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Garry Kasparov vs Arne Duer
World U26 Team-ch (1981), Graz AUT, rd 1, Aug-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Anti-Tartakower Variation (D55)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-05  Daodejing: first time i saw kasparov

quite impressive

Mar-15-05  alexandrovm: Welcome to one of his games:)
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  Fusilli: One of those games of Kasparov playing like a bully.
Mar-29-11  MaxxLange: early Kasparov games are great fun

he's just pounding the daylights out of minor Soviet masters, often with classical 1 d4 openings. Then, he starts doing he same thing to serious GMs.

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  Phony Benoni: <25.Rxg6>, with Impinity.
May-06-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: 25 Rxg6 threatens mate at h8, due to the pin, and also capture of Black's queen.

25 ... Qxg6 just allows the mate.

26 ... Rf1+
27 Rxf1 Qxg6
28 Ne7+

is also a win for White. 26 ... Rf2 fails for the same reason.

I don't see any other defensive tries for Black.

May-06-14  PinnedPiece: Anybody else think this is easier than your average Monday?

Maybe I missed some great defensive tries after ...Rxg6.


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  sandtime: Right on <Pinned Piece>
May-06-14  MountainMatt: This is a Tuesday puzzle? Looks like Monday! 25. Rxg6 Qxg6 26. Qh8#
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  agb2002: White is one pawn ahead.

Black threatens ... exd4.

The black queen prevents 25.Qh8#. Hence, 25.Rxg6:

A) 25... Qxg6 26.Qa8#.

B) 25... Rf1+ 26.Bxf1 Qxg6 27.Rg1 + -.

May-06-14  jffun1958: 25. Rxg6 Qxg6 26. Qh8#


25. ... Rf1+ 26. Bxf1 QxR 27. Ne7+ Kf7 28. Nxg6

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  Once: <Daodejing: first time i saw kasparov

quite impressive >

Quite. I'm sure he's going to do well at this game.

This is Garry doing that Kasparov thing that he does. Particularly in his early games he nearly always seems to be getting his rooks working before his opponent. Even if he has to sacrifice pawns to do so.

The finish is brutal and uncompromising, if a little easy to spot. More difficult (and hence more enjoyable) are two pawn sacrifices earlier in the game:

14. g5

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19. f5

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Both clear the files so that the rooks can do their stuff. And if that means giving away pawns, who cares? This one is not going to an endgame.

May-06-14  TheBish: Kasparov vs A Duer, 1981

White to play (25.?) "Easy".

White appears to win the queen, but actually mates instead after 25. Rxg6! (threatening 26. Qh8#) Kf8 (or 25...Qxg6 26. Qh8#) 27. Qh8+ Qxh8 28. Rxh8#.

May-06-14  TheBish: 24...Rf7?? is probably the worst move on the board! (24...Rf1+ is slightly better since it "only" gives away a rook but mate is several moves away.)

It's surprising that Black (an IM) didn't play 24...Rc6+ followed by 25...Nf8 which would have lasted a lot longer.

May-06-14  morfishine: <25.Rxg6> (25...Rf1+ 26.Bxf1 Qxg6 27.Qh8+ Kf7 28.Rh7+ Ke6 29.Rh6)


May-06-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I think the ... Rf1+ counter raises from a Monday to a Tuesday.

But yes -- the first two puzzles this week have been unusually easy.

May-06-14  morfishine: "Duer Die"
May-06-14  M.Hassan: 25.Rxg6
<if...Qxg6 26.Qh8#>
26.Bxf1 Qxg6
27.Ne7+ and picking up the Queen
11...b5? just looses a pawn. Why Black did it?
May-06-14  Sally Simpson: Typical Kasparov, going through the Black Kingside like a runaway steam train.

Easy but ego boosting for first thing in the morning.

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26...Qxg6 gets mated and the luft giving sac 26...Rf1+ 27.Rxf1 (threatening Ne7 Mate ) 27...Qxg6 drops the Queen to 28.Ne7+

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May-06-14  zb2cr: 25. Rxg6 does the trick, pinning the Queen.
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  LucB: <morfishine: "Duer Die">


I like it!

May-06-14  Mating Net: Kaspy follows the dictum to "force enemy pieces into alignment." When you do that, good things happen.
May-06-14  patzer2: For club players 25. Rxg6! is easy for even a Monday, let alone a Tuesday.

However for novices, 25. Rxg6! is instructive and helpful in illustrating the combining of several basic tactical themes in a single move, including decoy, pin, deflection and basic mating patterns involving the pin.

For example, one possibility in a novice game might be continuing the game with 25...Rf8 (momentarily side stepping 25...Qxg6 26. Qh8#) followed by the mate-in-three 26. Qh7+ (or 26 Qh8+) 26...Kf7 27. Qxg7+ Ke8 28. Qe7#.

Even quicker however is the mate-in-two after 25...Rf8 (position below)

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26. Rxg7+ Kxg7 27. Qh7#.

May-06-14  beenthere240: White was just waiting for black to occupy the f7 (flight square).
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  kevin86: The unguarded pin will do the means of decoying the black queen from guarding h8.
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