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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-05
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-05-04  MiCrooks: What is the secondary time control? 20 in 1? Rg3+ looked interesting winning the king-side pawns, but it looked like White might be able to just push the a-pawn while the Rook was distracted.
Mar-05-04  jerzy: Garry want to have two connected passers f and g and d5 opens the position so bishop becomes stronger
Mar-05-04  Taidanii: Garry?! Why is this move difficult?!
Mar-05-04  sagahelten: Could Kasparov be in trouble after: Rc8+ Kh7 Rf8?
Mar-05-04  JustAFish: h7+ is interesting. It pulls the black king one square further from the a pawn.
Mar-05-04  haha: they draw this one, lol
Premium Chessgames Member GAME OVER -- 1/2-1/2

Thanks to everybody for stopping by today.

Mar-05-04  Taidanii: This was a draw??? There's no freaking way!!! MY GOD! Garry could have easily pulled this one out!
Mar-05-04  gilbertv: I was honestly shocked at another draw. Uninspired play throughout the entire tourney. These guys are too good we need Pro-Am format to spice things up. Thanks for chessgames coverage.
Mar-05-04  JustAFish: One thing I noticed about this tournment is that many of the draws were very exciting. (Some, of course, were sub-20-move duds, of course) I think it has been demonstrated that a split point does not necessarily mean a passive, uninteresting game. Some of these draws were strong fights with lots of interesting possibilites. Our collective impression of who was winning in several of these games flipped back and forth many times.
Mar-05-04  Dick Brain: the pawn liquidation made it very drawish. oh well wait for next year.
Mar-05-04  AgentRgent: Taidanii: after 55. hxg5 Bxg5 56. Rxf7+ Kg6 57. Rd7 Black has very little chance to win, and a good chance to lose. That's why it's a draw. Vallejo accepted because of his time trouble.
Mar-05-04  beenthere240: Why is this called an uncommon opening? It began like an Alapin sicilian and then transitioned (as often happens) to a pretty ordinary Naj Sicilian with 6. f3.
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  Calli: Yes,

Alex Fedorov vs A Shneider, 2003


Bologan vs DeFirmian, 2003

reach the same position after 17 moves. The opening is B90.

Mar-05-04  beenthere240: All 3 games revolve around white's absolute control of d5 -- Kasparov was the only one who came close to a real queenside offsensive.
Mar-05-04  Benjamin Lau: I don't know why all the players have had a sudden obssession with the ...e5 Sicilian setup this year. It's a great way of playing the Sicilian, but the lack of variety annoys me. Has there been some sort of recent theoretical development that has made so many players so fond with this line?
Mar-05-04  Kaspablanca: I agree Ben Lau, everytime time i play e4 9 out of 10 players play the sicilian at once(on internet and OTB play)but for those who play sicilian mechanically i play the alapin and rosolimo and i crushed them. There are 20 posible ways to response the 1st move for the black. I wonder if have been proved the sicilian is the best move to response white´s first move.
Mar-06-04  Reisswolf: The funny thing is that about 70 percent of the time my computer plays the e5 Sicilian setup when it is playing black (since I am exclusively an e4 player). When I first encountered the move, I looked at my copy of MCO13. That position is NOT covered in that tome! I could not believe it!

I still haven't solved all of the problems against the e5 move. But when my computer plays e6 and goes into a Scheveningen-type setup, I have a pretty good record against it.

Mar-06-04  Lawrence: What's the idea of 27.Rg4, an easy move in time trouble or is there something profound there?
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  Calli: The idea is to block Qh3. Like I said before, though, it doesn't seem right.
Mar-07-04  Lawrence: Calli, thanks. Looks as if the computer thinks that 27...Qh3 is no big deal because it recommends 27.Nd3 Qh3 eval +0.84 against the 0.00 for what Paco played. (6 min. search) Oops, just checked back and the little so-and-so has changed its mind, thinks Black should play 27...Rb5, same eval, 11 min. search.
Mar-08-04  AdrianP: Kasparov's 17. ...g6!? (coupled with 10... Nh5) struck me as an interesting move. At the time, I kibitzers here were surprised by the move - it looks very anti-positional, and dooms Gazza's knight to a long period of inactivity. What it did do, however, is prevent *any* possibility of White having any prospect of breaking through on the K-side. It's kind of the opposite of an attacking piece sacrifice i.e. a sac to open lines for the attack - here Gazza was temporarily "sacking" the N in order to prevent line openings... allowing him to build up his own attack at his relative leisure.
Mar-12-04  Cerebrate2006: two this is on the list for top posts...thats amazing since most of these were in one day...second...this is definately a sicilian variation. Sure the moves to get there are strange, but it comes out as just a uncommon variation of the sicilian...not uncommon opening...i dont know the opening database choice
Mar-12-04  Cyphelium: It is not even an uncommon variation, it's mainstream theory. It should be sorted under 'Sicilian, Najdorf variation' of course.
Jun-14-06  spirit: the black horse on h5 looks contented somewhat...for some reason...
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