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Garry Kasparov vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
"Home of Lagrave" (game of the day Sep-21-2011)
Kasparov - Lagrave Blitz Match (2011) (blitz), Clichy FRA, rd 1, Sep-17
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack (B51)  ·  1-0



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Sep-21-11  gofer: <17 ... d4> could this have halted white's steam-rolling king-side pawns? <17 ... e4> seems a poor choice, in hindsight.
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  keypusher: I would have liked "Paths of Glory" given the march of Kasparov's kingside pawns.

Sep-21-11  abuzic: <47...Ke8> 47...d2 was better at this point.

<48.e6> 48.g6 leads to clear win as shown by <Domdaniel> earler.

<48...d2>? it's late now. This could be good on move ...47.

After 48.e6 black could try 48...fxe6 49.g6 hxg6 50.hxg6 <(50.h6? Kf7!) e5!:

-51.g7 Kf7 52.Rb8 Rf4+ 53.Kg3 Rxf6! 54.Rxd8+ Kxg7 55.Ng4 Rb6;

-51.f7+ Kf8 52.?....
if 52.Kf2 Rd6 53.Nf5 Rxg6 54.Rxd8+ Kxf7 55.Rxd3 Rf6 56.Rf3 Ke6 57.Ne3 Rxf3+ 58.Kxf3 Kd6...

Could white win after 48.e6 fxe6 49.g6 hxg6 50.hxg6 e5! ?

Sep-21-11  tacticalmonster: Relax guys! These are only blitz games. I doubt Kasparov has much of an edge over the board in classical time control against Maxime.
Sep-21-11  tacticalmonster: How funny it would be if Kasparov lost this insignificant blitz match. People would say he made the right decision to retire from chess.
Sep-21-11  50movesaheadofyou: "Blitz kills ideas." -Fischer
Sep-21-11  JohnBoy: Beautiful game by the K. Must have been a lot of fun for MVL to play the great one - maybe like Bobby playing Botvinnik. It would have been nice if this page could have gone without <poor puny poof>'s baiting jab at his <Live Partner>.
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  Domdaniel: If Garry's bodyguards are mysteriously late for work tomorrow, and he gets accidentally run over by a Russian police car, these could be his last games.

Like Fischer with Cathy Forbes.

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  perfidious: <JohnBoy: ....It would have been nice if this page could have gone without <poor puny poof>'s baiting jab at his <Live Partner>.>

Or this little rant....

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Did he mean *you*? You must be cut to the quick.

It gets worse and worse. These idiots can't even construct a decent insult anymore. And it isn't because they're too *nice*.

Telling, though. Somebody who regards "pure puny poof" as a lethal blow is obviously rich, heavily muscled, and so heterosexual that babes *cling* to him, like iron filings round a magnet.

Some kinda mutant cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Boy Walton, maybe? A rustic Farminator.

We better watch out.

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  perfidious: <Dom> See my game page, lol.
Sep-22-11  Gogia: <Domdaniel: <Gogia> -- <Domdaniel> I doubt 48.g6 wins easier than e6.> Thank you for your analysis. I think 51.Nf5 is a bit hard move to find in a blitz game.
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  Domdaniel: <Gogia> -- <. I think 51.Nf5 is a bit hard move to find in a blitz game.>

Yep, I agree with that. Though we're talking about Garry Kasparov, so who knows?

Maybe 48.e6 was the more practical move, given that both g6 and e6 win.

Sep-22-11  Rook e2: It's hard to express exactly what I mean in a foreign language. But I think he would be less 'Godlike' in some way if he turns out to be a human when returning to nowadays competition. I might add I'm a very great admirer of Kasparov as wel as of Fischer.
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  FSR: <Domdaniel> In one day, you've used <Cetaceous soixante-neuf> and <rustic Farminator> in reference to JohnBoy. I'm impressed. As you say, JB is plainly no poor puny poof himself, but rather a macho mountain of manliness.
Sep-23-11  WiseWizard: An elegant conception Mr. Kasparov.
Sep-23-11  maelith: Impressive brilliant game by Kasparov that shows why he is great. He is no longer active in chess , and he is no longer young(blitz favor the young one), yet he beat MVL.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <tamar: <Everett> Kasparov is looking creaky physically, but can remind himself that he is the same age as Korchnoi at Baguio City 1979, where it was Karpov who wilted down the stretch.

And he is younger than Botvinnik who beat Tal in 1961. ***>

These are interesting comparisons, but it seems to me that it is <much> tougher (and requires much more work) to compete at the top level (i.e., world #1, not merely one among a few dozen or so super-GMs) nowadays than in those eras. I think Kasparov is not willing to work that hard at chess any longer, and I also think he is not intersted in competing seriously except to become #1.

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  tamar: <PeligrosoPatzer> The one legend Kasparov has not surpassed is Lasker.

"Chess Longevity" in VOL 1 of OMGP speaks of the "genuine furor" Lasker's appearance and win at Mahrisch-Ostrau 1923 caused, and I always expected Kasparov to try to emulate and surpass him.

I think the factors you cited-tougher competition, more work- are what have prevented him from coming back up to now.

Mar-10-12  Everett: Sep-21-11
member    <FSR: <Blunderdome> True - forgot about Kramnik, who was the only player GK <couldn't> handle. (Well, maybe Gulko, but Gulko never got in a position to play for the championship.)>

I think it is more accurate to say that Kramnik was the only player - with significant number of games played - Kasparov didn't crush outright (besides Karpov up until Anatoly was 40 or so).

Nov-14-13  QueentakesKing: <tacticalmonster> What a way to ease Lagrave's pain!
Aug-15-16  maelith: Beast of Baku against Lagrave(a 2800 plus player today).
Aug-15-16  maelith: It is impressive that retired Kasparov has beaten top players of today like MVL, Nakamura, Caruana and So in a blitz game(young man's game).
Sep-24-16  Graber7: Wouldn't 55. Rxe7 have given Black serious chances to draw since the g5 and h6 pawns would become vulnerable?
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  beatgiant: <Graber7>
<55. Rxe7>
Interesting try, but I don't think quite enough. White has the <g6> breakthrough to create a passed h-pawn and leave Black tied up, and White probably eventually wins both Black's queenside pawns.

For example, 55...Rxe7 56. fxe7 Kxe7 57. Rb8 b5 58. Rb7+ Ke6 <59. g6> fxg6 60. Rxh7 Bg5 61. Rh8 Kf7 62. Ke4.

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I don't see any serious chance for Black to draw.

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