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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
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  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!
Sep-18-14
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  plang: 8..Qc7 was first played in Gelfand- Magem Badals Pamplona 2000 (drawn - not included in this database)
Jul-24-20
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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.

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