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Boris Gulko vs Garry Kasparov
Novgorod (1995), Novgorod RUS, rd 1, May-27
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Stein Defense (E92)  ·  0-1

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Jan-04-04  Whitehat1963: GK's lone win (in 10 games) against Gulko -- a player who is currently rated more than 200 points lower than him on FIDE's latest list. But how has Gulko fared against the rest of the players currently rated at 2675 or above???
Jan-04-04  PinkPanther: <GK's lone win (in 10 games) against Gulko -- a player who is currently rated more than 200 points lower than him on FIDE's latest list. But how has Gulko fared against the rest of the players currently rated at 2675 or above???>

Simply put, he doens't fare at all. Here are his results against a few of the players in the over 2675 crowd.

Gulko v. Kramnik 0-2
Gulko v. Topalov 0-1
Gulko v. Polgar 0-6
Gulko v. Anand 0-2
Gulko v. Svidler 0-1
Gulko v. Karpov 1-5
Gulko v. Ivanchuk 0-3
Gulko v. Morozevich 0-1

Not too good, eh?

Jan-04-04  Benjamin Lau: Anand v.s. Gulko: 1.5 v.s. 0.5
Beliavsky v.s. Gulko: 14.5 v.s. 8.5
Bronstein v.s. Gulko: 3.5 v.s. 4.5
Geller v.s. Gulko: 2 v.s. 6
Ivanchuk v.s. Gulko: 8 v.s. 6
Kamsky v.s. Gulko: 1 v.s. 0
Kasparov v.s. Gulko: 3 v.s. 6
Korchnoi v.s. Gulko: 5 v.s. 6
Kramnik v.s. Gulko: 2.5 v.s. 0.5
Leko v.s. Gulko: 0 v.s. 0
Ponomariov v.s. Gulko: 0 v.s. 1
Spassky v.s. Gulko: 1 v.s. 1
Short v.s. Gulko: 20.5 v.s. 9.5
Topalov v.s. Gulko: 2.5 v.s. 1.5
Jiangchuan v.s. Gulko: 2 v.s. 1
Polgar v.s. Gulko: 4 v.s. 0
Shirov v.s. Gulko: 1.5 v.s. 1.5
Shabalov v.s. Gulko: 3 v.s. 4
Bareev v.s. Gulko: 2.5 v.s. 2.5
Bacrot v.s. Gulko: 0 v.s. 0
Karpov v.s. Gulko: 6 v.s. 2
Balashov v.s. Gulko: 5.5 v.s. 8.5
Tal v.s. Gulko: 8 v.s. 3

As you can see, this record is very worth analyzing... Some of these can be explained away (relatively easily), like the fact that Kasparov was black 8 out of the 9 times he met Gulko and the fact that Bronstein, Geller, etc and some of the above in the list were past their prime or had not yet reached it. Others are more difficult to explain.

Jan-04-04  Benjamin Lau: Pink Panther, there were a few duplicates that you did not detect, my list is more correct I believe.
Jan-04-04  Benjamin Lau: I also included draws because they are important.
Jan-04-04  Benjamin Lau: In other words, Gulko loses against: Anand, Ivanchuk, Beliavsky, Kamsky, Kramnik, Short, Topalov, Jiangchuan, Polgar, Tal, and Karpov. He is tied against Bareev, Shirov, and Spassky. He wins against: Kasparov, Balashov, Shabalov, Ponomariov, Korchnoi, Geller, and Bronstein.
Jan-04-04  PinkPanther: <Pink Panther, there were a few duplicates that you did not detect, my list is more correct I believe.>

Thanks for the correction.

Mar-18-05  spirovskiyev: I just wonder that there are only eight (8) Gulko-Kasparov games in the Database, where Gulko Scores with 3 wins, 1 loss and four draws. . .would anybody show me the ten games. . .

I would be very happy to look into those games...

