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Konstantin Sakaev vs Garry Kasparov
European Club Cup (2003), Rethymnon GRE, rd 4, Oct-01
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1

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Jan-06-04  patzer2: Kasparov's 18...Nxa4 is a pretty end game finish. If 19. Bxa4 b5+ 20. Bxb5 cxb5+ 21. Kxb5 Kd5 and Black wins the ensuing pawn ending.
Jan-06-04  PinkPanther: 18...Nxa4? What? Are you sure you mean 18? Was this some sort of an endgame study or.....?
Jan-06-04  patzer2: <PinkPanther> Oops! I meant 40...Nxa4! is a pretty endgame finish. If 41. Bxa4 b5+ 42. Bxb5 cxb5+ 43. Kxb5 Kb5 and Black wins th ensuing pawn ending. Thanks for the correction :} (I was running an analysis on another game on Fritz 8, and somehow transposed the numbers from that game)
Mar-22-04  Snakebite: My own opinion is that White's Nh4-g2-f4 is way too slow. White is normally obliged to tkae on g6 sooner or later. He wastes too much time in the game. After 16..Nfd7 Black nis already better- if white plays Qc2 then ...Qh4 is coming to attack the weak white king. Once the Black rook gets to d2 Black has a good edge.
Jan-20-06  silvio: Am I missing something? please correct
this woodpusher. Is not 39 Bxe6 not bad for black even with 39...c5+ I am at aloss and think that I am missing something quite obvious and simple ??
Oct-04-08  newton296: < silvio: Am I missing something? please correct this woodpusher. Is not 39 Bxe6 not bad for black even with 39...c5+ I am at aloss and think that I am missing something quite obvious and simple >

well , Im no expert in the endgame , but how would you stop blacks Q side majority after the trade ? kasparov just plays f5 and whites pawns all get hoovered off the board while whites king is tied down to stopping blacks pawns on the Q side.

also, your suggested ...c5+ actually gives up blacks win because it ends the threat of ...b5 to get the Q side pawn majority moving .

its all about tieing whites king down the Q side so black can Q on the kingside .

Q sied

Jan-27-09  notyetagm: 40 ... ?


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40 ... ♘c5xa4! <remove the guard: b5>


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Here Kasparov (Black) uses the old <PAWN FORK TRICK> to tactically liquidate to an easily winning endgame.

(VAR)
41 ♗c2x♘a4 b7-b5 <pawn fork>


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<patzer2: Kasparov's 40...Nxa4 is a pretty end game finish. If 41. Bxa4 b5+ 42. Bxb5 cxb5+ 43. Kxb5 Kd5 and Black wins the ensuing pawn ending.>

(VAR)
42 ♗a4xb5 c6xb5+ 43 ♔c4xb5 ♔d6-d5


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Dec-13-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: PAWN FORK TRICK
Jul-01-21
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  plang: 12 g4 was new; 12 Nc2 and 12 f4 had been played previously. White's setup seems dubious after 15 Dxe?!; Black is already a bit better with an advantage in development. 38 Ke4..Ne6 39 Kf5..Nc5 40 Kg6..Nxb3 41 Kxg7..Ke7 42 Kxh6..Kf7 43 f4..Nc5 44 g5..Ne6 would also win for Black.

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