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Garry Kasparov vs Mercury Asset Management
"Breaking the Bank" (game of the day Dec-20-2009)
Simpson's simul (1993) (exhibition), London ENG
Budapest Defense: General (A52)  ·  1-0



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May-22-09  Poisonpawns: We need a pun for this one!
May-22-09  Riverbeast: "Breaking the bank" ?
Jun-01-09  Dredge Rivers: I'm losing interest in this game!
Dec-12-09  mysql: Any better move than 21. ... Bd4?
Dec-12-09  Tartalacreme: It is better to play 21. ...fxe4 first.

a) 22.Nxe4?! Nd4 23.Bxb7? c6 24.Bxa6 Be2

b) 22.Rxe4 Rxe4 23.Bxe4 (or 23.Nxe4 Nd4) Bd4 24.Qd2 (24.Bxc6?? Qxc6 check) Bxb2 25.Qxb2 h6 26.Nf3 Re8=

c) 22.Bxe4 Bd4 23.Qc2 (23.Bxc6?? Qxc6 check) Bxb2 24.Qxb2 h6 25.Nf3 black should be able to hold this.

Dec-12-09  Red October: < Poisonpawns: We need a pun for this one!> - "Toxic Assets"
Dec-12-09  WhiteRook48: who are these nobodies?
Dec-12-09  Bobsterman3000: 7. f4 against this line in the Budapest?? I've never seen that one.

I wonder if Garry would play that against a GM, especially in blitz.

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  keypusher: <Bobsterman3000: 7. f4 against this line in the Budapest?? I've never seen that one. I wonder if Garry would play that against a GM, especially in blitz.>

Seems like the better question is: how many GMs would play the Budapest against Garry?

<Red October> LOL

Dec-12-09  Bobsterman3000: <Keypusher: Seems like the better question is: how many GMs would play the Budapest against Garry?>

LOL, yes.

But, I think that some would play that against Garry in blitz, don't forget this recent one:

Kramnik vs Mamedyarov, 2008

Dec-20-09  RandomVisitor: 18.h3 and 20.h3 are suggested improvements. Even 21.h3 Bh5 22.e4 is good for white.
Dec-20-09  TheMacMan: this game is weak i hate kasparovs games they bore me
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  Once: Rather amusingly, the bankers lost because they made a counting error!

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This is the position after 21. e4. Fritz reckons that white has a small edge of around +0.55. Material is even, but Kasparov (predictably) has his pieces on stronger squares.

Now Fritz expects black to play 21..fe or 21...Nd4. Instead, the bankers play the lemon 21...Bd4 and the eval drops/jumps to +2.38. The problem is that when we count up all the "he takes, I take", white ends up ahead.

22. Bxc6 Bxc3 (forced otherwise white just loses a piece) 23. Bxd7 and we get to here:

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Now if black completes the mutual exchanges with 23...Bxb2, white grabs the exchange with 24. Bxd8. If black plays 23...Bxd1 instead, he is just a piece down.

It's a common beginner mistake...if there is a series of mutual captures, you must must check to see that when the smoke clears you don't end up a piece or an exchange down.

Mind you, at the moment there is something strangely satisfying about bankers getting their come-uppance, if only on the chessboard.

Dec-20-09  Stoned Knight: You can tell they like trading. Too bad they were left with a shorted knight that gained value.
Dec-20-09  Sem: Boring game, but Kasparov got his pin-striped loot.
Dec-20-09  mysql: <WhiteRook48: who are these nobodies?>

Maybe some executives of Mercury Asset Management.

Dec-20-09  weisyschwarz: MAM played well for a while, before their middle game became a liability. For a pun I would have gone with "Financial Reform"
Dec-20-09  bengalcat47: I sure hope these guys are better at banking than they are at chess!
Dec-20-09  xenophon: better than quicksilver
Dec-20-09  The Rocket: kasparov is the greatest simul player of all time!(he has barely lost a game just check the database, even beating 2600+ elo players!!!)

yet in blitz he is not as outstanding which is strange.. perhaps just a coincidence that he did not the win the world blitz in the 80s.

Dec-20-09  WhiteRook48: 21...Bd4??
Dec-20-09  hedgeh0g: Were these the same guys who crashed Wall Street? :P
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  OhioChessFan: <Tarta> thanks for those lines. Patzers go overboard with it, but check tends to be a strong move. Creating the possible check on the long diagonal is fundamental to Black's defense. Never mind the semi-entombing of the LSB with the Pawn on f5.
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  kevin86: Funny how the bishops gobbled up everything,but white is left a KNIGHT ahead.

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