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Garry Kasparov vs Istvan Csom
"Baku Debacle" (game of the day Oct-19-2018)
Baku (1980), Baku AZE, rd 1, Mar-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  1-0



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  piltdown man: Or Sarah Palin.
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  HeMateMe: you could see the sac on the h file coming, the last shot.
Oct-19-18  Ilkka Salonen: Kasparov doesn't respect the Soviet Union which made him the chess player he is! The capitalist dementia is spreading! The whim of the capital, and it's dogs lusting for something to bite.
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  Plaskett: Kasparov flew in from Moscow during our recording of a series of videos in 1999. He hired out the recording studio to analyse just a very few variations of this particular game. We spent little more than half an hour recording, but I found it most illustrative of his conscientious approach to chess, life the universe and everything that he wanted just to refine analysis on this one game - a game we had already gone through together earlier.
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  HeMateMe: Kasparov will probably never forget that the Soviet leadership favored Karpov, an ethnic Russian, over himself, half jewish, half Armenian in the first world championship match, before Kasparov was a big star with clout.

And, he'll never trust going back to Russia if they have leadership (Putin) that simply murders media and political critics without a care in the world. He lives in New York City.

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  Domdaniel: <Ilkka Salonen> -- Putin's Russia is just as capitalist as anywhere is. One can hardly blame Kasparov for not 'respecting' the Soviet Union, given the way he was treated (despite being a protégé of Botvinnik).

Some features of the USSR deserve to be respected -- their space program, their success at chess, and writers like the Strugatsky brothers. But many more things were oppressive: Stalinism, gulags, and much more.

Modern Russia had an opportunity to join with the civilized world, but spurned it for extreme nationalism and paranoia.

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  keypusher: It hardly matters, but after 29....Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Ng6, most efficient is 31.g8/Q+ and mate in two.

< The Kings Domain: Nice game by the young Kasparov. Although he was no prodigy the sound attacking style he became known for was already in place by then.>

I’m sure the GMs that faced him at Banja Luka would be surprised to learn he wasn’t a prodigy.

Nov-24-18  Granny O Doul: "Baku debacle" may not be a pun, but it is still pretty fun to say.
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<Granny O Doul: "Baku debacle" may not be a pun, but it is still pretty fun to say.>

Csom fun!

<keypusherL It hardly matters, but after 29....Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Ng6, most efficient is 31.g8/Q+ and mate in two.>

I was wondering why he didn't play that, too, seems kind of obvious.

May-21-19  LoveThatJoker: The main idea must be 29. RxP! KxR 30. Q-R5+ K-N1 31. Q-R8+ NxQ 32. PxN=Q+ K-B2 33. Q-N7 mate. LTJ
May-21-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: I stopped after seeing:

1. The text move causes calamity unless Black makes Luft by moving the f7 knight.

2. But if Black's king replaces the knight on f7, then Nxd6+ is a royal fork.

So I didn't notice that the fork actually mates. :)

May-21-19  lost in space: 29. Rxh7 Kxh7 30. Qh5+ (maybe 30. Rh1+ is even better) 30...Nh6

(30...Kg8 31. Qh8+ Nxh8 32. gxh8Q+ Kf7 33.Qg7#)

31. Qh6+ Kg8 32. Qh8+ Kf7 33. Nd6. If my calculation is right this is a royal fork and mate at the same time

Anyhow - even if not mate - it is winning

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  agb2002: White has an extra pawn.

The open h-file suggests 29.Rxh7:

A) 29... Kxh7 30.Qh5+

A.1) 30... Kg8 31.Qh8+ Nxh8 32.gxh8=Q+ Kf7 33.Qg7#.

A.2) 30... Nh6 31.Nxh6

A.2.a) 31... Qe2 32.g8=Q+ Rxg8+ 33.Ng4#.

A.2.b) 31... Rg8 32.Ng4#.

B) 29... Qe2 30.Rh8+ Nxh8 31.gxh8=Q+ Kf7 32.Qg7#.

