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Silvio Danailov vs Garry Kasparov
World Junior Championship (1980), Dortmund FRG, rd 11, Aug-28
King's Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E92)  ·  0-1



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Oct-04-06  RookFile: Associated Press - In a stunning development, Silvio Danailov revealed that world champion to be Kasparov was cheating in this game. Between moves, Kasparov would get on the phone, and consult one Veselin Topalov for advice on what to play. It was because of this event, Danailov said, that he realized that one day, Topalov must become world champion. This is all the more impressive when you realize Topalov was only 5 years old at the time.
Oct-04-06  Starf1re: was the phone hidden in the toilet?
Oct-06-06  RookFile: I believe it was located behind the paper towel dispenser.
Jan-18-07  ivoivanov: Your comment is more than rediculous!!!
Jan-18-07  BadTemper: stunning black bind
gorgeous game ive never seen
danailov plays pretty well
2300 surely
Jul-03-07  sanyas: Great play by Black here - 5-year old Topalov's rating must have been 3000, or thereabouts.
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  Benzol: Nice bind by Kasparov. White is practically in zugzwang. If 31.♔c2 g4 followed by 32...♘d4+
Mar-25-08  mistreaver: 14 Bxf6 giving DSB and leaving himself with LSB is strange
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  Bobsterman3000: <mistreaver> good point. That bishop exchange killed Danailov in this game, as it ultimately gave Kasparov's a5 bishop a very powerful scope.
Feb-16-09  Jim Bartle: I was looking at KID games Kasparov had won, and look who he defeated back in 1980.
May-05-09  blacksburg: <14 Bxf6 giving DSB and leaving himself with LSB is strange>

maybe he was trying to make a draw any way he could and wanted the opposite colored bishops.

Oct-14-09  hedgeh0g: Danailov lost between these two (no love lost, geddit? hyuk hyuk)!
Dec-05-11  ahsan400: Could anybody please help me understand one of the possible mating sequence in this game? I'd really appreciate that.
Dec-05-11  Retireborn: <ahsan400> After 30...Kf6 White is basically in Zugzwang and must lose material. The only flight square for the white king is c2, therefore 31.Rc2 Rd1+ mates quickly. Or if 31.Kc2 then 31...g4 and 32...Nd4+ wins the exchange as pointed out by Benzol. Finally if 31.Nh2 Rd1+ 32.Kc2 Rg1 33.Bh3 Rh1 wins a piece, or here if 33.Bf3 Na1+ 34.Kd3 Rd1+ 35.Ke3 Bb6+ mates.
Sep-21-15  shedeur: if 31.Nh2 (hoping to relocate the knight to e3 via Nf1) 31. ... Rd1+
32.Kc2 ...

I think
32. ... Rg1 (is dangerous if
not a mistake.)
33. f4 gxf4
34. gxf4 exf4 (leaving white
with a passed
pawn on e4)
or Retireborn's variation:
33. f4 Na1+
34. Kd3 Rd1+
35. Ke3 Bb6+
36. Kf3 g4+
37. Nxg4 hxg4+
38. Kxg4 (giving white a chance
for a counterplay)
better is
31. Nh2 Rd1+
32. Kc2 Rc1+
33. Kd3 Rg1! (Direct attack on
Bishop at g2 and
at the same time
threatening Nc1+
double attack on
king at d3 and
rook at e2.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <shedeur:> In your line, 31.♘h2 ♖d1+ 32.♔c2 ♖g1 33. f4 then simply 33... ♘d4+ winning the ♖ which BTW is also protecting the ♗g2.
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  naresb: 15. Bd3 didn't go well. White with kingside pawn push could have exploited light squared weakness.

After 23. Re2, Ng1-f3-Rg2-Ne2-Nc3-Rd2-Bf1-Be2 could offer enough restriction to Black pieces.

Mar-11-18  choumicha: Great positional game! An paradigma game in manoeuvring with only 2 rooks, bishop and knight each. The game is very well annotated by Otto Borik in 1989 "Kasparov's Chess Openings - A World Champion's Repertoire"
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Went on a trip down memory lane by playing over this game again last night.

Everytime I go over it I find a new idea for Black as White tries to get out of the bind he is being forced into.

One of my favourite Kasparov games.

Recall getting a call about this game a few months after it was played (in them days no net.) from a fellow KID player.

We both dreaded going into the gutless (though often psychologically correct) 7.dxe5 line so we we played 6....Nc6 first. (which IMO is OK.)

Made a small difference result wise, (took me a while to realise I am not Kasparov. )

It did however make one more determined with a few extra ideas instead of sitting there slumped in my seat cursing my chicken opponent for not wanting a proper fight.


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