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Garry Kasparov vs V Sokolov
USSR Junior Championship (1975), Vilnius URS, rd 2, Jan-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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Sep-11-05  wzeller: They were both 12 years old.... So discouraging.
Sep-28-05  alexandrovm: <wzeller: They were both 12 years old.... So discouraging.> lol. Anyhow I don't think I would find the sac and move order that Kasparov found in that match. Beautiful game!
Sep-28-05  who: I am not sure that Kasparov has anything after 27...Ke8 and Fritz doesn't help.
Sep-28-05  alexandrovm: <who: I am not sure that Kasparov has anything after 27...Ke8 and Fritz doesn't help.> hwo can the king move up to e8? Flying like superman? Anyway I would love to see what move you intended to show here, thanks.
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: nice win by kasparov
Jan-27-06  goragoragora: Very inspired game by young Gazz,
even tho 27...Rc5! 28 Na4 Rhc8!
would slam the door on his concepts

Interestingly, Garry would later
take the Black side of this in his
World Championship Match with Nigel
Short, and lose, and on the same
d5 square!

Aug-17-07  ViciousMentality: kasparov missed a big advantage 25.dxe6+!!
Jan-06-08  LivBlockade: <ViciousMentality: kasparov missed a big advantage 25.dxe6+!!> I doubt it, as it's a pretty obvious option and I'm sure both players saw the possibility. Black allowed it and White did not play it. I assume they both felt that after 25. dxe6+ Black could respond 25...d5! with possible lines such as 26. hxg3 Bc5 or 26. Bxd5+ Qxd5.
Feb-17-08  RogelioG: Ive got to add on your bad foresight on your c5 with rook. Thus it seems possible, it forks rook and queen then he cant play c5 like u commented. Gora u are wrong about c5 because he has to move queen to safety, or lose on material and lose the game.
Feb-17-08  RogelioG: thereafter black cant recapture horse because if it does there is a discovery that wins the bishop after serious of queen checks taking bishop and placing king g6 pawn dxc5 capturing the knight after the horse takes rook on c5 then the discovery follows pawn to d6 then king c8 then queen c5 check king has only one option to not be mated d7 then queen c7+ke6 qxe7+ king f5 queen d7+ and finally king g6
Feb-17-08  RogelioG: sorry d6 check
Apr-26-09  Dillon: Sokolov messed up imo. He should have moved:

27... R c5

Goragoragora saw this too I see.

Aug-01-10  Damianx: Then he doesn,t get the knight and loses it in 2 knight E4
Aug-01-10  Damianx: but yes its a diff. game or at the least a game
Dec-01-11  Zugzwangovich:, it appears that the Sokolov in this game is not Andrei. The game is from the USSR Junior Championships held in Vilnius in Jan. 1975, some details of which are given in Kasparov's book "Fighting Chess". In that event Kasparov beat a player listed as "V. Sokolov" in the crosstable. The book also states that at age 11 Gazza was by far the youngest player in the tournament (Note that Andrei Sokolov is less than a month older than Kasparov). Of course, the details in the book may not be entirely accurate; I've tried to find other references to the event on the Web but no luck so far.
Dec-01-11  Shams: <Zugzwangovich> Nice work, this is probably your fella here:

Vladimir Sokolov

Dec-01-11  Zugzwangovich: Sorry, Shams, but it couldn't be that guy because he was a Serbian born in 1933.
Dec-01-11  Shams: <Zug> Hmm, you're right-- I saw 1953 and read that as birth year. Silly mistake.
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  SteinitzLives: Black is doing fine until he castles, 16. . . . .b4 is more promising. Maybe it's a young player thinking he "should" castle.

22. Rd5 is a typical centralizing, and piece activating exchange sac, that one sees over and over in Kasparovs' games. No one seems to get there rooks in the game down a central file faster than Kaspy. It is probably unsound, but too much fun not to play.

19 . . . . .Kb7 didn't look bad until 26 a4!, from here the black K seems without much protection, but fritz found 26 . . . .f5 which is a much better sac back than the one Sokolov found, but f5 is full of complications.

The thematic sac (back) on c3 is not uncommon in sicilians by any means, but when black does it in this position it's an act of desperation, and disastrous.

IM Crouch has pointed out that in the game 29 . . . .Qxg3 might hold.

Nov-04-12  The Last Straw: Black was still OK after 25...e5. However, the game then went 26.a4! b4!(♔asparov marks it as "a good move, probably found by a stroke of luck") 27.a5 ♖xc3?? (a deathly blunder: black wants to make space for his ♔ but to do that he should move it towards the kingside) and after 28.♕b6+ white was winning.
Jan-12-14  GREYSTRIPE: Here in this chess-game, Garry Kasparov makes clear the intellectual stature of his genius. The advancing nature of the Sicilian Defense is known to the opponent as relentless apply-of-chess for Gauss. Percipient in his use of Queen and Rook with Bishop, Garry Kasparov created victory keeping in mind the adage: "Dig the well before you are thirsty."
Jan-12-14  GREYSTRIPE: Kasparov won this game on defense as the Rook to d4 prevented Qd2. With his Queen at a8, it pinned the Bishop for Rooks. The opponent could not have won after Qb6 as the opponent's position was not square and could not have been thereafter square given Kasparov's Ottoman's. Kasparov's opening of Sicilian made defense hence victory.
Apr-10-14  MrJafari: It seems that at the end White aimed to prey Black's Bishop...
Apr-26-16  ChessSafari: After 27...Rc5 mentioned by gora and Dillon, doesn't 28.Re4! win... However, looks like 27...bxc3 28.Qb6+ Ka8 29.Qa6+ Kb8 30.Re4 cxb2 holds.
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  Honza Cervenka: If 20...Qxh2, then 21.a4 b4 22.Nd5!! exd5 23.exd5 Bxa4 24.Rd4! Rd7 25.Rxb4+ Bb5 26.Rh4 traps the Queen.
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