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Garry Kasparov vs Constellation (Computer)
Hamburg sim-32 (23) (1985), Hamburg FRG, Jun-06
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1-0



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  Sneaky: Garry reveals some of the finer points of the Taimanov benoni here.

First we see 9.a4. I have read that it is believed that White will be unable to attain an opening advantage without this move--otherwise, the Benoni's plan on ...a6 and ...b5 will come to fruition.

Garry does NOT play 11...Bd3. This is a tempting approach because it reinforces e4 which usually comes under attack in Benoni lines. However, Garry adopts sharper lines with 11.Be2 where the e4 pawn is gambited, immediately exploiting the cramped and undeveloped state of the Black camp. The weaknesses Black adopts with the forfeiture of his dark square bishop is well worth the pawn. 11.Be2, I believe, is more in the spirit of Taimanov's brilliant attack against the Benoni formation.

Dec-14-02  GregorMendel: I don't understand why Black just gave away the black squared bishop with 12...Bxc3.
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  Sneaky: Because it's a stupid, greedy, computer. Bxc3 wins a pawn, so the computer jumped on it, not understanding the value of abstract concepts like the dark-square weakness.

Of course this is a 1985 computer, but I think even modern computers would fall into that unless they had an opening book specifically programmed to not do that.

Dec-14-02  GregorMendel: I think you're right - I thought that Black was behind in development and had weak squares around his king, and common sense tells you Bxc3 can't be right. Apparently, common sense the computer doesn't have.
Sep-25-05  Chess Addict: What's wrong with 22...fxg6?
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  technical draw: <ChessAddict> 22..fxg6 will cost black the queen or mate..Beware of Re8...
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  tpstar: <Chess Addict> 22 ... fxg6 23. Qxg6+ Qg7 24. Re8+! Nxe8 25. Qxe8+! Kh7/Nf8 (25 ... Qf8 26. Qg6+ mates) 26. Bxg7 wins. Or 23 ... Kh8 24. Re8 wins the Queen.
May-09-07  AbhinavAsthana: Very instructive game. We can learn a lot from it.
May-09-07  newton296: garry gives lesson on benoni attack ! 1st) Offer black a worthless n and pawn for the crucial (dsb) in order to weaken blacks kingside 2nd) develop all of your pieces toward the king! 3rd) Open up lines against the weakened king with f5! 4th) and the most fun part! start sacking until black gives up ! this game is a reminder of how sharp the tactical eye of gary is! he makes it look so easy here.
May-09-07  newton296: 28)nf3! is just a long calculated and forcing line by garry offering the c4 pawn, knowing that if eccepted would cost black the f6 N on move 33! when u see this tactical forsight u begin to understand his greatness! this deep line makes Bxg6 look like childsplay!

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