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Garry Kasparov vs Ilya Yulyevich Smirin
"Kasparov Smearin'" (game of the day Jan-04-2014)
55th USSR Championship (1988), Moscow URS, rd 12, Aug-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Modern System (E97)  ·  1-0

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Jul-16-09  costachess: look position:


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Jul-16-09  jheiner: I took a glance at it and quickly came up with 39.Rf6 with the intention of 40.Be6+ and invasion by the Q.

I looked at 39.Rxh6 but missed that it was threatening the immediate Be6# (again, was just a glance) and felt that the battery was dangerous enough.

Will have to find the refutation later.

Jul-16-09  felixd: So easy...

I love so much Kasparov's play :D

Jul-16-09  outplayer: <fm avari viraf> I also thought it is a tough puzzle. Smirin didn't see the second sacrifice coming. 38...h5 stops the combination and the game is fairly level.
Jul-16-09  ZUGZWANG67: In my first post, I wrote: <There' s 39. ...Rc1, but 40.Qxc1 Bxc1 41.Qxc8 wins as well.>

Of course, after 39. ...Rc1, 40.Be6+ is mate. It' s only now that I realize that White was down 4 points today. Plus, there' s that miscalculation pointed out by <patriot>. It' s been a tough day.

Jul-16-09  randomsac: After seeing the solution, I feel sort of silly for missing the barrage of checks leading to mate from white's bishop and queen all out against the king and an unhelpful bishop.
Jul-16-09  DarthStapler: I got most of it
Jul-17-09  Antonius Blok: <Patriot: Probably to stop the immediate threat of 38.Qf7 and 39.Re8+.>

<YouRang:Black's mistake was thinking that it was safe to play ...Rxc4 once the king was on g8, because he didn't see the danger behind Kasparov's sneaky 38.Bh3! :-)>

I see now! Surely a sneaky move from Kaspa! Thanks Patriot and YouRang ;)

Jul-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: Brilliant game by Garry Kasparov.
Jan-07-13  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kasparov vs Smirin, 1988.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF KASPAROV.
Your score: 65 (par = 47) <Par is now 48>

LTJ

Dec-13-13  Howard: Kasparov includes this game--not surprisingly--in his latest book, on his career from 1986-93. If I recall correctly, he gives some crazy computer line showing how he could have won against an alternative move by Black.
Dec-29-13  Howard: Just glanced through Kasparov's latest book again....and he--surprisingly--states that his 37.Bh3! was NOT the best move after all, as it allows Black to hold the draw.

Instead, he states that 37.Bf3! would have forced the win, conceding that a computer showed him how that would work.

But I don't have the book yet---I've just been looking at it at a Barnes and Noble.

Readers !!!! Please shed some light on this. Happy New Year, regardless of what you discover.

Dec-30-13  Howard: Oops ! Make that 38.Bf3. In other words, it was the 38th move where Kasparov should have deployed the light-squared bishop to f3 rather than h3.

When I get hold of that aforementioned book, I'll look at it in more detail.

Jan-04-14
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  offramp: I don't get the pun!
Jan-04-14
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  Phony Benoni: <offramp> It's based on the meaning of "smearing" as administering a crushing defeat. You probably need to mispronounce "Smirin" to make it work.
Jan-04-14
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  kevin86: Nice attack/finish by kasparov!
Jan-04-14  RandomVisitor: <Howard>After 37...Kg8 38.Bf3 White can plant a bishop on d1 and a knight defending it on e3 as a clever shield from queenside attack. In the resulting tactical mess, White ends up a pawn up.


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+1.16] d=24 38.Bf3> Rb4 39.Bd1 h5 40.Bxh5 Rb1 41.Bd1 Rc1 42.Ne3 Qxf1+ 43.Kxf1 Bf8 44.Kf2 b5 45.Re8 Kg7 46.Bg4 Ne7 47.Rd8 Rc3 48.Bd1 b4 49.Rb8 b3 50.Bxb3 Ng8 51.Bd1 Nf6 52.Bf3 Rc7 53.Nf5+

Jan-04-14  parisattack: Nice example in this KI variation of pressure on d6 aborting Black's K-side attack (by diverting both knights).
Jan-04-14  Howard: Thanks for the clarification, Random Visitor. For the record, I nominated this tactical brawlfest for GOTD. Glad people seem to like it.
Jan-04-14  Amadori: What would have happened if black had played 38...Qxc4 or even 37...Qxc4?
Jan-04-14  RandomVisitor: <Amadoci>The black queen needs to guard the e8 square. 37...Qxc4 or 38...Qxc4 are met by Re8+, with mate to follow.
Jan-04-14  Amadori: OK. I went back and read the thread. D'Oh!
Jan-04-14  RandomVisitor: After 36...Qxb5 black can do little to stop the white attack


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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+1.32] d=26 37.Re6> Kg8 38.Bf3 Rb4 39.Bd1 h5 40.Bxh5 Rb1 41.Bd1 Rc1 42.Ne3 Qxf1+ 43.Kxf1 Bf8 44.Kf2 b5 45.Bg4 Kf7 46.Bh5+ Kg8 47.Re8 Kg7 48.g4

Mar-08-14  nelech: I wonder if instead of 37... Kg8 , 37...Ra7 ( and also 38...Ra7) is not a better defence ?
Oct-23-15  maseras: What is the wrong with 18...h5?
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