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Garry Kasparov vs Yasser Seirawan
"You Come at the King, You Best Not Miss" (game of the day Sep-30-2015)
Chess Olympiad (1988), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 9, Nov-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Gunsberg Defense (D21)  ·  1-0



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  sergeidave: Yasser tells this story again beautifully in the middle of his analysis of the game in his new book "Chess Duels".

With this move Garry lashed out and smashed the clock with a closed fist. Unfortunately, the table happened to have little give to it and the end result was that all the pieces jumped off their squares. I was furious. Indeed, Garry had been so violent that on the adjacent board the game between Karpov and Gulko was also disturbed by Garry's outburst as their pieces jumped as well. So here I was, pieces spewed about, my clock running and now this. For the last few moves Garry had been doing his "piece screwing" business, and I had had enough."

Wonderful story!
I can't help but picture Karpov and Gulko raising their heads and with a 'what-the-f...' look in their faces only to find Garry apologizing to Yasser just in time to avoid being square-punched in the jaw! LOL!

Apr-30-11  micartouse: Seirawan can't stop telling the story - you can tell it really hit a deep nerve.

Piece screwing is an annoying ritual - I never understood why players do that. Even worse is when they straighten their hand and slowly nudge a pawn forward with their fingertips. It looks really stupid!

Apr-30-11  BobCrisp: It makes a nice break from his <The Bobby Fischer I Knew Stories>. They were better embroided than <Kate Middleton>'s wedding dress. Even <Bobby> was pissed off by them.
Aug-16-11  Everett: <Even <Bobby> was pissed off by them.>

Ooohhhhh, Bobby was angry! What are we going to do?

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  perfidious: <BobCrisp: It makes a nice break from his <The Bobby Fischer I Knew Stories>. They were better embroided than <Kate Middleton>'s wedding dress.....>

How is it that you would know that these stories were embroidered, or is it simply another example of your compulsion to have the last word in everything?

<Everett: <Even <Bobby> was pissed off by them.> Ooohhhhh, Bobby was angry! What are we going to do?>

Time to fold up our tents and call it a day, I suppose.

Fischer, upset by anecdotes written or narrated by others?

Say it ain't so!

Aug-16-11  BobCrisp: <Seirawan> is a @#$%*&!#ter! <Fischer> was right to call him out.
Aug-16-11  Everett: <Time to fold up our tents and call it a day, I suppose.>

Thanks <perfidious> for reminding of an end of a poem...

And the night shall be filled with music
And the cares, which infest the day,
Shall fold up their tents like the nomads
And as silently steal away

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  Check It Out: Good thread here.
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  piltdown man: Kasparov was, to me, the Michael Schumacher of chess - a great talent, but not averse to cheating when things don't go their way.

I have very little respect for either of those gentlemen, as a consequence.

Sep-30-15  The Kings Domain: *Sigh* The late '80s. The mid '80s-early '90s was the last great era of Chess and games from the time like this bring back memories.

It's nice to see a game from the two old warhorses. I saw a friendly played by them in the recent Sinquefield tournament in YouTube and it brought back the old times.

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  thegoodanarchist: <I was so angry. And he totally disarmed me. And psychologically it reversed the game. I didn't say a word, but right then he said, "Yasser, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to do that. Forgive me." It totally shattered me>

I read this post by <ToTheDeath> last night, right before going to sleep.

For some reason, it resulted in having a dream that Hervé Villechaize was trying to kill me.

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  MissScarlett: Yasser is such a drama queen.
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  kevin86: After the rook in sacrificed, the pawn queens and easily can win vs two knights.
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  playground player: My brother-in-law pushes pawns and pieces forward with repeated little movements of a fingertip. It is incredibly annoying. It's like watching a big sissy trying to start a swim in really cold water.
Sep-30-15  Absentee: <thegoodanarchist: <I was so angry. And he totally disarmed me. And psychologically it reversed the game. I didn't say a word, but right then he said, "Yasser, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to do that. Forgive me." It totally shattered me>>

That was Kasparov? Really?

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  thegoodanarchist: <Absentee:

That was Kasparov?>

Please see the post by <ToTheDeath> on the previous page.

Sep-30-15  Absentee: It was a rhetorical question. Apologizing doesn't sound like something Kasparov could ever do.
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  thegoodanarchist: <Absentee: ... <Apologizing doesn't sound like something Kasparov could ever do.>>

Agreed. Maybe Seirewan made it up so the anecdote would be less embarrassing for GK. Yasser is known to be super nice, so it wouldn't surprise me if he covered for a fellow GM

He could also be covering for himself, to explain why he didn't do anything about GK's antics.

Sep-30-15  Whitemouse: Kasparov always scared of Yasser. Kasparov was so serious here...
Oct-01-15  pmukerji: What happens if black plays 37...Kb7?
Oct-01-15  pmukerji: Sorry I meant 37...Kc7
Oct-02-15  pmukerji: Geez...if I can overcome my dyslexia...let's try this one last time: what happens if black plays 36...Kc7
Oct-02-15  King Radio: I would assume after 38 ...Kb7, then 39 Rc8.
Oct-02-15  King Radio: After 36 ...Kc7, I would assume 37 a6, then have the rook go to the queen side to pick off the h and or f pawn, but haven't looked at it in detail.
Oct-02-15  pmukerji: Yeah...he'll take the h pawn but not much else...I think black might even have winning chances in that scenario...I'm no expert but just a hunch
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