Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Wesley So vs Garry Kasparov
Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (blitz), St. Louis, MO USA, rd 10, Apr-29
Modern Defense: Rossolimo Variation (A41)  ·  1-0



explore this opening
find similar games 5 more W So/Kasparov games
sac: 22.Rxc6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you register a free account you will be able to create game collections and add games and notes to them. For more information on game collections, see our Help Page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 7 OF 7 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Aug-18-16  WorstPlayerEver: Ha ha thanks again, Sally. I'll try my best.
Aug-23-16  PaulMeysman: Great game and even more astonishing this happened in a blitz!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Gazza was spanked for his "unorthodox" and objectively bad opening play here. Instead of 9...dxc5 it was better to play 9...Nf6 followed by 0-0. Also 12...b5!? instead of rather passive 12...b6 could have been better. After opening of the centre with black King caught there the game was already decided. Of course, Wesley destroyed black position very effectively by series of energetic blows but the position after move 15 was played practically by itself.
Jan-03-17  Kamagong42: may the forced moves be with you...
Jan-04-17  Ulhumbrus: After 18 Rfd1 castling by 18...0-0 walks into a discovered check, but at least it castles. On 19 Nc4xe5+ Kh8 Black seems to stand badly, perhaps badly enough to lose, but not as badly as in the game after 25 Bxe7 when he resigns at once.
Premium Chessgames Member
  iking: after Kasparov and So shook hands ... Kasparov went away from the scene .... felt aghast.
Jan-04-17  fisayo123: This was a nice blitz game played by Wes but it was only a blitz game vs a retired chess player in his 50's. Nothing more. If this was classical, it would have been much more impressive.
Jan-04-17  gopi11: I feel it's the other way around, less time to do the things Wesley did was more impressive to me.
Jan-04-17  Kamagong42: yep! finding those tactical shots in a blitz game was simply amazing!
Premium Chessgames Member
  iking: Kasparov did not make an excuse for this defeat .... i wont be an apologetic for him in this game .. he lost fair and square... kudos to Wesley... in this tournament, Kasparov scored well against Nakamura, better than Wesley ... Kasparov is not yet a push over fella.
Jan-05-17  izimbra: One one hand, this is a blitz game where Kasparov started blundering with <13..Bc6> first and then made it worse with <15..cxb4>. But he was led to those mistakes by So's outstanding anti-Kasparove opening strategy. White's move 7-10 left Black with both a disadvantage and the kind of passive defensive position, behind in development, that Kasparov loathed, even in his prime. Defending for 40 or 50 moves to squeeze out a draw- he wasn't having it. Black counterattacked prematurely and lost quickly.

This was an opening gem of psychological strategy from So.

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <But he was led to those mistakes by So's outstanding anti-Kasparove opening strategy. >

What does that mean?

<White's move 7-10 left Black with both a disadvantage and the kind of passive defensive position, behind in development, that Kasparov loathed, even in his prime. >

Wow. Brilliant. Because, I guess, everyone except Kasparov loves passive defensive positions where they are behind in development.

It's a terrific blitz game, with Kasparov playing the unaccustomed role of the Duke of Brunswick to So's Morphy. But that is all it is. Get over it.

Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: The game this most reminds me of is Fischer vs Geller, 1961

Geller was a known Fischer doubter, and sprung a dodgy but tricky variation of the Ruy (4...d6 5...Bg4 7...Qf6)to put the latest hotshot on his own resources. Fischer proceeded to knock the variation out.

Kasparov seems to relish telling the story in his OMGP probably because Fischer's notes focusing on Geller's demeanor are so entertaining.

Kasparov's final assessment is fitting for this game as well. One should not play such openings.

Premium Chessgames Member

Nezhmetdinov's Law = "He who analyzes blitz games is stupid"

[Fritz 10]: 1. Nf3 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Bg4 5. Be2 Nc6 6. Nbd2 e5 7. d5 Nce7 [last book move Opening Explorer ] 8. h3 Bd7 9. c5 Opening Explorer dxc5 10. Nc4 f6 11. d6 [11. Be3 b6 ] Nc8 12. Be3 [12. Qd5 c6 13. Qxc5 b6 =] b6 [12 ... b5 13. dxc7 Qxc7 14. Na3 ] 13. 0-0 [13. Qd5 c6 14. Qd2 b5 ] Bc6 14. dxc7 Qxc7 15. b4 cxb4 16. Rc1 Nge7 [16 ... Qb7!? =] 17. Qb3 [ ] h6 [17 ... Qd7 18. Rfd1 Ba4 19. Qxb4 Bxd1 20. Rxd1 ] 18. Rfd1 b5? [18 ... Qb7 19. Nh4 Qc7 ] 19. Ncxe5 [ ] fxe5 20. Bxb5 Rb8 21. Ba4 Qb7 [21 ... a6 22. Qe6 Rb5 23. Bxb5 axb5 24. Bxh6 Bxh6 25. Nxe5 Bd5 26. exd5 Bxc1 27. Qf7+ Kd8 28. Nc6+ Kd7 29. Nxe7 Nxe7 ] 22. Rxc6! [Double attack: e5/e7] Nxc6 23. Qe6+ N8e7 24. Bc5 Rc8 [24 ... Bf6 is no salvation 25. Qxf6 Rh7 26. Nxe5 Rc8 27. Nxg6 Nxg6 28. Qxg6+ Qf7 29. Bxc6+ Rxc6 30. Qxc6+ Qd7 31. Qa8+ Qd8 32. Rxd8+ Kf7 33. Qd5+ Kf6 34. Bd4+ Kg6 35. Qf5#] 25. Bxe7 1-0.

