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Francisco Vallejo Pons vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2005), Linares ESP, rd 3, Feb-25
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  0-1



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Feb-26-05  Everett: <RisingChamp>

I'm with you. Kasparov plays to win. <csmath>, you can agree that Kasparov plays the Najdorf due to its chances created for both sides. Typically Kasparov, right? Typically Kasparov is not looking for a draw, he's playing his best stuff. And his best stuff is to win.

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  Gypsy: An ending of haute intrigue -- both sides playing to trap the other one? Is <26Ra7> the first time this rook is used as a bait? I imagine something like: "Please sir, do play <26...Bc5> so that I can pretend to realy blunder in time pressure with my <27.Ra5>, pin!" (The second time the rook is used as a bait?) "Oh no, <27...Bxf2+>, a clever trap sir, missed that. Nothing much to do here, oh my time-pressure, <28.Qxf2 Qxa5> it is." ... "Oh well, but I rather like the battery that suddenly formed on the f-file. You see, my <29.Nxe6> is more than just a pawn grab. ... Could it be that we both aimed for this line?" <29...Bxg2> "Dang, we did! But I missed that one! ..."

Of course, this is just a "world according to Gypsy", my apologies to Mr Vallejo!

Feb-26-05  PinkPanther: <open defense>
There are plenty of players who, relative to their skill level, play the Najdorf just as well as Kasparov.
Feb-26-05  bishopmate: Poor Vallejo...
He doesn't belong in the big leagues, being walked all over
Feb-26-05  cade: Kasparov has nothing to prove to anyone. He is arguably the greatest player of all time and is without doubt in the top 3. The idea that Kasparov has to prove anything is ludicrous.
Feb-26-05  Catfriend: <cade> I'd be the first to agree that Kasparov 1980-2000 has nothing more to prove. It's Kasparov2004 in question, as there are many who doubt his present strength. However, I think that the tournament in Russia, won by Gazza with amazing results, is enough to show Kaspy remains a superGM.
Feb-27-05  Hinchliffe: <karlsen> <acirce> Could you please contact me...want to ask you both a question?
Feb-28-05  acirce: <Hinchliffe> Other than here, how do we contact you? I don't have your e-mail.
Feb-28-05  Hinchliffe: <acirce> Hi Ulf here's my e mail. Look forward to hearing from you. thanks.
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  offramp: Why are we being kept out of this?! What does Hinchcliffe want to know that we are not being allowed to see?!?
Mar-14-05  Catfriend: <offramp> I'm certain they're planning a secret and scheming operation to take control over <>, since it's quite obvious that whoever controls <> controls chess, whoever controls chess controls the present, and the rest in Orwell's <1984>!
May-16-05  fgh: <Catfriend>: lol lol lol lol that is hilarious! :-)))))
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  tamar: <offramp, Catfriend> It is true.

I have visited the secret meetings of <acirce> <karlsen> and <hinchliffe>, where they play the Swedish national anthem and discuss taking over chessgames.

Jun-02-05  howardtheduck: what about 30,kingxg2, ...
If black eats the knight with the f pawn he is lost ?? and he can't check the king because of the knight so can someone tell me what is wrong with white's position? i don't see it and i need help
Jun-02-05  abcpokerboy: Dear duck, 30.Kxg2, Qd5+ 31.any move, Qxe6
Nov-08-05  alexandrovm: a great finish by Kasparov, Vallejo lost the two games he played against Garry...
Jul-10-06  AdrianP: Paco may have blundered, but Black had the better position in any event. The pair of bishops are as strong as rook and (offside) knight and Garry had an extra pawn. That's why Kasparov *sacrificed* the exchange, instead of going in for dead equal positions with 4 v 4 on the kingside and equal material (with e.g. 20. ...Bxa4 or 21. ...Rb8).

Computer evaluations will underestimate the power of the bishop pair, not least because they do not attach any significance to how difficult such a position is for White to play (and how easy for Black to play).

Even if White managed to get his forces coordinated, Black can easily draw by exchange a bishop for the knight. Black is hardly going to get mated and White is hardly going to get a passed pawn.

Jul-17-07  Wolfgang01: Sometimes I think, Kasparov plays really divine.
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  sleepyirv: So I figured out it was a picture of Icarus... I spent the rest of my time going through every game ever played in Crete. Congrats Kvasir!
Dec-16-08  Kvasir: Thanks sleepyirv! I actually went through a couple other swan songs before googling this one up. :)
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  Annie K.: Darnit, <Kvasir> you got here only a couple of seconds ahead of me! I was checking the clues page in parallel and the clue was still unsolved less than a minute before I got to this page and found the "too late" banner. :\

Funny things is though, I was not looking for "swan song" games, I was looking at Vallejo games! I didn't recognize the pic, but the painting style looks like that of fantasy artist Boris Vallejo. But I still would have gotten this one if I had been a few seconds faster... Waaah!

Congrats! ;)

Dec-16-08  Kvasir: Sorry Annie K. As a matter of fact I also thought at first it was Vallejo's work. Being a spaniard myself I don't know why I didn't think of Paco Vallejo until you mentioned it! Lucky me.
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  whiteshark: <19.Ne5> was a weak move. Instead Rfc1 or Rfb1 should have kept the balance.
Dec-10-09  talfan: Why not 6. b3, instead of opening the long diagonal for black's queen's bishop?
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  perfidious: <euripides: <WillC21....He himself knows he has yet to prove himself. > yes, being the best and most exciting player in the world for twenty years is a pretty pathetic accomplishment, when you think about it>

Dang, to think of what I missed out on by not coming round on a regular basis eleven years ago.

It seems there is no great, past or present, who is safe from the iron scythe of know-it-all know-nothings who fancy themselves important because they get to slag a top player.

Plus ca change....

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