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Garry Kasparov vs Algimantas Butnorius
14th Soviet Team-ch final C (1979), Moscow URS, rd 5, Jul-??
Bogo-Indian Defense: Grünfeld Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: One of Kasparov's famous early games. Check out the position after White's 25th move!
Sep-14-06  lopium: Nice game! But what´s the thing after white´s 25th move?
May-16-14  offramp: The pgn header starts out very not-promisingly:
[Event "t"]
[Site "URS"]
[Date "1979.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
But foremost of all of these data is
<[Event "t"].>
I think that means it was a tournament.
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  perfidious: This game was played at the annual Spartakiad in Moscow during July 1979.
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  keypusher: A game of pseudo-sacs. Black plays 15....Qg5

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allowing the pawn fork with 16.f4, but after 16...Qg6 17.fxe5, 17...Nc5 uncovers a mate threat on g2 while attacking White's wandering bishop on a6.

Then after 18.Bg3 Nxa6

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young Garry strikes with his own sham sac, 19.Nf5, which Butnorius might have done well to accept. Instead, White takes charge after 19....Rae8 20.Nd6 Re7 21.Rf4 h5 22.e4 Ba8 23.Bh4 Rd7 24.Rc3 Qh6 25.Qf1 Nc7 26.Rcf3.

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A diagram found in all the meet-the-new-beast articles that began appearing in the West around this time, but the position occurred on move 26, not move 25 as a careless poster suggested 11 years ago. I don't know if 27.exf6 qualifies as a sham sacrifice, but it's pretty devastating in any case.

Nov-01-17  Cibator: "Alekhin's Cannon", they used to call that tripling of the major pieces.
Nov-02-17  sfm: Cute! 15.-,Qg5 was one of those tactical ideas that just did not turn out well. Larsen said "It is OK that you can't calculate some sacrifice to the very end - but it's a pity if you didn't even get the idea." Tal got the ideas and calculated correctly. A nasty combination.
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  keypusher: Butnorius didn't roll over in this game; he was tough and resourceful. For instance, after 29....e5

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Why can't White just move his rook? But if 30.Rh4? (30.Rf5 is better, but not as good as the text move) then 30....Rc6 threatens ...Rc1. After 31.Rxh5 Qxh5 32.Bxf8 Rf6 Black is very much in it.

Garry had it all figured out: 30.Bxf8 exf4 31.Bxd6 Qxd6 32.Qd3! where the trade of queens is obviously hopeless:

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After 32....Qe7 33.Qc4 Kh6 White could have played yet another sham sacrifice, 34.Qxc7, but 34.Rxf4 was simply crushing.

A magnificent game by the teenager, and nothing for Butnorius to feel ashamed of either.

Nov-02-17  cunctatorg: Obviously a game strongly underestimated by the members of this chess site!... They have a great excuse though; Garry played a lot of more (?!) exciting, fascinating and much more important games!!

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