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Garry Kasparov vs Viswanathan Anand
"Gazza Razzamatazza" (game of the day Feb-13-2022)
Kremlin Stars Rapid (1996), Moscow RUS, rd 3, Apr-30
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation (B84)  ·  1-0



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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


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

Feb-13-22  LoveThatJoker: I am honoured to have this submission of mine selected. Thanks, <CG>.

This is an absolute classic; the final part of which can be seen, through the live analysis of GMs King and Short, here:


Feb-13-22  Brenin: Great game! Thanks, <CG> and <LoveThatJoker>.
Feb-13-22  LoveThatJoker: <Brenin> I am glad you enjoyed this gem of a game!


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  Honza Cervenka: Alternative finish could have been 35.Rxf7 Kxf7 36.Rf3+ Bf6 37.Qxh7+ Ng7 38.Rxf6+ Ke8 39.Qxg6#
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  HeMateMe: Well, that was rather brutal. Kasparov found a way to snake that bishop all the way around and into the black camp, to dislodge the knight guarding h7. Anand had no answer for that.
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  al wazir: What was wrong with 26. Qh6, to be followed by 27. Rfh4, 28. Qxh7+ Nxh7 29. Rxh7, and 30. Rxh8# ?

To hell with subtlety!

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Kasparov seemed to like the Scheveningen from either side of the board, as suggested by this slightly well known game--Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985.
Feb-13-22  AlicesKnight: When K played 24.Be3 was he already seeing the need to use the B thus against the Black K's position? The extraordinary way it wriggles through, the only piece that can disturb the key Black N at f8, is fascinating to behold.
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  Plaskett: When discussing that game with me, Kasparov said that to advance with g2-g4 is to "weaken the position". I objected by citing THIS game of his with Anand. He replied, "Okay. SLIGHTLY different position." I think what he must have been getting at with his deprecation of the g2-g4 advance - and IM Malcolm Pein told me that he had made the same comment to him - was that to do so with the king castled short was the defect. (Doubt whether he would have disparaged it on the white side of a Sozin with white having castled long!) But here Vs Anand he had indeed castled short!
Well, Gary is Gary...
All of that you may see on Youtube.
Kasparov´s diligence in analysis is apparent in his My Illustrious Predecessors books. (btw, he told me "The games of Capablanca they are not so good!, whilst showing a great admiration for Smyslov´s grasp of chess.) And when making that video series with me he once, having flown in from Moscow for various reasons, had us go into the studio to record just a very short snippet of analysis for his little known victory over Csom from an event in 1980. I might throw in, en passant, that in his work re his rise to the top, The Test of Time, he devotes reams of analysis in attempting to justify a double pawn sacrifice Vs Vladimir Tukmakov from the last round of the 1981 USSR Championship. By winning it he shared first place with Lev Psakhis. But when I, in my innocence, asked him why he had not simply snatched a pawn back with 22... Rxa4 he, on camera, confessed that I had made him feel "very ashamed". For in 19 years neither he nor anybody else had considered this obvious capture. Tukmakov vs Kasparov, 1981 And THAT´s on Youtube, too!
Feb-13-22  LoveThatJoker: <GM Plaskett> I clicked on the game you linked to your comment, but the YouTube links are no longer available. Is it possible to have it re-uploaded somehow?

I mean, I have seen Garry's My Story series, with yourself, like twice now (all five parts); but would be nice to have this readily available via YouTube.


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  Plaskett: I am sorry but that´s out of my hands.
Feb-13-22  goodevans: When the pun's this cringeworthy you know you're in for a great game!
Feb-13-22  Ulhumbrus: Kasparov plays 18 f5 after 17 Rh3 so as to induce the reply 17...Nf8 in order to cover h7 after which the move 18 f5 will threaten f6 imprisoning the bishop on h8, as the N on f8 has blocked the square for the bishop in reply to f6
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  Teyss: <al wazir: What was wrong with 26. Qh6, to be followed by 27. Rfh4, 28. Qxh7+ Nxh7 29. Rxh7, and 30. Rxh8# ?> 26.Qh6 Nxd3 27.Rfh4 Qd8 (or e5 recommended by SF to attack the h3 R) 28.Qxh7+? Nxh7 29.Rxh7 Bxf6 30.gxf6 Qxf6 31.Bd4 e5 -+

<Plaskett> When did you discuss this with Kasparov? Are you <the> GM Plaskett?

Does anyone understand the pun? Google gives very different references.

Feb-13-22  ajile: White's DSB travels were very amusing in this game.
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  saffuna: <Stockfish 14 at d245 after 19 seconds found a better mating continuation...>

<nigel short> once had some words from me when I suggested a way Anand could have won a game more quickly:

<Nigel Short: <Jim Bartle> Why do you ask questions to which you know the answer? Your comment is depressingly typical of the computer age: everyone is there, sitting on his fat arse, with the computer whirring, feeling he is a genius. Anand missed a crushing move and instead played a winning move. Shock, horror. Perhaps he should commit suicide. Where is the appreciation of the magnificence of his conception or the very high accuracy of Anand's play - one move excepted? Nowhere! Just the banal counting of numbers on Rybka or Fritz, which feeds the momentary illusion that the amateur, sitting in the quiet of his study, "knows" more than the World Champion. Sorry to sound so jaundiced, but I do get weary sometimes. Errare humanum est. I look at the superb whole: you focus on the one small blemish.>

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  perfidious: <saffuna>, while I understand your question long ago was not out of malice, by any stretch of one's imagination, actually, I agree with Short's view overall; it gets tiresome reading these constant pronouncements of posters here who could not touch the greats on the best days of their lives. I want to know what people <think>, not what their silicon friend has ginned up.
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  saffuna: Absolutely. Actually I wasn't looking at a computer but at earlier posts. But Short was absolutely right.

One thing Short has emphasized over the years is the tension a player feels during a game, how difficult it is to make the best moves consistently.

Feb-14-22  Olavi: <saffuna><perfidious> It is also tiresome to get told that one has sat on one's fat arse and let the silicon friend do the work, when one has done just the opposite. Modern times.
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  perfidious: <saffuna.....One thing Short has emphasized over the years is the tension a player feels during a game, how difficult it is to make the best moves consistently.>

Don't I know it.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thank you for that story, <Plaskett>.
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