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Garry Kasparov vs Joshua Waitzkin
New York Sim (1988) (exhibition), New York, NY USA
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-07-05  Knight13: I've submitted this game. A pretty nice game to be added in the database, I though. Anyway, seems like Black can win this. after 29. b3 b5 I think the passed pawns are gonna give White some trouble. Nice choice of taking a draw, Kasparov.
Oct-23-05  Knight13: <Nice choice of taking a draw, Kasparov.> I meant "Nice choice of offering a draw, kasparov."
Nov-20-05  sitzkrieg: After 29.b3 b5 maybe a5 and the pawns are not passed yet and c5 is attacked. What does the computer say?
Mar-29-06  uergash: I was amazed that Josh drew against that nice Kingside-attack
Mar-29-06  goldenbear: why not 24.Rad1 and 25.d6?
Mar-29-06  goldenbear: I think Kasparov steered this one towards a draw from better position.
Mar-29-06  goldenbear: I mean has anyone ever seen 13.f5? before? Kasparov is effectively saying "I can play you as I wish and you can't hurt me."
Mar-29-06  goldenbear: In the final position, White has a5, which I think is better than b3.
Apr-17-06  chess champion 8: I think that after the move b3-b5 kasparov can play a5 forcing waitzkin to protect the c5 pawn. Waitzkin could then play Rc8 and Kasparov can't move the f3 rook because the pawn on f5 would be taken, possibly trading bishops and giving waitzkin a passed e pawn. H3 could be played by kasparov to prevent the rook coming to g4 and causing the white bishop problems. Kasparov must watch the black c4 push giving black good chances on getting a passed c pawn. I think Kasparov should leave the passed d pawn where it is right now just to be safe.(The bishop is doing a fine job guarding it).
Sep-01-06  Albertan: <goldenbear>: I mean has anyone ever seen 13.f5? before?

Hi Goldenbear, according to my database Kasparov was the first to play the move f5 on move 13. Three games have been played since this game in which 13.f5 was used.

Aug-04-07  unixfanatic: I think they should have played a little longer - it seems really early for a draw (although it doesn't appear unpopular among GMs)
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  Floyd5642: Well, this was a simultaneous game against the World Champion Kasparov. Maybe he didn't do the best moves because he had to play 58 kids at once.
Sep-25-08  afterbirth: I think Kasparov offered the draw ostensibly to give the appearance that Waitzkin is such a prodigy that he can draw as black against the world champion.But beneath the surface Kasparov was really just saving himself from an embarrassing loss to a 10 year old.
Mar-18-09  WhiteRook48: so basically if Waitzkin had declined the draw, he would have won?
May-24-09  Mr.Snuffles: <WhiteRook48>

Probably yes. But we have to remember that the longer the game lasts kasparov would have fewer opponents, so who knows what would happen?

Dec-04-09  InspiredByMorphy: 7.f4 was a liability that slowed white down in the end. Perhaps a move played due to a pre-conceived notion of a weaker opponent? I could see this move in online blitz but in master play you would expect 7.Nf3.
Dec-04-09  Phoenix: 7.f4 has often been cited as the <main reason> for questioning the soundness of the Modern Benoni. In fact, this 7.f4 move is why most black players prefer to enter the Modern Benoni after White has comitted to Nf3.
Mar-30-10  ChessYouGood: f4 is sound - keeps the d7 knight from jumping into e5 and cramps black - f5 is not as good and a little strange from the big guy. Anyway, the final position is a dead draw. In spite of earlier comments, black has no chance of creating any serious threats on the queenside. Dead draw.
Mar-30-10  SafeNorSound: Whatever happened to the articulate and insightful Mr. Waitzkin? I loved his lectures in the Chessmaster game.

Just like the child-prodigy he was compared to in Searching for Bobby Fischer, he disappeared.

Dec-04-16  RookFile: This is my guess. I remember asking myself in my 20's if I wanted to be a professional chess player. The answer was no, because it didn't pay well enough. So, my guess is that Mr. Waitzin found stuff that pays better.
Dec-05-16  Jambow: Waitzkin became a Tia Chi master and world champion in some aspect of competition if memory serves correct. He made a brief appearance at his friend Maurice Ashley's promotion of the HB Global chess tournament in Minneapolis about 12 years ago. I heard him speak there.

He recently promoted his book on excelling at anything using his chess and martial arts success as a blue print. Interesting guy that probably had his chess career hobbled by expectations from the movie and else where.

Josh come back and reach GM level it would be interesting to see.

I wish he would have made grand master he certainly has the talent to do so. I don't think world champion was within his scope by any stretch.

Dec-05-16  Betterthan99: 24 d5 wins on the spot....give me a break fish
Feb-04-17  Rafaelvleite: Many people say a lot about Joshua, in the negative side... i think people and jealous about him. He decided not to be a GM, what he could easily be. We must learn to respect people's choices. This guy is brilliant, anyone who can draw Kasparov is a genious.
Feb-04-17  Rafaelvleite: By the way, anyone that COULD BE a world champion in chess, but choses LIFE and a bigger meaning instead of chess, deserves a lot, a lot of respect. He found that LIFE is greater than CHESS, and left chess for the ones who want it more than he does.
Feb-04-17  Rafaelvleite: So for me, he is indeed a GM, not is chess, but in life. We should all learn from him.
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