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Garry Kasparov vs Valery Salov
Linares (1992), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-11
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-08-05  sitzkrieg: I wonder if this this game isnt won for white around move 50..? Interesting to note that Salov didnt win a single game against Kasparov but is said to been "banned" from tournaments by Kasparov.
Jul-08-05  fgh: Who would have seen 32. Qxc4!!?
Jul-08-05  farrooj: Actually, Qxc4 isn't that difficult to see coz white has mate threats. If you were in the game, and set up that bind with your knight, you cant miss a nice tactical shot like that!
Jul-08-05  sitzkrieg: Speak for urself!:) But still is there a win for white?
Jul-08-05  farrooj: Well what about 52 Be2? Anyone with a
Comp can check out the endgame for us.
Jul-08-05  Boomie: One thing that surprised me was 39. ♘xf7. Why not ♘g4? Then black has to scramble to recover the piece. Uncle Fritz agreed with me for once.

39. ♘g4 f5 40. ♘e3 ♔f6 41. b4 ♖h4 42. h3 fxe4+ 43. fxe4 (1.77) D=15

The problem with 52. ♗e2 is it loses the h-pawn after ♘f5+.

56. ♖f7 was sub par. ♖h8+, ♗b5, or h6 was better. After this there doesn't appear to be a win for white.

Jul-09-05  farrooj: On Ng4, f5 is kinda annoying no?
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  beatgiant: <Boomie>
On 39. Ng4 f5 40. Ne3 Kf6 41. b4, why not 41...fxe4+ 42. fxe4 Rf2, with what looks like some drawing chances to me.
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  saffuna: Ivanchuk mocked Kasparov's 21. 0-0-0, reacting with comic exaggeration, and causing Kasparov to challenge him by asking if it was a legal move. Why would it be a bad move?
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  OhioChessFan: After the time control, here's the position, White to make his 41st move:

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White has an extra Pawn, the Bishop, and a centrally positioned King. Without seeing the position on the board, if I knew it was Kaspy with White and those circumstances, I'd think he'd have a pretty easy win. But the value of an outposted Knight on the 5th rank is enormous, and I think that element is what allowed Salov to hang on.

Oct-23-18  Nerwal: It's almost a miracle Black holds; for instance 46. ♖c4 ♘d6 47. ♖xb4 axb4 48. ♗xh7 seems to be a fortress two pawns down.
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