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Garry Kasparov vs Lajos Portisch
"Very Garry" (game of the day Aug-17-2017)
Niksic (1983), Niksic YUG, rd 4, Aug-28
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Petrosian Attack (E12)  ·  1-0



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Jan-02-17  paavoh: @ <shams> Sorry for the tardiness of my reply, but it seems Black tends to exchange pawns on d4 right away after Rad1, before White can repeat Kasparov's idea. Black also follows up with Bf6 and the matters become more even.
Apr-27-17  zanzibar: <<Keene> i have always admired him-occasionally disagreed with him but never felt envy at all.>

I can't believe that any and all chess players wouldn't have envied Kasparov a little at some point.


Apr-27-17  siggemannen: I wonder if those stats are correct. Karpov usually won against Portisch but the stats say 62%
Apr-27-17  zanzibar: Yes, <siggemannen>, it does look odd, as compared against <CG>'s stats:

In favor of Karpov +13 -2 =27

<CG> is reporting 42 games, whereas <MillBase> only had 17 games.

Let me double check...

Apr-27-17  zanzibar: So, perhaps I had the percentage backwards - i.e. Karpov won 62% of his games against Portisch.

Here's the <MillBase> breakdown (from SCID's Player Info window):

This is definitely from Karpov's pov (point of view):


Results for all games:
White: 61.76% + 5 = 11 - 1 10.5 / 17

Black: 58.33% + 4 = 13 - 1 10.5 / 18

Total: 60.00% + 9 = 24 - 2 21.0 / 35


I admit, I haven't used the Player Report before, and easily could have the pov backwards.

It actually makes more sense, though I would have programmed it from the player's pov whose generating the report.

OK, Portisch is better than Smyslov, about equal to Larsen and Gligoric, slightly worst than Korchnoi and Petrosian, and so on.

I think I should delete the post - partially to erase my mistake, but mostly because it's a misleading post.

I'll leave this one as a mea culpa - and thank <siggemannen> for the correction.


Apr-27-17  zanzibar: Oopf! I also now see that the <Player Report> is only done for one color at a time.
Apr-27-17  zanzibar: Let's try this again, sorry about the screw-ups on the first round.

I restricted the selection to just Portisch's games before 1990, so that we have the stats for his best years.

The percentages are from the opponent's pov:

Portisch as White:


1: 37 1959-1988 51% 2690 Spassky, Boris V
2: 33 1969-1989 47% 2660 Timman, Jan H
3: 27 1963-1983 28% 2660 Larsen, B
4: 25 1971-1989 36% 2645 Ljubojevic, Ljubomir
5: 22 1961-1983 43% 2640 Petrosian, T
6: 22 1960-1986 45% 2600 Gligoric, Svetozar
7: 20 1961-1989 40% 2705 Tal, Mikhail
8: 17 1972-1989 56% 2755 Karpov, A
9: 17 1970-1989 35% 2640 Andersson, Ulf
10: 16 1961-1989 47% 2655 Korchnoi, Viktor


Portisch as Black


1: 31 1957-1986 61% 2640 Spassky, Boris V
2: 26 1964-1986 52% 2660 Larsen, B
3: 21 1960-1978 52% 2600 Gligoric, Svetozar
4: 20 1971-1989 73% 2675 Timman, Jan H
5: 19 1969-1989 58% 2640 Andersson, Ulf
6: 18 1965-1986 58% 2645 Petrosian, T
7: 17 1975-1989 62% 2755 Karpov, A
8: 17 1959-1987 44% 2620 Smyslov, Vasily
9: 16 1965-1988 47% 2665 Korchnoi, Viktor
10: 14 1967-1985 46% 2620 Hort, Vlastimil


Well, the basic conclusion still stands, a formidable player he was during the 70's/80's (and beyond).

Although Timman seems to have his number when Portisch was Black.


Aug-17-17  Ironmanth: Crisp and clean! Well done, Garry!
Aug-17-17  ColeTrane: it's nice to have Garry back in action these days.... guess he gave up on politics for the time being. can't blame him
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  Keyser Soze: 21.g7 !! Great game. But this game was GOTD more than once, huh?
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  perfidious: Even without the charts produced by <zed>, it is clear to the knowledgeable observer that Portisch was a redoubtable force at the highest level; in my opinion, he displayed a certain psychological instability at crucial moments, which evinced itself in world title qualifiers on several occasions. By the late 1960s, Portisch was one of very few players outside the Soviet Union who could compete with their elite.
Aug-17-17  Pantagruel: Nice choice of game of the day, obviously in observance of the return of Garry Kasparov to tournament play after over a decade of absence. At St. Louis he showed that he can still hang with the world's best, although he's rusty and slow. I see great potential if Garry decides to reenter the scene. I hope he does, because it's great to see him back, and he's a true living legend.
Aug-17-17  The Kings Domain: Very Anderssen-like victory by a young Kasparov here on the brink to the top. Nice sacrificial flourish.
Aug-18-17  kevin86: nice king chase!
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  Penguincw: Video analysis of this game:
Dec-07-17  MariusDaniel: Great chess moves by GM Garry Kasparov!
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  Fusilli: Fantastic Kasparov. One wonders how much he saw at the time of playing the bishop sac, since what followed wasn't forced at all. Yet, one leaves with the impression that Portisch, who was always admirable in defense, played the best defense.

24...Bd6 would fail to 25.Qf6. I had to ask the engine to help me see this apparently simple move.

Sep-03-20  MordimerChess: Very interesting defensive ideas by Lajos Portisch.

First one with Qc5, Rc7... if Garry plays 28. Rd3 (too early!), then: Qxf2+!!

29. Rxf2 Rc1+ 30. Rf1 Bc5+ 31. Kh1 Rxf1#
29. Kxf2 Bc5+ 30. Ke1 Rxh7 31. Rxf6+ Ke7 32. Rf4 Rxh2∓ and black stands better, can try to go for the win

Second one just before the end. White king is in mating net. 35.g5? would be losing, 35...Qxd4 wins the rook because of 36. Rxd4 Rc1+ 37. Rd1 Rxd1#

Full video analysis:
Enjoy and learn!

Sep-04-20  sudoplatov: Amusing that Stockfish likes 15.Nd4 with a 2+Pawn advantage; Black must have gone wrong before. (Kasparov's move is stronger of course.)

On move 21, SF likes Rh5 with again more than 2 Pawnsworth.

And SF prefers 26...Qe5 on defense.

Slowly SF sees White's advantage grow.

Nov-13-20  fisayo123: Astonishing game by Kasparov that deserves all its platitudes. One of the best attacking games of all time and his play was faultless.
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  MissScarlett: <Astonishing game by Kasparov that deserves all its platitudes.>

Did you mean plaudits?

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  keypusher: Platitudes also works. God knows the game has gotten plenty.
Dec-31-21  e4Newman: never in a million years will i see these moves. just watched a kasparov interview where he said he thought about 21.Bxg7 for about 20 minutes. Saw it after 10 minutes then analyzed for another 10
Jan-01-22  SChesshevsky: <never in a million years will i see these moves...>

Kasparov calculation and on the attack is really something. Coincendently, at the beginning of a recent Svidler video at YouTube kasparov chess, Garry talks about calculation and gives a similar attack example to this game.

A great resource to help recognize these attack chances is the book "Art of chess combination" by Knosko-Borovsky. I found it not an easy read but full of info.

Think it was Silman, or maybe Soltis, who said the book added something like a couple hundred rating points.

Mar-14-22  HarryP: A beautiful win against a distinguished player. Portisch was a tough customer, but Garry smokes him.
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