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Jeroen Piket vs Garry Kasparov
9th Euwe Memorial (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, May-18
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  1-0



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Nov-14-03  northernsoul: Tim Krabbé wrote an interesting article about this game and Kasparov's reaction to the defeat

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  Eggman: Quite interesting. Thanks, NS.
Nov-14-03  Benjamin Lau: I hate to repeat what someone has said before, but that was a VERY interesting article.
Nov-14-03  northernsoul: here's the win against Topalov that Krabbé also mentions

Topalov vs Kasparov, 1995

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  Honza Cervenka: <...He seems to have forgotten me, doesn't speak a word to me, except for one moment in the middle of a square when he stops me and says: 'f6. It draws, maybe. f6, instead of h5.'...>

36...f6 draws after 37.Qe1 Qb8 38.Ne6+ Rxe6 39.Qxe6 Qxf4+, but what about 38.Kg3 g5 39.Kg4? Then 39...Qxf4+ 40.Kh5 looks bad for black as well as 39...f5+ 40.Kh5 or 39...Rd6 40.Qe4.

Feb-09-05  BadTemper: HOLYCRAPIZOLA! Garry never moved his queen the whole game!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't get it... Omfg! Im flipping out!
Feb-09-05  chessdr: Final position, what wins after 41. ... Rc6 or g6?

I think I've got all the low-hanging fruit. Black is almost in zugzwang: (I) 41. ... Qe7 42. Qh8#. (II) 41. ... Kg8 42. Qe8+ etc. (III) 41. ... Rb5 (or b4 or b1) 42. Qh8+ Ke7 43. Qf6+ wins the queen. (IV) 41. ... Rb8 42. Qh8+ Ke7 43. Qf6+ Kf8 44. Ne6+ Kg8 45. Qg7#. (V) 41. ... Qb8 42. Qxb8+ Rxb8 43. Nb7 Ke7 44. d8=Q+ Rxd8 45. Nxd8 Kxd8 46. g3 with an easy win. (VI) 41. ... f6 42. gxf6 Rxf6 (42. ... Kf7 43. Qh5+ and black will lose his queen) 43. Nb7 and black has no reasonable move.

But what about Rg6 or c6? Beware, black has hope for a draw if he can check by Qb8.

Feb-09-05  BadTemper: No comment on 0 queen moves??? Is there any other master level game with 15+ moves without one side using the Queen?
Feb-09-05  euripides: <bad tempper> yes, the game against Topalov cited above.
Apr-14-05  aw1988: In the final position, would Re6 draw?
Apr-14-05  hintza: <aw1988> 41...Re6?? 42.Nxe6 fxe6 43.Qf6+ is clearly winning for White. Did you mean a different rook move, like 41...Rg6 or something?
Apr-14-05  aw1988: No, I meant Re6, but I didn't look at Qf6+, only Qxe6 Qxg5.
Apr-14-05  hintza: <aw1988> Oh right, Qf6+ kills really. Definitely though there are a couple of other rook moves that are worth a look.
Aug-25-06  KOCCMOHAYT: kasparov's queen even can sometimes be a pathetic creature!?
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  whiteshark: <19.Na4> was a new move. In Karpov vs Kasparov, 1987, White allowed <19.a3 Nd3!>

The modest <19...Nxa4 20.Qxa4 Nc6> was stronger.

More trivia and annotations (p.4):

Sep-10-08  sallom89: I like how kasparov's queen gets white in Zugzwang.
Aug-14-10  David2009: Following up <whiteshark>'s link <Jun-27-08> in the final position after 41. f4xg5:

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<Commenting on this move, Piket wrote: “And here Kasparov temporarily made me the happiest guy in the world. 41...Rg6 42. Kh1! is clearly hopeless. Black resigned.”> A possible continuation (Crafty EGT defending as Black) is 42...a4 43.Qh8+ Ke7 44.Qxh4 a3 45.Qe4+ Kf8 46.Qxg6 1-0.

Crafty link

Jun-21-12  achieve: A Walk with Garry Kasparov, is arguably one of the best anecdotes/articles I have ever read.
Apr-06-17  celsochini: <northernsoul> nice tip about the article! Thank you!
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  whiteshark: "The final position of Piket - Kasparov is still on one of the demonstration boards and suddenly I realise Kasparov's queen is still on d8 - <and has never moved in all of the 41 moves of that game.>"

Tim Krabbé in the link provided by <northernsoul>

Aug-16-18  NBZ: Wonderful article indeed. It's a very short read and yet I came away feeling that I had been able to glimpse into the soul of Kasparov.
Aug-16-18  WorstPlayerEver: After 23. Rd1 White stays 2 pawns up

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  OrangeTulip: Great dynamic play by Piket. What a pitty for chess he retired so soon
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  al wazir: 41...Rg6. Now what?
Nov-09-19  WorstPlayerEver: 22... Rd4 23. Nf3 Rxd6 24. Nxb7 Rd3 25. Qxb4 Rd1+ 26. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 27. Qe1 Qxe1+ 28. Nxe1 Bxb2

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Could be winning, could be not. Kasparov probably thought it would.

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