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Garry Kasparov vs David Navara
St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (rapid), St Louis, MO USA, rd 7, Aug-16
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  0-1



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Aug-16-17  KingG: What a disaster for Kasparov.
Aug-16-17  Nerwal: 34. ♘d3 is really strange. 34. e6 and 34. ♘xg6 fxg6 35. ♔d4 are sure wins at a glance for players of this level.
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  chancho: Gazza had a huge advantage than proceeded to play like a gibbon.

It happens to the best of us.

Aug-16-17  MarkBuckley: Much more often to the rest of us. Nonetheless, Happy Festivus.
Aug-16-17  KingG: Up until the terrible finish, it almost looked like a prime Kasparov game. The only difference is he never used to lose games like this. The closest I can remember is his loss to Radjabov at Linares in 2003.
Aug-16-17  SeazerCZ: Big result for my man David Navara! Under heavy pressure but eventually found the way.
Aug-16-17  ChessHigherCat: <Nerwal: 34. ♘d3 is really strange. 34. e6 and 34. ♘xg6 fxg6 35. ♔d4 are sure wins at a glance for players of this level.>

That line looks good but Nd3 would have been fine, too, if only K had played 37. Kc3. How does black stop the c-pawn? If 37..Kd8 38. Ra8+ Ke7 39. c7... That's almost as bad a blunder as Re8 in the giveaway game.

Aug-16-17  The Kings Domain: Game of the day. Impressive heart and calculation by Navara, talk about someone having the final say.
Aug-16-17  Thrajin: I'm just a patzer, but I'm really shocked at Garry's Ke3 and not Kc3. It's an obvious move without an engine that I feel most club level players would have played without hesitation.

Just goes to show you that nerves play a huge part in this. If arguably the best player who ever lived can make such a bad move, I guess anybody can.

Aug-16-17  patzer2: Stockfish 8 at 34 depth shows 34. e6! +- (+11.78) to be clearly decisive:

34.e6! Kd8

[34...Kf8 35.c6 Rc1+ 36.Kd4 Rxc6 37.e7+ Ke8 38.Kd5 Rc8 39.Kd6 h3 ( 39...Bh7 40.Nh5 +- ) 40.a4 Rb8 41.a5 Rc8 42.Rd7 Ra8 43.Nd5 Ra6+ 44.Nb6 f6 45.Rd8+ Kf7 46.e8=Q#]

35.exf7 Bxf7 36.Rxf7 Re3+ 37.Nd3 g6 38.Rf6 f4 39.Rxg6 f3 40.Rd6+ Ke7 41.Rh6 h3 42.Rxh3 Re1 43.Rxf3 Rg1 44.Rg3 Rf1 45.h4 Kf7 46.h5 Ra1 47.h6 Rxa2 48.Ne5+ Ke6 49.h7 Ra8 50.Ng6 Ra3+ 51.Kb4 Rxg3 52.h8=Q Rg4+ 53.Kb5 Rxg5 54.Nf4+ Kf5 55.Nd5 Kg4 56.Qd4+ Kh5 57.c6 +- (mate-in-seven, Stockfish 8 @ 64 depth.)

Aug-16-17  Zaiyetz: Poor Kasparov! I was watching this live when he made several blunders in a row, giving Navara the win. I hope he can recover from this one...
Aug-16-17  patzer2: Caissia, the Goddess of Chess, can be a cruel and cavalier mistress. She almost seems to delight in the occasional discomfort of her past favorites, as she transfers her affections and gifts to younger, more ardent suitors.
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  MissScarlett: David vs Goliath.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Here's a nice analysis which proves once the more the King is the strongest piece when the Queens have hit the box. Garry doesn't know this ☺

Aug-17-17  ozu: ..."..weaponized autism"
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  chancho: Oooh the pain...the pain:

Aug-17-17  John Abraham: I think he did the same exact reaction against Anand in 1996 when he made a blunder in a blitz game, it's also on youtube.
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  chancho: Kasparov vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 (kibitz #3)
Aug-18-17  Stanley Yee: Instead of the fancy 47. Re8+, 47. Nc6+ draws by perpetual. It wasn't until 49. Nc6+?? that he lost. I'm sure he feels the pressure, and knows the whole world is watching him.
Aug-18-17  KingG: Unsurprisingly Kasparov pointed to this game as the one that really spoiled his tournament. It probably wasn't even so much that he lost from a winning position, but that he had played such a good game up until then. I think that this is something that we have missed since Kasparov retired. For him, it wasn't just about winning, but about winning in style, by playing creative chess. As great as Carlsen is, I don't think he strives to win beautiful games in the way Kasparov did.
Aug-19-17  notyetagm:
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  WorstPlayerEver: Chucky wants to play.. Chucky wants to play.. Chucky wants to play..
Aug-20-17  Kangaroo: The idea demonstrated by Kasparov in the opening reminded me a similar one from the game <Bronstein vs Beliavsky, 1975>.

The difference in variations - and to my sorrow - the opposite result.

Sep-22-17  tigreton: A nice and instructive game by Kasparov anyway, the result is not everything.
Apr-20-18  morfishine: Wonderful game by Kasparov, a pity to watch it unravel
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