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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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Apr-30-05  lopium: The last move is a real killer one! Without it, i think white had an advantage.
Dec-03-05  dasp3edd3m0n: Yeah that's an awesome move. Qd1!!!
Dec-22-05  MatedStan: I think white did have the advantage in this game but blew it to a tactical loophole. If anyone sees how black has the advantage at or after move 35 please post your thoughts.
Dec-22-05  thathwamasi: oh my god!!! what a finish.....perfect move, perfect pin and a perfect pun as well.
Dec-22-05  Hidden Skillz: i also thought white had an advantage but black certainly had a safer king and some nice initiative
Dec-22-05  blingice: That is the best counter to a pin I have seen in my life.
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  Sneaky: He's a pinball wizard / There's got to be a twist
A pinball wizard / He's got such a supple wrist
How do you think he does it? (I don't know!)
What makes him so good?
Dec-22-05  mravikiran: 40. Bf6?? was blunder.

40. Qc8+ Rg8 (Qg8 is again a killer)
41. Qc3+

would be better for white.

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  pilobolus: Unbelievable!
Dec-22-05  Tariqov: 39Rxg7?? is the main blunder
Dec-22-05  Pawn Ambush: !!!One of the most stunning pins ever!!!

The pinned piece itself pinning another piece. WICKED!!!!

Dec-22-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Amazing final position! Nice pun. :)
Dec-22-05  AlexanderMorphy: great move, but i think that most of us would have played exactly the same move had we had the chance to play it...Ehlvest just missed the counter-pin and blew a good position!
Dec-22-05  Timothy Glenn Forney: I counted 5 pins in this game,great pun.
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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.
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