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Garry Kasparov vs Andrei Sokolov
Baku (1975), rd 2
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation (B67)  ·  1-0



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Oct-14-03  northernsoul: rook sacrifice comes out of nowhere and completely tears open the position. But Sokolov doesn't exactly inspire - his moves look insipid. He's on the defensive from gxf6 - that move looks all wrong, and he never exploits the benefit of the open file.
Jul-16-04  flipper.89: your truly a magician!!!, can you teach me Garry?
Jul-16-04  Lawrence: Hi, <flipper.89>, welcome. Someone said once "You can pay Yehudi Menuhin to teach you the violin, but you'll never play the violin like Yehudi Menuhin." However, you can have a lot of enjoyment learning to play chess.
Jul-28-04  chess4games: Can any one tell me why black resigned?
Jul-28-04  Bobsterman3000: Black resigned because white had an unstoppable mate in 6-8 moves. For instance, no matter what move black makes on move 32, he can't stop 33. Rc4+ Kd7 34. Qb7+ Ke8 35. Rc8+ checkmate

The only thing that can stop this from playing out immediately is black moving the rook to h1 for a check, but then the white king just moves to a2 and the above sequence goes in motion.

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  Benzol: <chess4games> White is threatening to play 33.♖c4+ ♔d7; 34.♕b7+ ♔d8; 35.♖c8 mate.
Jul-28-04  notsodeepthought: Because there is no good defense to the dual threat of Rc4+ and R:b4 (depending on what black plays), winning at least the black bishop and the game.
Jul-29-04  alexandrovm: Black loses material
Jul-29-04  chess4games: Thanks to <alexandrovm> <Bobsterman3000> <Benzol> and <notsodeepthought>.
Jul-29-04  alexandrovm: no problem. And it is nice to have you here.
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.
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