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Garry Kasparov vs Edvins Paulsovich Kengis
URS-ch U20 (1977), Riga, rd 7, Jan-??
Formation: Queen Pawn Game: London System (D02)  ·  1-0



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Oct-19-05  alexandrovm: this game sudenly attracted me. The queen`s indian blown away by Kasparov in 23 moves. White fights for the control of the long diagonal that leads black to it`s doom. I think personaly as a great game, but, is it a sound one? Any comments?
Jan-09-06  EmperorAtahualpa: A beautiful set of pins!

Perhaps <> can make a nice puzzle out of this game.

Jan-09-06  bane77: 18...Bxa1? is a crucial moment. Probably the only move was 18...Bg7 but the position is almost lost for black. White can exchange bishops, and after e4 and queen exchange, play unpleasant move Rb1. In fact that bishop on g7 shouldn't be exchaged just like that in such positions, except for the same-coloured white bishop. This is a very good example of creating weak black-fields. Gary punished this mistake in only 5 moves. Notice that his further playing is focused on black fields, he has in mind that black has no defense on his weak black fields.
Jan-10-06  sucaba: Black could play 19. _ ♘f6 20. ♘b6 ♕f5 21. ♘xa8 ♗xa8 where White has the ♗pair, but Blacks pieces are active.

On 18. _ ♗g7, 19. ♗xg7 ♔xg7 20. ♕b3 a5 21. ♘b6 even wins the exchange.

Feb-16-06  goragoragora: Young Garry's style needs some
ironing out since here Black
should have clearly played 15...Nxf4!
first, before playing ...Bxb2.
Young Garry's play is impressive
tactically, but not impressive
positionally. 13 cxb4? is a terrible
move, and his next move compounds
the error. He's pulling apart his
pawn structure, basically making
the same mistake that his opponent
makes with the moves 10...a6, and
...b5 is a foolish idea for Black
here, and totally un-necessary.
What is the purpose of a pawn
structure? (Reshevsky). To pull it
apart, and create needless and
permanent weaknesses in it - and
all of that merely to chase a
temporary weakness (the knight on c4)?
Both players are playing horrendously
positionally in this game.
Generally Black goes for one pawn
move in these types of structures,
and that's ...e5! He doesn't need
to do anything else with the rest
of his pawn structure.
Jun-13-07  BlackNightmare: a nowadays 2700 player will think twice about exchanging the black bishop which is THE PIECE TO KEEP in A KID and not hastily exchange it for a rook no matter how tempting it is this shows how kasy was 2 dddddcades ahead of everyone else with new concepts like material vs time vs position a true champion
Jun-17-07  percyblakeney: <18...Bxa1? is a crucial moment>

Still it's the same move Rybka plays after looking at the position for five minutes, so by then Kengis is in trouble. Kasparov was not yet 14 when this game was played, and he talks about it beginning here, approximately 4 minutes in:

The end of it is here:

Jun-17-07  Open Defence: <percy> the whole collection of vids is great.. very interesting concepts .. i like the one where he talks about how many pieces he actually has attacking and on the K side where the action was in that game versus how many pieces his opponent has but which are on the wrong side of the board in that game..
Jun-17-07  percyblakeney: <Open Defence> Yep, very interesting vids, I'm going through them at the moment, hadn't seen them before.
Jun-17-07  Karpova: <BlackNightmare: a nowadays 2700 player will think twice about exchanging the black bishop which is THE PIECE TO KEEP in A KID and not hastily exchange it for a rook no matter how tempting it is this shows how kasy was 2 dddddcades ahead of everyone else with new concepts like material vs time vs position a true champion>

Seirawan vs Ivanchuk, 1997
Chucky didn't get a rook for his bishop but still...

Btw, the game you are referring to is a QID, not a KID

May-25-10  ToTheDeath: 17. d7! sets up a knight fork on b6 (19...f6 20.e4). Vintage Kasparov.
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  kingscrusher: Hi all

The Youtube link in previous kibitzing doesn't work.

Here is a new one for this fine victory by Kasparov when he was just 13 years old playing in the Under 18 event:

Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

Cheers, K

Feb-21-17  MrJafari: wow! very beautiful attack by Kasparov. Actually in 15th move it seems Black has advantage, but suddenly White changes the situations just in few moves...
Sep-02-17  Arconax: A young Kasparov plays the London System!
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