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Garry Kasparov vs Jan Timman
"Keep Calmin' Garry, Jan!" (game of the day Jan-02-2019)
Belgrade Investbank (1989), Belgrade YUG, rd 4, Nov-18
Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-07-06  nelech: do you know this incredible game ?
any analysis ?
Sep-07-06  KingG: Wow! This game is amazing. Computer analysis seems to show that Kasparov missed a win with 41.Nxb6!, but it would require an amazing amount of calculation for a human to see that it leads to a win, as it looks very dangerous. Kasparov would need to see at least 10 moves deep, and there are several possibilities on each move. It would be interesting to hear what Kasparov has to say about this game, and whether or not he spent some time considering 41.Nxb6.

After 41.Nf6+, the position is most likely at best a draw for White.

Jul-25-07  nelech: kasparov played Nf6 after a long thought . I am not sure that 41 Kb6 is winning but 38 Nd4! seems better than 38 Nç5?! Maybe Kasparov underestimeted the fantastic 40...Nd6!! Anyway this game is an immortal draw for me
Sep-19-14  Howard: Yes, 41.Nxb6 would have won according to some book by Ivan Sokolov, but offhand I don't recall the book title.

Perhaps some readers could weigh in on this.

Sep-19-14  Olavi: In New in Chess 1/1990 Timman gives 41.Nxb6 Qd3 42.exd6 f5 43,Kf4 g5 44.Ke5 Qe3 and concludes that black gets a perpetual. Perhaps he missed something?
Sep-20-14  Olavi: Clearly 45.Kf6 Qd4+ 46.Kxf5 and no perpetual. Not 45.Kxf5?
Oct-08-16  cro777: <Howard: 41.Nxb6 would have won according to some book by Ivan Sokolov>

According to Sokolov, "41.Nxb6!! was the road to victory. Black eventually runs out of checks:

41...Qd3 loses to 42.exd6! f5+ 43.Kf4 g5+ 44.Ke5 Qe2+ 45.Kd4 Qxb2+ 46.Rc3 and Black will soon run out of checks;

41...f5+ (Black's best chance) 42.exf6! h5+ 43.Kf4 g5+ 44.Ke5 Nf7+ 45.Nxf7! Qe2+ 46.Kd6 Kxf7 47.Nd5! Qa6+ 48.Ke5 Qe2+ 49.Kf5! Qxf3+ 50.Nf4! Qg4+ 51.Ke5

The game is a nice example of a mutual fight for the initiative. Both sides understand the need to seize the initiative and are not willing to commit themselves to passive defence."

(Ivan Sokolov: "Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess: Seize the Moment to Get the Advantage", New in Chess, 2013)

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Imaginative pun. Took a moment to realize it said, "Keep Calm and Carry On."
Jan-02-19  Ironmanth: Incredible game! Thanks, chessgames. Happy New Year to all!
Jan-02-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 22 dpa done only

1. + / = (0.62): 22...Qc5 23.Qd2 Qe7 24.f4 N7b6 25.Nd6 Rxd6 26.exd6 Qxd6 27.Nc2 Rd8 28.Nb4 Qb8 29.Qd4 Nxb4 30.Qxb4 Nd5 31.Qd4 Bc6 32.Rd1 h5 33.Rbc1 h4 34.gxh4 Rd7 35.Qe5 Qd8 36.h5 a6 37.b4 Qb6+ 38.Rc5 Qd8 39.Bxd5 Bxd5

2. + / - (0.72): 22...N5b6 23.Na5 Nf8 24.Rd1 Rdc8 25.Rbc1 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Rd8 27.Nc2 Nd5 28.Ne3 Ng6 29.Nxd5 exd5 30.f4 b6 31.Nc6 Bxc6 32.Rxc6 Qe8 33.Rc7 Rd7 34.Rc1 Rd8 35.Qe3 Ne7 36.Qd3 Qd7 37.Bf3 Qf5 38.Qd4 Qe6

