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Krum Georgiev vs Garry Kasparov
"Kasparov Krumbles" (game of the day Oct-20-2022)
Valletta Olympiad (1980), Valletta MLT, rd 5, Nov-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: On further checking, I see Hungary tied the USSR for 1st that year

Kasparov was not yet a GM, when this game was played.

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  keypusher: <Jim Bartle> <tamar>

Not yet 18, he was the third rated player in the world per chessmetrics, behind Karpov and Korchnoi. Don't know what his elo rating was.

Feb-23-12  King Death: < tamar: ...Kasparov was not yet a GM, when this game was played...>

He'd already made the norms and was awarded the title during that Olympiad.

Feb-23-12  King Death: < keypusher: <Jim Bartle> <tamar> Not yet 18, he was the third rated player in the world per chessmetrics, behind Karpov and Korchnoi. Don't know what his elo rating was...>

In Schiller's book, if I remember right he was 2595 at the World Junior in Dortmund held soon before Malta, but I'm not sure either.

Feb-23-12  Jim Bartle: Thanks, everyone.
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  Penguincw: Kasparov had to have a couple of defeats along the way.
Feb-24-12  Jim Bartle: He only lost three games of 58 in 1980.
Feb-24-12  SimonWebbsTiger: GK appears on the ELO list in Informator 30 back then at 2625
Feb-24-12  SimonWebbsTiger: ps. Addendum!

He had the GM title there, so that was after Malta. Looking at the other list prior to that (Inf. 28), he was a 2595 IM, which harmonises with <King Death>s post

Feb-24-12  King Death: <Simon> Informant 30 would be through the end of 1980 so that have to be the January 1981 list I think.
Feb-24-12  King Death: < Jim Bartle: He only lost three games of 58 in 1980.>

At most Jim it was actually 2 because the game with Hofmann was from a simul and there's some question if he was Black in this game, Smyslov vs Kasparov, 1980.

Now check out this score from another source.

It's no wonder that Schiller never mentioned this loss in his book on Kasparov, I doubt it ever happened!

Feb-25-12  Jim Bartle: I just looked at the games here, KD. My point was that Kasparov losses were already rare in 1980. If they're even more rare than I stated, it makes my point stronger.
Apr-11-12  Marmot PFL: <"At the 1980 Malta olympiad Kasparov tried to use the "touch move" rule differently. In a hopeless position against Bulgaria's Krum Georgiev, Kasparov claimed that his opponent touched his pawn while he was trying to retake his bishop. Georgiev denied it. If enforced he would have lost a rook and could have resigned. The tournament arbiter, Lothar Schmid of Germany, did not buy Kasparov's claim and allowed the Bulgarian to proceed with the move he intended.">

Maybe playing on so long in a lost ending was GK's way of protesting. On the other hand I can't see where white's infraction as described in the article could have occurred.

Apr-11-12  acirce: At move 21 according to an earlier post. Kasparov tried to enforce 21.Rxd6 (apparently).
May-17-12  Poisonpawns: Kasparov was IM 2595 at the time. He was board 6. The team was 1.Karpov 2735 2.Polugaevsky2635 3.Tal 2705 4.Geller 2565 5.Balashov 2600
Aug-10-13  dastak2: Where did Kasparov made mistake in this opening?
I put this game into analysis in Houdini 2.0 Pro w32 and it wasn't able to understand white's opening moves and evaluated them wrongly, giving plus points to black after the Knight sacrifices and only understanding white's advantage after about 20 forced moves in different variations! Kasparov just played the Houdini's choices and got lost! As far as I'm concerned, Black is dead after the first 15 moves!!!
Jul-14-15  tivrfoa: <Pencho: How it came that this hasn't been GotD yet?> I thought the same thing. =)
May-24-16  Razgriz: This needs to be GoTD. We just need the pun.
Mar-28-17  zanzibar: 11.Ncb5!? might be theory today, but it was a TN in 1980.

This game marks its debut on <CG>, but <MB> has an earlier game, again with Georgiev as White:

<Georgiev--Rashkovsky, N. (1979) Dubna 20 1/2-1/2>

Maybe someone with an old Informant can check that the TN is attributable to Georgiev?


Mar-29-17  Retireborn: <z> Georgiev-Rashkovsky does seem to be the first game in which 11.Ncb5 was played. It was published in Informator 27 (likely Kasparov saw it there) and the annotator (Lepeshkin) suggested that 11...axb5 12.Bxb5+ Nfd7 13.Qh3 would give White the initiative. No doubt Kasparov had discovered that in that case 13...b3! wins for Black (mentioned by Georgiev in his Informator notes to this game.)

So 13.Nxe6! is the real novelty and Georgiev awards it the N symbol in Informator. And it pretty much wins by force!

The next game in Informator with this line was:-

A Kosten vs A Kuligowski, 1981

Feb-03-21  Whitehat1963: An amazing example of playing offense and defense at the same time, constantly meeting threats with even better counter threats, constantly beating black to the punch.
Oct-20-22  goodevans: <Retireborn: [...] So 13.Nxe6! is the real novelty...>

Not exactly as it had already been played in the previous year's M Yeo vs S T Banks, 1979 which this game followed for 16 moves. It seems unlikely that Georgiev would have been aware of that game and certainly his 17.Qb3 was a big improvement on Yeo's 17.Bd3.

Oct-20-22  ChessIsLife159753: The position after 15.f5! reminds me of Tal - Simagin (see below). Both nice attacks, and in neither case the endgame managed to hold for Black. Tal vs Simagin, 1956
Sep-05-23  paladintanks: this is the evolution of sicilian Bg5 Rauzer attack to Poisined pawn variation
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Kasparov mentions it at the end, how Krum probably touched the pawn first. But not even the Soviet team captain protested.

Who knows. Kasparov seemed sure, but if you play pawn tales a bishop , I would say you touch the bishop first. Of course, had Kasparov had more sportsmanship, he would not make a fuss about it. Them again, he was 17.

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