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Krum Georgiev vs Garry Kasparov
Chess Olympiad (1980), Valletta MLT, rd 5, Nov-25
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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Dec-30-03  tud: How about this one Garry ? Do you remember it ? 11Ncb5 !!
Feb-17-05  Backward Development: Ncb5 is a theoretical move, the real Double exclamation mark move is Nxe6!!(as kasparov himself noted). I'm surprised there has been no kibitzing on this game, as it is one of the most important games within this line, for theoretical reasons at least. ...Nfd7? was the losing move...the correct move is 12...Nbd7 13.Qh3 b3 14.Qxb3 Bd5 15.c4 Ne4 and White has a couple of tricks up his sleeve, but with correct play black wins.
Nov-18-05  AlexanderMorphy: what a great game by Krum georgiev...this should be game of the day for sure....i can't believe only two people have noticed this game so far! 11. Ncb5 will live long in the memory of Kasparov!
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  ray keene: i watched the game
Jan-30-06  walker: Just discovered this guy. Amazing player. Would like to know more about him.
Feb-03-06  JOSEPH GAUCI: Hi Everybody. I am Joseph Gauci from Malta. My current ELO rating is 2098. I was playing with the Malta Squad in the 1980 Olypiad and I also saw that facinating game. In 2004 I was White against Colin Pace, another Maltese guy with a current ELO rating of 2148. Till White's 17th move we followed Georgiev - Kasparov. Then the game continued... 17...,Nc5;18.Qc4,d5;19.Rxd5,Bxd5;20.Qxd5,Be7;21.Bxe7,Q- xe7;22.Qxa8,Qg5+;23.Kb1,Qxe5;24.Qa7,h6;25.e7 1 - 0.
Feb-04-06  Jim Bartle: Ignorant question: How do people at the Olympiads manage to play their own games and also watch games such as this one. Don't they all start at the same time?
Feb-05-06  notsodeepthought: One way that could happen is if the first game ended in a quick draw (or an equally quick loss). Another possibility is that <JOSEPH GAUCI> (which according to his post is an alias for Joseph Gauci) figured it would be worth taking a little time off his game to watch Kasparov in action - it turns out he wathced Georgiev in action instead, but you get the idea.
Feb-05-06  deadlyfischer: what do you thinl about the variant showed by AlexanderMorphy. Is this the refutation against the move of krum georgiev?
Feb-08-06  JOSEPH GAUCI: Hi Jim,
An olypiad team is made up of 6 players and only 4 are playing at a time. So 2 of the players have random off-days and can follow the games of the other players. It seems that 12...Nbd7 is correct as shown in the game Van der Wiel vs L Brunner 1992.
Feb-08-06  Jim Bartle: Thanks, Joseph. Others have pointed out that some games ended quickly, giving the players time to wander around.
Nov-23-06  ToTheDeath: Washington Post, July 3, 2000:

"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."

I assume this was on move 23.

Dec-09-06  stanleys: <I assume this was on move 23.>

Actually it was on move 21.Georgiev took the pawn d6 with his bishop instead of taking the bishop e7

Dec-14-06  ToTheDeath: I see. So Kasparov wanted 21. Rxd6 enforced. What a character, that Gazza.
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  Honza Cervenka: <chessmoron> <Georgiev famous win from 1982 Chess Olympiad> Nice game but from a different chess olympiad.
Sep-25-07  piroflip: hardly hopeless, the game ended 42 moves later.
Oct-19-08  LPeristy: Wow, this guy has a 100% score against Kasparov.
Jan-23-09  Phoenix: Interesting about that touch-move rule, if true. You can add that to the Polgar incident...and also to Karpov vs Kasparov, 1993 where, in a hopeless position, Karpov tried to convince the arbiter to promote Garry's pawn to a bishop (LOL). One wonders how much this peculiar off-the-board stuff actually happens at the top level, and we just don't hear about it?
Mar-08-09  WhiteRook48: he sacrificed two knights?!
Nov-08-09  Kinghunt: Does black hold after 17...Nc5!?
May-20-10  Pencho: How it came that this hasn't been GotD yet?
May-20-10  Oliphaunt: If 13...Qb6 14.Qf2! Qa5 15.exd6 fxe6 16.Qe2 is crushing 16...Qxa2 (16...Kf7 17.f5 )17.Bc4 .
Sep-09-10  Figs: What a fantastic game, one of my favourites. This game epitomises what I admire about chess sacrifices, but sadly will never be able to replicate in my own games.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: GM Keene might have seen the touch-move incident, which Kasparov talks about in his recent book Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, part I; (2011, Everyman Chess). He says that Karpov agreed that Georgiev touched the wrong piece, but of course a team-mate could not be considered an impartial witness.
Feb-23-12  King Death: This is a touch move incident involving Kasparov that I never heard about until now. It's very funny that any strong player should have a couple of these.
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