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Ljubomir Ljubojevic vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1991), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-12
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation (B23)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: Perhaps this is the game I referred to however, I'm not sure one would classify Kasparov as losing a rook here.


Jul-26-04  alexandrovm: lol, Kasparov didn't lost a rook, he sac the piece. Is not the same thing
Oct-25-04  themindset: that sac does not look sound at all.
he needed quite a bit of help from white to make it work.
Mar-09-07  TraggikEndings: Kasparov did not make a sound sac. He fell for a trap set up by Ljubojevic. Expecting Kasparov to resign, Ljubojevic fell into time trouble and blew the game.
Mar-28-07  crwynn: Kasparov talked about this game somewhere and basically said that he blundered a rook; Ljubo said that he set a trap and Kasparov fell for it.

Both players seemed to think Ljubo had done something clever and tricked Kasparov, which I find rather confusing. If this was a trap, what on earth was the bait?

I find it hard to believe that a player of Kasparov's calibre would simply shrug and say, "the knight gets into an ugly pin on the long diagonal, probably I have something" only to find there is nothing at all when it is too late. Even harder to believe that Ljubojevic would *expect* such horrible sloppiness. There must be some actual variation where it looked like he was getting serious compensation for the rook (winning the Nf3 for instance) only it didn't work.

But what was it?

Nov-07-07  Operation Mindcrime: This game is mentioned as an example of a missed zwischenzug in Andy Soltis' The Inner Game of Chess. In his account, Kasparov reported that he wanted to play 1...♖xg2 2. ♖xg2 ♗xf3?!, with a strong attack against g2. However, as soon as he had made the move ♖xg2, he realised that on ♗xf3, there would follow 3. ♖xf3 ♕xf3 and then the in-between move 4. ♕c3! wins for White, leaving him ahead in material with Black's attack burnt out.
Oct-06-09  tivrfoa: <Operation Mindcrime> yeah, this sequence would be better for white. But the sequence that Kasparov played was very good I think. What black could do after 30. ... Qg7+?
Sep-18-10  Jim Bartle: Seirawan wrote Ljubojevic "was made to look like a paralyzed rabbit."

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