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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1990), Linares ESP, rd 7, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97)  ·  0-1



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Feb-22-05  chessmanelnino: I know i'm missing something epic, but why didn't Linares play 19Bxg4?
Feb-22-05  euripides: <elnino> Ivanchuk probably saw 19...e5 20 Bxb8 Bxc8 and the f4 bishop is pinned. This isn't necessarily bad but not clearly better than the game.
Mar-19-06  Veselin Anderson: Beautiful game! Kasparov is a true genius!
Jul-16-06  patzer2: At first glance it appeared to me that 33...Rfd8! forced a series of deflections to win the White Bishop. However, Fritz 8 uncovered the neat resource 35. Bf5! which forces Black to take a draw by perpetual (all other moves win for White) after 35. Bf5! Rb2 36. Qxb2 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Qf4+ 38. g3 Rd2+ 39. Kh1 Rd1+ 40. Kh2 Rd2+ = (draw by repetition of moves).
Jul-16-06  patzer2: Of course after 35. Rxf3?, Kasparov deflects to remove the guard and win the Bishop with a five-move combination beginning with 35...Rd2! .
Jul-16-06  patzer2: White also seems to have missed the drawing possibility 41. g3! Rb2+ 42. Kh3 Qd2 43. Rf7+ Kh6 44. Qf4+ Qxf4 45. gxf4 Bd8 46. Rd7 Bf6 (46...Ba5?? 47. g5+ Kh5 48. Rh7#) 47. g5+ =.
Jul-16-06  patzer2: <patzer2> Just noticed a contradiction in my last two posts.

If 41. g3! draws, then 35...Rd2! may win the Bishop but it's not a game winning move as the Bishop must be given back or Black gets mated.

Still the 35...Rd2! deflection to win the Bishop was a strong practical deflection tactic, as finding 41. g3! and it's followup is difficult OTB even for a super GM like Ivanchuk.

Jul-16-06  euripides: <patzer 41. g3! Rb2+ 42. Kh3 Qd2 43. Rf7+ Kh6 44. Qf4+> nice. I suppose 44...Bg5 45 Rh7+ Kxh7 46 Qf7+ gives a perpetual.
Jul-16-06  patzer2: <I suppose 44...Bg5 45 Rh7+ Kxh7 46 Qf7+ gives a perpetual.> Yes indeed! Another interesting side line is 41. g3! Qd2+, where White forces the draw with the surprising 42. Kg1! (all others lose) 42...Rb2 43. Rf7+ Kh6 44. g5+! Qxg5 (44...Bxg5?? 45. Qh1+ ) 45. Qxh4+ Qxh4 46. gxh4= (Fritz 8, -0.25 @ 17 depth).
Nov-04-07  sallom89: woah killer combination.
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  kingscrusher: According to Rybka, 41 Rf7+ is the best move at about depth 14:

Here are my analysis notes:

[Event "Linares 8th"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1990.??.??"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B97"]
[WhiteElo "2665"]
[BlackElo "2800"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "1990.02.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[EventCategory "16"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. f5 Nc6 11. fxe6 fxe6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Be2 Be7 14. O-O O-O 15. Rb3 Qc5+ 16. Be3 Qe5 17. Bf4 Qc5+ 18. Kh1 Ng4 19. h3 e5 20. Na4 Qa7 21. Bc4+ Kh8 22. hxg4 exf4 23. Nb6 d5 24. exd5 cxd5 25. Bxd5 (25. Nxd5 Bxg4 26. Rxf4 Qd7 27. Rb6 Bc5) 25... Rb8 26. Nxc8 Rbxc8 27. Rh3 Qb6 28. Re1 Bg5 29. Re6 Qd8 30. c4 Rb8 31. Qd3 Bh4 32. Be4 Qg5 33. Bxh7 Rfd8 34. Qc2 f3 35. Rxf3 (35. Bf5 Rd2 36. Qb3 Qd8 (36... fxg2+ 37. Kg1 Rf8 38. Qg3) 37. Qxf3) 35... Rd2 36. Qe4 Rd1+ 37. Kh2 Re1 (37... Qc1 38. Re8+ Rxe8 39. Qxe8+ Kxh7 40. Qh5+ Qh6 41. Qf5+ g6 42. Qf7+ Qg7 43. c5 Qxf7 44. Rxf7+ Kh6) 38. Qf5 Rxe6 39. Qxe6 Kxh7 40. Qe4+ g6 41. Rh3 (41. Rf7+ Kh6 (41... Kg8 42. Qe6 Kh8 43. g3 Qh6 44. Kg2 Bg5 45. Qe5+ Kg8 46. Qe6 Rf8 47. Rf5+ Kh7 48. Qd7+ Kh8 49. Qd4+) 42. Qd4 Rg8 43. g3 Bxg3+ (43... Qd8 44. Rd7 Qa5 45. gxh4 Qxa2+ 46. Kg3 Qb3+ 47. Kf4 Rf8+ 48. Ke5 Re8+ 49. Kd6 Qb8+ 50. Kd5 Qa8+ 51. Kc5 Rc8+ 52. Kb6 Qc6+ 53. Ka5 Qc5+) 44. Kxg3 ) 41... Kg7 42. Qd4+ Kg8 43. Qe4 Qf6 0-1

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  kingscrusher: has a different game score to this - which is also different to the game score in my local chessbase. The finish here is nice though with Rh8. Did that actually happen?!
Nov-11-08  apexin: <I know i'm missing something epic, but why didn't Linares play 19Bxg4? > Its ivanchuk actually not Linares.
Jun-13-10  The Rocket: <I know i'm missing something epic, but why didn't Linares play 19Bxg4? > "Its ivanchuk actually not Linares.">


Apr-07-12  screwdriver: <chessmanelnino: I know i'm missing something epic, but why didn't Linares play 19Bxg4?>

Tis not Linares, but in fact it's Ivanchuck.

Hee haw!

Apr-22-12  MarkFinan: Hilarious!!

Anyway what a game, i really don't know how Kasparov came up with a defence middle game, let alone win?.. And what a nice finish with Rh8.

A genius at work :)

May-30-12  kasparvez: Has 18...Ng4 been played before?
Mar-09-14  ralph46: If you check the database a year earlier there was a game played up to move 27 the same way. Probably Kasparov was aware of that game . From move 28 the game was played differently
Jul-29-15  tivrfoa: why not 27. Rxf4? is it bad?
Jul-16-20  James J. Henderson: <apexin: ... Its ivanchuk actually not Linares.> The players had a wager on this game. The loser had to change his name to Linares.
Jul-16-20  James J. Henderson: <ralph46: If you check the database a year earlier there was a game played up to move 27 the same way.> I've checked the database (a couple, actually), but I could not find the earlier game you reference. Could you please provide a precise citation?

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