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B Kasparian vs Aleksander Sznapik
Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984), Thessaloniki GRE, rd 1, Nov-19
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Weiss Variation (B09)  ·  0-1



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Jul-06-04  chesscookie: eh?? What happened? Did garry have a stroke or something?
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  Benzol: Was Kasparov worried about 12...♘f6xd5?
Jul-06-04  PinkPanther: Yes, probably. I don't think there is a way even on his next move he can blunt the force of that move by black. 10.b3 was a horrible move by Kasparov.
Jul-06-04  themindset: i dunno, he blundered but his opponent didn't take advantage. a simple 12.Bb2 or 12.Qd2 would be fine... ?????
Jul-07-04  Eatman: That's pretty unbelievable that black (2470 player) played b6 and then a6 missing Nfxd5 shot for 2 moves and then Kaspy resigns once he sees it and could prevent it. So something is fishy here.
Jul-07-04  SicilianDragon: I looked online at ('s free online database) and not only did I find no positions where kasparov played this line as white, I found no Kasparov-Sznapik games at all.So, I decided to consult MegaBase and found the following game played with Sznapik as black but with B. KASPARIAN (not to be confused with Genrikh Kasparian) as white. The game didn't end at move 11, but the final result is correct. Here is the complete game:

Kasparian,B - Sznapik,Aleksander (2445) [B09]
Thessaloniki ol (Men) Thessaloniki (1), 19.11.1984

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Na6 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 Rb8 9.a4 Nc7 10.h3 b6 11.Qe2 a6 12.g4 b5 13.axb5 axb5 14.Nxb5 Nxb5 15.Bxb5 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Rxb5 17.c4 Rb4 18.Qe2 e6 19.Re1 exd5 20.cxd5 Bb7 21.Rd1 Re8 22.Qd3 Qb6 23.Be3 Rb3 24.Bxc5 0-1

Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: No, neither of those moves work, both Bb2 and Qd2 would fail. I believe both moves lose at least a pawn.
Jul-07-04  DWINS: Nothing about this game makes sense.

Eatman is correct that Black could have played Nfxd5 on both his 10th and 11th moves. White could have stopped the threat by playing Bb2 on his 11th move and again on move 12 instead of resigning.

I have a feeling that this game never occurred or was doctored in some way.

Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: 11.Bb2 loses a pawn. 11.Bb2 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Bxb2 13.Nxc7 Qxc7 14.Rb1 Bh7.
Jul-07-04  acirce: And on 12.exd5 ?
Jul-07-04  PinkPanther: Then black is down a pawn of material, but this game as the others said is extremely fishy. The game as is listed here on the site, never actually happened.
Premium Chessgames Member SicilianDragon, thank you for your research. We will update this game shortly.

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