was the novelty in this game?
Jun-15-11  I play the Fred: <What was the novelty in this game?>

Anand beating Kasparov.

Jun-15-11  DrMAL: LOL. I think the sac was novel but it was perhaps even more novel that Kasparov did not seem to be prepared for it.
Jun-16-11  BobCrisp: If you want something done, do it yourself, <Delboy>.

The position after 9...Qxb2 occurred, by transposition, in the game DeFirmian vs Gheorghiu, 1980. <DeFirmian> chose 10.Ncb5 and after 10...axb5 11.Nxb5, <Gheorghiu> went with 11...Qb4.

Fritz thinks Black has a choice of 9 playable 11th moves: ...Ra3, ...d5, ...Ra6, ...Qb4, ...Nxe4, ...h5, ...Ke7, ...Kd8, ...Ra5.

Jun-16-11  DrMAL: This is the sac's beauty, it's response has many candidate moves with each requiring a lot of time to calculate, forcing black to burn up the clock and probably resulting in the wrong move chosen anyway, as what happened.

On move 11 black has to counter the fork 12.Nc7+ and the choice requires pondering. An immediate thought is to simply get the rook on a8 out of the way but the many choices along the a-file require deeper calculation. But then there are other pieces and pawns that can also move.

This points out the basic reason why computers, given enough chess knowledge ultimately beat humans: calculation crisis! Some GMs, particularly Tal, made this fact a central strategy. The stranger the position the more likely it is for our intuition based on insufficiently complete calculation to fail.

Because of the many possibilities and their complexity here, it is interesting to see specific engine output so here they are for Rybka 4.1 (the lines are truncated to two moves for brevity):

[+0.24] d=19 11...Ra3 12.Rb1 Qxa2 13.Bd4 (1:37:34) 668247kN

[+0.38] d=19 11...Qb4 12.Nc7+ Ke7 13.Nxa8 (1:50:49) 776971kN

[+0.49] d=19 11...d5 12.e5 Ne4 13.Nc7+(1:59:00) 841251kN

[+0.71] d=19 11...Kd8 12.a3 Ra5 13.Rb1 (2:02:44) 867874kN

[+1.00] d=19 11...Nxe4 12.Nc7+ Kd8 13.Nxa8 (2:03:43) 874424kN

[+1.10] d=19 11...Ra6 12.a3 Ra5 13.Rb1 (2:04:23) 878977kN

[+1.17] d=19 11...Ra5 12.Rb1 Rxb5 13.Rxb2 (2:04:31) 879822kN

[+1.27] d=19 11...h5 12.Qe1 d5 13.Nc7+ (2:06:13) 891814kN

[+1.62] d=19 11...Be7 12.Nc7+ Kf8 13.Nxa8 (2:09:51) 913382kN

It seems clear that Kasparov was not at all prepared for this sac and his choice is almost embarrassingly poor. It also shows the breath and flexibility of Anand's style a strong indication of why he is WC. I think this is one of his best games and an overall classic!

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  Peligroso Patzer: <From page 1 of this thread, March 2003>:

<refutor: is 12. ... Rxb5 forced?>

<mdorothy: I believe so.. black's queen is trapped, and it looks like that gets the most back for it.>

<<Honza Cervenka>: I think that 12...Qxa2 13.Nc3 Qa3 14.Rb3 Qxb3 15.cxb3 would not have been much better.>

Fritz thinks Black should have played <11. … Ra3> to cover the c3-square so that after <12. Rb1> the reply <12. … Qxa2> would have been possible without allowing the Black Queen to be trapped (as in the variation given by <Honza Cervenka>).

Sep-25-11  Everett: Jun-15-11
member    <I play the Fred: <What was the novelty in this game?> Anand beating Kasparov.>

That's pretty funny.

Of note, Kasparov as champion seemed to be slightly vulnerable to new and young talents. Besides this loss, there is the loss to Radjabov and Lautier when they were mere pups in comparison.

May-29-12  LoveThatJoker: Elegant game by Anand!


Jun-02-12  nirajkmr: What a game! Liked the knight sac and then Rxd6!!
Oct-26-13  shepi13: <DrMAL> - you actually have it completely wrong. A book on the sveshnikov by Kasparov the position after 0-0 Qb6 Be3 Qxb2 Ncb5 axb5 Nxb5 Ra5 as interesting for analysis. Meanwhile, Anand says in his book of his best games that he found everything after 8. 0-0 over the board.

Also, white does seem to be better after Ra3 Rb1 Qxa2 Bd4 e5 Ra1 exd4 Rxa2 Rxa2 c3 Be7 cxd4 0-0 e5, and has other options as well (such as Re1 instead of c3). Frequently engines do not understand these imbalanced positions, so it is wrong to trust the engine when it claims Kasparov's move is worse. Also, this was played in 1991, before deep computer preparation became the norm.

Nov-08-13  Abusm: Ndb5... is very intelligent as soon as I read that Q×b2 is not a good choice, that because it will waste time and give the opponent the initiative to develop his piece rapidly.
Mar-21-15  ramakg: Is there a video analysis of this game? If so, could someone post a link? I searched youtube and came back blank.
Jul-08-15  RookFile: What a deep game. Played this over, and couldn't find a move of Kasparov's that I disagreed with, right up until he resigned.
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  LucB: One word: Wow!
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  LucB: .. and I thought <I> was a tactical genius! ;)
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  kevin86: ouch! Kasparov gets his queen trapped in pp variation.
Jul-08-15  RookFile: Well, yes, but he got a boatload of material for the queen. Lasker did something like that once, capturing on a2 and even winning the game. Why wasn't it ok this time? Truth be told, I have no idea.
Jul-09-15  Moszkowski012273: Qxb2 is fine; missing Ra3 wasn't.
Jul-19-16  clma55: Why dont 14.......rb5 ¿..
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