Ok, I'm looking at his game to try to improve my own. I'm "mediocre" at best, but I enjoy a good game of chess.

At the end of the 9th move by both players, Kasparov has his queen on Qh6.

Now, I'm what would be called a "beginning" chess player, in that I like the game, but I'm not that good at it, even though I have been playing (though not professionally or really competitively) for years.

But my question is as follows: For Kasparov's 10th move, he moves a3. What would have been the ramifications of him making the move Qg7? It seems to me like that would set up a good capturing opportunity, or at least cause Topalov to move the rook to a different protective position, like Rf8.

[FEN "r2qk2r/pb1npp1p/2pp1npQ/1p6/3PP3/2N2P2/PPP1N1PP/R3KB1R w - - 0 1"]

Hey, he's the grandmaster and I'm not, I'm just wondering what might have happened had he made that move instead of a3. Mainly, how the game might have unfolded, and what Topolov's counter may have been.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1011478

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What would have been the ramifications of him making the move Qg7?

That would be a really bad move. In a heartbeat his opponent would play Rg8 threatening to take the queen. The rook is protected by the knight on f6. The only move the queen has is to go back to h6 and then it is Topalov's move. All white has done is give away a tempo.

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    I agree that in this particular situation Qg7 is a bad move because it loses a tempo. In different circumstances it could have some value though, because after Rg8 black loses the option to castle short (because the rook has moved already). – user1583209 Dec 7 at 15:37

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