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Garry Kasparov vs Alisa Galliamova
Rome (1990), Rome ITA
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation Sharp line (D17)  ·  1-0



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Aug-22-06  Sularus: unbelievable! she lasted that long.
Aug-22-06  slomarko: kasparov was a gentleman and didnt want to checkmate her sooner.
Aug-23-06  Sularus: like that one with judith in which he said his conscience was clear right?

re the controversial knight move

Aug-24-06  slomarko: knight move? i dont know about that what happened?
Aug-25-06  Albertan: Hi slomarko. In 1994 in the Linares, Spain tournament, Kasparov played a knight move against Judit Polgar and removed his fingers from that piece. But after he saw that he might lose material he took the knight back and made a different move.His act was caught on camera by a Spanish tv crew, Polgar was so shocked at the time that she froze, unable to protest and soon lost the game. She was also in time trouble and if her she had launched a protest and lost it, she would have incurred a time penalty which she may not have been able to have afford.

The Spanish film crew's film does, show that Kasparov's hand left the piece -- at least for 1/25 of a second.' The TV people had said the proof was on five frames (about 1/5th of a second).
What is the most disgusting part of this incident is that Kasparov vehemently denied that his hand left the piece. What's most reprehensible is Kasparov's attitude that there's nothing wrong with doing wrong if the umpire doesn't see it -- or if it lasts only 1/5 sec.!"

Aug-25-06  percyblakeney: <What is the most disgusting part of this incident is that Kasparov vehemently denied that his hand left the piece. What's most reprehensible is Kasparov's attitude that there's nothing wrong with doing wrong if the umpire doesn't see it>

It's always possible that he thought his hand never left the piece since it was for a very small fraction of a second. I think it's far from certain that Kasparov considered cheating all right as long as the umpire didn't see it. Here's the game in question with lots of discussion regarding the incident:

Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 1994

Aug-25-06  slomarko: but where were the referees? they didnt watch the game during time trouble? weird. but such things happen soemtimes in chess. once a friend told me saw during a Vidmar memorial aronian made a move against kozul (who wasnt behind the board) and then realised it was bad, then put it back and played another move.

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