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Garry Kasparov vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Linares (2002), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-09
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Kasparov Attack (C10)  ·  1-0



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Mar-10-02  dippel: Why not go for a queen exchange 23...g5
Mar-11-02  Webmaster: There is in-depth analysis of this game here

Malcolm Pein agrees with you, dippel:

<23.Rd1 Ponomariov had been playing much quicker than Kasparov and his next couple of moves came quite fast to my surprise. Here or on the next move g6-g5 to get the queens off should have been considered>

I would have to consider, however that 23 ...g5 might lose to a tactic: 23. ...g5 24. Rd7+ Bxd7 25. Rxd7+ Ke6 26. Rd6+ Kxd6 27. Qxf6+ etc. Does that make any sense?

Mar-11-02  dippel: No it does not make any sense. In this variation 24.Rd7+ is impossible - there is a white bishop on d3!
Mar-12-02  Webmaster: I'm sorry we were on different moves, I meant to say 25 ...g5 26. Rd7+ Bxd7 etc. So playing ...g5 too late simply doesn't work.

But 23. ...g5 still seems like a good idea

Mar-12-02  dippel: I agree. By the way I think for “Kibitzers” is a great site. I am still looking forward to be searching for checkmates in the database. When will the new search tool be available?
Mar-12-02  Webmaster: Dippel: thanks again. No promises on the checkmate-search, as we are working on other features as well, including a way to organize your personal favorite game collections.

The checkmate-search may be tricky to implement well, simply because so many PGN games we've collected erroneously end the game with a "+" symbol instead of the checkmate symbol "#" where it belongs. Over time, however, these things are corrected.

Jan-17-03  Sarimanok: Kasparov's fighting spirit remain second to none. I think 8....a6 is necessary. While 20...Bd7! could be a good equalizer for black. White may have nothing better than forcing a draw with 21.Bxd7 (21.Bd3 Rad8) Qxd7 22.Qh7+
Jul-31-03  Chessnut: Fide must stop these damn rapid knockout tournament otherwise we will end up having fake champions like Ponomariov.Each player must have a chance to play every other player.Look at this moron Ponomariov .He got lucky enough to win fide knockout inferior tournament and running his tounge like a "son of the gun".There is no doubt in my mind he will get smoked by Kasparov at their upcoming match.Look at this match.Kasparov played him like a tiger who plays with little mouse:)
Jul-31-03  PVS: Ponomariov's participation in the upcoming matches is a disgrace to FIDE and chess. If they want a four man arrangement, Anand is the obvious choice.
Aug-25-03  patzer2: Appears to me that after 10. Qg4! Kf8 white had the initiative and called all the punches in the game, and black never fully recovered. The winning blow with 38. Rxe6+! was especially pretty as a deflection move that forces the black queen or queen to capture into losing too much material via the rook skewer or queen double attack, as poined out by <Doctor Who> above. Bravo Kasparov for showing us the way in beating up on the French Defense!
Apr-07-04  hickchess99: <Doctor Who> 39. Qxg7 also wins the queen since the black king has no safe squares so black must block with the queen on f7.
Nov-02-04  vonKrolock: vonKrolock: quote of the (past) week:
PVS: Ponomariov's participation in the upcoming matches is a disgrace to FIDE and chess. If they want a four man arrangement, Anand is the obvious choice>
This "upcoming match" never took place! (the other was Kramnik-Leko) PSV: We're agreeing that KO is a silly way to appoint a candidate or challenger - sorry Aliosha Khalif and Rustam Kas too...
Jun-11-05  schnarre: Under such onslaught, so purposeful & so relentless, Black was going to fall!
Jun-11-05  aw1988: This is why Kasparov-Ponomariov never took place.
Jun-13-05  schnarre: Understandable!
Jun-13-05  aw1988: Well, no, not why, but it is clear what the result would have been.
Jun-13-05  schnarre: <aw1988> MmmmHmmmm!
Jun-13-05  Kangaroo: There are at least two reasons (not this one alone)

<why Kasparov-Ponomariov never took place. - <aw1988>>.

This game, of course, is one of them, and so is the other one, even more impressive.

Kasparov vs Ponomariov, 2003

Jun-14-05  schnarre: <Kangaroo> Yes indeed!
May-24-07  sheaf: <No good way to recapture the rook! KxR and comes Rd6+ (winning the queen)

QxR and comes Qg7+ (winning h8)

Kasparov is still the greatest.
it seems humans give more importance to material than computer Qxe6 is a mate in three

Apr-27-08  positionalgenius: One of my favorite games of all-time. A real masterpiece.
Sep-20-09  HAPERSAUD: ironic that its forced checkmate in both possible lines :)
Oct-19-14  Raj Dey: 8....Nd7 is little unattractive 9.Bd7!is good grip
8....a6 was better.
35.....g×f5?!.better was 35......Bf5
Jul-20-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for white on move 36.

Impressive win: GK gets to take all minor pieces off the board with continued play.

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  plang: Played in the 13th (next to last) round; the two players entered the round tied for first. This win plus another against Shirov in the last round clinched first place for Kasparov with an undefeated +4 a point and a half ahead of Ponomariov. This was the first game that Ponomariov had ever played the French. 8 Ne5 was not new but it had been rarely played prior to this game and Ponomariov could not have been expecting it. Ponomariov played 8..Nd7? almost instantly clearly underestimating 9 Bb5 (threatening Qf3); nowadays 8..a6 is routinely played. 15..Ke7 would have been very risky due to 16 f4!..a6 17 f5! and if 17..axb then 18 fxe..Qe5 19 Bxf6+..gxf 20 Rde1..Ra4 21 Qh6..Qg5 22 exf+..Be6 23 Rxe6+..Kxe6 24 f8(Q)..Bxf8 25 Qxf8. 19 Rd2 would have been more accurate not blocking the bishops retreat. 25..Ra7? 26 Rd6 left Black's queen passive; better was 25..fxg! 26 Rd6..Qf4 27 Rxg6..Qxh6 28 Rxh6..Bf5 with approximate equality. The concluding attack with both players under extreme time pressure was quite powerful.
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