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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Bagirov
46th USSR Championship (1978), Tbilisi URS, rd 2, Dec-??
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Smyslov Variation (B17)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Mar-22-07  sharkbenjamin: There is more play. Need fritz analysis.
Dec-13-07  amadeus: Not this one.

From Andy Soltis:
<All eyes were on 14-year-old Garry Kasparov when he went into a big think, early in a Caro-Kann Defense, during his first Soviet Championship. It was obvious to his fellow players — and to virtually all of the many spectators — that he was calculating a knight sacrifice, for two pawns and a strong attack.

But 45 minutes later, Kasparov played a quiet move instead. After his game against Vladimir Bagirov ended in a draw at move 30, Mikhail Tal asked him why he didn’t play Nxe6.

“I saw it but I couldn’t calculate it all!” Kasparov exclaimed.

Tal smiled. “Garik, first you sacrifice,” he said softly. “And then you calculate.”

When he retold the story, Tal admitted he was half-joking. But his words underline a problem that you — and every other every improving player — face:

You don’t make the same mistake you made in your first tournaments — that is, you never play a move without considering the consequences. You don’t underthink. But there’s another pitfall. When you spend too much time on the consequences, you overthink.>

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