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Garry Kasparov vs Alexey Shirov
European Club Cup (2004), Cesme TUR, rd 3, Oct-05
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Main Lines (C80)  ·  1-0



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  perfidious: The consequences of 24....Bxh3 are easy enough to see for an experienced master, much less a strong GM, with plenty of time to think about things.

In playing the Open, Black takes on pawn weaknesses in return for active piece play (qv. the game Simmelink-Shaw, where I play Black ). If White manages to contain his opponent's initiative, the strategic advantage will rest with him.

It's possible that Shirov was short of time; also, that in playing down this line, he may have realised, too late, that the ending which ensues is untenable; the weak queenside pawns plus White's active pieces cause insuperable problems.

Aug-17-05  alexandrovm: In this game Shirov came with a strong feeling of winning this game. You can sense it because of the choice of the opening and strong moves, but could not managed to win. In this game, Garry shows all his power and outplays (once again) Shirov. Garry was not doing a good tournament, but could win his <friend> Alexei :)
Aug-23-05  sergeidave: Did Shirov ever beated Kasparov?
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  tpstar: <sergeidave> No =

This lopsided record apparently made it virtually impossible to find sponsorship for their WC match.

Aug-24-05  acirce: <This lopsided record apparently made it virtually impossible to find sponsorship for their WC match.> How to tell? There were few serious attempts, since Kasparov decided on an early stage to throw Shirov out.
Aug-24-05  ThomYorke: After 36 ... ♖h4 kasparov started a manouver to trap the rook. g3 then ♔g2, too much perfect this combination.
Mar-10-06  alexandrovm: the monster knights do the job in this game full of tactics. One of Ruy-Lopez Garry's choice of opening
May-04-06  Confuse: no wonder kasparov didnt want to play shirov... 16-0 what a record...
Aug-13-06  T Ciddasselepoh: Hey guys. Concerning this Ruy Lopez thing, it seems as if, judging by the rarity of the move in actual games, that it is generally obvious that 8...d4 is a bad move. I can see why that may be so considering the squares it opens up for white. But I would still like to know exactly how white punishes this move. I'm not really sure about it. Does anyone have the explanation?
Aug-13-06  Albertan: Hi T. Ciddasselepoh:
White can win a pawn in the 8...d4 line by playing:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 d4 9. Re1 Nc5 10. Ng5 Be6 11. Nxf7!? Kxf7 12. Qf3+ Kg8
13. Qxc6 (13.Bxe6+ Nxe6 14. Qxc6 Qe8 15. Qe4 Rd8 ) 13... Qe8 14. Bxe6+ Nxe6 15. Qe4 Rd8 (and I certainly don't like the position of Black's pieces after 15...Rd8).

Aug-13-06  T Ciddasselepoh: Yeah I suspected that's how it would go. I just wanted to be sure if that was the textbook follow up. It looks like black may as well resign after 8...d4. No wonder nobody ever plays it! I Appreciate the reply Albertan.
Nov-20-06  aazqua: Kasparov finally picks on someone his own size. Almost.
Nov-20-06  aazqua: Kasparov is such a stud. I remember this game when it was played. Kasparov was like a tiger tightening it's jaws around a baby antelope, when the antelope doesn't realize the jaws are tighteing until it's throat has been crushed. After the game Kasparov leapt over the table and tackled Shirov. It was quite a sight.
Oct-07-07  notyetagm: <ThomYorke: After 36 ... Rh4 kasparov started a manouver to trap the rook. Kg3 then g2, too much perfect this combination.>

Kasparov's tactical vision is faultless.

Position after 38 ... b5-b4?:

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Here Shirov is totally oblivious to the danger posed to his Black h5-rook. The problem is that this rook is on the edge of the board where it has <LIMITED MOBILITY> (<NO RETREAT(!)>), making it an ideal candidate for being <TRAPPED>.

Now Kasparov plays 39 ♘g5-f7+! ♔h8-g8 40 ♘e6-f4, springing the trap and <TRAPPING> the Black h5-rook.

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Black resigns: 40 ... ♖h5-f5?? drops a whole rook to the <KNIGHT FORK> 41 ♘f7-h6+ and 42 ♘h6x♖f5.

Nov-06-07  Kasparov Fan01: I remember watching this game on playchess when it was in its early stages and thinking..geez Kasparov's position is not that good, this coming from a 1800 player. It quite amazing how an average position frp, the point of view of an amatuer is turned into a stunning win by Kasparov. It's almost as if he can do whatever he wants to Shirov..and there is nothing Alexei can do about it...that would be so frustrating. Imagine being Shirov, your friends all know you as a great chess player, your whole career and life is surrounded by chess, your family brags to everyone about how good you are at chess, yet you can never beat Kasparov :)
Dec-18-07  volk: What about .... Nh6 instead of Nxf2?
May-01-08  positionalgenius: Some real fire on the board here...
Nov-10-10  sevenseaman: What magic! On a full board the Black h R has no place to go.

If one went up and down the chess generations, Kasparov would easily top the table. I absolutely admire his mastery of the game. But for a bit of Michael Schumacher in him, he'd be my most admired Master.

Nov-10-10  sevenseaman: There come many stages in the game where one feels one would have 'done that instead'. Yet you have to concede K has followed an all correct narrow path to the win.
Feb-15-13  vinidivici: when this game become GOTD?
Apr-25-13  master of defence: 21...c5 was a better move.
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  ChessCoachClark: Although other comments have emphasized that the Rook at h5 is doomed, the situation impresses me enough that I want to repeat it. Even moving the Rook to f5 does no good, since Nh6+ makes a Fork with check that wins this same Rook. Powerful play by Kasparov!
Jul-01-15  ToTheDeath: 40. Nf4 is probably where Kasparov's opening preparation ends.
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  diceman: <ToTheDeath: 40. Nf4 is probably where Kasparov's opening preparation ends.>

Actually 53.Nd2-f3

...he didn't expect "Resigns" at move 40.

Jul-09-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov "

Solve for white on move 39

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