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Aleksander S Nikitin vs Garry Kasparov
Training Match (1981), Moscow URS
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. Modern Line (B44)  ·  0-1

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Nov-02-05  percyblakeney: I don't understand it either, and neither does Shredder (which may be of more significance...).
Nov-02-05  Daodejing: I don't think that this game was in a tournament.

Nikitin was the trainer of Kasparov from 1975 to 1990 and maybe "trening" means "training".

DDJ

Jan-09-06  Amoceann: A very nice end, many pieces are in harmony to mate or capture the Queen.
May-07-06  oao2102: This wouldn't happen to be Aleksander S Nikitin would it? Interestingly, A S Nikitin played this same exact game (almost) against Kasparov. It is in the database with 38. Bxc8 as the last move. Duplicate?
Apr-01-10
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  thegoodanarchist: Nikitin blundered on move #39. gxf3 is winning ( )
Apr-02-10
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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist: Nikitin blundered on move #39. gxf3 is winning>

Not so sure. After moves like:

39...Qa8 40.Bxc8 Bxf3+ 41.Kg1 Re2
42.Re1 Rxf2 43.Re8+ Kh7 44.Kxf2 Qxa3
45.Nc4 Qxb4 46.Nfd2 Bd5 47.c6 Bxc6
48.Rd8 Qe7 49.Rxd4 Qf6+ 50.Ke3 Qg5+
51.Kd3 Nf4+ 52.Kc2 Nd5 53.Rg4 Qh5
54.Bd4 g6 55.Rg1 Qxh2

There's still plenty of play left.

Apr-02-10
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  thegoodanarchist: <diceman>

Maybe it was 36.Nf1 where Nikitin blundered. 36.Bxc8 is much stronger.

Apr-03-10
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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist:
Maybe it was 36.Nf1 where Nikitin blundered. 36.Bxc8 is much stronger.>

Good point.
36. Bxc8 or 36.a4 look like they would be better.

Kasparov's blunder appears to be:
34...Ng5.

34...Bb5 would have slowed the queenside steamroller.

Jul-16-15  tivrfoa: Was 35... ♘h5 sound? What black should play after 36. Bxc8?
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