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Garry Kasparov vs Francisco Vallejo Pons
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 7, Feb-26
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Feb-27-04  dafish298: kind of suspicious though..after 15/16 games being draws, every single game was decisive today (not a draw). *cough* conspiracy *cough*
Feb-27-04  Stavrogin: Pleas: no nerdy Fischertalk, even if delivered in irony (which I take for granted).
Feb-27-04  radu stancu: <Bears092> if you look on the tournament's kibitz pages, i actually said something like that, based on the fact that they had little time left for i-don't-remember-how-many moves. thank Kasparov i was wrong :)
Feb-27-04  meloncio: Pretty game but it's a pity, because our national hero has been crashed by The Monster :-((
Feb-27-04  Johannes: I don't understand why pons couldn't move his king back to G7 on move 36.
Feb-27-04  skakmiv: Then Rxe6.
Feb-27-04  731: dafish > If there was some ''conspiracy'' amongst the players in this tournament to 'all draw in the first round', then I guess Leko made a mistake and won, right?
Feb-28-04  ruylopez900: >dafish< Why would the players have such a oncspiracy in the first place? its not like there all saving up there strength to crush one player if the all do it.
Mar-02-04  Catfriend: Hmmm... isn't 15..a5 loss of time?

Why not 21..b5, and ♗a3 has to go back to be active, while black's Q-side grows strong and menacing?

28.h4 threatens g4, right?

As they said before, 34.♖:e6! f:♖e6 35.♖d7+ ♔g8(most steady) 36.♕g4+ ♖g5 37.♕:e6+ wins nicely.

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  InspiredByMorphy: what was 33.Kg7? for by Vallejo pons?
Isnt Rg8 better?
Mar-04-04  Whitehat1963: Am I crazy or doesn't 28. g4 get a free rook? If he moves the rook, then 29. Qh7 leads to mate on the next move no matter what. If I'm right I'm really surprised that no one saw this, including the chess engines, and that Kasparov didn't play it.
Mar-04-04  Whitehat1963: I see no defense against 28. g4! Vallejo Pons has to give up the rook right there to avoid mate via Qh7 on the next move. If 28...Rg5, then 29. Qh7+, Kf8 30. Qh8, Rg8 31. Bh7 should be all that's required for a resignation!
Mar-04-04  Whitehat1963: <>, What does Crafty have to say about 28. g4!
Mar-04-04  Chizoad: Whitehat1963, I believe your line ending with 31. Bh7 fails to 31. ... RxQ.
Mar-04-04  Whitehat1963: Yup! Just saw it, but after 30...Rg8, 31. Qxh6 does gain a pawn.
Mar-04-04  Whitehat1963: So much for my brainstorm, but after analyzing on the computer, I did get this interesting sequence of moves after 28. g4: 28...Rg5 29. Qh7+, Kf8 30. Bf5, Rg7 31. Qh8+, Rg8 32. Qxh6+, Rg7 33. dxc5, Re8 34. Be4, Bxc5 35. Qe3, Rg5 36. Bf5, Rxf5 37. gxf5, Kg7 38. Bxc5, Qb8 39. Rd6, Qc8 40. Qg3+, Kh7 41. Rd4, exf5 42. Rh4#. Of course it's a lot less efficient than GKs, but either way gets there.
Aug-16-04  RonB52734: The dance of the white bishop to h7 between moves 17 and 20 was:

a) a ploy to get moves in before a time control

b) GK flirting with a draw

c) a coded signal to the aliens, or

d) all of the above.


Nov-10-04  alexandrovm: My guess is c ;)
Nov-10-04  I sacrifice like Tal: Surely Vallejo Pons should have played c5 as soon as he possibly could? Surely it would've been better than letting Kaspy play e4 and then grabbing the c5 square?

<Everyone>Also isn't 28.g4 better than 28.h4? Any idea?

Nov-10-04  I sacrifice like Tal: Ahh found it! From NewInChess. notes by Yury Dokhoian.

"28.g4 Rg5
29.Qh7 Kf8
30.Bf5! (Bc5 is also sufficient) ...Bd6
31.Qh6 Rg7
32.Re6 fe6
33.Be6 and white wins."

Feb-21-05  acirce: With Linares 2005 coming up I took a look at some of last year's games again. Kasparov played a lot of inspiring games although this one was the only one he won. As you all remember there were missed wins in otherwise great games like Kasparov vs Topalov, 2004, Kasparov vs Radjabov, 2004 and Radjabov vs Kasparov, 2004 at least. Must be said as well that he was in trouble in Leko vs Kasparov, 2004 and Kasparov vs Shirov, 2004.

Kasparov exploits the tempo loss 11..h6 (11..0-0!? 12.Ne5 was also good) with thrusts like 12.e4 and 14.c5. After 14.c5! Nxe4 15.Bxe4 Vallejo didn't dare play 15..bxc5 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Be5 even though 17..Qb6 18.Bd4 Qb5 was possible. Kasparov demonstrated the danger in these lines by pointing out 17..Qa5? 18.b4! Qxb4 19.Rd4 Qa5 20.Bh7+ Kh8 21.Rg4 Bf6 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Qb2

The decisive mistake was 25..Rd5? but Vallejo was already in severe time trouble. After 25..Kf8 Kasparov had planned 26.Bxc5 Bxc5 27.dxc5 Rd5 28.Rc1 with an obvious positional advantage but so far nothing more.

Feb-21-05  aw1988: This is also showing how Vallejo is simply... Vallejo, and why he isn't a hot bet to win Linares in 2005.
Feb-21-05  iron maiden: Vallejo has actually scored all right against the top players in Linares with only -1 against KAK and Leko in the last two years. It's usually the points he drops against the others--Ponomariov in 2003, Radjabov in 2004--that bring about his poor finishes.
Feb-21-05  csmath: He is just not up to the same class, that is the truth. Look at these two games he played with Kasparov. This one he played trying to survive and got under attack and eventually lost. With whites he played a stereotipical game while Kasparov produced ingenious attack but somehow let Vallejo survive.

I can clearly see two players of different classes. It isn't just good enough to play draws against Kasparov, you need to show that you have some ideas and strategies. I don't see anything in Vallejo's game except an attempt to survive.

This is what bothers me in all this comments. See Kasparov game and you'll see immense energy, many brilliancies, many do not materialize but it is one hell of an active player. Then you watch Kramnik and similar and most of the time there is absolutely nothing but an intention to wait for the opponent to do something. This Vallejo played in Linares that way all the 2004 tournament. There is nothing in all of his games there.

Feb-28-09  rjsolcruz: In basketball, we usually marvel on a Kirelenko block or a Gasol jumper and imitate them in our games. This is also true in chess. And in the recent MERALCO Chess Club event dubbed as the AGUILAR CUP which featured a 10-board simul match with National Master ALISANGCO, I reached the opening position of this game up to move 6 Qc2 of NM Alisangco. I continued with 6... Be7, got a cramped game and was lucky to obtain a draw after I managed to exchange pieces. log on to
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