PDA

View Full Version : Kasparov simul in Anvers



Jesper Norgaard
03-11-2009, 08:54 AM
The simul apparently took place back the 13.th. of October 2009, but the footage I just saw on Chessvibes http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/stunning-footage-kasparov-simul-in-antwerp/ in 3 videos, very recommendable. Nigel Short comes up with some (en)lightning comments, even though unintentionally funny at times. The opposition is definitely weak, even by comparison to simuls I have played, but a host of CEOs were invited which might explain some things. We get the good ol' Damiano defence (actually he is not to blame, he mentioned it but warned against it) 1.e4,e5 2.Nf3,f6 and surprisingly Garry doesn't go for the standard sacrifice 3.Nxe5 but 3.d4 which is fine, perhaps he is more afraid of 3...Qe7!? than 3...fxe5 4.Qh5+ with dire consequences for black.

Here is the "only" decent game, the opponent apparently has ELO 1970:

[Event "Your Next Move 2009"]
[Site "Alfacam Lint"]
[Date "2009.10.13"]
[Round "1.25"]
[White "Garry Kasparov"]
[Black "Chris Lanckriet"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B06"]
[PlyCount "95"]
[EventDate "2009.10.13"]

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Be3 c5 4.Ne2 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Be2 h5 9.f3 Bd7 10.Qd2 Ne5 11.O-O Rc8 12.b3 O-O 13.Rac1 Kh7 14.Nd5 e6 15.Nc3 a6 16.h3 Ne8 17.f4 Nc6 18.Nf3 Qa5 19.e5 Rd8 20.exd6 Nxd6 21.Qxd6 Bc8 22.Qc5 Bxc3 23.Qg5 f6 24.Qh4 Nd4 25.Nxd4 Bxd4 26.Bxd4 Rxd4 27.c5 Qd2 28.Rcd1 Qe3+ 29.Qf2 Qxf2+ 30.Rxf2 Rfd8 31.Rff1 Kg7 32.Rxd4 Rxd4 33.Rd1 Rxd1+ 34.Bxd1 Bd7 35.h4 Bc6 36.Kf2 Kf7 37.g3 Ke7 38.Bc2 Kf7 39.Ke3 f5? {What a horrible move! says Nigel, I couldn't agree more. Now the 4-3 pawn mass is defenitively dead. But the position is not easy, if he goes for e6-e5 against Bc2 he will have to be permanenly nursing the g6 pawn with the king, and look out for the pawn endgames with Bc2-e4 as well!} 40.b4 Ke7 41.Kd4 Kf6 42.Bb3 Bb5 43.Bd1 Bc6 44.a4 Bg2 {Nigel here ponders on how to continue with white, because Kc4 is answered by Bd5+ and Bc6, and Be2 with Bxa4, so what to do, what to do ... not realizing Garry has already set up the zugzwang position he is looking for, since 44...Bd7 45.Bf3 is even worse. When Bg2 was played Nigel outburst "oh that is a lousy move - I think ..." well maybe it is not so easy to comment these matches live} 45.b5 a5 46.Bb3 Bf3 47.c6 bxc6? (The only hope is 47...b6 says Nigel Short, but after 48.Bd1! Bd5 49.c7! Bb7 50.Bf3! Bc8 51.Bc6! Ke7 52.Ke5 it will be child's play for Garry) 48.b6 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
03-11-2009, 12:49 PM
The opposition is definitely weak, even by comparison to simuls I have played, but a host of CEOs were invited which might explain some things.
My thoughts too. I've faced stronger opposition in blindfold simuls than the following:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. Nf3 f6 5. e4 Nb4 6. Nc3 e5 7. d5 Bc5 8. Bc4 Nd7 9. a3 Na6 10. Nh4 g6 11. O-O f5 12. Nxf5 Qf6 13. Nh6 Qf8 14. Bg5 Nf6 15. Rc1 Bd7 16. b4 Bd4 17. Nb5 Bxb5 18. Bxb5+ Nd7 19. Qg4 Qg7 20. Qe6+ Qe7 21. Qxe7# 1-0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 d6 4. c3 Nf6 5. Ng5 Be6 6. Nxe6 fxe6 7. Bxe6 Qe7 8. Bd5 Qd7 9. d3 h6 10. O-O Be7 11. Bb3 Rf8 12. Be3 a6 13. Nd2 b5 14. a4 Rb8 15. axb5 axb5 16. h3 Rc8 17. d4 Rd8 18. d5 Nb8 19. c4 bxc4 20. Ba4 c6 21. Nxc4 Rc8 22. Nb6 Qc7 23. Nxc8 Qxc8 24. dxc6 Nxc6 25. Rc1 Kf7 26. Bxc6 Qd8 27. f4 Kg8 28. fxe5 Rf7 29. exf6 Bxf6 30. Bd5 Qe8 31. Qh5 g6 32. Qxg6+ Kh8 33. Bxf7 Qxf7 34. Qxf7 Bg7 35. Rc8+ Bf8 36. Rxf8# 1-0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d4 Bd6 5. Bxc6 bxc6 6. dxe5 Nxe4 7. exd6 cxd6 8. O-O d5 9. c4 Ba6 10. Re1 Bxc4 11. Nbd2 Bd3 12. Qb3 Qb6 13. Nxe4 Bxe4 14. Nd2 Qd4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Be3 Qf6 17. Bc5 Qe5 18. Qc4 d5 19. Qa6 Qe6 20. f3 f5 21. fxe4 fxe4 22. Qb7 Rd8 23. Rf1 Qd7 24. Qa6 Ra8 25. Rf4 Rg8 26. Raf1 1-0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Qe7 4. Nc3 Qf6 5. Nd5 Qd8 6. d4 Bd6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Bg5 O-O 9. dxe5 Bxe5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Nxe7+ Kh8 12. Ng6+ Nxg6 13. Bxd8 Rxd8 14. Bxf7 Rf8 15. Bxg6 hxg6 16. f4 b6 17. Qd5 c6 18. Qd6 Re8 19. Rf3 Re7 20. Rh3+ 1-0

