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Boris Gulko vs Garry Kasparov
URS-ch49 (1981), Frunze KGZ, rd 10, Dec-??
Benoni Defense: King Pawn lines (A65)  ·  1-0

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Mar-18-05  freshstart: Kasparov's kingside attack didn't look very convincing in this game.

Gulko didn't have to do anything too special to win - he just blocked the attack and took the odd pawn when it was offered.

Jan-04-06  trolls: Well, this was certainly good opening
preparation by one of these players.
Right offhand, I'm going to say Gulko, since Gazz looked to be positionally busted by about move 15. Course, that stuff happens in the Benoni all the time. All the variations are bad for Black, who's actually positionally busted in every
one. You just have to play thru that.
Sep-05-06  shr0pshire: After 7. f3 this position is similiar to the Samisch variation of the King's Indian.

8. Bg5, this is the main line and hopes to create weaknesses on black's kingside by provoking the h and then the g pawns.

Black delays castling until move 18, which I think is important. Black avoids the main theory and doesn't castle immediately. This may not be too importnat, but it is just one of several things that black does to break from conventional theory.

Next, black doesn't bring his rook out to e8 in the opening. This is a traditional outpost for the rook to keep in check white's pawn pushes down the center of the board. Instead black uses his queen, which decreases her mobility and effectiveness.

In the only other game similar to this in the databse M Lanzani vs K Mokry, 1982 black doesn't so aggressively take out his pieces in the beginning and sticks closer to the theory.

Hmmm... just some thoughts, but I haven't studied the Samisch Benoni or the Samisch King's Indian very much.

Sep-06-06  RookFile: If Gulko had not been oppressed, it is quite possible he would have become world champion.
Sep-06-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Gulko has had an excellent career and he won a few games from Kasparov when Kasparov was young but your speculation seems a bit far-fetched.
Sep-06-06  RookFile: This guy won the USSR championship and the the US championship. Sandwiched in between this were YEARS of oppression because the Russians would not let him travel to foreign tournaments. He went on hunger strikes and basically could not play chess.
Nov-14-06  HEDGEHOG STYLIST: I think that a lot of theory and analysis is good up to a point until the game is steered into unknown waters to continuations that have not been explored. I.e., White takes advantage of an open file, which is offset by Black's strategy which appears to be minacing, but turns out to be purely psychological-as long as White plays carefully, and not overplay the position. I find backward pawns to be a good way to get steer your opponen'ts mind away from the real plan, since he is fixed on pawn-snatching. As Korchnoi once said, "A pawn is a pawn."
Nov-23-07  ToTheDeath: Kasparov allowed White too much positionally on the queenside and had to fish in muddy waters on the kingside. But Gulko simply would not allow him any active play. Nice game.
Jan-08-10  funkymihir: why did kaspa resign???? pls tell me. plssssss
Dec-28-10  laskereshevsky: <<Mar-18-05 freshstart>>: <.......Gulko didn't have to do anything too special to win - he just blocked the attack and took the odd pawn when it was offered.>

More or less is the same strategy used by Keres against Tal.....

Feb-23-11
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  ray keene: black resigned because he is three pawns down with a passive position-db lund tried a very similar variation against me in 1982 the year following this game-he castled earlier but still got a bad game on the queen side <keene v lund london 1982>
Feb-23-11  fab4: <ray keene: black resigned because he is three pawns down with a passive position-db lund tried a very similar variation against me in 1982 the year following this game-he castled earlier but still got a bad game on the queen side <keene v lund london 1982>>

At a glance, Gazza's queen moves, then 38.Bd3 forcing 38... Nd3, when 39.Qg6 seems to win ?

May-26-13
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  wordfunph: "In this game you can see the right method of playing against Kasparov, don't give him the initiative."

- GM Boris Gulko

May-26-13
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  andrewjsacks: Yes, but as with a lot of good advice, much easier to say than to do...
Jul-16-15  tivrfoa: I`m looking some kaspy games, and most of his loses he played Benoni. I don`t know why he insisted with this opening.
Jul-17-15  tivrfoa: <tivrfoa: I`m looking some kaspy games, and most of his loses he played Benoni. I don`t know why he insisted with this opening.> Maybe because of this: Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982
It looks like an King's Indian in a different move order (?)

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