Jan-02-19  Saniyat24: Jan in the Indo sub-continent is equivalent of someone calling one's lover...'honey' that way it really makes sense...albeit naughty :P
Jan-02-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 24 dpa done

<1. + / = (0.36): 21...N5b6> 22.Nd6 cxd4 23.Rc7 Nd5 24.Rxb7 Rxb7 25.Nxb7 Rb8 26.Na5 Qc5 27.Rc1 Nc3 28.bxc3 Qxa5 29.cxd4 Qxa3 30.Ra1 Qd3 31.Rd1 Qc2 32.Rc1 Qb2 33.Ra1 Rc8 34.Rb1 Qc2 35.Nd2 Nb6 36.Ne4 Nc4 37.Nd6 Nxd6 38.exd6 Rd8 39.Be4 Qc4 40.Rb4

2. + / = (0.59): 21...f6 22.exf6 Qxf6 23.Nd6 Bh5 24.Ne4 Qf8 25.Ned2 Qe7 26.dxc5 Nxc5 27.Ne5 Rbc8 28.b4 Na4 29.Ne4 Rc7 30.f4 Rdc8 31.Rxc7 Qxc7 32.Bh3 Qb6+ 33.Qf2 Qxf2+ 34.Nxf2 Re8 35.Ne4 Nac3 36.Nxc3 Nxc3 37.Re1 g5 38.fxg5 hxg5 39.g4 Bf7 40.Bg2 Rb8

Jan-02-19  sudoplatov: In cro777 post referring to Sokolov, after 41...Qd3 and Whites, 45.Kd4, Black should play 45....Qd2 rather then ...Qxb2 and White doesn't have Rc3 to block the checks; at least according to 6 secs worth of Stockfish.
Jan-02-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 23 dpa done

1. = (0.24): 16...f6 17.e4 N5b6 18.Nb3 Bf7 19.Qa5 Ra8 20.Rc2 Re8 21.Rbc1 e5 22.dxe5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Bh3 Nd7 25.Bxd7 Qxd7 26.Rd2 Qe7 27.Qc5 Bxb3 28.axb3 Qxc5 29.Rxc5 Kf7 30.Rd7+ Re7 31.Rxe7+ Kxe7 32.Rxe5+ Kd6 33.Rf5

2. = (0.25): 16...N5b6 17.Rd1 f6 18.Rbc1 Bf7 19.a3 Rd8 20.Qc2 Bg6 21.e4 Bh5 22.Rd2 e5 23.b4 Bxf3 24.Bxf3 exd4 25.Rxd4 Ne5 26.Qb3+ Kh8 27.Rdd1 Nxf3+ 28.Qxf3 Re8 29.Rd4 Rbd8 30.Rxd8 Rxd8 31.Rd1 Rxd1+ 32.Qxd1 g6 33.Qd4 Kg7 34.Kg2 Na4

Jan-03-19  Saniyat24: probablysurely..! <An Englishman> deciphered the pun better than me...very entertaining middle-game, the back and forth attack and counter-attack will give joy to many more kibitzers in the future....!
Jan-03-19  Starkraven: un sassanach: punned <"Keep Calm and Carry On."> ... rilly? ... my first thot waz: "keep 'em cumming" wich fits; given the number of brill sacrificial combos Gazza came up with?! ... tho, gotta say, wateva waz ment inna first place waz neva cleer?
Jan-04-19  Saniyat24: Four Knights' game after 23...Nc5...! :P
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  Plaskett: Great fight, reflecting enormous credit on both men.
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  Clement Fraud: It isn't very we see Garry Kasparov launch an attack... and his opponent be able to adequately defend!
Dec-25-19  SChesshevsky: Is a great game that probably shows Kasparov's great calculating ability. Guessing he saw something like the knock out potential at 40. Kg4 starting at around 22...Nc5.

Also guessing he felt how deceptively weak his king would be but might of been a bit surprised and frustrated by the increased danger after 40...Nd6.

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