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Garry Kasparov vs Jeroen Piket
"Crossing the Piket Line" (game of the day Feb-21-2018)
9th Euwe Memorial (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, May-13
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  1-0



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Sep-22-04  Bobsterman3000: I thought it was Steinitz that said "The best way to refute a gambit is to accept it"
Sep-24-04  RisingChamp: Actually very few popular gambits are refuted in the sense that forced win for opposite side.For those who think SmithMorra and Muzio gambits are bust please look at Fedorov vs Adams, 1997 and Landa vs Kasparov(here Landa missed a forced win.)marshall cant be bust-why does everyone play anti-marshall.Finally I would expect Ken Smith to get clobbered by GMs whatever he played
Nov-09-04  alexandrovm: Move 13 by Kasparov was a killer in the mind of Piket.
May-12-05  MoonlitKnight: According to Tim Krabb, Kasparov had on 14...Qxd4 intended 15.Nd5! when 15...Qxc4 16.Rc1 Qa2 17.Rxc7! is indeed winning. But this was not what Kasparov had in mind. In the post-mortem he showed his idea to a startled audience: 16.Nxb6!! cxb6 17.Qd6 Qe6 18.e5 Qxd6 19.exd6 and black has a rook and a bishop that are both completely shut out of the game. In fact this wins easily for white despite the extra black piece. Later, the move 18...f6 was found as a refutation of this idea, although it is not all that clear still.
Dec-07-05  Kottabos: Another great conception of Kasparov, which this time did not result in a great game, due to Piket's weak play. I wonder if 16...f6 wouldn't have put White's idea more to the test.
Mar-23-07  James Bowman: I love it when so called modern chess and ideas get clobbered by better play from a bygone era. The bottom line is nothing is refuted until it can be defeated repeatedly except in the case of a blunder. (terrible winning percentage). Even then someone who knows a less than steller openning extremely well can be effective with it.

I enjoy the Evans gambit as white but almost nobody brings the Bishop to c5 as black and therefor avoid it altogether. As black I usually decline the pawn and bring my bishop back to B6. If black gets in trouble which is very easy to do it usually goes bad really quik ;o]

Yes this is late but I like when I find Kasparov playing the Evans.

Mar-24-07  Ziggurat: I hadn't seen this game before. Very nice! Really in the style of the "old masters".
Jul-18-07  Zzyw: The variation <MoonlitKnight> posted deserves a diagram after 19.exd6:

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Black is a piece up in an endgame, yet hopelessly lost. Beautiful!

Jun-15-08  Helios727: When white is the one offering the gambit, I think a repeated slight advantage to black is sufficient to call it a refutation. The opening explorer seems to show a distinct advantage to black in the main line of the Smith-Morra gambit. The Evans Gambit is a different story. The main line in the opening explorer seems to show a clear advantage to white.
Jun-17-08  Helios727: What happens after 5... Nxb4 ?
Jun-18-08  mezzieh: Helios727: 5...Nxb4 6. c3 Nc6 7. d4 and White gets what they played for in Evans Gambit - a commanding center.
Oct-16-09  hedgeh0g: <Helios727: 5...Nxb4 6. c3 Nc6 7. d4 and White gets what they played for in Evans Gambit - a commanding center.>

Actually, White can go one better by simply playing 6.Nxe5 (this is why the Evans Gambit can only be accepted with the bishop). Never forget about your e-pawn in open games!

Oct-17-09  sneaky pete: If 5... Nxb4 6.Nxe5 Qf6

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white appears to be in big trouble.

The 1916 edition of the Bilguer mentions in a note on page 408 the line 5... Nxb4 6.a5 Bc5 7.c3 Nc6 8.0-0 d6 9.d4 exd4 10.cxd4 Bb4 11.d5 Nxa5 12.Qa4+ c6 13.Qxb4 .. winning. This may not be a forced line, but is a good indication of the kind of problems awaiting black.

Oct-17-09  hedgeh0g: <If 5... Nxb4 6.Nxe5 Qf6>

I thought White could just play 7.d4 in that position with a big advantage.

