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Garry Kasparov vs Rafael Vaganian
Novgorod (1995), Novgorod RUS, rd 5, May-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line New Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0



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Mar-27-05  NakoSonorense: Lol, <Richard Taylor>. I think i might've seen this game before, so that is why i was able to solve it. I'm not talented. My name is not Vishy nor any of those. I am a poor patzer, but I could see this one.

Greetings. Saludos.

Mar-27-05  Dick Brain: <Richard Taylor> I'm not so sure that it is necessary to see 25. Qc3 (I sure didn't) to take credit for 23. Nxf6 since the more obvious 25. axb4 as mentioned by Eggman below leaves White with the material advantage.

I thought it was harder to determine what best play would be on 23... Nxc2 but I can see here that nobody else had that problem.

Mar-27-05  kevin86: Why does it seem that Kasparov has his opponent in a losing position,when the latter sits at the chess table?

I looked for a killer conclusion-not knowing that already existed.

Mar-27-05  patzer2: <Dick Brain> Although I picked 23. Nxf6 as the solution, I had some difficulty with both 23...Nxc2 and 23...Rxc2.

For example in the line 23...Rxc2!?, an important subtlety is that 23...Rxc2 24. Ne4+! is the correct move for a quick and decisive White win. White has alternative wins after 23...Rxc2 24. Nd7+!? and 23...Rxc2 24. Ng4+!?, but these lines are more difficult and give Black counter chances.

Mar-27-05  Phoenix: I'm not one to brag, but I have to say I'm proud to have solved this puzzle in less than 5 minutes! That includes seeing 25.Qc3!! Something about yesterday's back rank mating ideas put me onto the right track.

Happy Easter to everyone at!

Mar-27-05  nateinstein: Two Sunday puzzles??? Is this the first time?
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  Richard Taylor: <Nakosonorense> But you have the ability to see the moves - sometimes I find I can see nothing other times i solve it imediately - rarely the latter esp if Kasparov
Mar-15-14  LIFE Master AJ: 24.Bxf6+!! and 25.Qc3!!

What an amazing game by Garry, I just spent over an hour examining this game with the help of Fritz 13, (and then Deep Shredder).

Jan-29-17  The Kings Domain: Missed this, I decided on 23) Qb3, hoping for a good attack on the kingside. Impressive win by Kasparov.
Jan-29-17  YouRang: Insane Sunday 23.?

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Our (white) queen is attacked by both Rc8 and Nb4, and yet black's king is in a precarious position too, as our Be5 threatens a check along the diagonal that can only be blocked at f6. Furthermore, black must be careful to defend d8, because Rd8+ ...Kg7 h8Q+ would be another way for black to lose.

It takes some confident calculating to risk one's queen upon the success of an attack, but I put on my Kasparov hat and took a shot at <23.Nxf6> (not 23.Bxf6+ which throws away the diagonal threat)

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I expect <23...Nxc2> (not 23...Rxc2? which removes a defender of d8 and leaves Nb4 attacked)

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Now we have our discovered check: <24.Ng4+ Bd6 25.Nxf6>

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Now it is evident that the bishop threat is winning. Black will have to surrender the queen to block check at g7, and the Nc2 will also fall since it has no safe escape squares.


So, back to move 23. Black can't capture the Q right away, so how about taking the Nf6 first? <23...Bxf6>, leading to exchanges at f6: <24.Bxf6+ Rxf6>

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This had me stumped for a few seconds until I realized that the defense of d8 now fell solely on Rc8, which means that I don't have to worry about ...Rxc2. I simply take the N: <25.axb4!>

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Obviously 25...Rxc8? 26.Rd8+ . White is up 3 pawns, and black's king remains precarious.

