Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Garry Kasparov vs Boris Kantsler
Junior competition (1975), Leningrad, Jul-27
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 23 times; par: 47 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 2,384 more games of Kasparov
sac: 20.Ng5+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-19-05  mj29479: it seems garry "the kid" was not so good as he is now as "garry-the-anti-fide-man" :)) if you computer check the game it will be seen that he missed an obvious mate and nearly contributed to the collection of 'white to play and ruin the game' :)).
Mar-13-05  Orbitkind: Please tell me where the obvious mate is. If you mean 25.Qh5+ etc then you are wrong because the black king slips the net.
Mar-13-05  hintza: <Orbitkind> There is surprisingly no defence for Black after 27.Bg3!, where White threatens g6# next move. Mate in three after 27.Bg3, I am fairly certain.
Mar-13-05  Orbitkind: But Kasparov won by move 32 so does it really matter if he could have won by move 30 in the context of the game? He obviously found a win even if not quite as efficient. Players are people and not computer therefore likely to make a less efficient forced win than a computer sometimes. But efficiency is to be praised as Capablanca probably would have said.
Mar-13-05  hintza: <Orbitkind> He won anyway, so yes the fact that he missed an earlier win does not matter as much. But since you asked where the mate was, I posted it for you.
Jan-27-06  goragoragora: Interesting to see Garry taking
the White side of this, since the
Black side would later be touted in
Borik's book on Kasparov (rather
mistakingly, I felt.
Later, if 31...Kf5 32 Kf3! looks
like a cute point.
Sep-18-07  dfotarou10: I think that 28. Qg4 is a mate unless I am missing something.
Sep-18-07  dfotarou10: My mistake he can play 28. Kxe5
Dec-20-07  nimzo knight: 25. d4! is a kind of move which makes you a master (of course Garry proved to be much more than that). I think 25.. Ng7 will be replied by 26. Rh1
Oct-31-12  JIRKA KADLEC: Kasparov - Kantsler:
...19.Ng4 Ng7 20.BG5!! hxg5 21.hxg5 Rh8 22.Nf6+! Kg6 23.Rh1! Nf5 24.Rxh8 Bxh8 25.ND4!? Nxd4 26.Qh5+ Kf5 ....
Mar-25-13  wachter123680: no wonder Kantsler lost, while Garry was busy consolidating his pieces king side, Kantsler remains three unactive pieces to queenside, making no preparation for the incoming slaughter Kaspars had prepared with cunning.
Mar-25-13  wachter123680: Kaspars must have thought this little fifth rank a b c and d pawn wall on 10.. was cute tho.
Apr-16-13  BattleSquare: nice Knight sacrifice in 20.Ng5+ !!
Oct-24-13  MrJafari: It seems Kasparov didn't want to mate sooner intentionally! I detected some position which Kasparov could mate but didn't!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Kasparov's move was indeed <20.Bg5!!>

click for larger view

as <JIRKA KADLEC> rightly pointed out.

Check out "Kasparov on Kasparov, best games 1973-1985" (Vol I), game # 9

Here's the correct game:

[Event "Junior competition"]
[Site "Leningrad"]
[Date "1975.07.27"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Garry Kasparov"]
[Black "Boris Kantsler"]
[ECO "A07"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 g6 6. Ngf3 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Qe2 b5 10. e5 a5 11. Nf1 Ba6 12. h4 b4 13. N1h2 h6 14. Bf4 Kh7 15. Bh3 c4 16. Kg2 Nf5 17. Bxf5 gxf5 18. g4 fxg4 19. Nxg4 Ne7 20. Ng5+ hxg5 21. hxg5 Rh8 22. Nf6+ Kg6 23. Rh1 Nf5 24. Rxh8 Bxh8 25. d4 Nxd4 26. Qh5+ Kf5 27. g6+ Kxf4 28. Re1 Bxf6 29. f3 Nxf3 30. Qxf3+ Kg5 31. Qg3+ Kh5 32. exf6 1-0


Premium Chessgames Member
  Sargon: whiteshark, you're saying: <Kasparov's move was indeed <20.Bg5!!>>

And then in the score you submitted, it still says 20. Ng5+

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Sargon> My bad!

Here's CB Megabase 2018 pgn

[Event "Leningrad"]
[Site "Leningrad (Russia)"]
[Date "1975.07.27"]
[White "Kasparov, Garry"]
[Black "Kantsler, Boris"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A08"]
[PlyCount "63"]

1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 g6 6. Ngf3 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Qe2 b5 10. e5 a5 11. Nf1 Ba6 12. h4 b4 13. N1h2 h6 14. Bf4 Kh7 15. Bh3 c4 16. Kg2 Nf5 17. Bxf5 gxf5 18. g4 fxg4 19. Nxg4 Ne7 20. Bg5 hxg5 21. hxg5 Rh8 22. Nf6+ Kg6 23. Rh1 Nf5 24. Rxh8 Bxh8 25. Nd4 Nxd4 26. Qh5+ Kf5 27. g6+ Kf4 28. Re1 Bxf6 29. f3 Nxf3 30. Qxf3+ Kg5 31. Qg3+ Kh5 32. exf6 1-0

Jul-19-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov"

Solve for white on move 28.

I saw @hintza mention 27.Bg3 and wanted to confirm that move. Move confirmed below.

27.Bg3 Bxf6 28. gxf6+ Ke4 29. Qg4#
Or 27. Bg3 Nf3 28. Qxf3+ Kxg5 29. Qg4+ Kh6 30. Bf4#

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Games I submitted
by nikolaas
GK played KIA as a junior; Pseudo-Tarrasch/Sicilian Defense
from Walk the King, Feel the Sting; Fredthebear Thing by fredthebear
There and Back Again
from 87c_ Hunting Season - king marches OTB one way o by whiteshark
Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov
by LionHeart40
Game 9
from Part 1: 1973-1985 (Kasparov) by Qindarka
dannieray's favorite games
by dannieray
KIA: Knight sac on g5 to open the h-file
from Ideas In The French Defense by oao2102
98_The Big Clamp Theory / White Lion Formation
by whiteshark
Anti-French (e4.e6)
from A A King's Indian Attack [White] by chess.master
GK played KIA as a junior; Pseudo-Tarrasch/Sicilian Defense
from Youngbloods Like to Listen to Fredthebear by fredthebear
KIA beautiful mate
by Cultus
C00 French: King's Indian Attack [White]
by chess.master
98_A07_King's Indian Attack
by Retarf
Young Gazza sacs a knight in his home town of Baku.
from Extraordinary Sacrifices by nesnej2
Kings Indian Attack
by ISeth
009 Move 20. Bg5!!
from Garry KASPAROV on Garry KASPAROV I 1973-1985 by beta

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC