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Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest vs Garry Kasparov
"Pin Ball" (game of the day Dec-22-2005)
URS-chT U20 (1977), Moscow URS
Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern Variation (B10)  ·  0-1



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  khense: Besides all the brilliant tactics, Kasparov has great positional understanding. I would have felt like resigning black's game at some points. But what do I know.
Dec-22-05  dakgootje: very nice game with a suprising ending, however easy to see. Would make a nice monday puzzle also, however maybe the game is too beautifull for being only a monday puzzle =)
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  patzer2: Ehlvest blunders with 39. Rxg7??, thinking the counterpin 39...Rxg7 40. Bf6? gives him the advantage. Instead, Kasparov's pin breaking double attack 40...Qd1+! wins the Black Queen after 41. Kg2 Qxg4+ .

Notice that Kasparov's winning idea utilizes the same counter pin breaking tactic (pin and double attack) found in Monday's puzzle solution (37...?) in V Makogonov vs Chekhover, 1937.

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  patzer2: Instead of 39. Rxg7??, Ehlvest could have played 39. Rd7! Qe5 40. Kf1! with excellent drawing chances.
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  patzer2: <mravikiran: 40. Bf6?? was blunder. 40. Qc8+ Rg8 (Qg8 is again a killer) 41. Qc3+ would be better for white.>

Well 40. Qc8+ certainly does improve for White and offers some drawing chances, but it may not be enough to save the game. After Fritz 8's 40. Qc8+ Qg8 41. Qc3 Qe6 42. Kf1 Kg8 43. Qc5 Rd7 44. Qc8+ Kg7 45. Qc2 Qd5 46. Be3 Qh1+ 47. Ke2 Qxh2 (-1.50 @ 14 depth) White's survival chances are looking awful slim (see diagram).

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[White to move (48. ?) after the analysis above]

Dec-22-05  THE pawn: I think the biggest lesson to learn in this game, is that even if your position looks better ( more pawns etc.) An open king on an open board against a black queen is really nasty, you really got to have your king in a safe place, especially if it's not you who have the initiative.
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  kevin86: A more brilliant show of this theme than Monday's. Strange that black castles right onto the open file-but he knew that it would be far sooner that he,not white,would control the fatal g row.

White believed that the bishop counter-pin would neutralize the black rook-but was sadly disillusioned when the rook's pin held in force to allow the queen fork of queen and king!!

Dec-22-05  chesscrazy: A very nice game by Kasparov.
Dec-22-05  CeeFoR: Wow, wow, wow!!!!
Dec-22-05  mang00neg: Imho black got really lucky here as white loses the thread in the mid 30 moves, despite being 2 pawns up.
Dec-22-05  Eatman: have to remember that they both were about 14 years old, not weakies but still not quite GM strenght at the time.
Dec-22-05  mang00neg: <eatman> true enough, didn't notice the date, a real slugfest though.
Dec-22-05  I3illieJoe: Ouch that must have hurt
Dec-22-05  TalEl: a pin to unpin an a pin!!
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  OhioChessFan: It wasn't a safety pin. I can't remember what GM of old said that about another game or I'd give them credit. After playing the game over quickly, maybe 24 Qe4 instead of Qf3 would have been better.
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  OhioChessFan: Recorded by: "Brad Stanfield"
Written by: Claude Prez
(parody of 'Pinball Wizard' by The Who)

Ever since he was a young boy
He loved them dxxx machines
From K-mart down to Big Lots
He picked them suckers clean
He only lived for chewin'
won't eat food at all
That one really dumb kid
Sure only eats gumballs

He stands like a sapling
He's gettin pretty lean
Chewing on his gumballs
Hey have some Ovaltine
I can't say he's the keenest
shopper in the mall
That one really dumb kid
Sure only eats gumballs

He's a gumball wizard
It's just beyond belief
A gumball wizard's got
Such unsightly teeth

Why do you think he does it?
Who the hxxx cares?
Maybe he was dropped on his head....
When we have him for dinner
It just means more for us
His dentist drives Ferraris
His parents take the bus
He blows the biggest bubbles
His brain is really small
That one really dumb kid
Sure only eats gumballs

I thought I was
A pretty stupid guy
At least I know that if
you don't eat you die
Even as he's barely conscious
He won't touch a snack
He's chompin on a gumball
Flat there on his back
And if you took it from him
I know you'd see him crawl
That one really dumb kid
Sure only eats gumballs

Nov-16-08  mikedressner: Either 41. Kg2 Qxg4 42. Kh1 Qg1# or 41. Kg2 Qxg4 42. Kf1 Qd1#
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: how did white not see that?
Apr-08-11  DanielBryant: <WhiteRook48> I'm speculating, but it may have been right before a time control.
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  perfidious: Maybe 11....Rc8 or 11....g6 are improvements over 11....Bb4, the former having been tried in Velimirovic vs J Nikolac, 1978.
Apr-25-14  pumping707: Pins everywhere.....great game and great vision by kasparov!
Feb-01-15  MariusDaniel: It's a nice game--yeah!
Apr-11-15  The Rocket: Cute finish.
Jan-14-17  joddon: thats why he is Kasaparov.....he dominates with the queen anywhere any time and day.......thats what he taught Carlsen .
Oct-13-18  MrJafari: Wow! one last magic move...
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