C) 29.., Re2 30.Rh8+ Nxh8 31.gxh8=Q+ Kf7 32.Nh6+ Kg6 33.Qf5#.

D) 29... Ne5(g5,d8) 30.Rh8+ Kf7 31.Nh6+ Kg6 32.Qf5#.

May-21-19  lost in space: The more I lock the more I like 30. Rh1+

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It seem it is mate in 5:

30...Nh6 31. Rxh6+ Kg8 32. Rh8+ Kf7 33. Nd6+ Kg6 34. Qf5#

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My impression is that 30. Qh5+ need more move to mate?!

May-21-19  stacase: Too easy for a Tuesday.
May-21-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: After long pondering, my then 16 years old, but already incredible strong later close friend Garry Kimovich finally found 29.Rxh7!,Kxh7 30.Qh5+,Kg8 31.Qh8+!,Nxh8 32.gxh8D+,Kf7 33.Qg7#. During Gazza's last thinking before move 29, Michail Moiseevich [Botvinnik] whispered excitedly to me: "You have to keep an eye on that boy. He will affect the history of chess!" What a prediction, but as always, the patriarch of Russian chess was absolutely right.
May-21-19  TheaN: Combination's relatively obvious. What surprises me is that this is a definite #5 (mate on move 34). You'd expect Black to have some extreme defense but there isn't. Black should start with Qf1+, as the only practical way to prevent the 'waiting' mate otherwise runs into:

A) <29....Qxd5 30.Qxd5 Re6 31.Qxe6 Kh7 32.Rh1+ Kg6 33.Be7#>

<29....Qf1+ 30.Rxf1>, then:

B) 'waiting' mate <30....any but below 31.Rh8+ Nxh8 32.gxh8=Q+ Kf7 33.Qfh5#> important to use the Queen mate as otherwise moving Re8 would prevent it.

C) <30....N any 31.Rh8+ Kf7 32.Nxd6+ Kg6 33.Qf5#>

D) <30....Kxh7 31.Rh1+ Kg8 (Nh6 32.Rxh6+ Kg8 33.Nxd6 with Rh8#) 32.Rh8+ Nxh8 33.gxh8=Q+ Kf7 34.Qfh5#>

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  patzer2: Because it was a puzzle, I quickly found today's Tuesday puzzle solution 29. Rxh7 +- which forces mate-in-six.

Black's game took a near decisive turn for the worse with 14...Be4? 15. Ng3 ± (+1.48 @ 28 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead of facilitating White's development with 14...Be4? 15. Ng3 =/-, Black can hold it level with 14...Bg6 15. Nf4 Ne5 = (0.00 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10).

A move earlier, instead of 13...Nbd7 =, Black might have been better off with the computer pick 13...h6 ⩱ which avoids the trade of light squared Bishops favoring White.

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  malt: Gone for
29.R:h7 K:h7 30.Rh1+ instead of Qh5+
(30...Kg8 31.Rh8+ N:h8 32.gh8/Q+ Kf7 33.Qg7# /33.Qfh5# )

31.R:h6+ Kg8 32.Rh8+ Kf7 33.N:d6+ Kg6 34.Qf5#

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  Fusilli: After 30.Qh5+ Nh6, 31.g8=Q or B+ mates in a few.
May-21-19  Momentum Man: I worked out the lines to mate, only to see Csom resigned after the first move of the combination! Haha.
May-21-19  schachfuchs: <Fusilli> <keypusher>: It hardly matters, but after 29....Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Nh6, 31.g8=Q+ 31...Rxg8+ is check...
May-21-19  lzromeu: Kaspa wold be great at anywhere
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  Fusilli: <schachfuchs> Oh, you are right! good catch.
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  keypusher: <schachfuchs: <Fusilli> <keypusher>: It hardly matters, but after 29....Kxh7 30.Qh5+ Nh6, 31.g8=Q+ 31...Rxg8+ is check...>

I dunno, I would say that matters quite a bit. :-) Thanks.

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