Oct-17-09  sneaky pete: <hedgeh0g> Think again.
Oct-17-09  hedgeh0g: Oh yeah, the knight fork on c2...nevermind. I know that. Thanks. :P
Jul-08-11  ToTheDeath: Deserves to be GOTD. Kasparov has given us more masterpieces than any player in history.
Jul-08-11  ToTheDeath: <The variation <MoonlitKnight> posted deserves a diagram after 19.exd6:

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Black is a piece up in an endgame, yet hopelessly lost. Beautiful!>

I'm not sure about this... it is indeed a beautiful concept but it's not forced, and even if Black trades queens and enters this line what is White's winning plan?

Jul-08-11  markwell: Cut the Black King off, White King traipses along and murders the Kingside pawns.
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  Check It Out: I like that Kasparov kept trying to sac the pawn:

4. b4
10. 0-0

and then,

14.Nc3 finally does the trick, so then Kasparov adds in an exchange sac as if to say, it's about time you accepted, here's a little something extra for you.

After the exchange sac, Piket plays 160-0, but Shredder says 16f6 is the way to retain an advantage. But just look at those weak light squares. If Piket even looked at that option it must have had him shaking in his boots faced against the big K. After castling and 19.Ba2, Shredder is recommending parking the black queen on a7 or going for the rook and knight for queen exchange with 19Qxc1. Goes to show how bad Piket's situation was by then.

Shredder also says 21Kh8 is a blunder, 21Qxa4 was better. After 21.Nxa8, black is just a piece down and Kasparov cleans up.

Nice game.

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  Phony Benoni: So this wasn't a game where Kasparov struck?
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  HeMateMe: Piket stunk it up.
Feb-21-18  Isilimela: 18. Qc3 with the idea of Nf6+ and Bxf7+ winning the queen if black hasn't moved it in the interim. Also if WQ can get to d3 there is the theme of Nf6+ followed by Qg6+ since f7 pawn is pinned.
Feb-21-18  catlover: The CG bio page for Piket notes that he has defeated top grandmasters such as Kasparov, Kramnik, and Anand.

Obviously, this was not one of those games.

Feb-21-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa

1. + / - (0.84): 16...f6 17.b6 cxb6 18.Qd1 b5 19.Qh5+ Kd8 20.Bxb5 Re8 21.Qg4 g5 22.Rd1 Ra6 23.Bxa6 bxa6 24.Qf3 Re6 25.h4 Qc6 26.Qa3 Qd6 27.Qc3 Bb7 28.Qxa5+ Kc8 29.h5 Re5 30.Nb6+ Kc7 31.Na8+ Kc8 32.Qc3+ Qc5 33.Nb6+ Kc7 34.Qxc5+ Rxc5 35.Nxd7 Rc4 36.f3 Bc6 37.Nxf6 Bxa4

2. +- (2.94): 16...c6 17.Qxg7 cxd5 18.Qxh8+ Qf8 19.Qe5+ Qe7 20.Qxd5 d6 21.b6 Be6 22.Bb5+ Kf8 23.Qd2 Qg5 24.Qxd6+ Kg8 25.Qc7 Bh3 26.Qg3 Be6 27.Rc1 Rd8 28.Qxg5+ hxg5 29.f4 Rd6 30.fxg5 Rxb6 31.Kf2 Rd6 32.Ke3 Kg7 33.h4 Kg6 34.g3 b6 35.Rf1 Bg4 36.e5 Re6 37.Ke4 Kg7

3. +- (3.24): 16...Kf8 17.e5 Qg6 18.Nxc7 Rb8 19.Qa3+ d6 20.Re1 Kg8 21.Nd5 Qg4 22.Qd3 Be6 23.exd6 Bxd5 24.Bxd5 h5 25.Bb3 Rd8 26.Re7 Qg5 27.h4 Qc1+ 28.Kh2 Qf4+ 29.g3 Qxf2+ 30.Kh3 Rh6 31.Rxf7 Qxf7 32.Bxf7+ Kxf7 33.Qf3+ Kg8 34.Qd5+ Kf8 35.Qxb7 Rhxd6 36.Qf3+ Ke7 37.Qxh5 R8d7 38.Qc5 Ke6 39.Qe3+ Kf7 40.Qc3 Rd3

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