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Larry Christiansen vs Garry Kasparov
"The Kid is Good!" (game of the day Dec-12-2007)
Moscow Interzonal (1982), Moscow URS, rd 7, Sep-16
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack. Dynamic Attack (E76)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: Christiansen annotated this game for Chess Life. I remember his last line: <The kid is good!>.
Dec-12-07  Ezzy:

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3 Passed pawns by move 17!

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Simply 36 Rg2 and black has trouble making progress. 36 h3? was a bit wreckless.

This game was from the Moscow Interzonal 1982 which Kasparov won with 10/13, winning by 1.5 points.

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  kevin86: This game is all about pawns. White opens with four pawns moving forward. Black later counters with tripled pawns on black.

Which pawn advance turned out better? The answer is a big surprize until you realize that Kasparov is moving the trips.

Dec-12-07  rusich: this is a great game of the great russian.
Dec-12-07  arnaud1959: <Willem Wallekers> You tempted me so I found another one:

Larry Lets a point or
Garry Gets a point.

Don't go on, I can do even worse!

Dec-12-07  Riverbeast: The Kid's no good!


Dec-12-07  psmith: <Ezzy> Presumably Christiansen didn't want to play 36. ♖g2 because then Black could continue to invade with 36...♖f4.

Black's progress will be slow but he does have a material advantage and can bring his King into play. For example, playing this out with Fritz 5.32 I got lines like this, leading to Black advantage:

36. ♖g2 ♖f4 37. ♔xd2 ♔g7 38. ♘f2 ♔f6 39. ♘d3 ♖f3 40. b3 ♖ee3 41. ♘b4 ♔e5 42. ♘c2 ♖d3+ 43. ♔e2 ♔e4 44. ♔e1 ♖f4 45. ♖e2+ ♔f3 46. f6 ♔xg4


36. ♖g2 ♖f4 37. ♔xd2 ♔g7 38. b4 ♔f6 39. a4 ♖ee4 40. ♘f2 ♖e3 41. ♘d3 ♖ff3 42. ♘c1 ♔e5 43. a5 ♔d5.

Dec-12-07  drpoundsign: but I thought even doubled pawns were BAD?!
Dec-12-07  Shams: <but I thought even doubled pawns were BAD?!> note <iron maiden>'s comment below, and remember the old saying: if you're going to sacrifice structure for activity, be prepared to go all the way.
Dec-13-07  arnaud1959: I think Korchnoi won once an endgame with ♖+doubled ♙s vs ♖. Can you find it for me please?
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  patzer2: Perhaps Kasparov's positional deflection 18...Ba6! caught Christiansen by surprise.
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  tpstar: "In rounds 6-9 I had to face Geller, Kasparov, Beliavsky, and Tal. My entry into this Soviet meat grinder was not auspicious. Geller outplayed me positionally in a quiet line of the Pirc Geller vs Christiansen, 1982 . Then, against Kasparov, feeling slightly desperate, I went all out, employing a Four Pawns Attack against his King's Indian. (Let me explain my choice of openings. My second, Ray Keene, and I both agreed the best strategy against Kasparov was attack. There are very few Kasparov games, both White and Black, where the young Russian faces an onslaught against his King.) The opening was not a bad choice. However, at a critical moment I faced a choice to sac a piece for very promising attacking chances, or retreat and lose the initiative. I chose the latter, allowing Kasparov to counterattack energetically, forcing me to sac the Exchange for only vague chances against his King. He defended well, using a passed pawn as a diversion to force a trade of Queens. With subsequent accurate play from Kasparov, I soon resigned."