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bd7 4. dxe5 Be7 5. Nc3 c6 6. exd6 Bf6 7. e5 Be6 8. exf6 gxf6 9. Bf4 Nd7 10. Qd2 h6 11. O-O-O Qa5 12. Nd4 O-O-O 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. Bc4 e5 15. Be3 b5 16. Bb3 f5 17. f4 e4 18. Nxe4 Qxd2+ 19. Nxd2 Ngf6 20. Bd4 Rhf8 21. Rhe1 Ng4 22. Nf3 c5 23. Bg7 c4 24. Bxf8 Rxf8 25. Rd5 a6 26. h3 Ngf6 27. Rxf5 cxb3 28. axb3 Nb6 29. Re7 1-0

1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 c6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. c3 Bc5 5. e4 Ne7 6. Bc4 g5 7. Bxg5 Rg8 8. Qb3 Rf8 9. Nbd2 a5 10. Bh6 Ng6 11. Bxf8 Nxf8 12. Bxf7+ Ke7 13. Nd4 Ra6 14. N2f3 h5 15. O-O b6 16. Rad1 Nh7 17. Nf5+ Kf8 18. e6 Qc7 19. c4 Nf6 20. Qc3 Nxe4 21. Qh8# 1-0

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 e6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. c4 Nb6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. Bd3 g6 8. h4 d5 9. c5 N6d7 10. h5 b6 11. Qc2 Ba6 12. hxg6 Bxd3 13. gxf7+ Rxf7 14. Qxd3 Rf5 15. g4 Rf4 16. Bxf4 Qf8 17. Qxh7# 1-0