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  agb2002: I know this game. After 24... Rxf6 25.Qc3 would be a very nice move.
Jan-29-17  morfishine: <25...Rcf8> fails to the same theme after <26.Qxf6+> 26...RxQ 27.Rd8+

White's QR is poised like a rattlesnake


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  playground player: <YouRang> Most illuminating analysis--thank you.
Jan-29-17  ChessHigherCat:
<OneBadDog: Where did Black go wrong?> The retreat 10....Be7 seems like a wasted tempo to me. 11 b4 wasn't a threat since white could just play Qxa3+. It wasn't necessary to protect the d5 pawn, either because 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 13. Rxd5 Bxe3+!
Jan-29-17  morfishine: Kasparov's immortal

Well, not quite


Jan-29-17  stst: Another lengthly analysis.
Uusally insane ====> insane exposition ...

White got three pieces under attack: Q, B, N;
while Black’s Pf6 and N under capture.
Many lines for 23:
Q moves: Qb3, Qe2, QxR, Qb1 (somewhat silly)
B moves: Bxf6+, Bc3, Bd6 or Bd4 not much sense
N moves: Nxf6, Nd6 forks Q&R, Ng5/g3 (non-sense) axN
Rd7 also not much sense (QxR at once.)
Maybe many more….
Pick just (A)Qb3 and (B)Qe2 to preserve the Q for discussion: While temporarily preserving the Q, these got the N immediately crushed by the opponent’s Q, with a +:

(A)Qb3 QxN+
24.Ka1 (only escape sq.) Nc2+
25.Ka2 (if Kb1…Nd4 dis+, 26.Qd3 QxQ+, 27.RxQ fxB and Black got N&B up) ………..fxB
26.QxB Bxa3
if 27.bxB … Nb4+
28.axN Qc2+
29.Ka3 Rc3
30.Qb3 QxQ#
So White has to do something else:
27.Rd7 (Rf7 next) etc etc losing steam for the long essay... I do still have Qe2 to finish... (I wrote it down before, typing it is alaways laborious for me...) (B) Qe2 QxN
24.Ra1 Rc2
25.Qh5 fxB
26.Rb1 Nd2
27.Rd1 Nb3+
28.Ka2 Rc3+
29.(if bxR Qc2#) White is in despiar
This line not promising

Yet another - as mentioned earlier:
Bxf6+ BxB
24.Nd6 forks R/Q RxQ
25.NxQ Rxb2+
26.(if Kc1 Rc8+) Ka1 Nc2#
so Black comes up on top.

Maybe the Qb2 line deserves more pursuit, see how one of the top K did it...

Jan-29-17  stst: If the B does not take N, then Nd7 dis+ is tremendous, but Black should still hang on after exchange down on Bf6, WBxB RxB, WNxR

Any engine analysis?

Jan-29-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Yikes.

What I missed was that the queen is doubly poisoned ... originally because of the threat of discovered mate on the long diagonal (I got that part) and again in the resignation position because of mate on the back rank.

Jan-29-17  bubuli55: Not the usual Sunday puzzle. Moves are forcing and there's resolution after 3 moves.
Jan-29-17  wtpy: I didn't find this that hard. If you see that after knight takes on f6 that black can't take the queen, you are left with the exchanges on f6, after that the white queen is hanging and you have to move it somewhere. Then you just have to see there is a back rank mate, and voila 25 Qc3 jumps out at you. You don't have to calculate the moves after 25..Rf8 because you just take the knight with ab4 and you are 3 pawns up.
Jan-29-17  wtpy: You rang's point is true you don't have to move the queen anywhere but Qc3 will at the very least force the exchange of all the pieces. Pretty simple for Sunday,
Nov-13-17  LA MAN: On 26tH. I would have taken whites queen. Did I miss something?
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  Check It Out: Do you mean, if 24...Rxf6 25.axb4 Rxc2


Then 26. Rd8+ is mating.

Jul-27-19  Alibaba2007: Nxc2 24. Nd7+ Bf6 25. Nxf6 Rc5 26. Nd7+ Rxe5 27. Nxf8 Nxa3+ 28. Ka2 Qe4 29. Ng6+ Qxg6 30. Rd8 and wins
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  fredthebear: Robert Byrne writes of this game in his Chess column for the New York Times, June 20, 1995, Section C, Page 9 of the National edition:
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