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Alexander G 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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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!
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  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
Oct-11-21  Gaito:

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23...Ne5? (? 23...Qb1+ 24.Ne1 Kg8 ?)

Oct-11-21  Gaito: 23...Qb1+ 24.Ne1 Kg8 25.Rb5!?

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If then 25...Qxb5 26.Rg4+ Kh8 (or else 26...Qg5 27.Rxg5+ fxg5 28.Qxg5+ Kh8 29.Qf6+ Kg8 30.Qxc6) 27.Qh6 Rg8 28.Qxf6+ and mate follows.

Oct-11-21  Gaito:

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25.Nd4? (Better 25.Qh6+! "Always give a check. It could be mate").

25.Qh6+ Kg8 26.Rxe5! Rxe5 (26...fxe5 27.Rg4+ Kh8 28.Qg7 mate) 27.Rg4+ Kh8 28.Qg7 mate.

Oct-11-21  Gaito:

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Better was 26...Qb1+ 27.Kh2 Kh8 28.Qf4 Qg6 29.Nf3 Qg7, and Black defends well.

Oct-11-21  Gaito: I had analyzed this game twice before (On October 2, 1989, and also on August 1, 1994), and now I have analyzed it again with the aid of the engine Stockfish 14.

The first two times that I played over this game I came to believe that it was a flawless masterpiece by Beliavsky. But now, after analyzing it with the aid of the computer engine SF14, suddenly I have come across a number of mistakes and oversights spotted by the engine, so I have to change my opinion of the game: it is far from being a flawless masterpiece, rather it is an imperfect game with many errors and oversights by both sides, but still an exciting and interesting game!

Stockfish 14 is a spoiler. It can spoil any human analysis but we shouldn't allow the engine to spoil our pleasure.

Oct-11-21  Olavi: 25.Qh6+ then the natural 25...Kh8, and it is slightly more diffucult to see the follow up.
Oct-11-21  Gaito: <Oct-11-21 Olavi: 25.Qh6+ then the natural 25...Kh8, and it is slightly more diffucult to see the follow up> True. 25...Kh8 is a better defense. 26.Nxe5 and then: 26...fxe5 27.Rd6 (threatening Rf6, etc.) Rac8 28.Rf6 Rc1+!?

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29.Kh2 Qb1 30.Rg4 Rg8 31.Rxg8+ Kxg8 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Rd6 Rc8 34.Qxe5 with a very strong attack, but there is no forced mate in sight. See diagram below:

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Oct-11-21  Gaito: I was surprised to learn that Alexander Beliavsky only won two classical games against Garry Kasparov. Beliavsky had defeated Kasparov back in 1979 (47th USSR Championship). But Kasparov won twelve (!) games against Big Al. Amazing! They drew 15 games. Apparently they never played rapid games or Blitz games; at least no such games appear on this site.
Oct-11-21  Olavi: There aren't that many players who won more than two games against Kasparov. There's Karpov, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Gulko, Anand, Topalov. Someone else?
Oct-11-21  Gaito: < Olavi: There aren't that many players who won more than two games against Kasparov. There's Karpov, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Gulko, Anand, Topalov. Someone else?>

Nigel Short beat Kasparov at least seven times

Oct-11-21  Gaito: A number of players defeated Kasparov exactly twice, among them Vasily Smysov, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Robert Hübner, Murray Chandler.

Karpov beat Kasparov 23 times, but lost 29 times.

Oct-11-21  Olavi: <Gaito> Re Beliavsky you were discussing classical games. Short beat Kasparov twice, Hübner and Chandler once, Smyslov never.
Oct-21-21  Gaito: <Olavi> Apparently Kasparov lost a classical game against Smyslov when Garry was 12 years old and Smyslov was 54 years old. Kasparov vs Smyslov, 1975 That was a classical chess game, wasn't it?
I am not sure under what conditions that game was played, but apparently it was not blitz nor rapid chess. I suppose it may count as a win by Smyslov against Kasparov.
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  perfidious: That was likely some sort of clock simul.
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