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Alexander G Beliavsky vs Garry Kasparov
"The Beli of the Beast" (game of the day Nov-12-2014)
Belfort World Cup (1988), Belfort FRA, rd 11, Jun-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  0-1



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Aug-09-11  shach matov: Yes absolutely great game. vaguely remember seeing it but just a superficial look blows you away! Tal's and Kasparov's games always make me want to start analyzing chess seriously again; alas there are other priorities.

The Art, science and sport of chess at their most exulted! That's why when Kasparov was retiring Nakamura said that chess was dead.

Aug-09-11  DrMAL: <shach matov> Perhaps the most amazing thing, if true, about this game is that it seems to me as if Garry actually anticipated and invited this sac when he moved 16...Qc8.

Otherwise, 16...Qe6 seems a more logical and stronger choice (that compels 17.Rd6 which, after 17...Qe7 discourages 18.Qh4 required for the sac to have any meaning). By "compel" I mean that white had to do this because, without Rd6 (say, Rd1 or a4) then b5 and/or Nb4 is coming with advantage for black.

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  deadlyduck: Another neat point is that if Beliavsky had tried 23. Re1 Kasparov would still have time for 23..Qc6, when White can't play 24. Qxh6 because of the very attractive 24.. Rd1+! 25. Rxd1 (else the queen must be given up) ..Qe4+ and either mate on c2 by the Queen or a smothered mate by the knight (26. Ka1 Nc2+ 27. Kb1 Na3+ 28. Ka1 Qb1+ 29. Rxb1 Nc2++)
Jun-05-12  vinidivici: what happen if white 18.Qxb5 , the free pawn? is it any risk?
Jun-05-12  vinidivici: somebody please?
Jun-05-12  Jim Bartle: 18. Qxb5, then 18...Nc7 maybe.
Jun-06-12  vinidivici: damn, i missed that fork.
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  FSR: Dzindzi analyzes this game at, calling it "maybe the best game ever played." Seems hyperbolic to me, especially since Dzindzi says that Kasparov told him that 80% of the game was home preparation.
Sep-19-13  Jim Bartle: "what happen if white 18.Qxb5 , the free pawn? is it any risk?"

Aside from the fork, it looks dangerous to open lines with the black bishop bearing down on b2.

Nov-12-14  fisayo123: The inevitable Kasparov Grunfeld. The inevitable Kasparov demolition job of Beliavsky.
Nov-12-14  morfishine: A great game, home preparation or not. A belly-full of Kasparov!


Nov-12-14  bcokugras: 16. h4 !
Nov-12-14  cunctatorg: Imho, one of the greatest chess games ever!!... Breath-taking, absolutely breath-taking!!...
Nov-12-14  kevin86: Kasparov was aiming for a back row mate, he pinned a queen sac and a pseudo- pin on it...and he wins big!
Nov-12-14  amolsk1982: friends wat i think if white plays 28} Qe6+ and forces black to exchange queens then i think despite black having some advantage white can still hold his position wat do you think friends?!
Nov-12-14  DLev: After 28. Qe6+ and exchange of queens 28 ... Rc8 with mate threat forces Re1. 29 ... Rc2 will win pawns and white has no play.
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  Bobsterman3000: Kasparov played so accurately and confidently for a long stretch where the slightest misstep would have equalled instant disaster.

Simply unimaginable !!

Nov-12-14  StupidQuestion: Why not 9. dxc5? Thanks!
Nov-13-14  RookFile: After 9. dxc5, probably 9....Be6 10. Qb5 Rc8 11. Be3 Ng4. I'd rather have the black pieces.
Apr-26-18  anjumskhan: a3 must be played right after black's Na6. it was eventually played but it was too late, so it was a3 which made the difference.
Jul-28-19  Alibaba2007: Rd8 a fantastic move as g5 23. Rxe8 gxh4 24. Rxa8 Rxa8 25. a3 and if the knight moves there follows Rd6.
Jul-28-19  siggemannen: Too good
Aug-16-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for black on move 22...

Aug-16-19  Patzer Natmas: Excellent game! I had to comment twice!
Aug-17-19  andrewjsacks: Absolutely great game.
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