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Vasyl Ivanchuk vs Garry Kasparov
New York PCA-Intel GP (1995) (rapid), rd 4, Jun-23
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1



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Jun-11-02  refutor: disclaimer : i know nothing about najdorf theory, but i'm trying to learn :)

what's wrong with 10.Bxe6 fxe6 doubling the pawns? sure it opens up the f-file, but don't the doubled pawns make up for that?

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  Sneaky: If White plays Bxe6 Black's pawns will only be temporarily doubled, as it will be difficult to prevent a later ...d5.

And of course, ...d5 is the move that Black wants to make the most: it threatens d4 and it fixes the problem of the backwards d-pawn.

Jun-11-02  refutor: thanks sneaky...actually that became apparent when i went over the next B90 kasparov where the same thing happened and i was like right, ...d5 is what black wants to play :)
Dec-06-05  KingG: 33.Rd2?, 35.Nb7??, how can a player of Ivanchuk's class make blunders like this?
Dec-06-05  lopium: 33.Ra1, Qd3 menacing the knight with a much stronger position I guess. Maybe a rook sacrifice on f3. I can't say more. Last move, I wonder if it was a blunder or an intent from Ivanchuk.
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  patzer2: Kasparov easily equalizes against Ivanchuk's quiet 6. Be3 variation of the Najdorf, securing the two Bishops for a clear advantage.

Karparov brings home the point with the deflection and pinning combination 32...Bc2! Note that if 33. Ra1, Black wins after 33...Be4! 34. Rxe4 Qxe4 35. fxe5 Rxf2 .

Aug-02-06  KingG: Video of this game:
Aug-11-06  PinkPanther: <patzer2>
By no stretch of the imagination is the Be3 variation one of the more tame variations of the Najdorf.
Aug-11-06  KingG: <PinkPanther> The 7.Nf3 variation one of the tamer lines.
Nov-13-07  notyetagm: <patzer2: Kasparov easily equalizes against Ivanchuk's quiet 6. Be3 variation of the Najdorf, securing the two Bishops for a clear advantage. Karparov brings home the point with the deflection and pinning combination 32...Bc2! Note that if 33. Ra1, Black wins after 33...Be4! 34. Rxe4 Qxe4 35. fxe5 Rxf2 .>

And Kasparov wins yet another Najdorf with his unsurpassed tactical skill.

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