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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
"The Evans Gambit Revisited" (game of the day Sep-15-2018)
Tal Memorial (1995), Riga LAT, rd 4, Apr-16
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Anderssen Variation Cordel Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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May-02-12  Ulhumbrus: One interesting alternative way to displace White's queen from the central square d4 by 9...Nc6 is the pawn advance 9...c5 which clears the square c7 for Black's king's knight and queen and which opens the diagonal a5-d8 for the use of black's queen. Then on 10 Qh4 Nd5 11 Qg3 Black can consider 11...Kf8 or 11...Rg8 declaring that Black plans to castle on the queen side
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  PawnSac: < serenpidity.ejd: <Kasparov: The Greatest Attacking Chess Player of our time, and perhaps of all time.>

In this game, like most of Kas games, his opponent was simply out-clashed in the opening.

Anand did not seem to perform like a challenger, but player out of an exhibition game >

One of Garry's strengths was his deep and powerful opening preparation. Several of his great wins came right out of his prepared analysis. What we see in this game is unquestionably a prepared variation from home analysis, intended against a higher caliber player, that would afford him a strong plus out of the opening, even at the cost of 2 pawns. In addition, it would also give him a great advantage on the clock!

Anand, on the other hand, is facing a prepared variation, having to do all his analysis over the board while the clock is ticking. It is most likely the case that Vishy was already getting low on time at move 25, and therefore in the big picture, realized there would be no way to survive Garry's strong positional advantage having to play it out at blitz speed while Garry most likely had well over an hour on his clock. Being outplayed AND outclocked, the wind was gone from his sails. I can understand his resignation.

I would not be so hard on Vishy, since there have only been a few players in history that have prevailed against rigid home preparation. One that comes to mind is Capablanca when playing the white pieces in a Ruy Lopez game, and Frank Marshall unleashed his Marshall Gambit on him; A line that was specially prepared just for a confrontation with Capa. Capa's win in that game was nothing less than heroic, and became one of the great games of the century.

Now, in this game, Vishy probably never expected the Evans from Garry, and obviously was not prepared to meet it, especially considering the new handling of the opening that Garry worked out.

Nov-19-16  Christoforus Polacco: After 22... Qe7 is possible : 23.Bb5+ Bd7 24.Re1 with strong attack
Jul-13-17  David2009: So why did Black resign the final position?

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25...Bh6 loses a piece to 26.Bc4, but after 25...Rd8 how does White break through?

Jul-13-17  Whitemouse: 25...Rd8 26. Bf3.
Jul-14-17  David2009: Thanks <Whitemouse>! I agree: 25...Rd8 26.Bf3! seems to win material.

How about 25...Qd7 instead?

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I have analysed 26.Bb5 but looks like Black survives (just) for example 26.Bb5 Qxb5 27.Qxe6+ Kg7 28.Nd5 Re8

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Now 29.Qxf6+ Kg8 is unclear, which leaves 29.Qxe8 Qxd5 and White has the exchange for two Pawns but the game is far from over.

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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
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  al wazir: 17. Bg7 would have won an exchange or a piece. (I see that was pointed out several pages back by <sneaky>.)
Sep-15-18  goodevans: <al wazir> 17.Bg7 Bf6 may win the exchange but White has invested two pawns for the attack. He's not about to give that up just to restore material equality.
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  PawnSac: < goodevans: <al wazir> 17.Bg7 Bf6 may win the exchange but White has invested two pawns for the attack. He's not about to give that up just to restore material equality. >

Definitely not! That would be the turning point in the game. After 17. Bg7 Bf6 18. Bxh8 Bxh8 19. Nc3 b6 it starts looking better for black.

