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Gata Kamsky vs Garry Kasparov
World Chess Challenge (1989) (rapid), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Oct-26
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  0-1



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Oct-23-04  Spassky69: Kamsky is a bum. Not resigning even down a queen. What a sore loser.
Oct-24-04  alexandrovm: I think he just hated Kasparov :)
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  tpstar: Maybe he was afraid his father would beat him. At chess, I mean, of course.
Oct-26-04  alexandrovm: lol, that might be the case also ;)
Nov-17-04  shakespeare918: well if this guy kamsky is going to play over 100 moves when he knows he is going to lose the game he should be a gentalmen and let kasparov checkmate him.
Nov-17-04  alexandrovm: or just resign :)
Mar-07-05  Whitehat1963: No one ever won a game by resigning, I guess.
Aug-02-05  ThomYorke: It´s clear that Kasparov doesn´t like the french defense cause it´s too passive. But Kasparov was agressive by playing g5! A pretty "kasparov move"
Aug-02-05  aw1988: I wonder if Kamsky blamed this one on the spicy food.
Oct-24-05  alexandrovm: Kasparov's only french, somehow it transposed to it
Jul-02-06  KingG: What was Kamsky thinking playing on so long, first a piece down, and then a queen? It a kind of pathetic.
Jul-02-06  WMD: Do you know about Kamsky's father?
Jul-02-06  KingG: Vaguely.
Jul-02-06  WMD: <F: The latest scoop for Inside Chess was a controversial interview with Gata Kamsky and his father in which Seirawan and Kasparov were attacked in no uncertain terms, as deliberately hindering the youngster's progress towards the world title. Kamsky was remarkable by his absence from the 1990 Olympiad, despite being the highest rated US player. What was the story?

S: "Essentially, Father Kamsky has a severe image problem. He's a very tough street man who's had a great deal of hardship in his life and now he's fighting for the best for his son. In doing so he's truly alienated those who would like to have helped him, including myself. As far as the Olympiad team was concerned, he was invited to play third board and refused with the statement: First or nothing. This caused a great deal of happiness amongst the Americans who celebrated the fact, not that Gata would not be here but that Rustam would not be here. We felt that Rustam's presence would be divisive. So, much as we admire Gata's playing ability, we're equally disturbed and offended by his father.

Fortunately the decision not to have Gata on top board has nothing to do with me; it's the result of a formula that came out of my dispute with the USCF in 1984: a mixture of FIDE and USCF ratings averaged over a two year period, as well as current ratings, which dictates who is invited and in what order."

F: He tells the story of the dinner, hosted by Kamsky's American sponsor, stockbroker James Cayne, at which Gata was struck by his father.

S: "He'd figured the kid needed a helping hand, so he'd written out a cheque on the spot. Then Rustam and Gata were invited to this beautiful social occasion. Mrs Cayne came in furs, decorated to the max. Gata translated everything word for word, as Rustam speaks no English. At some point Rustam was unhappy with the translation and - whack! A resounding backhand across the face of young Gata. Mrs Cayne says 'have a lovely evening. In polite company you do not strike your children; goodnight.' End of sponsorship.

Is Gata a happy person? Impossible to say. He has no friends. At some point, he will mature and try to break the hold his father has on him. That situation is going to be a tremendous explosion and the question will be: who gets killed? I also see a terrible psychological scar for this young man if he does not achieve his goal of being world champion.">

Jul-02-06  KingG: Thanks. After looking at some of Kamskys other games from around this time, i can see that he wasn't exactly known for resigning early, although i can't find anything quite this bad.

Still, i find it difficult to believe that his father would beat him up after each loss. Playing under those circumstances would be virtually impossible.

Jul-02-06  mack: <Is Gata a happy person? Impossible to say. He has no friends. At some point, he will mature and try to break the hold his father has on him.>

The words of Philip Larkin's This Be The Verse come to mind.

Jul-02-06  WMD: That's too high minded for Think popular culture.
Jul-03-06  mack: Oh, sorry. What about them Yankees?
Nov-10-08  Confuse: <mack> its How about them Yankees. At least get the incorrect grammar right : )
Feb-22-09  WeakSquare: Kamsky played 70 moves down a piece, and 5 moves down a queen. Is that a record?
Nov-05-09  WhenHarryMetSally: i too hate kasparov. only because he's the best
Nov-05-09  WhenHarryMetSally: Gata has definitely taken some blows over this game - from Kasparov, I mean.
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  yiotta: Too bad Kasparov didn't play the French more often, he could have really been somebody.
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  diceman: For those who wonder why Kamsky played on:

1) This was a Rapid game, Kasparov may have been in severe time pressure.

2) If both players were in time trouble, the ending may have happened at "blitz" speed.

3) I don't remember the year the, "Fischer Clock" came out. If available, it may not have been in regular use the way it is today. This game was most likely played without increment.

4) Kasparov's king is exposed with no pawns to protect it.

5) The course of the game justifies Kamsky playing on:

By move 41, Kamsky's position rated a -6.11 on Stockfish:

1) -6.11 (25 ply) 41.h3 gxh3 42.Qxh3 d4 43.Qh4 Rb1 44.f3 Rxe1+ 45.Qxe1 Qf5 46.Qg3+ Bg6 47.f4 d3 48.Qe3 Qg4 49.Kf1 Bf5 50.Qf3 Qh4 51.g3 Qd8 52.Ke1 Qd4 53.g4 Be4 54.Qf2 Qa1+ 55.Kd2 Qxa3 56.Qh4 Qb2+ 57.Ke3 Qe2+ 58.Kd4

By move 69 only a -.92:

1) -0.92 (36 ply) 69.Kg3 Qg7 70.Qh4+ Qh6 71.Qe7 Qg6 72.f4 Kg8 73.Qd8+ Kg7 74.Qe7 Qd3+ 75.Kh4 Qh7+ 76.Kg3 Qg6 77.Kh3 d4 78.Kg3 Qd3+ 79.Kh4 Qh7+ 80.Kg3 Qg6 81.Qd8 Qd3+ 82.Kh4 Qe4 83.Qf6+ Kg8 84.Qg5+ Kh7 85.Qf6 Qg6 86.Qe7 d3 87.Kg3 Kg7 88.Kf3 Qh6 89.Kg3 Qh7 90.Qd8 Qe4 91.Qf6+ Kf8 92.Qh6+ Kg8

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  PawnSac: < shakespeare918: well if this guy kamsky is going to play over 100 moves when he knows he is going to lose the game he should be a gentalmen and let kasparov checkmate him.>

From move 52-94 (a run of 42 moves) he almost made the 50 move draw! he had hopes of the draw until Kasparov probably figured out what he was doing and sac'ed the bishop so there was a change of material count. He exchanged the B for advanced passer. It was the only winning chance under the circumstances.

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