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Garry Kasparov vs Kiril Georgiev
World Blitz Championship (1988) (blitz), Saint John CAN, rd 3, Feb-20
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-01-08  DoubleCheck: 78. Qb4 is the winning move

black is forced to play Ka7 in which queen is mating on b7

Nov-30-08  WhiteRook48: What is Kasparov DOING here? Maybe he was distracted by Karpov walking outside the building. How did the World Champion not see that he falls for a STALEMATE
Dec-18-08  WhiteRook48: The dreaded same-colored Bishops draw.
Dec-19-08  WhiteRook48: Anyone notice that the promoted Queen only made Bishop-like moves?
Dec-19-08  KingG: Clearly Kasparov's flag must have been about to fall, but it's still pretty incredible that he would choose 78.Qc5 over the natural 78.Qb4, which cuts the King off onto a single file(the usual way of winning queen-up endgames).
Dec-19-08  square dance: ::waiting for rookfile to post a game where fischer mates with Q+B vs K::


Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: 2nd favorite Kasparov blunder game. My first favorite is where Kasparov is forced to make a bunch of losing moves: 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Qh4+????? 4. Kf1 b5???
5. Bxb5 Nf6 (oh come on your opponent's not going to fall for Ng4 and Qf2#) 6. Nf3 Qh5?
Dec-28-08  WhiteRook48: Qc5?? is odd for Kasparov.
Jan-06-09  WhiteRook48: Wow Kasparov must have lost a ton of rating points, just because of that blunder.
Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: What do you think made Kasparov make this blunder?
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: 78. Qc5?????? how many question marks to this?
Feb-03-09  WhiteRook48: so this shows you not to resign
Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: the extra Q and B are not helpful to Kasparov
Oct-21-10  Tigranny: Kasparov could've won with Qb4.
Apr-23-11  Tigranny: WhiteRook48, is your favorite Kasparov blunder game this? Short vs Kasparov, 1993
Nov-03-11  ArwenUndomiel: TSN (Canadian sports network) had broadcast the event live. Several years ago, I saw the video with Keene commenting.

Kasparov was rattling moves off very quickly. He had over a minute when the stalemate occurred. When Georgiev attempted to make his reply, he hesitated and put both arms out, sort of shrugging, looking at Kasparov, who threw his head back, shocked at himself.

Needless to say, Keene and the other commentator were also amazed and stunned, especially given the time Kasparov had remaining.

Nov-03-11  rapidcitychess: That's so funny!

Reason 1759 not to resign!

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  Penguincw: Yikes. Garry Kasparov blew an easy win. Maybe he was in time trouble and rushed.
Feb-18-13  sfm: That Kasparov had run out of time already, and knew it, would be a perfect explanation.

As, if he with 78.Qb4 forces a mate next move, Black will always look at the clock before making his final move and to his delight claim the win.

But after 78.Qc5 is played the game is a draw, regardless of what the clock shows. None of the players are obliged to press the clock, ever.

I have stalemated opponents for exactly that reason. :-)

I recall another time when a player had bishop and rook against me, and put the rook, uncovered, right in front of my king, shouting "Mate!". My king rightly had nowhere to go, except for capturing the rook, which I very happily did. Then I discovered that he'd had run out of time. Too late, it's a draw.

Had I not been disturbed by the "Mate!" I would probably have looked at the clock first. What a trick! LOL!

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<ArwenUndomiel: ... He had over a minute when the stalemate occurred.>

Over a minute??? Then we have two incredible matters: Kasparovs 78th move, and Georgiev not resigning after e.g. 72.Kg6.

Well, everything happens from time to time.

Apr-07-13  hudapri: <sfm> You must have mating material to claim a win on time. If Kasparov was flagged on move 78, the game would be a draw.

An important distinction is that mate is possible for the side claiming a win, not forcible, as here:

Sep-13-14  SpiritedReposte: Wow I do that all the time in blitz!
Jan-04-15  arawn: My first Kibitz...just wanted to point out that there is video of this game on Youtube - worth a watch to see Kasparov's reaction! (about 10 minutes in)
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  alexmagnus: Here the same video as a "standalone":
Feb-12-19  pikket: Thanks for that link alexmagnus - priceless!
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  Korora: <Maybe he was in time trouble and rushed.>

Blitz chess is all about keeping your wits about you while in time trouble.

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