Sep-15-18  RandomVisitor: 14...Na4!? 15.Bh6 f6 16.exd6 Bxd6 17.Bf4 0-0 18.Bxd6 =
Sep-15-18  RandomVisitor: 11...Kf8 is worth a deeper look
Sep-15-18  RookFile: As is well known, Morphy would not have a chance in today's day and age. He played the Evans Gambit. How romantic. Of course, such a weapon could never work today against today's modern GM's.
Sep-15-18  cormier: 1) +0.06 (34 ply) 14.Rd1 Na4 15.Bh6 f6 16.exd6 Bxd6 17.Bf4 Qe7 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.Re1 Be6 20.Na3 Nc5 21.Rad1 O-O 22.Nb5 a6 23.Nbd4 Ne5 24.Nxe6 Nxe6 25.Nd2 g5 26.Bf3 Kh8 27.Bd5 Nf4 28.Ne4 Rae8 29.Qa3 Rd8 30.Rb1 Nxd5 31.cxd5 Qd7

15.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9

Sep-15-18  Atking: A tremendous accomplishment. Impress by this game few weeks latter I blitz the funny trap on 8...Bf6 9.e5 Nc6 10.Qe4 Qe7 11.exB QxQ 12.fxg7. Nothing really serious compare to the deep conception of Gary Kasparov.
Sep-15-18  Mendrys: <RookFile: As is well known, Morphy would not have a chance in today's day and age. He played the Evans Gambit. How romantic. Of course, such a weapon could never work today against today's modern GM's.>

I almost fell for it and had a snappy comeback about Johnny Weissmuller. Yeah, there is no way that a modern GM could be felled by the Evan's Gambit.

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  perfidious: No top player could ever go down at the hands of the Scotch, either....
Sep-16-18  John Abraham: excellent preparation
Apr-21-19  whiteshark: "The choice of this game was ... rather to draw the reader's attention to a very <"natural" exchange sacrifice>, arrogantly rejected by all annotators. That sacrifice, in my view, promises Black satisfactory play. Later in the game, and in real danger, Vishy had another opportunity - giving up two pieces for rook and pawn would have calmed down Garry's attack. Many players lose their way when trying to get off the hook in tough situations, but I am surprised that Anand did, as he is one of the greatest experts, both in tactical and positional sacrifices."

-- Mihai Suba, Positional Chess Sacrifices, Quality Chess, 2012 (p.14)

Jul-12-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for white on move 25.

As per the text: 25.♖e1 d5 (25...♗d7 26.♗c4+ ♔e8 27.♕b3 White wins ) (25...♖e8 26.♘xe6 ♕xe6 27.♕xe6+ ♔xe6 (27...♖xe6 28.♗c4 White wins ) 28.♗b5+ White wins ) (25...♕d7 26.♗b5! ♕xb5 27.♕xe6+ ♔g7 28.♖ab1 ♕f5 29.♖xb7+ ♔h6 30.♕e3 White wins ) (25...♗h6 26.♗c4 White wins ) 26.♗f3 ♖e8 27.♘xe6 ♕xe6 28.♕xe6+ ♖xe6 29.♗xd5 White wins

Mar-08-21  jkuzub: This game is analyzed by Kasparov at length in his MasterClass, specifically the lesson called "Case Study: Opening." He discusses the entire game, as well as lines that could have developed. Very interesting to hear his comments.
Jun-26-21  VerySeriousExpert: The REFUTATION of the Evans gambit is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bc5! 6.d4 exd4! 7.0-0 Na5! 8.Bd3 dxc3 9.Nxc3 d6!, and Black has a large advantage (Yury V. Bukayev published this his defence in his article, it can be found on "Bruno's Chess Articles" webpage). Thus, Black can play stronger than 5...Be7 (this game Kasparov-Anand).
Jun-26-21  VerySeriousExpert: The URL of this his article is: . (G.Kasparov in this Kasparov-Anand game could play Qd1xd4 because the position of Black's Bishop wasn't central in contrast with this Bukayev defence.) Fortunately, Yury V. Bukayev invented several similar gambits (the family of Evans-Bukayev gambits: 4.d3 h6 5.b4! etc.) which let get very strong attacks.
Sep-20-22  missile14b: @veryseriousexpert Nobody plays 8. Bd3. The move is 8. cd. Black can't take the Bishop, that's just horrible. After 8... Bb6 9. Bd3 d6 10. Nc3 White retains an initiative, edge in space, strong central control and easy development.

Granted, white's down a pawn but has completely sufficient compensation and both sides have equal chances.

Mar-10-23  VerySeriousExpert: @missile14b
Thank you for your opinion, but is only another good move in this not good position for White. Thus, after Bb6 9.Bd3 d6 10.Nc3 Black makes a typical move 10...Bg4 and gets an advantage. After 9...d6 Black doesn't have problems. White has problems.
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