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Jeroen Piket vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-07
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Kozul Gambit (E99)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-24-03  Benjamin Lau: This is not a famous game, but still historically significant. This is one of the last KID games Kasparov played, one of several that convinced him that the KID was no longer viable at upper levels.

Some remarks from Watson:

14. c5!?

"The interesting thing about this positional pawn sacrifice is that White has tried nearly every other legal way of breaking through on the queenside, and it is usually Black who throws all his pawns away trying to storm the white king. After all these years, White borrows the idea that time is everything in this mutual pawn-storm line, and tries to open lines at all costs."


"An interesting decision by the champ, who seems to be conceding that White has threats worth watching on the queenside. Piket points out that after the defense 19...Qb8?!, White has 20. Na3!, threatening Nc4-a5 and b5. It's so much easier with the c-file open!"

20. Be1!


24. Qe2!?



"Apparently, Black had to try the sacrifice 25...Nxg2!! 26. Kxg2 hxg4 27. Qc2 Rh7! 28. Nh1 Qh5 29. Ng3 fxg3 30. Bxg3, when things still look unclear."

27. Bb5!

"White has a clear advantage, which he spoiled in time-pressure; the game was drawn after some wild swings."

Aug-01-06  KingG: Seems like Piket just missed out on getting revenge for the massacre that happened in the same line against Kasparov 8 years earlier: Piket vs Kasparov, 1989
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  plang: "This is one of the last KID games Kasparov played, one of several that convinced him that the KID was no longer viable at upper levels."

Not sure that I agree with this. Kasparov had great counterchances until his unsound piece sacrifice 29..hg which Piket could have refuted with 32 Rff3. I don't see how this game, specifically, would have turned off Kasparov to the Kings Indian. White's pawn sacrifice, 14 c5, has not been proven to be sound although, perhaps, Kasparov's defense with 19..b6 is too weakening.

Apr-07-07  KingG: <White's pawn sacrifice, 14 c5, has not been proven to be sound> How has it not been proven to be sound? Isn't it virtually now the main line after 9...Nd7?
Apr-08-07  acirce: Yes, I thought so too. If there's a refutation I'd like to see it (as an occasional KID player).

This is the reason Gallagher recommends 13..Rf6 rather than 13..Ng6 in <Play the King's Indian>, saying about <13..Rf6> 14.c5 that <Black players seem to have come to terms with this particular version of the c4-c5 sacrifice quite quickly.> But I don't know about developments since.

Apr-08-07  slomarko: was this the year when Ivanchuk crushed Kasparov on the white side of the KID?
Apr-08-07  KingG: <slomarko> Yes, Ivanchuk vs Kasparov, 1997. It wasn't a good year for Kasparov's KID, in addition to losing to Ivanchuk, and almost losing here, he also lost to Kramnik(Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1997 ).
Apr-09-07  slomarko: so 0.5 out of 3 games, no wonder he stopped to play the king's indian... all in all it was probably the right decision.
Oct-10-09  Jupp53: After a hint to the position with black moving 40. - ? in another forum it needed some time to find the missed winning move.

40. - Rc7! 41.Qg6+ Qxg6 42.Rxg6+ Bg7 and the e-Pawn with the support of R'nB makes the score. B.e.: 43.Kh2 e2 44.g4 Rc3 45.Be1 Rc1 46.Bd2 Rc2 47.Be1 Kf7 48.Re6 Bc3

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  Eyal: Looks like both players missed wins in time trouble - first Piket with 32.g3? instead of R(either one)xf3, which simply leaves him a piece up for a pawn; then Kasparov with 40...Qf3+? (the usual move 40 curse - last one before the time control) instead of 40...Rc7! 41.Qg6+ (without forcing the queen exchange, the white queen cant defend against both Qd1+ and Qf3+ with mate on g2) Qxg6 42.Rxg6+ Kh7 43.Re6 Rc2! And Blacks e-pawn decides the game. After that, Piket made a series of accurate only-moves to hold the draw, and in the end Black has to force the perpetual.
Jan-12-11  tonsillolith: Typical result from Drawen Piket and Garry Kasdrawov.
Feb-14-13  Endangered71: Piket Fences
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