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Alexander Fishbein vs Garry Kasparov
Clock simul, 6b (1988) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Feb-24
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-25-12  BobbyDigital80: In the documentary "Kasparov: American Gambit" the narrator said "Alex Fishbein chose to play to win. We'll see how smart that decision was." It has nothing to do with how smart his decision was, but how much more satisfying it is. People who play chess purely for egoic reasons can never really truly enjoy playing the game.
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  perfidious: Regarding the narrator's remarks: in the position where Fishbein declined to continue repeating moves, Nunn wrote long ago that White had more than one way to gain the advantage, although I don't remember him giving any specific idea.
Nov-25-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Looking in the books, Sveshnikov thought Black is OK after 9...Qa5 10. Bd2 Qd8. ("The Sicilian Pelikan", Batsford 1989.)

Fishbein's 16. Nc3 diverges from the line in that book. Svesh giving 16. Bc4.

In more modern books, Informator 104 has an ECO B33 page in the theory section at the back. It clains a small plus for white (after 10...Qd8) with 11. Bd3. It doesn't mention the Harding and Markland suggestion of 11...Be6, which Sveshnikov does.

A top level game in this line is Ivanchuk vs Ni Hua, 2005 Note <acirce>s comment from 2005.

11. Nf6 Qf6 12. Bd3 is also quoted by Informator as giving a slight edge. Nunn-van der Wiel, Marbella 1982 followed this, which might be the Nunn reference!

Jul-19-13  Morphys Law: So what was Kasparov's mistake, allowing the draw?
Jul-19-13  Poulsen: Even World Champions does not automatical win every game - I dont know much about Fishbein, but I think he has the reputation of being a fierce and imaginative fighter.

I am not sure about improvements - but I am quite sure, that I would not have played 31.b4 - which I find very risky given the somewhat confined position of the white king. 31.Sd4 may look bad at first, but it frees the bishop - and eventually the king.

Apr-06-14  siggemannen: Qa5 is the drawish attempt, so i guess that's where Kaspy went "wrong"?
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  AylerKupp: I think that Kasparov went wrong with 58...e3. 58...d2 allows the d-pawn to advance one square further towards queening before playing 59...e3 and prevents the bishop sac. After 58...d2 Critter 1.6a evaluated the position at [-7.37], d=27 following 59.Bb5 e3 60.fxe3+ Kxe3 61.Kg3 Rg4+ 62.Kh3 Rg7 63.Ra1 f2 64.Bf1 Kd4 65.Ra8 Rg1 66.Rd8+ Kc3 67.Rc8+ Kb3 (67...Kb2 seems more natural to me, avoiding the light squares, but it doesn't make any difference) 68.Rb8+ Kc2 69.Rc8+ Kd1 70.Bd3 f1Q+ 71.Bxf1 Ke1 (an interesting finesse; 71.Rxf1 looks more straightforward but this gains a tempo to cover the Black king from White's rook checks) 72.Rd8 Rxf1 73.Kg2 Rf2+ 74.Kg3 Re2 75.Kf4 d1Q 76.Rxd1+ Kxd1 with a forced mate in 13 moves per the Nalimov tablebases.

But 58...e3 certainly looks attractive and the time control at move 60 was likely coming up so Kasparov might have been short on time and probably failed to see the bishop sac and White's ability to set up a blockade along the first rank after moves such as 64.Rc1 f2 65.Kg2 which will prevent Black's pawn from queening. And, if Black exchanges its f-pawn for White's h-pawn, the resulting R vs. R+P ending is a draw.

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  Eggman: The score here is slightly off. The documentary "Kasparov: American Gambit" ( makes it clear that the final move of the game was actually 64.Rc1.
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