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Demystifying Seirawan-Kasparov 1983 king and pawn endgame

In this game Kasparov is showing a perfect demonstration of the triangulation technique in order to Zugzwang the white king. To be in a Zugzwang means, any move loses or more generally, worsens your ...
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Why did Garry Kasparov not play under the flag of Azerbaijan in his comeback tournament in the summer of 2017?

But why did Garry Kasparov not play under the flag of Azerbaijan? Because his FIDE registration is with Russia. If he wants to change his registration to Azerbaijan then the following also have to ...
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How is Kasparov vs Shirov 1992 a victory?

Shirov resigned: the thinking was that despite both sides left with pawns and a knight, the advantage went to Black. Black has an extra pawn and Black's pawn chain is mutually supporting. White is ...
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Example of a Karpov vs. Kasparov game with a controversial move

If you don't mind going a bit earlier, then it has to be 1972 Spassky–Fischer (mother of all World Championships) Game 1. Fischer played 29...Bxh2? a move that few players would consider in light of ...
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What does Kasparov mean by "I was behind in three and even in one after six games"?

He is talking about the score after the sixth game of each of his matches with Karpov. To be precise, these were the scores after game six (shown as Kasparov-Karpov, not counting draws, to follow the ...
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Example of a Karpov vs. Kasparov game with a controversial move

Kasparov's 7...h6? in the game below cost him the game and the match, and later Kasparov accused Deep Blue team of cheating. [FEN ""] [Event "IBM Man-Machine"] [Site "New York,...
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Unfinished Chess game between Viswanathan Anand and Garry Kasparov

High level players usually resign when they have a lost position. There's no point in continuing the game for thirty more moves when defeat is inevitable. Checkmate is actually a rare occurence in ...
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Why did Polgar resign?

If white ever trades her rook for black's knight, the game is lost. The only move for her is thus 91.Rf8, which is answered by 92.Kg6 Rg8+ 93.Kf7 resulting in the following position: [FEN "1r2n1RK/...
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Is Deep Blue outdated?

IBM claimed the machine could search for 200 million moves per second, while Stockfish in the recent AlphaZero match could "only" search for 80 million per seconds on a modern multi-core machines. But....
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How is Kasparov vs Shirov 1992 a victory?

Black has (almost) three connected passed pawns which will be unstoppable. White is not going to promote his pawn without the king, which is far away and likewise is not going to get a passer on the ...
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Who did Kasparov call a talented amateur?

I will answer in the first line of the next paragraph, but there is a lot of history that happened right around the time Kasparov made this comment, so I will add in some of that too. At the Tilburg ...
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Example of a Karpov vs. Kasparov game with a controversial move

Not exactly what you're looking for, but in his 1987 match vs Karpov, Kasparov forgot to press his clock during time pressure. Kasparov finally lost that game, the result being heavily influenced by ...
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Example of a Karpov vs. Kasparov game with a controversial move

We'll never know the whole truth of the 1951 world championship match. Years after the Soviet Union collapsed, and nearing death, Bronstein still wouldn't talk about it. The challenger Bronstein was ...
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Who is Yuri Dojoian, Kasparov's analyst in the 90s?

I think the player you are referring to is Yury Dokhoian. According to his FIDE profile and Olimpbase profile he has not played competitive chess since 1994. According to his Wikipedia page he was ...
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Why Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is so popular in the chess world?

I thought that Nigel Short summed it up pretty well here: http://www.chess.com/news/breaking-ilyumzhinov-beats-kasparov-110-61-at-fide-presidential-elections-4528 "There's nothing wrong with chess ...
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Kasparov's Immortal: Why didn't he play 10.Qg7?

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 ...
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Demystifying Seirawan-Kasparov 1983 king and pawn endgame

This is a stunning endgame. It is impressive how Kasparov perfectly used reserve tempi to reach the winning position in the diagram where triangulation is all that remains after Seirawan's 40. e4?? ...
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Why did Polgar resign?

[FEN "1r2n1RK/8/7k/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] 1. Rf8 Kg6 2. Rg8+ Kf7 3. Rg1 Nf6+ (3. Kh7 Nf6+ 4. Kh6 Nxg8 (4...Rxg8??)) 4. Rg8 Rxg8#
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Did Deep Blue play like a human?

This article from Chessbase answers most of your questions. This was the position in which Kasparov had set a "computer chess" trap. [fen "r1r1q1k1/6p1/p2b1p1p/1p1PpP2/PPp5/2P4P/R1B2QP1/R5K1 w - - ...
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What does Kasparov mean by "I was behind in three and even in one after six games"?

I believe he means that in one of his matches, he was ahead after the first six games had been played. In one of them, after six games were played the score was tied. In the remaining three, he was ...
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Deep Blue versus Magnus Carlsen?

I'd say no. Playing against a human being is a lot different than playing computers. Here is an article (unfortunately, it is in Dutch) about a German player with a rating under 2100 who regularly ...
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Kasparov quote reference

I think in Yermolinski's "The Road to Chess Improvement" he says that he decided to follow "the most common advice one can find in the works of Alekhine and Botvinnik , which can be put into simple ...
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From which top class game is the endgame motive?

You are probably thinking of the game Karpov - Kasparov form round 9 in their first World Championship Match in 1984-85. This match was later called off after 48 games before a winner was declared. ...
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Karpov's Queen's Gambit beats Kasparov. What is Karpov thinking?

The position after move 9 is the main tabya of the Tarrasch defense. Your feeling that Black is better, or even that he has egalized, is imprecise : White has no weakness, active pieces, and Black's ...
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Why did Kasparov avoid the Marshall Attack?(With White)

It comes down to one main thing, but there are other factors that probably played a part too. The main thing is that despite the nature of the Marshall attack, it is considered drawish at the highest ...
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Karpov's Queen's Gambit beats Kasparov. What is Karpov thinking?

Welcome to the world of the Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP for shorts)! This is a special type of position which can be reached from quite a few openings (also with reversed colours); the Tarrasch variation ...
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Can the Scotch Game really give White chances to get an opening advantage?

I know this is a 2 year old post now, which I've visited a few times before now but now I couldn't resist posting my comment. The Scotch has been my favorite White opening for the last 3-4 years. I ...
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Kasparov quote reference

The following passage is from Botvinnik's foreword to his 100 Selected Games. The text here doesn't single out one's own games as the specific object of analysis, but it leaves no doubt about ...
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Kasparov's Immortal: Why didn't he play 10.Qg7?

As mentioned in the other answers, the move 10. Qg7 will lose a tempo. The only advantage that such a move could give is the following: this forces the rook to move and prevents the castle for the ...
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During the 1984-1985 Karpov-Kasparov match, what was Karpov's initial weight?

That's a lot, if validated. Karpov was rather slight at the time, something around 60kg or less, so that represents something under 20% of his body weight. And actually, that's consistent with other ...
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