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Garry Kasparov vs Neil R McDonald
"It's Pat!" (game of the day Jul-28-2016)
Simul, 21b (1986) (exhibition), Uppingham ENG, May-27
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Positional Defense (E94)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Oct-13-18  mikealando: And thus Gary joined the ranks of history's famous swindlees.
Feb-27-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Too famous of a puzzle to be a POTD. But hey, I won't complain getting a Wednesday puzzle right.
Feb-27-19
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  agb2002: Black has a rook for the bishop pair and a pawn.

White threatens Qh7+ (and mate next), Bxf3 and Qd6+.

The black king lacks mobility. Hence, 54... Rxg3+:

A) 55.Kxg3 Qe5+ 56.Qxe5, stalemate.

B) 55.Kh2 Qg1#.

C) 55.Kh4 Rg4+

C.1) 56.Kxg4 Qd7+ 57.Qxd7, stalemate.

C.2) 56.Kh3 Rg3+ repeats moves.

Feb-27-19
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  OrangeTulip: I thought Kasparov never played simuls against players with an elo of 2000 and higher? Or did he introduce that rule later in his career? By the way, Neil McDonalds books are allways very instructive and entertaining
Feb-27-19  NBZ: The position screams stalemate. Rxg3+ Kxg3 Qe5+!!
Feb-27-19  Rumor: French: Le pat = stalemate
German: Das patt = stalemate
Feb-27-19  Walter Glattke: Refined stalemate, others would hope for perpetual, but difficult after Qg1+.
Feb-27-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  hoodrobin: Pat means draw. McDonald escapes Kasparov.
Feb-27-19  cocker: There's another line after 55 Kh4, as given by <agb2002>.
Feb-27-19  Rumor: To elaborate slightly, the normal French phrase for a drawn match (in chess, or other games/sports), is ‘un match nul’. In a chess context, the word ‘pat’ is reserved for stalemate.
Feb-27-19  saturn2: I wenr for 54...Rxg3+

55. Kxg3 Qe5+ 56. Qxe5

Feb-27-19
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  Tabanus: Patt in Norwegian = pat in Danish = stalemate. In those languages it means stalemate only and not any other draw or draw in general.
Feb-27-19  zb2cr: I knew this games, so no credit--but it's still a good little swindle.

I particularly like <agb2002>'s thoroughness in laying out alternatives. Well done, sir!

Feb-27-19
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  Honza Cervenka: 32.Bh5 with a threat 33.Qg4+ wins immediately.
Feb-27-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Nice little stalemate trick.

As is so often the case, I tried a non-forcing line first, reversing the move order. But the forcing one is obviously correct. :)

Feb-27-19  TheaN: Wednesday 27 February 2019

<54....?>

Black can only go for a draw here, facing the bishop pair and pawn vs a rook. Luckily for Black, playing the former world champion, he has a forced stalemate combination.

<54....Rxg3+! 55.Kxg3> it's interesting why Garry didn't attempt 55.Kh4!? (which doesn't lose for White at least, but maybe he didn't have the time to calculate this) 55....Rg4+! 56.Kxg4 (Kh3 Rg3+ repeats) 56....Qd7+ 57.Qxd7 stalemate <55....Qe5+ 56.Qxe5 stalemate>.

Feb-27-19  TheaN: To add to the GotD terminology, 'pat' is in that spelling also the Dutch term for stalemate. Pretty sure it has a Germanic origin.
Feb-27-19  SometimesGood: In Russian, pat is a stalemate.
Feb-27-19  SometimesGood: <hoodrobin: Pat means draw.>? don't get it.
Feb-27-19  Damenlaeuferbauer: My solution is, that the great French and Dutch defense theoretican Neil McDonald played of course 54.-,Rxg3+! 55.Kxg3 (55.Kh4,Rg4+ 56.Kxg4,Qd7+ 57.Qxd7 stalemate) 55.-,Qe5+ 56.Qxe5 stalemate. Garry Kasparov thought, that sometimes life isn't fair, but on the other side there are a lot of games where he had luck. This is no bashing of the best chess player in history, but simply the truth and a result of his fighting spirit.
Feb-28-19
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  agb2002: <zb2cr:
...
I particularly like <agb2002>'s thoroughness in laying out alternatives. Well done, sir!>

Thank you!

Mar-01-19
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  hoodrobin: <SometimesGood: <hoodrobin: Pat means draw.>? don't get it.>

OK it means stalemate and so it means also draw (in Italian: patta).

May-05-22
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Phony Benoni,

<One of the first chess magazines I every read was the December, 1962 issue of "Chess Review".>

A wee trip down memory lane for you.

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter...

Edward Winter indicates there is something wrong with the names of the players;

'Thus the players’ names are variously given as Bartolovich, Bartolish, Bartolitsch, Bartolich, Bartolitch and Abkin, Atkin and Atkins.'

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter...

(I can see how easily that Abkin could be confused with Atkins, however Atkins did not play at St. Petersburg 1902, that was Abkin, Game Collection: St. Petersburg 1902 National Tournament )

May-05-22
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  MissScarlett: McDonald's notes in the July 1986 <BCM> are clear that he hadn't considered <55.Kh4> during the game. Nor had the second stalemate idea <55...Rg4+ 56.Kxg4 Qd7+ 57.Qxd7> occurred to him even at the time of writing.

Instead he worked out the drawing line <55.Kh4 Rg6 56.Qf8+ Kh7 57.Qf7+ Kh8 58.Qxg6 Qf2+ 59.Qg3 Qxc5>. But that contains a rather big hole in <57.Qf5 Kh8 58.Qh5+> and the Rook falls with check.

May-05-22
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  MissScarlett: < Nor had the second stalemate idea <55...Rg4+ 56.Kxg4 Qd7+ 57.Qxd7> occurred to him even at the time of writing.>

Very impressive then that so many kibitzers above spotted it that readily. One feels confident that if <cg.com> entered a team for the Olympiad, we could challenge for the medals.

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