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Garry Kasparov vs Daniel Hugo Campora
"Camp Out" (game of the day Jan-23-2007)
Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 3, Nov-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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Jan-23-07  AAAAron: <Tomlinsky> Ha Ha Ha..... I didn't even notice that! I have since deleted my comment. I mean who wants to read arguing anyways. I love life and chess, and all of you. :)
Jan-23-07  Defiler: Amoungst all his other strengths Kasparov is a tactical master with whom few compare.

I think that black needed to continue applying pressure on the queenside to stay in this game. Although its difficult for me to see is this was even possible after around move 19. If so how did he go wrong?

Jan-23-07  Themofro: great game, i especially like the pawn sac by Kasparov to open black's king pawns up like a can opener.
Jan-23-07  Defiler: After a look look it seems to me like black was forced right from early to play on the King-side when he really would rather have been on the Queenside.
Jan-24-07  Whack8888: This is a good game by Kasparov but Campora played a lot of really crappy moves. Does anyone know why he played 18...Re7 only to play 21...Ree8 and then finally 28...Re7? Also after 9...Nf8 I can just picture Kasparov thinking 'This is going to be easier than I thought'

Next move he castles Queen side and his King is never even close to being in danger.

Apr-19-09  skemup: I like 24 move of white,G.K. was probably intending do sacrifice a knight, instead of this he gained another advantage-weak shelder of black king.I wish I can see such things. From 31 move it could be friday or saturday puzzle.
Oct-22-11  DrMAL: Garry Kasparov was by far most important influence on me, I grew up with him becoming and remaing WC, pouring over each game for hours learning nuances to his technique. I do not want to get into discussion about who was best, everyone is entitled to opinion, but I personally would not even compare anyone to him as being greatest ever. Chess has had several quantum leaps and he led revolution into 21st century, in last decade computer took over as most important.

This game is very useful for studying attck technique. Opening was along standard lines where white castled long for K-side attack, this was hinted to with 5.Bg5 instead of Bf4 (and h3). After 11.Kb1 principled move, 11...Ng4 to swap Bs was poor, wasting tempo and giving white some advantage which Garry took with 13.Nf4! and 14.f3! two free moves. 14...c5 was one way to start overdue counterattack but after 15.g4! exchange of pawns was bad strategy over 15...c4 it is great to have such powerful engine now to check notes with, result is quite surprising here.

Houdini_20_x64: 32/76 6:03:47 229,211,855,891
-0.31 15. ... c4 16.Bf1 Red8 17.h4 Ne8 18.e4
-0.35 15. ... cxd4 16.exd4 Qd6 17.Qd2 a6 18.h4

Pre-computer notes from 1988 had main line as 16.Be2 Ng6 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.g5 Nd7 19.e4 Nb6 computer shows how white maintains same advantage via 16.Bf1 Red8!? I had 16...Ng6 and 16...Qd6 as main responses, computer often gives new insight this way. I don't think eval for 15...cxd4 can get enough compute time to demonstrate mistake, this is strategical error too far in moves.

After 17.a6 (seemingly to start b5-b4) Garry does not immediately start pawn storm h4-h5 or g5-h4 but instead maneuvers N out of way 18.Nce2! a more elegant approach. Here, Campora starts bad strategy of defending instead of counterattack. 20.Ng2! to avoid exchanging pieces was strong as was 21.Rhg1! another elegant move. It is difficult to appreciate subtlety of technique here, for me Kasparov games like this were key to jump in level. More basic technique of simply storming pawns would work well too.

21...Ree8 was surprisingly accurate as computer shows but Kasparov continues to take his time with 22.Rdf1 readying another piece. I think this was also very elegant idea, black is focused on defending and not counterattack so it allows such moves.

Houdini_20_x64: 28/82 50:33 33,095,589,813
+0.33 21.Nh5 Kh8 22.h3 f6 23.h4 Rae8 24.g5
+0.29 21.Rhg1 Ree8 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.gxf5 Ne7 24.Qg5

22...Ngf8?! was unnecessary and poor, prompting start of strong attack plan Kasparov played. 24...Nf6 was most accurate defense, with 24...g6?! combination starting with f4! (best) was probably decisive. Looking with Houdini (allow sufficient compute time) helps to even greater appreciate Kasparov technique every single move he played in attack was evaluated best. After 30...Qb6?! instead of 30...Qe7 finish was easy 31.g6! was again best most elegant way 31.Nf7+ was strongest alternative.

