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Garry Kasparov vs Alexander G Beliavsky
"Route 66" (game of the day Jun-16-2021)
USSR Championship (1981), Frunze URS, rd 5, Dec-??
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-29-17  Howard: Please bear in mind that Kasparov's recent "wins" were all at accelerated time controls.

Perhaps I stepped a bit out of bounds when I used the expression "utterly impossible", but given the 12-year factor, and Kasparov's advanced age, the probability of his ever regaining the title would be only 5%---if that!

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  ChessHigherCat: <Howard: Please bear in mind that Kasparov's recent "wins" were all at accelerated time controls.>

But accelerated time controls are precisely the games that are supposed to give the advantage to the younger players, so he should be even better at classical games.

<but given the 12-year factor, and Kasparov's advanced age, the probability of his ever regaining the title would be only 5%---if that!>

I don't think statistics are applicable to such an extraordinary and specific case. After all, what were the "odds" a year ago that Kasparov could come out of retirement and win any games against Caruana, So and Nakamura? 100-to-1? Everybody would be saying, oh, come on, he's a dinosaur! He'd be lucky to draw one game in a hundred against any of the top players, he's completely out of it maaan!

What you're saying may be "common sense" but I don't think common sense applies to such an uncommon situation.

Aug-01-17  Howard: Granted, "common sense" factors may not necessarily apply to Kasparov's situation. But, twelve years is an extraordinary long amount of time to be sitting out of professional chess for anyone who entertains the thought of becoming world champion (again).

Like I said earlier, Kasparov himself stated over three years ago (I was there!) that it'd almost certainly be too late for him to ever get back to his old caliber.

Yes, "almost" can be a tricky word. But, personally, I feel that though Kasparov could probably very well creep back into the world's top-10, becoming WC again would be virtually impossible.

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  tpstar: <he could at least become one of the top GMs again and continue playing fantastic games, which is what I would like to see> Agree. Kasparov has accomplished everything there is to accomplish over the board, so his continued involvement is all bonus time. Even him showing up at major tournaments and giving interviews helps to promote the game, as he has a full lifetime of interesting stories. Beyond that, if he wants to play, awesome. Karpov and Korchnoi kept going long after their peak performance years, to help inspire the next generation of chess fans.

The one thing he has not achieved in chess politics is to run FIDE, and if people don't like President Trump's style, then you really wouldn't like President Kasparov's style. :P

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  ChessHigherCat: I don't really care who is world champion. I remember I had an epiphany when I was watching the spider monkeys at the in Villa Borghese Zoo in Rome, where they were all scrambling up some pole in an effort to get to the top position, which is the only place where the World Champion is not a "WC" with other monkeys defecating on him, but they never remain on top very long and the general atmosphere is constantly hellish and frenetic. I think it's a deeply ingrained obsession to be the alpha monkey or "prime mate" but it's just as ridiculous in people as it is in the other primates, although I can see how it might contribute to performance in some cases.
Oct-27-20  fisayo123: 30. g4! was a nice move that helped white centralize his pieces to active squares and Kasparov positionally outplays Beliavsky.

I believe it was in this USSR championship in Frunze when Kasparov at 18 became the youngest winner ever that a real quantitative jump in his chess was seen. He had great results earlier in some tournaments but he really became world class here.

He was probably already top 2 itw at this point only behind Karpov.

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  HeMateMe: educational, how avoiding exchanges helped Kaspy go into a winning ending.
Nov-07-20  fisayo123: Kasparov at 18 beats the 2nd best positional player of that time in his own style, destroying the myth that he only learned positional play at the highest level during his 1st match with Karpov 3 years later.
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  perfidious: Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982 is another fine positional game played before his matches with Karpov.
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  Breunor: Does someone have an explanation for the pun?
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  HeMateMe: <U.S. Highway 66 -- popularly known as Route 66 or the Mother Road -- holds a special place in American consciousness and evokes images of simpler times, mom and pop businesses, and the icons of a mobile nation on the road. Discover this shared heritage through the historic places that recall those images and experiences that are reminders of our past and evidence of the influence of the automobile. >

the TV show Route 66:


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  HeMateMe: The Nelson Riddle theme for Route 66


those actresses WERE gorgeous

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  HeMateMe: terrific noir/retro vid and song, Route 66, done by the Eagles Glenn Frey


The Rolling Stones did it too, but this version by Glenn Frey is much better, in the spirit of the song and the times.

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  OhioChessFan: A rout, 66 moves. A bit thin, but okay.
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  Breunor: Ok guys I know about Route 66. What does it have to do with the game? Is it as silly as the G in Garry and the G middle name for Beliavsky and 2 G?s become 66?
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  beatgiant: <Breunor>
Black is routed in 66 moves in a game featuring a White king march from g1 to c7 not unlike a trip from Los Angeles to Chicago along Route 66.
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  HeMateMe: perhaps we could have a USA monuments/places theme week?

1. The tomb of the unknown Passed Pawn

2. YoSevian! National Park

3. Keene West

The possibilities are endless...

Jun-16-21  Lossmaster: <Breunor> If you feel those two players deserve a better pun, may I interest you in Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1983 ?
Jun-16-21  Brenin: Ah, Route 66, America's answer to the A303: the romance of Basingstoke, the Andover by-pass, the Stonehenge bottleneck, ... Happy memories!
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  HeMateMe: Sometimes the attached pun might seem a bit pedestrian but a more clever pun might only be found in a game between two 2100 players. If I'm a chess player browsing by to see what the GOTD is I'd rather see a game between the top tier players than the NNs. Kaspy and Beli were both world top five when this game was played. That presents immediate high quality, to me.
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  halito27: Are you guys seriously discussing Route 66 without mentioning Nat King Cole? Like...seriously?!
Jun-16-21  LivBlockade: I tried submitting a similar pun, but it was not selected for GOTD.

Root 6...d6
D Root vs Browne, 1980

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  Breunor: Thanks Beatgiant!
Jun-17-21  RookFile: What a strong bishop on d5 white had. That thing was boss in this game.
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  HeMateMe: boy, that Marty Milner had a journey! He morphed from a clean cut, free spirit of the road in <Route 66> to a clean cut, free spirit of the road as a 1969 Los Angeles police officer, the patrol car driver in <Adam 12>.

I guess it wasn't that big a leap after all. Same haircut. He wore a striped Beach Boys shirt in <Route> but couldn't dress that way on the job as a cop, pinching those drunk drivers, bunco artists and thieves from South Central.

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