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Garry Kasparov vs Joel Benjamin
Credit Suisse Masters (1994), Horgen SUI, rd 3, Sep-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-30-05  RookFile: Excellent effort by Benjamin.
Mar-12-07  MrPatzer: Benjamin deserves credit for holding off a pretty strong attack.
Aug-25-07  RookFile: Benjamin would go on to assist Deep Blue in defeating Kasparov.
Jan-23-10  laskersteinitz: Benjamin noted on ICC that in this game he could tell Kasparov was furious with himself after he realized he missed a winning sacrifice. "I could see the steam coming out of his ears. He thought for an hour on the next move."
Jan-23-10  Jim Bartle: Come on, don't tease us! What's the sacrifice he missed?
Jan-23-10  strifeknot: Benjamin didn't specify what the sacrifice was.
Jan-23-10  I play the Fred: I haven't verified the comment, but Benjamin says this was the only white game Kasparov didn't win in this tournament.
Jan-23-10  laskersteinitz: <Jim Bartle: Come on, don't tease us! What's the sacrifice he missed?> I don't know, Benjamin didn't say. I checked the game with Fritz but didn't find anything obvious.
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  HeMateMe: Benjamin, in his book <"American Grandmaster">, says that he has the game score framed, hanging on his wall, at home. It is the only game GK didn't win with white in this tournament, a monster outing for Kasparov.
May-03-10  Granny O Doul: This game was instrumental in Benjamin's making New York Magazine's "One Hundred Smartest New Yorkers" list.
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  perfidious: <I play the Fred: I haven't verified the comment, but Benjamin says this was the only white game Kasparov didn't win in this tournament.>

Here is verification: Kasparov scored 5.5/6 as White at Horgen, compared to 3/5 with the ebony foot soldiers at his service.

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  Retireborn: The missed opportunity was probably 17.Nxf7, although White isn't actually clearly winning then either.
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  saffuna: Yes, in his book Benjamin says 17. Nxf7 was "much stronger." 17...Rxf7 18. Bxf7 Kxf7 19 Qb3+ Kf8 20 Qxb7 Rb8 21 Qxa7 Rxb2 22 Rxc6 "wins."

He calls it a "lucky draw."

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  saffuna: After move 39: "I've been floudering in an essentially equal position. Such is the pressure of playing Kasparov: I played this move with but three seconds on my clock! Fortunately the check gave me an opportuity to prepare my last move."
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  perfidious: Wonder why Kasparov believed the game continuation was stronger than the line he rejected.

I wish Benjamin had felt some of that 'pressure' the two times we met in serious play. (laughs) The way things went, he ground me down efficiently on the Black side of two Nimzo-Indians.

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  saffuna: Benjamin says the extra move allowed him to protect the c6 pawn on move 24 with the bishop. Taking the f7 pawn a move earlier would have left that pawn undefended.

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