1. e4 e6 2. d4 Ne7 3. Nc3 Ng6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bd3 d6 6. Be3 Nd7 7. Qe2 Nb6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. h4 h5 10. Ng5 a5 11. f4 f6 12. e5 f5 13. d5 c5 14. dxe6 Qc8 15. Bxf5 Kd8 16. exd6 Bc6 17. Bxg6 Rf8 18. dxe7+ Kxe7 19. Bxc5+ Kf6 20. Qe5+ 1-0

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d5 3. cxd5 e6 4. dxe6 Bxe6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Nc3 Bd6 7. Bg5 Qd7 8. Bxf6 gxf6 9. d5 Bb4 10. dxe6 Qxe6 11. e3 Bd6 12. Qb3 O-O-O 13. Qxe6+ fxe6 14. Bc4 Rhe8 15. O-O-O f5 16. Ng5 Kd7 17. Nf7 Rb8 18. Nb5 Rf8 19. Nfxd6 cxd6 20. Rxd6+ Ke7 21. Rxe6+ Kf7 22. Rxc6+ Ke7 23. Re6+ Kf7 24. Rd1 Rbc8 25. Nd6+ Kg7 26. Nxc8 a6 27. Rd7+ Kg8 28. Ree7+ Kh8 29. Rxh7# 1-0

But no one polishes off weak play more incisively than Kaspy. He, like Shirov on the Gold Coast, was happy to exchange Qs early. Considering that Kaspy has beaten GMs in simuls, this was a breeze.

This is a pretty finish, winning a piece or mating with minors:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 Na6 7. O-O Nd7 8. e4 e5 9. Bg5 f6 10. Be3 f5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. exf5 gxf5 13. Ng5 Nf6 14. Qxd8 Rxd8 15. Nd5 Re8 16. b4 c6 17. Nxf6+ Bxf6 18. b5 cxb5 19. cxb5 Nc7 20. Rab1 e4 21. Rfd1 Rd8 22. Rxd8+ Bxd8 23. Bf1 Be7 24. Rc1 Ne8 25. Bc4+ Kh8 26. Bb3 Bf6 27. Rd1 Kg7 28. Ne6+ Kg6 29. Nf4+ Kh6 30. Bf7 1-0


We get the good ol' Damiano defence (actually he is not to blame, he mentioned it but warned against it) 1.e4,e5 2.Nf3,f6 and surprisingly Garry doesn't go for the standard sacrifice 3.Nxe5 but 3.d4 which is fine, perhaps he is more afraid of 3...Qe7!? than 3...fxe5 4.Qh5+ with dire consequences for black.
I think 3.d4 and 3.Bxc4 are just as good as 3.Nxe5 Qe7. But I'll still normally play the last one, on the grounds that if he's weak enough to play 2... f6, he'll be weak enough to take the N.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 3. d4 Nc6 4. Bc4 d6 5. c3 Nge7 6. Be3 Ng6 7. h4 Bg4 8. h5 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Nge7 10. Be6 exd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Nc3 c6 13. O-O g6 14. Qxf6 Qc7 15. Qxh8 Rb8 16. Bh6 Ng8 17. Qxg8 Qe7 18. hxg6 hxg6 19. e5 dxe5 20. dxe5 b5 21. Ne4 Nb7 22. Rad1 Nd6 23. exd6 Rb7 24. dxe7 Rxe7 25. Qxf8# 1-0

Jesper Norgaard
04-11-2009, 05:59 AM
I think 3.d4 and 3.Bc4 are just as good as 3.Nxe5 Qe7. But I'll still normally play the last one, on the grounds that if he's weak enough to play 2... f6, he'll be weak enough to take the N.

I agree with your reasoning, I tried 3.Nxe5 in three simul games, and they all three snatched the knight and got punished quickly. But if someone convinces me that 3.d4 is actually better (compared to 3.Nxe5,Qe7!? of course) then I will start playing that instead. You didn't go quite that far saying "just as good". I'll have to take it up with my box someday and try and figure out which one is better.