Mar-18-05  WMD: There are only 8 games, I believe. A couple of duplicates were removed since January 2004.
Jan-06-06  rubbermeetsroad: OK, Gazz, come on, let's GO! Your
career is winding down to an end,
Karpov has just blasted thru the
Linares field, posting the highest
performance rating in history - and
in a tournament you were in - and you
still haven't beat Gulko yet. You are desperately in need of this final feather in your cap, rather than retiring having been whitewashed by Gulko.
GREAT game, Gazz. Great stuff. ...Bf6
is supposed to be bad, since Tal whipped a young Bobby decisively when Bobby tried it, and then Reshevsky again spanked Bobby when Bobby still stubbornly tried this ...Bf6 idea in
their '61 match. The kiddies can be
seen scampering to get both of those
games for comparison. And what did
your database find, Gazz? Why is
14...Bf6! unique here, while bad in
both of those other cases?
I suppose I'll need to look myself,
actually!
Jan-06-06  rubbermeetsroad: Gazz, that's fascinating - so the
only real diff. is the placement of
the Black QN at a6 with the prior
...a5! in, holding up White's aspirations on the queenside, which is where Tal, Petrosian, and Reshevsky were blasting thru.
Could it really be that simple?
Could young Bobby have missed something THAT simple?? Apparently so!
Yet let's check ONE more reference,
Gazz, and that would of course be
your game with Yusupov, where you
were again Black in a KID, had him
blown out with a brilliant exchange
sac, before losing on time, I believe.
So in other words, we need to
investigate 15 Bf2!, which maybe
is answered in that game. I recall another improvement on the Yusupov -Kasp game is a White N placement on e1 (as Reshevsky did) rather than
d2, where it fails to mitigate against
a later monster black knight (after
the exchange sac). But this is
impressive database prep, Gazz, and
shows that once again, the KID is
just all about timing.
Jan-06-06  trolls: Course 14 f3 was actually forced, due
to the threat to trap the bishop after 13...h5. And actually, 14...a4 has been played, when the continuation
was just 15 b4 axb3 16 Nxb3 b6 17 a4
and a5, etc. So Gazz's 14...Bf6!
was remarkably crisp right at that
stage. After 15...Nxf6, it just
about looks like White is in positional zugzwang!
We have indeed learned a lot.
Ok, Keene, we don't need you after all!
Jul-16-06  KingG: This <rubbermeetsroad> character is hilarious, and quite informative as well.
Aug-06-06  T Ciddasselepoh: <Simply put, he doens't fare at all. Here are his results against a few of the players in the over 2675 crowd.

Gulko v. Kramnik 0-2
Gulko v. Topalov 0-1
Gulko v. Polgar 0-6
Gulko v. Anand 0-2
Gulko v. Svidler 0-1
Gulko v. Karpov 1-5
Gulko v. Ivanchuk 0-3
Gulko v. Morozevich 0-1>

Then why is it that Kaspy just can't seem to beat him? Does the old man just have a knack for Kasparov's style or what?

Aug-06-06  reynolds: So where did Boris go wrong here? Personally, i would have kept the dark squared bishop with 15. Bf2 with an unclear position. Also, 19. f4 is kind of a positional suicide.
Aug-07-06  gogulko: <Simply put, he doens't fare at all. Here are his results against a few of the players in the over 2675 crowd. Gulko v. Kramnik 0-2
Gulko v. Topalov 0-1
Gulko v. Polgar 0-6
Gulko v. Anand 0-2
Gulko v. Svidler 0-1
Gulko v. Karpov 1-5
Gulko v. Ivanchuk 0-3
Gulko v. Morozevich 0-1>

Other than Karpov, Gulko spots all these players a generation. He is in his late fifties. None of those named above (it's Judit Polgar there, btw, not Susan) are in their 30's yet, are they?

To gauge Boris's true strength, he should be measured against players in his generation, or closer thereto. And it should always be remembered that his peak years were taken from him by the Soviet Communists - and that while imprisoned for his beliefs, he was tortured. That probably had an effect even after he was freed.

Sep-01-06  Fast Gun: It would appear that Gulko was GK's "Bete-Noire" (Black Beast) It is one of these mysteries of chess why certain players have the Indian sign over players, for example Fischer's record against Bisguier +13=1-1:
Dec-26-11  indoknight: <Gulko v. Kramnik 0-2
Gulko v. Topalov 0-1
Gulko v. Polgar 0-6
Gulko v. Anand 0-2
Gulko v. Svidler 0-1
Gulko v. Karpov 1-5
Gulko v. Ivanchuk 0-3
Gulko v. Morozevich 0-1>

how about this?

Kasparov v. Kramnik 22-21
Kasparov v. Topalov 19-6
Kasparov v. Polgar 12-1
Kasparov v. Anand 26-8
Kasparov v. Svidler 9-2
Kasparov v. Karpov 39-25
Kasparov v. Ivanchuck 15-6
Kasparov v. Morozevich 6-0

Kasparov v. Gulko 1-3 is doesn't matter
(lol)

Dec-08-13  2EZ: I'm a newbie here. Why not 19. Qxh4?
Dec-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: Kasparov gives 19.Qxh4 Nxd5 20.Qxe7 Nxe7 21.Nd5 Nc6 as good for Black in Informator.
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