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Garry Kasparov vs Lev Polugaevsky
Leningrad (1975)
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-02-07  jackmandoo: I will kibitz on all all of the games on Kasparovs first page of games.
May-05-09  zev22407: 20)Q-c6! and if h7xg5 21)Qxg6+ K-h8 22)Q-h6+ K-g8 23)B-d5+! Qxd5 24)R-e7 and white wins
Mar-13-14  MrJafari: It seems Kasparov didn't risk and drew and his opponent played so consciously!
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  ToTheDeath: Young Garik shows immense respect for his esteemed opponent by avoiding mainline Sicilian theory. He quickly lands in an inferior position though, and after 12.Qxe4!? (not 12.dxe4 Ba6!) Black should have played 12...Rb8 maintaining all threats.

The tactical melee that follows favors white, but Polugayevsky plays accurately with 14...Nf5 to keep the balance. 14...Qxd3 15.Qxa7 would not do at all.

20.Qc6! is a great move, as taking on g5 is impossible as pointed out above. 20...Kg7? 21.Ne6+ Bxe6 22.Rxe6 is also horrendous.

24...f4? was a mistake, 24...g5 and Black can defend. Kasparov erred in turn with 25.g4? Instead 25.Rxg6+ Kh7 26.Re6 would retain some winning chances.

A nice game for a simul, and a great chance for a young super talent to test his mettle against a world class GM.

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