April 13th – Kasparov’s Birthday / Best Game !?

 

Gary Kasparov

 

Kasparov became the youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at age 22 by defeating then-champion Anatoly Karpov. He held the official FIDE world title until 1993, when a dispute with FIDE led him to set up a rival organization, the Professional Chess Association. In 1997 he became the first world champion to lose a match to a computer under standard time controls, when he lost to the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in a highly publicized match. He continued to hold the “Classical” World Chess Championship until his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in 2000. In spite of losing the title, he continued winning tournaments and was the world’s highest-rated player when he retired from professional chess in 2005.

 

The following is considered by many to be Kasparov’s Best Game Ever.

 

Event “Hoogovens”
Site “Wijk aan Zee”
Date “1999.01.20”
Round “4”
White “Kasparov, Garry”
Black “Topalov, Veselin”

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. f3 b5 7. Nge2 Nbd7 8. Bh6 Bxh6 9. Qxh6 Bb7 10. a3 e5 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. Kb1 a6 13. Nc1 O-O-O 14. Nb3 exd4 15. Rxd4 c5 16. Rd1 Nb6 17. g3 Kb8 18. Na5 Ba8 19. Bh3 d5 20. Qf4+ Ka7 21. Rhe1 d4 22. Nd5 Nbxd5 23. exd5 Qd6

White (Kasparov) To Play

24. Rxd4 cxd4 25. Re7+ Kb6

White (Kasparov) To Play

26. Qxd4+ Kxa5 27. b4+ Ka4 28. Qc3 Qxd5 29. Ra7 Bb7

White (Kasparov) To Play

30. Rxb7 Qc4 31. Qxf6 Kxa3 32. Qxa6+ Kxb4

White (Kasparov) To Play

33. c3+ Kxc3 34. Qa1+ Kd2 35. Qb2+ Kd1

White (Kasparov) To Play

36. Bf1 Rd2

White (Kasparov) To Play

37. Rd7 Rxd7 38. Bxc4 bxc4 39. Qxh8 Rd3 40. Qa8 c3 41. Qa4+ Ke1 42. f4 f5 43. Kc1 Rd2 44. Qa7 1-0

Final Position

 

[Event “Hoogovens”]
[Site “Wijk aan Zee”]
[Date “1999.01.20”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Kasparov, Garry”]
[Black “Topalov, Veselin”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B07”]
[WhiteElo “2812”]
[BlackElo “2700”]
[PlyCount “87”]
[EventDate “1999.01.16”]
[EventRounds “13”]
[EventCountry “NED”]
[EventCategory “17”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “1999.04.01”]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6 6. f3 b5 7. Nge2 Nbd7 8. Bh6
Bxh6 9. Qxh6 Bb7 10. a3 e5 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. Kb1 a6 13. Nc1 O-O-O 14. Nb3 exd4
15. Rxd4 c5 16. Rd1 Nb6 17. g3 Kb8 18. Na5 Ba8 19. Bh3 d5 20. Qf4+ Ka7 21. Rhe1
d4 22. Nd5 Nbxd5 23. exd5 Qd6 24. Rxd4 cxd4 25. Re7+ Kb6 26. Qxd4+ Kxa5 27. b4+
Ka4 28. Qc3 Qxd5 29. Ra7 Bb7 30. Rxb7 Qc4 31. Qxf6 Kxa3 32. Qxa6+ Kxb4 33. c3+
Kxc3 34. Qa1+ Kd2 35. Qb2+ Kd1 36. Bf1 Rd2 37. Rd7 Rxd7 38. Bxc4 bxc4 39. Qxh8
Rd3 40. Qa8 c3 41. Qa4+ Ke1 42. f4 f5 43. Kc1 Rd2 44. Qa7 1-0

 

 

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