Jul-21-21  Brenin: 34 Rxg6+ Nxg6 35 Qxg6+ Rg7 36 Nh6+ Kh8 37 Qh5 looks lethal.
Jul-21-21  Walter Glattke: A) 34.Qxh7+ Nxh7 35.Rxg6+ Kf8 36.Ne5+ Ke8 37.Rg8+ Ke7 38.Rf7+ Kd6 39.Rxd7# B) 34.Qxh7+ Kxh7 35.Bxg6+ Nxg6 36.Rf7+ Kh6 37.Rh7# B2) 35.-Kg7 36.Bd3+ Ng6 37.Rxg6+ Kf8 38.Ne5+ Ke8 as in A) 39.Rg8+ Ke7 40.Rf7+ Kd6 41.Rxd7# C) 34.Rxg6+ Nxg6 35.Qxg6+ Rg7 36.Qh6 Nh7 37.Bxh7+ Rxh7 38.Rg1+ Kxf7 39.Qxh7+ Ke8 40.Rg8+ Nf8 41.Qg6+ wins, second best after 34.Qxh7+
Jul-21-21  stacase: Didn't get the last move, I would have moved 36.Qh5 (supports the Knight and maintains the mate threat)
Jul-21-21  Walter Glattke: Too nice to be true, B) 36.Ng5+ Kg8 37.Rf7 Refutation, had a wrong analysis position
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: "Positional Variation." Riiiiiiiiight.
Jul-21-21  mel gibson: It's not that simple as it's a mate in 10.

Stockfish 13 says:
34. Rxg6+

(34. Rxg6+ (♖g1xg6+ ♘f8xg6 ♕h6xg6+ ♖h7-g7 ♕g6-h6 ♘d7-f6 ♕h6xf6 ♔g8-f8 ♗d3-h7 ♔f8-e8 ♘f7-e5 ♕b6xb2+ ♔b1xb2 ♖g7-g2+ ♔b2-a3 ♖g2-g3+ h2xg3 h4xg3 ♕f6-f8+) +M10/71 29)

White wins mate in 10.

Jul-21-21  drollere: i found 34. Rxg6+ Nxg6, 35. Qxg6+ Rg7, 36. Nh6+ Kh8, 37. Qh5 Nf8, 38. Nf7+ Kg8, 39. Qh8# .

the best i could find for black was 35. .. Kf8, 36. Ng5+ Ke7, 37. Qxh7+ Kd6, 38. Qxh4 securing the d pawn and threats Nf7+ and Qg3+.

Jul-21-21  TheBish: I had 36. Qh5 instead of 36. Qh6, but they both win.
Jul-21-21  awfulhangover: Took me long time to see 36.Qh6!
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  chrisowen: Rake i keys Rxg6+ gobble aeshcylus oh buccaneer wait o key i rake its curmudgeon its whip bovril i keys wine ogle hi aer its rek keys daunts tarquin joy its mulls key i glide its cow happiness keys rant its muff guffaws keys totadd finish aortas keys cell jack deem it ear foggy its cows i keys its whim nate i keyums it othello keys Rxg6+ happy;
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  chrisowen: No zen garden rxg6+ land no?
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  chrisowen: Game; garrulous no?
Jul-21-21  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight and two pawns.

Black threatens Rxh6, Rxf7 and Qxd4.

The position of the black king invites to play 34.Rxg6+ Nxg6 (34... Rg7 35.Qxg7#) 35.Qxg6+ Rg7 (35... Kf8 36.Ne5+, surely better than 36.Qxh7, wins) 36.Qh5 Kf8 (36... Rxf7 37.Qxf7+ Kh8 38.Qh7#) 37.Qh8+ Rg8 (37... Ke7 38.Qxg7 wins) 38.Ne5+ Ke7 (38... Ke8 39.Qxg8+ wins) 39.Rf7+ and mate soon.

Jul-21-21  johnnydeep: All sorts of interesting possibilities, but I couldn't see any of them through far enough to be clearly winning, let alone mating. Such is the patzer's lament.
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  perfidious: <johnnydeep?.Such is the patzer's lament.>

Don't I know it.

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  Willber G: <Brenin: 34 Rxg6+ Nxg6 35 Qxg6+ Rg7 36 Nh6+ Kh8 37 Qh5 looks lethal.>

Same as me.

Jul-21-21  landshark: I strayed from the game line at move 36 with Nh6+ instead of Qh6. After ....Kh8 (Kf8 is equivalent to resigning) I played 37. Qh5 and figured B was toast as he had no available pieces to form any defense. That was confirmed by the engine: M7 - with B chucking several pieces into the bonfire just to make it take that long.
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  chrisowen: Not acceptable fan c wu no
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