Garry Kasparov's post-Champion career has been everything that Bobby Fischer's was not. He promotes the game wherever he goes as a living legend with countless stories and amusing anecdotes. Frankly, nobody cares about his OTB results anymore after reaching the summit, although here the chess world was pleasantly surprised that he remained competitive in Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) against the much-younger Nakamura, Caruana and So in a blitz format. Remember Kasparov also spent time coaching Carlsen and Nakamura, along with his political forays including a run for FIDE President. And we'll leave that there. ;>D

Mar-29-17  RookFile: A bad game by Kasparov. Certainly the opening play was ridiculous. I guess he was trying to bait his opponent but if he had to do it all over again I'm sure he would have played more classically.
Mar-31-17  Jeweller: Chess friends. Chess engines analyze this game here:
Apr-16-17  ozu: This game is a proof-positive of the more and more tangled futures of Carlsen & So
Premium Chessgames Member
  bubuli55: < MCDreamz: I can't get over this game. Truly amazing. Truly immortal. In this game, Kasparov may be passing the torch to Wesley So who is a worthy successor of his.>
Premium Chessgames Member
  bubuli55: Jun-26-17
member jimmy77: <WinKing: Classical chess is the 'Gold Standard' for the game. It is how the game is judged as a whole & always will be. Rapid & Blitz are always good for entertaining the players who play the game & the fans who watch the game.> Totally agree!!! Masterpieces are produced with Classical Chess. Garbage with blitz. With blitz, it is like asking a painter to sit down and produce an obra maestra, a work of art in 30 minutes.

Certainly, it may come to a point that Classical Chess time control may be reduced, say to one hour. But, anything less than one hour may compromise the beauty of the game.

Jun-27-17  Fiona Macleod: This is the game which elevated chess blitz victories as the highest form of intellectual achievement before they became garbage as they are now.
Jul-26-18  PJs Studio: ABSOLUTELY gorgeous game by So! Sacíing pawns to open lines on Kasparovís stingy defense. (Without the pawn sacís black will unwind himself and equalize...) the depths of caliculation - in a rapid game no less - makes it all that much more spectacular.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: <bubili55> Not a good analogy though. Some artists work very quickly and the freshness of line this produces is part of what makes the result a masterpiece. Here's a video (Picasso at work) which illustrates that
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <fisayo123: This was a nice blitz game played by Wes but it was only a blitz game vs a retired chess player in his 50's. Nothing more.>

Nothing more?!? No, no, no!

*Something* more, certainly.

The <retired chess player in his 50's> is also one of the greatest players of all time and one of the greatest champions of all time.

So "nothing more" is not really accurate.

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Weird that this hasn't been GOTD. It's over three years old. Kavalek at the time hailed it as "The Immortal Chess Blitz Game." He was by no means the only one.
Nov-27-19  WorstPlayerEver: mate-in-12
24. Bc5 Bf6 25. Qxf6 Rh7 26. Nxe5 Rc8 27. Nxg6 Nxg6 28. Qxg6+ Qf7 29. Bxc6+ Rxc6 30. Qxc6+ Qd7 31. Qa8+ Kf7 32. Rxd7+ Kf6 33. Rxh7 a6 34. Qf8+ Ke5 35. Qf5#
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 7)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 7 OF 7 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: BLITZ. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Game 8
from 2016 Stunning Victories (Naiditsch/Balogh/Maze) by Qindarka
modminiatures copy
by fredthebear
Brilliant attacks
by Jaredfchess
Brilliant attacks
by S T Sahasrabudhe
Modern Def. Rossolimo Var (A41) 1-0Blitz; Pin, Remove Defender
from 25 collection A-D-E of Fredthebear by fredthebear
The Greatest Blitz Game
from Chess Mastery by The Kings Domain
by PinkLedDoor
Eduardo Bermudez's favorite chess games
by Eduardo Bermudez
Best of 2016
by Chnebelgrind
Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016)
from 2017-2013, World Chess Championship 2016 by wanabe2000

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC