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Garry Kasparov vs Walter Shawn Browne
Banja Luka (1979), Banja Luka BIH, rd 3, Apr-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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  Ken MacGillivray: <knight life> 39.Qh8#
Aug-17-05  Gbness: 38...Kf8 could be easily met with 39. Qh8#.
Aug-17-05  alexandrovm: wow, very nice. I see 38. Bh7+ Kxh7 (otherwise is checkmate with Qh8) 39. the pawn is attacked twice with rook and queen, there is no defense for the queen or the rook to take on f7, with a devastaiting attack.
Aug-17-05  eaglewing: I'll agree that on
36 ..Qf8
37 Bd5 is a strong move.

I suspect there is a win after
... BxB
QxB Qg7
with Ra8, so I would probably switch to "practical chances" by trying to remove the d6, holding and better positioning at least one heavy piece onboard and offering both black pawns in return.

Something like
36 .. Qf8
37 Bd5 Re8
38 BxB RxB
39 Qxb5 Qxd6
40 Qxc4

I guess analysis wise the "passed" Pb2
should win the day despite improved activity of black Q+R.

Instead white may go for holding the d6 (restricting Black to passive defenses) and winning with it, but may gain in the end less than in the variant noted above.

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  patzer2: I find Kasparov's 26. e5! fascinating. Crafty shows Black can put up a reasonable defense after 26...bxc4, but even there White's strongly anchored advanced pawns give Black absolutely zero chance of winning and plenty of chances to go wrong with a difficult defense in both the middle game and end game. Such pawn advances appear to be a recurring theme in Kasparov's play, especially early in his career.
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  kevin86: The puzzle was simple and effective. White picks up a pawn and has a devestating attack along the seventh row. Black is not long for this one-especially against Kaspy.
Aug-17-05  snowie1: It is interesting to me that such moves as Bh7+ can be readily discovered by myself and some others of much lower ratings than Gary or Bobby, but to orchestrate such a game can be done by so few, so seldom. I like to go over a game like this and check to see at each move & response_how many times I would have made a different move...leading to a different result. Gary, or Bobby, by contrast, could have chosen a different move, and still have the same result...consistently.
Aug-17-05  aw1988: One thing which I have found is that easy puzzles can be solved by the members very easily, but in the games they are very hard to spot. Very hard puzzles like on Sunday are very hard for members, but in fact relatively easy to find at the board since in the majority of cases it stems from an earlier plan. Just a thought.
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  Eggman: When I saw the header "Kasparov vs Browne" I knew this had to be an old game from the 70s or early 80s. After all, from about 1983 onwards Kasparov pretty much only took on the elite of the elite.

I always thought this was unfortunate. After all, would, say, DeFirmian or Joel Benjamin have made such boring opposition?

I would still like to see the world's best participating in a swiss format with hundreds of participants, like the US Open. I don't know why this doesn't happen. Hundreds of participants is good enough for tennis and golf - why not chess?

Aug-17-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Kasparov makes it look so simple!
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  khense: <Jahhaj> Browne made a deal out of the fact that he went out with women and Fischer did not. A little more generosity from the second best was called for (I think).
Jul-16-09  HAPERSAUD: wow in all the dozens of games ive looked into this line, the d pawn is jsut a bitch for black to deal with
Apr-24-10  Ulhumbrus: 13 Bd2 withdraws the Queen's bishop from g5 to transfer it to c3 by 20 Bc3.

18 Na3 withdraws the N from b5 to transfer it to c4 by 24 Nc4.

22...g5?! disturbs the King side pawns without necessity and the g5 pawn becomes a permanent target as does Black's entire King side.

26 e5 answers the threat on the Nc4 by both making a counter-attack on the Nf6 and assisting the attack by the Nc4 on d6

37 Be4! threatens 38 Nh7+! drawing Black's King on to the seventh rank by the capture 38...Kxh7, as Black can't play 38...Kf8 as then 39 Qh8 is mate. After 38....Kxh7 the f7 pawn is pinned and so on 39 Qxe6 Black's f7 pawn can't capture the White Q on e6. The move 37...c3 does not answer this threat.

Dec-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOY INTO PIN => APPLIED BALEFUL INFLUENCE

Kasparov vs Browne, 1979 38 Be4-h7+! drags Black g8-king into lateral pin for 39 Qe5xBe6

Feb-06-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOY INTO PIN => APPLIED BALEFUL INFLUENCE

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Kasparov vs Browne, 1979 38 Be4-h7+! drags Black g8-king into lateral pin for 39 Qe5xBe6

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  Joshka: <khense> According to Kasparov, Fischer and Browne were friendly and Bobby even wanted Walter to be his agent at one point? What issue were Browne's comment in? Do you recall?..thanks
Jun-24-13  RookFile: Let's all drink a toast to black's worthless QB in this game.
Jan-08-14  Zonszein: The move 22-.... g5 may be wrong but I couldn't help smiling with admiration when I saw it for the first time
Jan-08-14  Zonszein: Kasparov was only 16!!!!
Jan-08-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: When I was a junior player, Browne was the one grandmaster I thought of as an ass. E.g., there was the time between rounds at an American endgame he screamed "You don't know anything about endgames, Saidy!!", and loudly challenged him to a bet on something; Tony Saidy responded by offering stakes of 1 Russian ruble.

Funnier was the time an opponent secured a second queen chesspiece (he was advancing a pawn) and slapped it down near the board, and Browne -- in time trouble -- flung it across the room.

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  perfidious: <Cheapo by the Dozen: When I was a junior player, Browne was the one grandmaster I thought of as an ass.....>

It seems you are not the only poster with this view of things:

Lombardy vs Browne, 1973

Feb-27-16  not not: what will happen after 28... Queen takes pawn? Qxd6?

why he gave up a pawn for nothing?


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  paulalbert: RxRe8 ch looks like a good reason.
Feb-27-16  not not: thanks I am not very good at chess
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  HeMateMe: simple, yet elegant finish.
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