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Garry Kasparov vs Hikaru Nakamura
Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (blitz), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 5, Apr-28
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0

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Apr-28-16  JohnDMaster: Wow, the Kas still has his blitz power!
Apr-28-16  Est2002: Indeed. Against Nakamura too, who's one of the best in the world at these short blitz games. I like how Kasparov avoided the draw by repetition. Very impressive.
Apr-28-16  Keyser Soze: That's frickin' impressive,,
Apr-28-16  Cedroke: It's like a Scotch Easter Egg hah
Apr-28-16  maelith: Kasparov still has the magic touch. Without the rush of long layoff, Kasparov could have played better in this tournament.
Apr-29-16
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  PawnSac: It's interesting to consider that if Kaspy spent some effort to shake off the rust and get his opening prep current, he is quite capable of dethroning MC.

In the days of K vs K the two of them were head and shoulders above all the other grandmasters. they were on a level of their own. Only Korchnoi was up there with them for a while as challenger. And one of the things that will be evident to all who study over the blitz match games is that Kaspy wins for the right reasons, and loses for the wrong ones! (rusty time trouble blunders in won positions).

Add 2.5 points to his day one score and thats where he would be in this match if he wasnt so out of shape.

Apr-29-16
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  Jambow: <PawnSac: It's interesting to consider that if Kaspy spent some effort to shake off the rust and get his opening prep current, he is quite capable of dethroning MC.>

I don't think Garry could hang with Magnus for very long his stamina would do him in. He probably has a better chance than anyone else, except perhaps Caruana. Carlsen would be a heavy favorite against a well past prime Kasparov imho. Prime to prime would have been awesome, but the cruel calendar says not so.

Apr-30-16
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  ajile: Garry maintained the advantage through the whole game. Nice win.
May-03-16  QueentakesKing: My idol, Garry Kasparov!
May-29-16  Albanius: Kasparov is about the age Korchnoi was in 1983, when as a seeded Candidate he crushed Portisch, winner of one of the Interzonals, 6-3. Kasparov then knocked out Korchnoi 7-4. As it happens, Kasparov's career plus score against Korchnoi +15-1 is even more lopsided than Korchnoi's famous edge over Tal, 13-4 in decisive games, though a lot of that may be age related: Korchnoi and Tal were near contemporaries.

Even more remarkably, Kasparov's opponent in the Candidates Final was Vassily Smyslov, who was then 62. So we can conclude that Kasparov's age is not necessarily a barrier to his competing on the top level, and he may still be a better all-around player than Carlsen. If he doesn't try, it would be more a matter of motivation than capacity.

Aug-23-16  dannygjk: I think GK in his prime vs MC, GK would be the favorite because altho they are both equally skilled, GK's opening prep would tip the scale in his favor.
Mar-09-17
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  The Boomerang: ": I think GK in his prime vs MC, GK would be the favorite because altho they are both equally skilled, GK's opening prep would tip the scale in his favor.:

Agreed. Prime Kasparov was a monster. MC struggled against Anand 2nd match and also against Sergey.

I vsnt imagine the troubles a Prime Kasparov would have given him.

Jul-26-18  PJs Studio: Kasparov was the great at calculator OTB.
His aggressiveness and seemingly risky material deficits in games were all deeply thoughtout OTB! Best player of all time. (Of course Kasparov has one of the highest IQ’s ever recorded...

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