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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
Kremlin Stars Rapid (1996), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Apr-30
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0

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Jun-28-03  ivan2kilu: Unstoppable mate threat. With three methods of mate. If unattended to, the simple Qxh7 mates. Or if Nf8 to guard h7, then e7xf8=Q or R# or Qxf8# both finish anand off nicely.
Jun-30-03  drukenknight: how on earth does he let a pawn get to the 6th rank? This is certain death. Every top rated game I've ever seen with this motiff, the person who allows it is lost. We've just seen two games with pawns on the 6th rank this the past week Fischer/Tal and Lasker/ALekhine. 18...e5 for starters.
Jun-30-03  Shadout Mapes: That reminds me of the Capablanca - Alekhine 4 queens game (I don't think it's in the database). In it, Capa played to fix a pawn on f6, but put so much energy into it, he soon found his opponent had a passed pawn, and lost the game. Pawns on the 6th rank don't always equal a win.
Jun-09-04  russep: Shadout Mapes do you have the moves to the game you mentioned above. If so could you please type them out so that I could see the game
Jun-10-04  Shadout Mapes: Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927
Jun-10-04  russep: Thanks
Nov-05-08  Jafar219: I think this is Kasparov`s finest attacking game against Anand!
Nov-05-08  butcher123: great game by kasparov!..
Nov-23-08  PinnedPiece: Concerning Kasparov's move 26.Qh6


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If this were a Thursday puzzle, I would have thought the continuation 26.Qxh7 would lead to a fairly straight forward mate with a Q sac:

26..Nxh7
27.Rfh4 Nxg5.
etc.

Nov-23-08  PinnedPiece: . .

But I looked more carefully and now realize why Kasparov couldn't play it: 27..Nxf6.

There isn't any way to mate after this move.

Jun-28-10  r00ki: Awesome attack. Anand probably should have taken the f5 pawn...to prevent f6
Oct-27-11  serenpidity.ejd: For the nth time, what a beautiful game by Kas.Clap!clap!clap! Anand was choked!
Oct-27-11  kasparvez: 32.Bd8! spells finish. The immediate 31.Ne7+ gives white nothing but a Rook. Its instructive to see how Kasparov carried out the final assault step by step. Masterclass!
Nov-19-11  coolchess1: @serenpidity.ejd -- It was kasparov's reign and he defeated virtually everyone and Kasparov was definitely one of the two nemesis Anand had in his career (other being Aronian). Anand might have had few psychological problems in playing against Kasparov. He missed few wins in classical games against Kasparov after 2000, which were easy wins for Anand's standard. So, in totality most chess players has a nemesis one or more in their career.
Nov-19-11  serenpidity.ejd: "ANAND CANNOT UNDERSTAND KASPAROV"
Why is it that Vishy makes excuses when he loses to some of his encounters with Kas. 'I blundered' he quipped. Particularly in their 1995 match--' I was not suppose to lose games a, b and c, I just blundered.' Whew! Did Vishy also claim blunder in this game?
No more blunder please Mr. Anand you just cannot understand Kasparov. By the way, this game deserves a brilliancy prize.
Nov-20-11
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  FSR: Anand is lucky that Kasparov decided to retire. If Kasparov had kept playing I don't know if Anand would ever have been world champion.
Nov-20-11  King Death: <FSR> That's a very good question. It seemed like Kasparov was weakening at the end but he still had too much for most anyone, all told.

This was a nice attacking game, and Kasparov made it look easy.

Nov-20-11  coolchess1: Anand would have defeated him later on, check out Anand's games after 2000, they were pretty hard fought with several draws and few missed technical wins for Anand. At the end of the day, we only count the wins, and in this hard fought games fade away, so are in the near-missed wins.

None in this world is invincible in any field, all have their time and Kasparov too had his time but his time ran out in 2000 when Kramnik had him. So, in essence none is invincible. Remember how the once "invincible capa" was made a mortal by Alekhine.

Experience teaches us all a valuable lesson. Kasparov early on in his career was taught a valuable lesson by the great Karpov and that lesson helped him a lot in his career.

Kasparov was great no doubt but never invincible, not even in his prime.

Nov-20-11
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  FSR: Kramnik was the only one who ever had Kasparov's number. Well, maybe Gulko, but Gulko wasn't quite good enough to get in a position to challenge Kasparov for the world championship.
Mar-26-12  rannewman: Amm, I was quite confused when I saw 27.c:d3. Isn't 27.Rf h4 much more forcing?
Mar-26-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<rannewman>

if your idea is 27. Rfh4 e5 28. Qxh7 then 28...Nxh7 29. Rxh7 Qxh3 is a possibility

Mar-26-12  rannewman: I saw this defence (which is the reason anand played e5 anyway), I just think the rook on the h file is stronger then keeping it on the f file as kasparov did. The plan is Ng3->f5, and I can't realy see any defence. My engine didn't like my move either, but once I inserted Nf5 (black can only sit and wait, realy) the eval jumped from +0.9 to mate in 15.

edit: and it if wasn't clear, the answer to e5 would be ofcourse c:d3.

Jul-11-12  LoveThatJoker: <32. Bd8!!>

GOTD: Gazza Razzamatazza

LTJ

Jul-25-13  victor antoni: yo pienso que kramnik le pago a kasparov para que pierda el torneo, pues se ve errores garrafales que dificilmente cometeria kasparov, es mas kramnik es alumno de kasparov y ambos son rusos!!!! va es algo simple jajja...
Jul-26-13  Mr. Bojangles: <FSR: If Kasparov had kept playing I don't know if Anand would ever have been world champion.>

Lol neither would Kasparov

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