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Garry Kasparov vs Miguel Najdorf
Bugojno (1982), Bugojno YUG, rd 3, May-??
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Petrosian Attack (E12)  ·  1-0



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Nov-03-04  vonKrolock: <16…Qd6> Original developing move (a typical Najdorf quirk) that seems de facto somewhat unnatural, although evidently not disastrous - but White’s reaction was,,,

<17.d5> … absolutelly amazing : Kasparov starts a exuberant combination consisting in the sacrifice of both central Pawns

<20…Bf6> Yudovich considered this a mistake, and suggested “20…Nc4”, pointing out that “Kasparov think that the best sequence would be 21.Qh5 g6 22.Bd4 Qd4 23. Nd4 gh 24.Re7 Nd6 25 Nf5 Nf5 26. Rb7 Nd4 27.Ra7” , whith “a probable draw”. This appears as forced, and even advantageous for Black due to the extra Pawn, driving the conclusion that 17.d5 was inconsistent , and “17.h4” instead a logic attacking blow – all this considering, off course, that Najdorf in the actual sequence do not missed some better possibility here or there

<21…Rce8> ? Here! 21…Rfe8 would prevent the actual sequel till 24.Ng7… Perhaps Najdorf was afraid of 22.Nh6 Kf8 23.Bd2 Qa1 24.Bb4 etc, but 24…Rc5 25.Ra1 Ba1 26.Nf5 Nc6 27 Bc5 bc5 is pretty reasonable for Black

<24.Ng7> A nasty surprise for Najdorf

<24...Bg7> The old warrior overlooks 24...f5 26.Nf5 Kh8 resisting,but even so White would continue the attack whith Qh5, or maybe 27.Qd1 first: if 27...Bb2, then 28.Qb1 winning a piece (28...Ba3 29.Ba5), thus 27...Bf6 or Be5 28.Qh5! etc

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  Eric Schiller: Oops, an over-zealous search and replace changed Kasparov-Petrosian Variation to Kasparov vs. Petrosian Variation. Sorry about that! I really enjoyed watching this game live in Bugojno.
Oct-09-07  prinsallan: Ohh man this game is nice!
Feb-04-09  laskereshevsky: <Eric Schiller> As U were an eyewitness, could U confirm the anedocte that during the post-game analysys Kasparov said to Najdorf, "in case of 21...Qc3 I was ready to offer draw, cause cant see how could i improve my position?" (or something like this...)


Apr-12-11  Bryan14: that was a very old najdorf playing btw .
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  Eric Schiller: I didn't see analysis, there were other games going on. Najdorf was supposed to be the arbiter but was a last-minute replacement.
Apr-13-11  Mozart72: Kasparov's 50% win against Najdorf's 68.75% win shows that the correct score should have been 0-1.
Apr-13-11  Shams: <Mozart72> I know you've only been on the site for less than three weeks, but I hope you can find more to contribute than this statistical analysis which tells us nothing.
Apr-13-11  Jim Bartle: "Kasparov's 50% win against Najdorf's 68.75% win shows that the correct score should have been 0-1."

I'm sure Kasparov lost a lot of sleep over that.

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  Eric Schiller: Kasparov took risks, and computer statistics are utterly meaningless in a sporting contest. You can't lose a chess game unless you make a mistake, so the "correct" result is always a draw.
Jul-24-11  chessmaster102: what part of this game is know as the petrosian attack as the opening name suggest. Schiller explains that 5.Nc3 is the kasparov-petrosian variation but what is the so called attack in the line presented my guess would be the h4 sac ???
Apr-14-12  wordfunph: Maestro Miguel narrated in his book Najdorf: Life and Games..

<I congratulated Garry and said, "I don't feel bad about losing to the future World Champion." Didn't he like that!>

Jul-20-15  Albion 1959: The only time that these two ever met over the board. Clash of generations ! Najdorf, the old warrior, a veteran of past decades against the new kid on the block. Kasparov was only 19 at the time and was the meteor on the horizon that would blaze a trail to the world title in three years time. The double pawn sacrifice was inspired, simply to create open lines. Najdorf was hanging in there until move 22, when he took the rook on a1. Normally two rooks for a queen is a fair trade, but here it lost the game ! A more determined way to defend it was Qb2!? More protection of g7 was needed. And without the Queen and Bishop combination along the a1-h8 diagonal, Kasparov was easily able to breach the king's defences to make the old master on the wrong side of a miniature !!
Jun-04-16  andrea volponi: yes,22...Db2!=
Aug-01-17  bla bla: why not 22...Qc7?
Aug-30-17  andrea volponi: 22...Qc7? -Nh6+ Kh8 -Rxe8 Rxe8 -Qf5+-
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  saffuna: According to Kasparov, Najdorf was at this tournament as a journalist but stepped in when one player dropped out.

Kasparov also says Najdorf missed a draw at some point, though he doesn't analyze the game in Predecessors 4.

Then he said Najdorf telephoned him in his room after midnight, wanting to discuss variations for his report for his report to an Argentinean newspaper.

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  perfidious: Schiller's comment regarding the 'crushing' defeat administered to v d Wiel is utterly risible nonsense--White was clearly worse in that game. Even the win over Fedorowicz was by no means the walkover portrayed by the note above.

The reason one seldom sees 4.a3 nowadays is due to the supposedly inferior 4....c5 5.d5 Ba6 line, which Kasparov took to avoiding with the move order 4.Nc3, so as to meet 4....Bb7 with 5.a3, as a cursory examination of Informators from the mid-late 1980s will reveal.

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  Fusilli: A little surprising there is no tournament page for this tournament. The lineup was terrific:

Game Collection: Bugojno 1982

Feb-02-21  Albion 1959: A clash of generations. The teenage up-and-coming Kasparov, against the veteran Najdorf. The pawn sac on move 17. d5 was typical of Kasparov, I would have probably played d5 myself, since I am not averse to giving up a pawn to open lines. What I did not hit upon was Nd4! Two moves later. This probably threw Najdorf, it gives Kasparov's pieces more open lines and piece activity, but against correct defence, Najdorf had adequate resources to fend off the attack. Admittedly, it is not easy to defend accurately, especially against Kasparov. Schiller's analysis fails to mention Najdorf's 22nd move Qxa1. This has to be the losing blunder? Normally Queen for two rooks is a fair trade, but not in this position ! After 22.Qxa1 Najdorf loses control of the all-important g7 square, for example, if 22. Bd2 Qb2!! Overprotects g7
23. Nh6+ Kh8
24. Nxf7+ Kg8
Possible draw by perpetual ?
This is done in my head without a computer. Maybe I can do better with Rybka next time ? Can someone else do better, have I missed something here ?
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<Albion 1959>

I like your name sir.


Sorry I just had to get that off my chest.. My footy side are playing like a bunch of sick nuns and reading your name cheered me up.

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