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Garry Kasparov vs Darmen Sadvakasov
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 5, May-25
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-15-06  Bufon: Doesnt white have chances eating the rook and trying to promote a pawn??
Oct-15-06  jamesmaskell: The problem the White a-pawn has is that it is isolated (that is it has no friendly pawns next to it). Its not as easy as just shoving the a pawn up with supporting pawns. The b-file gap is very important. White gains no advantage by pushing any of the Queenside pawns.

White has the initative here and by exchanging the knight for the rook is risking losing the game itself as material is basically equal. The triple repetition is basically forced.

Oct-15-06  Open Defence: yeah .. Black can leave his pawns on black squares...
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  Jonathan Sarfati: “During the match in Seville the continuation 10.d3 was considered the main retort to Black's gambit idea. However, the strongest chessplayers in the world always have their own opinion on key questions of theory. In annihilating the e3 pawn, White allows his queenside pawns to be irreparably weakened. To compensate for this static factor in the position, he hopes for a dynamic release of potential energy in his two bishops and the formation of a mobile pawn ‘fist’ on the right hand side of the board.” — Anatoli Karpov, “How To Play The English Opening”, comment on W10 in this game.
Jul-01-09  heklex: Space advantage outweights material imbalance. Nice to see, especially when Kaspy gives up exchange just to repair his pawn formation.
Nov-03-12  wordfunph: "After our first draw, I inquired to Garry Kimovich about the position, and he replied with a single phrase: 'Pass me the scoresheet.'"

- GM Darmen Sadvakasov

* lifted from's Misha Interviews

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  plang: 9..e3!? had been introduced by Karpov against Kasparov in their 1987 match. 11 e4 had been played previously; 11 Nh3 was new with the idea of of transferring the knight to d5. The knight on d5, the two bishops as well the mobile kingside pawns gave White good compensation for the exchange.

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