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Krishnan Sasikiran vs Garry Kasparov
Bled Olympiad (2002), Bled SLO, rd 3, Oct-28
Slav Defense: Chameleon Variation. Advance System (D15)  ·  0-1

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Mar-10-04  vishyanand: wow! This deserves to be a "game of the day" game on chessgames.com
Mar-22-04  Snakebite: Maybe 19Nb6. 19 Rac1 is planless and just gets white into trouble-the knight fork on d2
Aug-23-04  patzer2: Kasparov's 21...Nxd4! wins a decisive center pawn by utilizing the clever deflection move 22...h5! and the Knight Fork 24...Ne2+ at the end of the combination to level out the piece exchanges.
Dec-25-07  notyetagm: <vishyanand: wow! This deserves to be a "game of the day" game on chessgames.com>

Yes, a simply brilliant win by Kasparov.

Dec-25-07  notyetagm: Sasikiran vs Kasparov, 2002

<patzer2: Kasparov's 21...Nxd4! wins a decisive center pawn by utilizing the clever deflection move 22...h5! and the Knight Fork 24...Ne2+ at the end of the combination to level out the piece exchanges.>

Black to play: 21 ... ?


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21 ... ♘e6xd4!!


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22 ♕e2-g4 h6-h5!


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What a stupendous combination by Kasparov. The combination 21 ... ♘e6xd4!! ♕e2-g4 22 h6-h5! seems to come from out of a clear blue sky!

I even knew there was a combination in the initial position and did not see it. The combination is actually pretty complicated, given that Kasparov had to consider the counterattack on his Black c7-queen with 23 ♘b6x♖d5.

Kasparov saw the <KNIGHT FORK> on e2, <REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> of the e2-tactical base by <DRIVING OFF> the White g4-queen with 22 ... h6-h5!, and that even after the <COUNTERATTACK> 23 ♘b6x♖d5 on his own queen, he still comes out a valuable central pawn ahead. <<<<He saw all that from the initial diagram given above, with the added feature that White has just put the Black d5-rook en prise.>>>>

Kasparov has got to be the strongest tactical player of all-time.

Aug-27-11  Xeroxx: Heavy metal
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  whiteshark: My way or the highway!
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  plang: 8..Qc7 was first played in Gelfand- Magem Badals Pamplona 2000 (drawn - not included in this database)
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  plang: 5..Nbd7 is now the most popular move but at the time of this game it was still relatively new. In the draw Gelfand-Magam Pamplona 1999 Black played 14..Nd5; 14..Ng7 was new. 17..Nxd4?! 18 Bxd4..Rxd4 19 Nd6+..Rxd6 20 cxd..Qxd6 would only have worked to White's advantage. 20 Nxd5?! benefited Black but even after 20 h3 Black would have had a clear edge with control of d5 and a weak White pawn on d4. 21 Nb6? walked into Black's combination; better would have been 21 Qe4..Qd8 22 Re1..Bxd4 23 Bxh6..Nxc5 24 Qxe7..Nd3 though Black would still have had a clear edge. White may have overlooked 22..h5!

Not clear to me where White went wrong in the opening - this variation (5 c5) just doesn't seem that promising for White.

Mar-05-21  Gaito: White's resignation seems to be somewhat premature, but there was no doubt about the result. The Indian grandmaster maybe just wanted to spare a long agony that would probably have ended in Zugzwang. The following position was where White resigned:


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A likely continuation would have been 39.Bc7 (Δ...Ba5) Bxc5 40.Ba5 Re2! (Δ...Bf2-e1) 41.Rd1 Be3 42.Bc3 h4 43.h3 g5! 44.a4 Kf8 (see diagram below):


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Black's winning plan would be to bring his king over to d3 and c2. There is nothing White can do about it, except giving up a piece for Black's pawn on d2, but that would be a suicide too. White is practically in Zugzwang. It would have been instructive for chess students to witness a winning procedure by Kasparov. But the Indian grandmaster resigned and so deprived chess students from seeing an ending that would otherwise have been instructive.

Mar-05-21  Gaito: In his comment on July 24, 2020, plang wrote: "Not clear to me where White went wrong in the opening". I also wanted to find out where White went wrong. Maybe the aid of a chess engine could be useful to get an answer. The following position was possibly critical:


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BLACK TO MOVE
Here Black castled, which is a logical and pretty obvious move. An alternative worthy of consideration was maybe 18...h5!? Anyway, after 18...O-O, White played 19.Rac1(?) My two favorite chess engines (LcZero and SF13) suggest instead 19.Rd2! with the idea of doubling rooks on the d-file. That is very logical, as White must strive to prepare the advance d5 in order to get rid of his weak backward pawn on d4. There followed an exchange of pieces on the blockading square d5: 19.Rac1(?) Nd5 20.Nxd5? (⌓ 20.Ne2 =) Rxd5⩱, reaching the following position:


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WHITE TO MOVE
21.Nb6?
Alternatives worthy of consideration were, for example: 21.Qg4 or 21.Qe4. After 21.Nb6?! White is giving his opponent a chance to shine. Remember rule number one in chess: "Never get into unclear complications with a world champion".

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