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Garry Kasparov vs Mikhail Gurevich
Sarajevo (2000), Sarajevo BIH, rd 3, May-19
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation Morozevich Line (C11)  ·  1-0



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Nov-24-05  KingG: Very interesting move 17.Rxd5!?

Kasparov sacrifices the exchange in order to inflict severe structural damage on Black's pawn structure, and also to relieve Black of his bishop pair and leave opposite coloured bishops.

This creates a lot of problems for Black but he almost holds on until 38...Rxf2?, when 38...Qb1+ should draw. eg 39.Kd4 Qb2+ 40.Kc5 Qxf2+ 41.Kxb5 Qe2+ 42.Kb6 Qf2+ 43.Kc6 Qc2+.

Nov-24-05  mrbasso: <KingG> No draw, you missed 43.Qc5. I wonder what would have happened after the bold 26...Qxb2?
Nov-24-05  KingG: <mrbasso> Yeah, true it doesn't draw. In fact although Fritz gives 0.00 after 38...Qb1+, it seems there isn't a draw after all.

Yes, 26...Qb2 seems like an interesting move, and it's Fritz's preferred move.

Aug-13-06  Albertan: Black can draw with 38...Qb1+ as this variation shows:

38... Qb1+!? 39. Kd4 Qb2+ 40. Kc5 Qxf2+ 41. Kxb5 Qe2+ 42. Kb6 (42. Kc5 Qf2+ 43. Kc6 Qc2+ 44. Kb7 Rf7+ 45. Kb8 Qxg2 =) 42... Qf2+ 43. Kc6 Qc2+ )

Feb-20-09  jackpawn: So was the exchange sac opening preparation or did he find it over the board? It didn't even occur to me.
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  plang: In J.Polgar-Morozovich Wijk aan Zee 2000 White played 12 Rad1 in a game Black eventually won; 12 Rfe1 was new. Kasparovs idea was 16 Nf1 preparing a promising exchange sacrifice 17 Rxd5. Kasparov thought that 21 Bh3 and then 23 Nxf5 would have been more promising ways to continue. 25 Ne3? was an error after which White was worse; better was 25 Qg4+..Kh8 26 Ne3..Rg8 27 Qd1..Nc4 28 Nd5 with an unclear position. Kasparov thought Gurevich would have had good winning chances had he played 26..Qxb2 27 Qg5+..Qg7 28 Qxg7+..Kxg7 29 Rxd6..Rxd6 30 Nf5+..Kf6 31 Nxd6..Ke5 when his active king is very powerful; instead after 26..Qxg7 the position became very complicated and unclear. 35..Re8 36 Nf6!..Rf8 37 Nd5 would have been an invitation to repeat moves. In time pressure Gurevich erred with 37..Qb2+? and then 38..Rxf2? (38..Qb1+); 37..Rxf2+ 38 Ke3..Rxg2 39 Qb8+..Qg8 40 Qe5+ would have led to a draw. With 45 Be4! Kasparov had calculated that he could survive the checks and force the exchange of queens.

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