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Alexander Beliavsky vs Garry Kasparov
Candidates Match (1983), Moscow URS, rd 4, Mar-??
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Exchange at c4 (E54)  ·  1-0



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Jul-08-03  refutor: 15.d5 was a very good move by beliavsky as far as i'm concerned, sacrificing a pawn to open up the diagonal for the bishop. what would've happened if black just played 15. ... Nxd5 though? can't black just take the pawn and run? i would assuem that white would play 16.Ng5 opening up a lane for the queen to attack the kingside, but i wonder. After letting Fritz ponder the position all day White had a microscopic edge after 16.Ng5 Nf4 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.Qg4 f6 19.Rac1 Nc6 20.Nh3 Ne2+ 21.Qxe2 Kxh7 etc. i assume that kasparov didn't want an assault on the kingside, but after allowing 16.Bxf6 that's what happened anyways.
Oct-29-03  rndapology: Black lost some tempi with the queen moves to go after the pawns. 12...Qc7 gets the white squared bishop to move to a square where it was probably going anyway, while the next capture loses a tempi because the queen has to move while a bishop gets developed. Now 15.d5 not only opens up the diagonal earned by the previous move for the loss of a pawn, but(as black played, accepting the sac with the bishop) also gets rid of the black white squared bishop, leaving black with little development to show for the moves total after the trades. 17. Qe3 and 18. Ra1-c1 both get even more tempi.19.Be4 exploits the knight/queen pin, notice that trying to defend the bishop and develop a rook at same time doesn't work. 19....Rd8 20. BxB RxB 21. RxR PxR 22. Qc3 Rc8 23. Nd4 doesn't win a peice immediately(?) but it doesn't look very good(?). So after the bishops are gone, white is left with two nicely developed rooks, an exposed black king all for the cost of two pawns, both of which end up getting won back.
Oct-29-03  drukenknight: hmmm 35....Ng6?
Jun-14-05  jorgegatica: Come on DrunkenKnight!
Analyze something sometimes
35.- ...Ng6
36.- Nf5+ and White wins Queen or checkmate the next move
Jun-14-05  Resignation Trap: <drunkenknight> is right. 35...Ng6 is the best defense. After 36. Nf5+ Kg8 there is no mate or win of the Queen. Beliavsky then gives 37. g3 Qd2 38. Qa8+ Nf8, "when for the moment he can still hold on."
Jun-14-05  solstys: Actually, 35...Ng6 is a much better move than the text. If 36. Nf5+ Kg8, 37. Qa8+ is not mate because of 37...Nf8.
Oct-18-05  Poisonpawns: gm4 1983 Canidatesqf Beliavsky strikes back.After a dominating win with the Tarrach in gm 2.Kasparov switches to the Nimzo for some odd reason and loses.First 18 moves are theory <refutor> so Kasparov prob knew about 15.d5.I think this line is bad for black anyway because white can play 19.Bb5!piling up on the knight Rfd8 20.Rd3 Rd6 21.Nd4 Rc8 22.Qf4! and white has a huge advantage.On move 21.Rc4 white also has Nh4 which seem strong .After inaccuracies from both sides the game is balanced then Kasparov plays 30..Rc4!? losing material but Kasparov could have tried to hang on with 35..Qd2 or Ng6 but being ground down in an endgame is not in Kasparovs taste and he lunges agressively with 35..h5?? which loses a piece fast. the match was at 1-1
Jan-24-06  Whitehat1963: An excellent and complex game!
Sep-11-08  ToTheDeath: 15...Nxd5 16.Ng5 h6 17.Qh5! (threatening the elegant Qxh6) is crushing. 16...Nf4 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.Qg4 f6 19.Rac1 Nc6 20.Nxe6 Nxe6 21.Bg6! Qf4 22.Qxe6 also leaves Black hopelessly exposed.

Well played by Big Al.

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  GrahamClayton: After 35...h5, White would like to play 36.f4 forking the Black Queen and Knight, but the h4-Knight is hanging. Can the h4 Knight be moved out of the way?

Yes - as Beliavsky shows with the checks on f5 and e7 followed by the f4 fork.

May-21-09  WhiteRook48: 35...h5 is funny
Jun-25-12  SimonWebbsTiger: 14...Qc6! 15. d5 exd5 unclear (Kasparov).
Jul-19-15  tivrfoa: lol Kasparov misses 38. f4!!!
Mar-19-17  Saniyat24: Brilliant positional play from Beliavsky...!
Jul-19-20  Lossmaster: "Alexander's Siege of Gazza"

(History buffs will get it.)

Jul-19-20  areknames: <Lossmaster> A surprisingly apt pun, I hope you've submitted it!
Jul-20-20  siggemannen: <Lossmaster> that's too good of a pun. chessgames usually go for "When Garry Met Sasha" and stuff like that

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