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Garry Kasparov vs Patrick Wolff
Clock simul, 10b (1984) (exhibition), London ENG / New York USA, Jul-01
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Nov-09-15  zanzibar: At move 28 the game is quite even.

An interesting position is reached at move 29, when White plays 29.b4?!. Maybe it's even a dubious move, because it puts another target on the 4th, and opens the a1-h8 diagonal.

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It's a bit involved, here's the analysis:

<29...Nh2+ 30.Kg1 Rg4 31.Kxh2

__ ( 31.Nc2 Rxe4 32.Kxh2 Rfe8 )

__ ( 31.Bxb7? Rxd4 32.Rxd4 Bxd4 33.Rd1 Rd8 )

31...Rxe4 32.Kg1 or 32.Rad1>

Black is up almost a pawn (at least) in all the lines.

As it is, Black sees some of same ideas of exploiting the 4th but but clears the g4 by sacrificing the knight instead of a check on h7. This allows the king to defend (whereas with ...Nh7+ the king is drawn off).

But one has to wonder what exactly Black was thinking, even if he didn't see the game winning zwish 34.Ne7+!, i.e.

<34.Rxd2 gxf5 35.Bxf5 Rxb4 36.Rd7>

is going to leave Black down a pawn (and the a-pawn gets protected with Be6+). Or even <33.Nb3> where the king's attack on the rook disallows the pawn taking the bishop.

Could Wolff must have missed how 32.Kf3 holds?

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  Retireborn: I have not seen this game before (Chessbase Big 2002 doesn't have it, although it does have a simul game between them in New York 1988, which Wolff won.)

I assume it's from a simul connected with the USSR v World match held in Docklands that year. As Wolff was only 16 in 1984 perhaps there's an interesting story as to how he came to be there?

Nov-09-15  zanzibar: <RB> Yes, it's a good question - where exactly is this game from?

It's not part of the official record for the USSR vs World, Docklands:

Maybe it was a side game?

This is one area where <CG> is really weak - without a game being in the TI the inability to filter on Event/Site names makes on-site detective work nearly impossible.

Nov-09-15  Howard: If I remember correctly, this game was played by satellite. Chess Life had a picture of Wolfe sitting at the board, with Kasparov on a TV screen behind him.
Nov-09-15  zanzibar: Howard, that sounds right.

Plus there's this photo of Kasparov, and some addition info about it here:

Wonder if anybody recognizes the position on the board?

Anyways, I'll quote the last comment from the first page of the thread:

<The August 1984 BCM reports on the Docklands simul as after the USSR v Rest of World match. Sunday July 1st was the date and Kasparov was reported as winning 8.5-1.5.

The three draws were Lane, Adams and Neil Carr with the other two players being Stuart Conquest and Cathy Forbes. The five Americans are reported as Wolff, Younglove, Eckert, Truong and Gurevich.>

So maybe a 10-board simul on Sun 1984-07-01 with 5 British + 5 Americans vs GK?

We have the Aug 1984 BCM ref for more...

Nov-09-15  zanzibar: Raymond Keene has a good article on the simul:

<On Sunday 1 July the brilliant young Russian, Gary Kasparov, who had already created a world first with his Acorn Com- puters simultaneous display last year, faced five English juniors and five Americans at once, with the respective moves beamed in by satellite. The English side, and Kasparov, played from the Limehouse Studios in London's Docklands, while the transatlantic team assembled in the New York Intercontinental Hotel. Both sides were in vision simultaneously and after Gary had slaughtered the US side 5-0 and the English side 3 1/2-1 %, he was able to conduct normal post-mortems with his young victims at a distance of 3,000 miles!>

He seems a bit gleeful about the British side doing better than the Americans, with some justification I might add.

Three games are included:

E.g. Kasparov vs Adams, 1984

where a 12-year Adams accepted Kasparov's draw offer.

I would suggest the Site tag as <Limehouse Studios/NYC> for these games.

Nov-09-15  SpiritedReposte: <WereWolff of London>
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  Retireborn: <Howard>, <z> Many thanks to both, that has cleared this one up nicely.

It's a shame that they (GK and Wolff) never played a serious tournament game, but then Wolff is just one of the rather depressing list of US and British GMs who got little or no chance to show what they could do against the mighty Ks.

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  perfidious: <Retireborn> While Wolff became a strong GM (a far cry from the ten year-old I first met at the board who was ~1100 in 1978), his shot in the world title series came to grief at Biel 1993 with losses to Dreev and Korchnoi.
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  Retireborn: <perfidious> I hadn't thought of Wolff as a world title contender - and he'd probably decided that himself by the time he worked as Anand's second in 1995 - but it's still a pity that he has no tournament games against Karpov and Kasparov.

Although he's not alone in that, of course.

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  perfidious: <Retireborn> It was not so easy to make an impression that would enable one to get even the odd chance in a strong event that one very tough player earned in Kasparov vs Joel Benjamin, 1994.
Nov-09-15  zanzibar: BTW - I have a collection for Biel Izt 1993.

Game Collection: Biel Interzonal 1993 (FIDE)

Too bad <CG> doesn't have a TI entry for it!

Nov-09-15  zanzibar: Wolff scored respectively at Biel 1993, placing 22nd-31th/72 with a score of 7/13

(Had to go off-site for the xtab)

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  tpstar: I respectfully submit that 7/13 is a very respectable score, irrespective of this game.

Note Kramnik and Anand finished 9th and 10th respectively.

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  Retireborn: <tpstar> Wolff's tpr was 2647 which is certainly respectable. Ten years earlier it would have made him one of the elite, but 1993 was already a different world.

These swiss Interzonals were too ridiculously strong though, not surprising this was the last one.

Nov-10-15  zanzibar: A point of reference, 4th place finisher van der Sterren's TPR at Biel 1993 was 2715. First place finisher, Gelfand, was 2772.

Some of this discussion began because somebody mentioned Wolff as a potential WCC contender.

It's too bad there's little match play to know his endurance. Just using the Swiss at Biel is tricky...

For instance, Gelfand drew the same number of games as Wolff (8), but had no losses (vs. Wolf's 2).

Adams, the "last" qualifier, had as many losses, but more wins (6 vs 3).

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