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Garry Kasparov vs Lev Polugaevsky
14th Soviet Team-ch qual group 3 (1979), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jul-??
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Apr-17-06  jamesmaskell: Lovely attacking game by Kasparov. Polugaevsky tried at the death to force the white king away but couldnt get it.

Pushing the g and h pawns is interesting. Is this a typical tactic in the Scheveningen?

Apr-17-06  zev22407: Pushing those pawns is typical tactic in many variations in the sicilian . It is called "the Keres attack"
Apr-19-06  goldenbear: 10.Qc7 or Qa5, with the idea of b5. I feel O-O is decisively bad, at least practically so.
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  takchess: This game is in Alburts Chess tactics for the Tournament Player book .An interesting an forced sequence starts with 29. f6. I'm surprised there is not much kibitzing on this game but then again K. has alot of notable games.
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  nasmichael: Age 46 in 2009, 16 in 1979, Kasparov is muscling some strong players around.
Oct-24-09  pericles of athens: a lethal kasparov attack. 7. g4 followed by 9. Rg1 makes for a very dangerous attack for white. black is always on the back foot in this one, for sure.
Oct-24-09  pericles of athens: however, i don't follow 29. f6 can anyone help?
Oct-24-09  Steven87: <pericles of athens> If a black Rook does not make it to the back rank (or otherwise stop Rc1-c8), white will promote the pawn on g7 (with the threat of mate).

Alternatively, if the pawn pushed to f6 is taken, Rh5xe5 with the pawn on d5 to shortly follow. In either case, black end up a Rook down.

29. ... Re5xh5 30. Rc1-c8+ Kh7 31. g7-g8=Q#
29. ... Rf3xf6 30. Rh5xe5 Kxg7 31. Re5xd5

Jul-21-13  victor antoni: muy romantico su juego de kasparov se ve que al igual que su maestro tal -- juega para el pĂ™blico y es lo mejor jugar para el publico que nos sigue es maravilloso.....
Jan-14-15  Corrrnel: i wonder if instead of 28. Rh5, f6 would have worked,if black takes the rook the Rh1 threatens mate,i dont see any defens
Jan-14-15  Howard: Timman makes the cute point in his book The Art of Chess Analysis, that despite Polugaevsky's "enterprising style" he didn't lose very often in those days. He then adds--in the introduction to Kasparov-Polugaevsky, 1978, which he analyzes extensively--that "in fact", Polugaevsky's next loss after the 1978 defeat wasn't until the following year---and he lost to Kasparov again !
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  perfidious: Polu was the goods--outstanding opening preparation and excellent at calculation to the point where he could give even the redoubtable Tal a run for his money.

For all that, it takes a little more to be a player who can take a run at the very summit of Mt Olympus.

Aug-01-15  Howard: I recall reading not long ago that for awhile, Polu relied too much on his natural talent----otherwise, he probably would have gone further.

That was probably the reason he was a late bloomer---he didn't enter the world's top-10 until he was about 40.

Nov-16-15  ToTheDeath: 28...Rxe5 was simply a blunder. Kxg7 and the game would rightly end in a draw. Polugayevsky actually played amazingly accurate moves to defuse the attack but was likely in time trouble when he blundered the game away. Actually quite impressive game by him otherwise. Kasparov played well too but was a bit lucky here.
Dec-08-16  Saniyat24: "Polu, par-boiled"....!
Dec-08-16  cunctatorg: That was a world-wide famous game back then, during "The rise of the Kasparov"!!

Two remarks: i) it is now relatively "forgotten" due to many other masterpieces, created by the player who had the white pieces here; ii) Garry Kasparov had continued at this level of extermination and awe-inspiring quality (like an "infinite attacking Colossus") during the next four years, hence you can imagine my surprise and awe during the ten first games of the 1984-85 K-K WCC match!!!...

Dec-08-16  Howard: I'm not sure that this game was "forgotten". After all, it did make the Informant.

Not only that, in the book The Art of Chess Analyis, Timman analyzes extensively Polu's loss to Kasparov in 1978. In the introduction, he adds that "despite Polugaevsky's enterprising style", his losses were rather rather. He then adds that his next loss wasn't until the following year, in 1979, "to Kasparov".

Dec-08-16  Dave12: 28..Kxg7 and he might be just on time. Rg1+ Kf8 f6 Re6 Rxh6 Ke8. it doesn't look so good for black but white ain't winning
Dec-09-16  RookFile: Brave play by Polugaevsky. Every now and then, things like this happen to you when you play this way.
Jul-26-17  bla bla: whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy hee ressiinnngg
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  perfidious: Believe the loss was on time, with zeitnot contributing to Black's uncertain play in the latter stages.
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  keypusher: In any case, in the final position Black has to give up a rook to avoid mate on h8.
Jul-26-17  morfishine: Is this a real game? Surely, there are significant improvements for Black





Oct-26-20  fisayo123: 28...Rxe5?? was a real howler from a top player like Lev

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