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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  erniecohen: 42...♖d8 would have probably drawn. White could have made things much simpler by 39. ♖xd4 ♗xd4 40. ♔f3 ♗c5 41. ♘f5 ♗xe5 42. ♖xd3.
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  Once: <Ladolcevita: Once a world champion>

Exceedingly unlikely.

Sep-21-11  Chris00nj: Great game and like the choice of opening.

I imagine its hard for Kasparov to not look at a chess board. It's in his blood.

Michael Jordan retired once from basketball. It's his return that really cemented his legacy as the best ever.

Sep-21-11  birthtimes: Many do not consider Michael Jordan the best ever, but your point is well taken.
Sep-21-11  obsesschess: Beautiful the way the retired magician just dismantles Vachier-Lagrave's game, like he is no more than a play thing.
Sep-21-11  birthtimes: Perhaps we will hear more of a possible comeback by Kasparov sometime next summer...or during the summer of 2013 after he turns 50.
Sep-21-11  Bengambit: Time for a Karpov,Kasparov rematch......
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  kevin86: Both sides queen,but its the THIRD pawn that will decide.
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  Ladolcevita: <Once>
Er,please do not tell me that you havent been to a blue moon either, methinks it should be more likely though:)LOL,just kidding..
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  Chessmensch: Is Kasparov still active in politics? Haven't heard much lately.
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  HeMateMe: He still retains bodyguards.
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  Domdaniel: "Lagrave's a fine and private place/ Yet none, I think, do there embrace..."
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  Domdaniel: <Gogia> -- <<Domdaniel> I doubt 48.g6 wins easier than e6.>

Let's have a look, then, shall we?

48.g6 hxg6 49.hxg6 fxg6 50.e6 is pretty much forced. Otherwise White plays g7 and Queens.

So we reach this position, Black to play:

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In some lines, White plays e7 and wins much as in the game, but without the sequence of checks and King maneuvers. Here's one really beautiful line:


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I admit an engine helped me to find this -- it's so counter-intuitive, taking the Knight away from its guard on d1 and putting it en prise. But it works: after 51...gxf5 52.e7 Black can't take on f6 with check, and 52...d2 53.exd8Q+ Rxd8 54.f7+ wins (reprising another game motif). Or 51...Rxe6 52.Ng7+ Kd7 53.Rxd8+ Kxd8 54.Nxe6+ wins.

So whatever the merits of 48.e6 -- and I think it *does* win -- 48.g6 seems to win more quickly. It may not be 'easier' in the sense that it involves a move like 51.Nf5, though I think White has other ways to win at that point.

Sep-21-11  Blunderdome: <Carlsen and Anand are the only players whom I would think <might> be able to outclass Kasparov.>

Given the score Kramnik had against him while GK was at his best, I would like his chances, too.

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  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.)
Sep-21-11  scormus: <DomD> "Lagrave's ..."

Cool! And you must have got the pun 2.

Sep-21-11  Ulhumbrus: 8...Bxf3 concedes the bishop pair to White.

Instead of 17...e4, 17...d4 may seem paradoxical, but after 18 Bf2 Bh6 Black's King's Bishop aims at both e3 and f4, and White's Queen's Bishop cannot keep Black's King's Bishop out of both squares eg 19 Ne4 Bf4 or 19 Bg3 Be3+

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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