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 0-0 6. Nf3 c5 7. d5 e6 8. dxe6 <Beliavsky beat Velimirovic in the first round with 8. Be2 exd5 9. cxd5 Re8 10. Nd2 Nbd7 11. 0-0 c4 12. e5 dxe5 13. fxe5 Rxe5 14. Nxc4 Re8? 15. Bg5 Beliavsky vs Velimirovic, 1982 . Black can do better by playing 14 ... Rf5!> fxe6 <Here, 8 ... Bxe6 9. Bd3 has lost favor.> 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. 0-0 Nd4 11. Ng5 <White's plan is to provoke the weakening ... h6.> e5!? <As usual, Kasparov plays the sharpest way possible. In my preparation, I had analyzed only 11 ... Qe7 and 11 ... Nh5?!> 12. f5 h6 13. Nh3? <I mulled a long time over 13. fxg6, but rejected it after seeing the variation 13 ... Bg4 14. Nf7? Bxd1 15. Nxd8 Bc2!. But White can improve by playing 14. Qe1! in answer to 13 ... Bg4. After 14 ... hxg5 15. Bxg5 Ne6 16. Qh4 Nxg5 17. Qxg5, White has excellent play for the piece. Kasparov intended 13 ... hxg5 14. Bxg5 Ne6 15. Bxf6 Rxf6 16. Qh5 Nf8 17. Nd5 Rxf1+ 18. Rxf1 Be6, but White retains attacking chances with the subtle 19. Be2!, as Kasparov showed in the post-mortem.> gxf5 14. exf5 b5! <Now Black seizes the initiative.> 15. Be3?! <Better is 15. cxb5, but Black's compensation in the form of the powerful Knight on d4 and the central wedge of pawns is more than sufficient.> bxc4 16. Bxc4+ Kh8 <Not 16 ... d5 17. Nxd5! Nxd5 18. Bxd4 cxd4 19. Qb3, regaining the piece with interest.> 17. Bxd4 cxd4 18. Nd5 Ba6! <This virtually forces White to give up the Exchange since 19. Bxa6 Nxd5 carries the paralyzing threat of 20 ... Ne3.> 19. Nxf6 Bxc4 20. Nh5 Bxf1 21. Qg4 Qd7! 22. Rxf1 d3! <This pawn divert's White's forces from attacking Black's King.> 23. Qf3 d2! 24. g4 <Hopeless is 24. f6 Bxf6 25. Nxf6 Qe6.> Rac8 25. Nf2 Qa4! 26. Qd3! Qd4!! <The best move of the game. At the time I was pleasantly surprised, since Black's pawn structure is left a total wreck. But the enormous strength of the pawn at d2 prevents White from consolidating.> 27. Qxd4 exd4 28. Nf4 Rfe8 29. Ne6 Rc1! 30. Nd1 Bf6 31. Kf2 Bg5! <Kasparov's original plan, 31 ... Bh4+ 32. Ke2 Be1, could actually lead to difficulties for Black after 33. Rf3! Rec8 34. Rd3.> 32. Ke2 Rc5! 33. Kd3 Re5 34. Nxg5 hxg5 35. Rf2 Re4! 36. h3 Re3+! 37. Kxd4 <Hopeless is 37. Kxd2 Rxh3. White's Knight lacks squares.> R8e4+ 38. Kd5 Re2 39. Rf3 Re1 40. f6 Rf4, White resigns. <The kid is good!>

Larry Christiansen, "Chess Life" February 1983

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  keypusher: Thanks, tpstar!
Dec-31-08  solskytz: What I like here is the "Saturday lift" maneouver of Re5 to e4 to e3 to e2 and then to e1.

A 'Saturday lift' is used in Israel to accomodate religious Jews who aren't allowed to push the elevator buttons on Saturday, by reason of their religious beliefs. It stops at every floor.

Happy new year everyone - I'm actually posting in 2009 from France.

Jan-01-09  notyetagm: <solskytz: What I like here is the "Saturday lift" maneouver of Re5 to e4 to e3 to e2 and then to e1.

A 'Saturday lift' is used in Israel to accomodate religious Jews who aren't allowed to push the elevator buttons on Saturday, by reason of their religious beliefs. It stops at every floor.>

That is pretty remarkable.

33 ... ♖c5-e5
35 ... ♖e5-e4
36 ... ♖e4-e3
38 ... ♖e3-e2
39 ... ♖e2-e1

Jun-17-09  hedgeh0g: I don't see the point of 8. dxe6. Why play an opening with the intention of getting lots of pawns in the centre only to capture away from the centre and give your opponent more pawns in the centre?
Jun-17-09  AnalyzeThis: I think it's ok, but that 9. Be2 scores better than 9. Bd3 because it makes it harder for black to just jump a knight into d4.
Nov-06-09  kbeyazgolge: Why not 15.bxc5?
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  kingscrusher: This game is very energetically played by Kasparov - I need to use his ideas instead of playing what I did against this system over the weekend:

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  Sastre: <kbeyazgolge: Why not 15.bxc5?> 15.cxb5 allows <15...d5 16.Be3 e4 17.Bb1 Bxf5>, where Black has taken control over the central light squares in addition to recovering the pawn.
Nov-30-10  kingfu: kbey has a point, why not 15 bxc5?

I am looking at 15....d5 with a very powerful pawn center.

One line involves GK moving e5 running the white bishop off and regaining the the f pawn.

I played Christiansen and he is very good!

Kasparov is way out there, beyond. I wish he would come back and play some games against Anand and Topalov and Kramnik and even Carlsen!

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  kingscrusher: Hmmm "Moscow 1982" is on this PGN

Maybe "Moscow 1982 World Championship Interzonal Tournament" sounds a little more glamarous :)

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  kingscrusher: According to Wiki:

" As a teenager, Kasparov twice tied for first place in the USSR Chess Championship, in 1980–81 and 1981–82. His first win in a superclass-level international tournament was scored at Bugojno, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1982. He earned a place in the 1982 Moscow Interzonal tournament, which he won, to qualify for the Candidates Tournament.[17] At age 19, he was the youngest Candidate since Bobby Fischer, who was 15 w"

This Moscow 1982 tournament was therefore a very important qualifier event for Kasparov to prove himself, and qualify for challenging for the World Championship.

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  kingscrusher: I have now video annotated this game which helped Kasparov qualify for the World championship match with Karpov later in 1984:

Oct-21-13  Mudphudder: Gotta love how black was able to win despite tripled up pawns on the d-file for a good part of the middlegame.
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