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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



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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.

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  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.

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  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.

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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
Jun-27-17  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.>
Jun-27-17  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.
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  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
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  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.

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  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.
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  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#
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  kaimann: "after Kasparov and So shook hands ... Kasparov went away from the scene .... felt aghast."
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  AylerKupp: <<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.>

How did blitz games go from the highest form of intellectual achievement (2016) to garbage (2017) in one short year?

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  AylerKupp: <<thegoodanarchist> So "nothing more" is not really accurate.>

It still doesn't alter the fact that it was only a blitz game vs. a retired chess player in his 50's

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  HeMateMe: hey, Wesley finally beat a world champion!
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  AylerKupp: <HeMateMe> Given that he beat Carlsen in W So vs Carlsen, 2018, I would say that So is quite capable of beating a world champion at Classic game controls. And he's beaten him at least 6 times at faster time controls.
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  HeMateMe: that would bring him up to 6-25 against MC?
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  diceman: <iking:

.. he lost fair and square...>

He lost on the e7 square.

Jan-17-21  Jambow: <diceman: <iking: .. he lost fair and square...>

He lost on the e7 square.>

He he he I'm late but thanks.

Jan-17-21  tonsillolith: This is the pinnacle of chess, and one of the greatest games ever played.

It just proves that even though Carlsen has the title and a large plus score against So, Wesley will always be the better player.

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  HeMateMe: by beating a guy 15 years past his prime, in a blitz game?
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