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Garry Kasparov vs Miguel Illescas Cordoba
"Perish the Tarrasch" (game of the day Mar-19-2005)
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-24
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Carlsbad Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-05  samikd: Wonderfully insructive positional chess as well as endgame
Mar-19-05  BadTemper: It's games like this that make me think Kasparov is decent at chess.
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  offramp: Garry used to play the Tarrasch but he had some unpleasant experiences against the mighty Karpov and he gave it up.
Mar-19-05  Zivildiener: and we won't see any more of this :( :(
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  kevin86: It was said that when a griot died,that a library burned to the ground. A griot was an oral historian in Africa (a theme echoed in FAHRENHEIT 451-when people memorize books to keep them alive)---maybe we can say,in a somewhat lesser way, that about a great chess player retiring.

We will sorely miss Mr. Kasparov's chess.

Here is a good example to chew on.

Mar-19-05  Kingsandsquares: Just to be precise, and oral historian in Western Africa. Africa is a big place, after all.
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  patzer2: The theory and play behind this game illustrate that at the top levels, Black is at best apparently playing for a draw in the Tarrasch.

The first 18 moves had been played previously to a draw in Kramnik vs Illescas-Cordoba, 1993. Kasparov's 19. Qd4!? was a novelty, reinforcing the blockade on the weak c6 pawn. Even so, it seems to me Black might have improved over <21...Ne4> with 21...Qa5!? 22.Qc3 (22.a4 Nd7=) 22...Qxc3 23.Rxc3 a5 24.e3 Nd7 25.Nxd7 Bxd7 26.Rd1 Rb7 27.Rc5 Rxb3 28.Rxa5 Rb7 29.a4 Kf8=. Additionally, Black's results in securing a draw with 18...Bf6 in T Polak vs T Civin, 2001, might suggest there is some drawing potential still left in the old Tarrasch.

After 23. Nxe4!, Kasparov secures a decisive passed pawn.

Mar-19-05  ajile: Anytime you play an early D5 and C5 as Black against the QG Declined it's gotta be suspect.
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  kevin86: <K&S> there were oral historians throught the world-but,you're right,only in Western Africa,were they called "griots"-I believe the word is Mandinke
Oct-24-05  alexandrovm: Miguel could never won over Garry
Jul-15-06  KingG: This game reminds me a lot of the classic Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908.
Oct-11-06  Minty: <patzer2: ...Even so, it seems to me Black might have improved over 21...Ne4 with 21...Qa5!?>

The simple 21...a5 looks like an improvement to me, stopping white from securing c5 with 22. b4

Oct-11-06  euripides: This game is one of a rather instructive trilogy:

Kramnik vs Illescas-Cordoba, 1994

Karpov vs Illescas-Cordoba, 1993

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  fm avari viraf: Instead of 21...Ne4, if Black tries to win a pawn with 21...Rxe2? then White will win a piece as 22.Rxe2 Qxe2 23.Qf4! attacking the Rook and the Bishop, hence, the text move.
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