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Artur Yusupov vs Garry Kasparov
Barcelona World Cup (1989), Barcelona ESP, rd 3, Apr-01
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Stein Defense (E92)  ·  1-0



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  Eggman:, this game is a duplicate of Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1989, n'est pas?
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  Eggman: Reportedly Kasparov was so upset after this loss that he and a second took over the players' lounge, locking the other players out so that they could concentrate on their post-mortem.
Oct-09-04  poktirity: Hehe that sound like Kasparov... ;)
Oct-09-04  WMD: <, this game is a duplicate of Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1989>

This version, with 20...Rf8, not ...Re8, is correct.

Jul-12-05  AdrianP: <Benjamin Lau> cites this as an example of where Kasparov clearly "lost" rather than "sacrificed" the exchange (discussion on Beliavsky v Kasparov).

I would have thought the contrary. Black can easily save the exchange on move 14 e.g. Bxf5 - I'd be astounded if he had not seen 15 Bh5, and could even have saved the exchange 15...Qb8 followed by Rc8 (although that looks horrible).

I think Kasparov felt that he had adequate compensation for the exchange with his central pawn duo (e-pawn and f-pawn, attacking chances down the g-file.

I'll have to have a look at what Stohl's take on this game is.

Jul-12-05  AdrianP: It's worth noting that in Khenkin vs Shirov, 1988 , Shirov does not follow Gazza's play, but recaptures on f5 with the bishop.
Jul-12-05  PARACONT1: <Adrian P> Kasparov sacrificed deliberately. During the game he blundered into a lost position from a clearly winning one.
Jul-12-05  euripides: In his tribute to Kasparov in New in chess, Timman says Kasparov was easily winning with 31...Nxf4 (and, with more difficulty, still a move later) and suggests that Kasparov had pushed himself so hard early in the game that he lost energy at the end. Timman rates the exchange sacrifice as superb. Spassky apparently felt the game was quite tragic. I think this characteristic of pushing himself and the game to the very limit is one of the main features of Kasparov's greatness.
Jul-12-05  Badmojo: Poor Kasparov here. Took him 30 moves to build up a nice attack and 1 move ruins it all.

It doesn't look all that complicated either... Is this Timman's line?

31. Nd1 Nxf4
32. Qxe4 Be5
33. Qd2 f4
34. Kg1 Qxh3
35. Ne3 Rg5
36. f3 fxe3
37. Qg2 Rxg3 ... and it's lights out.

Jul-12-05  AdrianP: <Paracont1> <Euripides> <BadMojo> Thanks guys - yes 31...Nxf4 does look pretty promising. So the consensus must be that Kasparov sacked the exchange rather than lost it (my suspicion).
Jul-12-05  euripides: <bad> I don't think Timman gives a line after 31...Nxf4 but your line (minus the typos) looks effective.
Jul-12-05  AdrianP: Does anyone else know of any other examples of Black successfully (in theory at least) a Rook for a *light* squared bishop in the King's Indian.

Also, I wonder why Shirov didn't follow suit in the game I posted above (he must have known this game). Does Timman give any significant improvements for White earlier?

Jul-12-05  Shams: <Badmojo> the lights go out considerably earlier after:

31. Nd1 Nxf4
32. Qxe4?? Qxh3+

and mate next on g2. White's only chance is 32.gxf4. So, who can find black's win after that? I don't see quite enough with 32...Qf3 33.Rg1 Rxg1 34.Kxg1 Qg3+...

Jul-12-05  Shams: got it!

31. Nd1 Nxf4
32. gxf4 Qf3
33. Rg1 Be5!!

Oct-14-05  muratski: Sorry Shama but your line doesn't work at all. check it again..
Nov-29-05  Cowwithgun: Shams line doesn't appear to work but

31. Nd1 Nxf4
32. gxf4 Qg6 looks like it should do it

Jan-06-06  rubbermeetsroad: Badmojo meant 32 Qxf4, and not
32 Qxd4, Shams.
Jan-06-06  rubbermeetsroad: My goodness, the actual win after
31...Nxf4! IS rather simple, but
of course Gazz found all the prior
difficult moves leading up to this.
Kaspy is only human!
Jan-06-06  rubbermeetsroad: Let's catch the real issues here, and
not be distracted by the distractions (the exchange sac in this game - in other words, the move 16 Be7? is simply a lemon). Forgot about the exchange sac. Is Yusupov's 13 b3 superior to Gulko's 12 Kh1 (and later b3, where of course Gazz could have stuck him with ...a4! had he so desired - apparently Yusupov was concerned about this possibility, so
played 13 b3 which HOWEVER underguarded the c3-knight, making it impossible for him to play the important f4! later, as Tal, Petrosian, and Reshevsky all did!
Round and around the mulberry bush?
Where's Keene when you need him?
Jan-06-06  rubbermeetsroad: OK, so finally the answer is that
Tal, Petrosian, and Resshevsky didn't
ever have to worry about playing
b3 at all, since Bobby's incorrect
placement of the QN on d7 wasn't
compelling White to worry about Black
playing ...a4! One more look at the
latest game ('95 Gulko-Gazz) since
instead of finally playing ...a4!
(Gulko had still delayed, and played f3,) Gazz instead played ...Bf6! allowing Gulko to finally play b3,
yet maybe he WANTED Gulko to invest
this TIME, since that's the whole
issue in the KID.
For heaven's sake, why can't computers play this opening, then? Pawn chains - forgot. Nevermind.
Jan-11-06  thebriarpatch: I remember this game being extensively annotated in Inside Chess right after the game was played. They said the exchange sacrifice was deliberate, and that 34... Bb6??? was the losing move. Wish I remembered the rest of the analysis...
Jan-11-06  morpstau: i dont know but kasparov played off and on here.
Jan-11-06  Boomie: I'm not convinced that 16. Be7 is a mistake. White stumbled with 21. Bf4. After 21. f4 white is probably OK. Here's a line to stimulate the discussion.

21. f4 exf3 22. Rxf3 Nb4 23. axb4 axb4 24. Ndb1 bxc3 25. Nxc3 Ng5 26. Rff1 Bd4+ 27. Kh1 Ne4 28. Nxe4 Bxa1 29. Rxa1 fxe4 30. Qxe4 Qf5 31. Qe2

Feb-19-06  Badmojo: definitely a botched masterpiece. a damn shame in my opinion.
Apr-26-06  Sydro: Garry also missed 34...Qh4 which wins too.
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