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Garry Kasparov vs Zbynek Hracek
Yerevan Olympiad (1996), Yerevan ARM, rd 7, Sep-23
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Classical Variation Kantscher Line (B66)  ·  1-0



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Aug-13-03  ksadler: This game is annotated at for anyone who is interested.
Jul-02-06  KingG: Nice annotations. I liked Seirawan's description of what it is like to face a Kasparov novelty. The psychological advantage this gave Kasparov(particularly in those days) must have been enormous.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Black goes down in a hailstorm of blows after 18…exf5 19.e6 Rg8 20.exf7+ Kxf7 21.Bg2 Bb7 22.Qe5 or 22.Rhf1 when Black’s army is totally uncoordinated. Hracek now unhappily aware it was better to have stayed in bed decides he doesn’t want to go down in a typical Kasparov victory and so fastens the hatches.> Well, black's position looks difficult I am not sure that it is really over. After 18…exf5 19.e6 Rg8 20.exf7+ Kxf7 21.Bg2 Bb7 22.Qe5 Rg5 23.Rxd5!? (23.Nf4 Qd6 looks fine for black and 23.Bxd5+ Bxd5 24.Rxd5 Qh8 25.Ng7!? Rxg7 26.Re1 Qc8! 27.Qxe7+ Kg8 seems to be survivable as well as 26.Qxf5+ Kg8 27.Rf1 h6 etc.) 23...Qh8! is pretty surrealistic (see diagram) but I see no decisive continuation for white.

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For example, 24.Qe3 Rxh5 25.Rd7 Qe8 26.Rxb7 Rxb7 27.Bxb7 Bf6 already turns the table in black's favour. 27.Bd5+ Kg7 28.Qe5+ (28.Bxb7 Qd8 ) 28...Kh6 29.Qe3+ f4! (getting white Queen out of e-file where she pins Be7) 30.Qxf4+ Bg5 31.Qd6+ Qg6 is okay for black too. And 24.Ng7 Re8! 25.Nxe8 Qxe5 26.Rxe5 Bxg2 27.Rhe1 Be4 leaves white in big troubles.

Second possibility mentioned by Seirawan - 22.Rhf1 - is definitely better and 22...Rg5 23.Nf4 or 22...Kg6 23.Nf4+ with Bxd5 coming soon gives white clear edge. But why black should play 21...Bb7 in that line? Why not 21...Kf8 22.Bxd5 Rb6!? (see diagram)

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with idea 23...Rd6 or 23.Bxg8 Qxd4 24.Rxd4 Kxg8?

Oct-22-08  Chessmensch: This game is also discussed in Schiller's Standard Chess Openings, p.251.

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