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Garry Kasparov vs Andrei V Kharitonov
Leningrad (1977), rd 9, Feb-??
Spanish Game: Exchange. Gligoric Variation (C69)  ·  1-0



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May-04-04  Ed Caruthers: It would be a much harder puzzle if it started with the position after Black's 31st. 32. Rxc4 looks forced, but after 32...Nxc4, 33. Nxc4, Black is a pawn up with B vs. N. 33...Bc5; 34.a5,Bd4; 35. a6, b2; 36.Na3, h5; 37.Ke2, g5 looks like it's winning for Black. Was 32...Ba3 a blunder?
May-04-04  MiCrooks: I think it becomes not a puzzle at all if you pull it back a move as Kasparov's move appears to lead to no better than a draw. I cannot see what Kharitonov was thinking when he played Ba3 instead of Nxc4! Maybe there were time pressures. I don't think Black is necessarily winning here, even though a pawn up as White's King is much closer to the action. Perhaps both thought that White could bring the King over, win the pawn and enter into a won endgame. However, a quick h5, g5, h4 by Black would bring the game into balance. White has to rush his King over to the Queenside. For instance, Nxc4 Bc4 a5 Bd4 a6 h5 Ke2 g5 Kd3 h4 gxh4 gxh4 Nxe5 looks like it draws to me but if anything Black has the chances.
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  kevin86: Another brilliant win by Kasparov. Ho Hum!

Just kidding,the rook sac and the final combination to win the knight and pawn is music. Ironically,the sac was a bit of reverse psychology-if black had taken it,he could have drawn-as it was-he tried to outwit the teenager,and was trapped by him.

May-04-04  numlock31: Whats the continuation?

34....Nb7 35.Rb5 winning the pawn??
Is there any way to win the knight also?

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  kevin86: <numlock31> That's what I thought too,but a series of checks gets both.34... ♘b7 35 ♖c8+ ♔f7 36 ♖c7+ ♔ any 37 ♖xb7 and the pawn goes next
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  kevin86: I just noticed some clever tries by black:34...♗c3 35 ♖xc3 b2 36 ♖c8+ and 37♖b8

or 34...♗d4 35 ♖xa5 b2 36 ♖b5 and white's king is closer

May-04-04  Severian596: <Ed Caruthers> Hi Ed, you missed 36. Nxb2 in your analysis. The bishop is overloaded and white wins the b pawn. Additionally black cannot advance the c pawn or it will block the bishop's defense of a7. To capitalize on this I can imagine white's N traveling to a4, then c3 (again a7 is weak), then finally b5. This wins the bishop and it looks like white's advantage is decisive after that.


May-04-04  iron maiden: Great game by a young Kasparov. I'm just waiting for FerociousBeast to come along and tear up anyone who didn't solve it.
May-04-04  AgentRgent: I think Black missed his chance with 28...Rxb2 After 28...Na5 29. Nxa5 Rxb2 30. Nc4 Rc2 31. Ne3 Rd2 32. a5 Be7 33. a6 Rd8 It looks like the Black King can get to the queenside to kill the passed pawn and win!
May-04-04  alphee: I balanced between Ra7 and Rc5 but the Knight was to be removed to have a passed pawn and try to promote it. Here is how I saw the next moves 33. ♖c5 ♘b7 34. a5 ♗d4 35. ♖b5 ♘d8 36. ♖b8 ♔f7 37. ♖xd8 ♗c5 38. ♖b8 ♗d4 39. a6 ♗b6 40. a7 ♗xa7 41. ♖xb3 and there is no obvious win. I surely missed something.
May-04-04  molinov: What happens if after 34...Bc3 and 35 Rxc3 black responds instead of 35... b2 35... Kf7 and now black threatens b2 since after 36 Rc7+ white can't prevent the pawn from promoting because the b7 square is guarded by the knight?. I think that after 36 Rc5 b2 37 Rb5 Nc4 white wins.
May-04-04  midknightblue: ferocious beast is supposedly a non-active chess player with estimated rating of 2700+. He makes anti-semetic comments and his initials are F.B. Do we have a Fischer siting???
May-04-04  lnlver: 32 ..ba3 seems to be a blunder. Black had white's rook hemmed in on the queen side before this move.
May-04-04  Cornwallis: What was kasparov's rating when he played this game?

Oh yeah, according to Ferocious beast
I didn't get this one so i am rated a

May-04-04  apple head: lol I am 1309 USCF, and got this one in a snap of a finger
May-04-04  FerociousBeast: Cackle if You didn't get this one you are blind.. wait.. a blind person would of got this one.. Nevermind about that..
May-04-04  Calculoso: FerociousBeast, if you are going to insult people, take the time to use correct grammar. Is it just me or is it funny that FB needs to insult people to shadow his own inadequacies? <Would of got this one>? Come on...
May-04-04  FerociousBeast: Cackle.. Another lame English Teacher wannabe who I could beat in under 18 moves..
May-04-04  iron maiden: Yep, this guy definitely has a lot in common with Fischer. Only, he doesn't back up the trash he talks.
May-04-04  FerociousBeast: If a girl is entered in a chess tournament is it insulting to the other players?
May-04-04  iron maiden: <Ferocious> Badmouthing women tournament players (most of whom would slaughter you in an actual game) is a bad strategy.
Oct-02-04  aw1988: <FerociousBeast: If a girl is entered in a chess tournament is it insulting to the other players?> No, it is most definitely not. Many chessplayers I know are female. Why don't you go back to analyzing the FeriousBeast system 40,000 more lines? Then I can add those lines to the latest book i'm writing- morons who think they're better than everyone else.
Apr-30-05  sharkbenjamin: 1. No obscence, racist, sexist, or profane language.
Sep-30-07  gambitfan: An interesting Ruy Lopez Exchange
Sep-04-16  MrJafari: It was for the first time that I saw a Kasparov's game which in he went backward in two moves...
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