GOTM; (Game # 19)  April, 2005.   

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     GM Michael Adams (2741) - GM Garry Kasparov (2804)     
  ICT / XXII SuperGM   
Linares, ESP; (Spain)  (Round # 12) / 08,03,2005.  

  [A.J. Goldsby I]  

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One of the more brilliant games that was played in Linares, and one of the prettier and most attractive of Garry's wins as Black;   
 (for Linares, and perhaps the whole of his incredible chess career).  

And since Garry is retiring, the allure of examining one last Kasparov game - was simply too great for me to resist.  


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{This game contains a - brief? - look or repertoire of the Najdorf opening, as well as some limited investigation into a 
  few of the more common transpositions into the Scheveningen Sicilian.}  

(NOTE:  I started working on this game ... within just a few days after it was played in March. It is now after April 15th, 
 and I still do not feel that it is quite yet ready.)   
 1.e4 c5;  {Diagram?}   
The Sicilian - - a favorite defense of both Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and many other great chess players.  

It remains a popular and fighting defense - a good choice for a player who is not satisfied with a draw just because   
he has to move second.  


White plays an early d2-d4, this line is known as, "The Open Sicilian."   
(The Open Variation of the Sicilian is generally considered to be White's most aggressive and promising line,   
 especially by the majority of numerous, general reference, opening works.)   
 2.Nf3 d6;   
This is the most normal and common way - in modern chess - to initiate the labyrinths of the main lines of the   
{Open} Sicilian. (In older chess games, especially prior to the 1930's, players would generally play 2...e6;    
rather than 2...d6. This approach today is often seen as less flexible than the more modern approach, as with   
the move order that is adopted in this game.)  


     [ Another way of dealing with this position, and also reaching lines that are somewhat similar to what     
        actually occurs in this game, ... would be the following continuation:  
        2...e6!?3.d4 cxd44.Nxd4 Nf65.Nc3 d66.Be2 a67.0-0 Qc78.f4 Be7    
        9.Bf3 Nbd710.Kh1 0-011.Qe1, "+/="  {Diagram?}   
         and White maintains a solid edge. (This is verified by both the box and the games in the database.)  

           See the super-GM contest:  Garry Kasparov - Nigel Short;  / (FIDE) World Team Championships      
         / (Commonly known as ... "The Olympiad," a biennial event.)  / Moscow, RUS; 1994.  (1-0, 42 moves.)    

         [ See - also - MCO-14, page # 292; columns 10-through-12, and all corresponding notes for those lines. ]    

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              ( Another idea for White is:  11.g4!? Rd8!?; 12.g5 Ne8;  13.Bg2 Nb6;    
                14.f5 e5;  15.Nde2!?,  "+/="  ('')  {Diagram?}    
                 (and) ... "White is prepared to launch an attack on Black's King."   

                Alexander Nikitin - Ivo Nei;  / URS Champ. Qualifier, (semi-final)       
                Riga, LAT; 1952. (1-0, 30 moves)   

                [ See the excellent book:  "(The) Sicilian: ...e6 and ...d6 Systems."    
                   By GM Garry Kasparov and also Aleksander Nikitin.   
                   Chap. # 8, page # 56; Line A. {Copyrighted by the authors.   
                   Published in 1983 - in G.B. - for American Chess Promotions.} )  ]   


 3.d4 cxd4;  4.Nxd4 Nf6;  5.Nc3 a6;   {See the diagram given, just below here.}     
The Najdorf Sicilian.  



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  rnbqkb1r/1p2pppp/p2p1n2/8/3NP3/2N5/PPP2PPP/R1BQKB1R (White - move 06)  


Bobby Fischer was one of the first to really popularize this system, but literally dozens of top GM's have played it    
and made contributions to this particular opening system as well.  

In the U.S., one of the most influential players to {also} adopt this system as his main opening weapon, was many  
-time U.S. Champion, GM Walter S. Browne. (Kids today do not realize just how strong he was. Back in the late   
1970's, Browne seemed to win the majority of the strong swiss tournaments that he entered. To me, he seemed   
nearly a chess machine, especially during that time period.)   


 6.Be3,  (hmmm)   
This has become the move of choice for many top players today ... it is, in essence, the "The English Attack" vs.
The Najdorf Sicilian. Be3 has also virtually completely replaced the lines that were the most popular when I first    
got into chess. (6.Bg5 & 6.Be2.)  

       [ The main line used to be: 
         6.Bg5 e67.f4 Be78.Qf3 Qc79.0-0-0,  "+/="  9...Nbd7{Diagram?}   
         According to the books on modern, opening theory, White has a fairly   
         large advantage. (But Black also scores well from this position.)   

         See the game:  
         GM John DM Nunn (2620) - GM Matthew Sadler (2665);    
         ICT / Annual Sea-side Resort / Premier Section, 9798 /     
         Hastings, ENG (UK); 1998.   
         (This was a very long and tough game, {72 moves}; that was eventually drawn.)   

         [ See also: MCO-14, page # 250;  columns # 07-12, and all applicable notes as well. ]   


         The other line here for White, which was commonly played most often more than twenty    
         years ago, would be:   6.Be2 e5!7.Nb3 Be78.0-0 0-09.Kh1!? b6!?   
         10.Be3 Bb711.f3 b5!12.a4!? b413.Nd5 Nxd5{Diagram?}   
         The end of the column.   

         14.exd5 Nd715.c3!? bxc316.bxc3 Bg517.Bg1 Qc7;  "~"  {Diagram?}   
          GM Nick de Firmian 'scores' this position as equal. ("=") Several strong programs    
          show a distinct advantage for Black ... I prefer an evaluation of "unclear."   

          GM V. Anand - GM B. Gelfand;  ICT / Super Masters (Inv?)  
          /Dos Hermanas, ESP; 1997.   
          {This game was quickly drawn, perhaps the contestants here were not inclined    
            to a real struggle that day?}   

          [ See MCO-14, page # 256;  column # 19, and all applicable notes.   
            Especially see note # (f.) for this particular column. ] ]   


 6...e6;   (center)     
Kasparov seems to enjoy playing the Najdorf this way, he was one of the main pioneers of this method.   
(Of playing ...d6; followed by ...e6; as Black in the Najdorf Variation. {He even wrote a book about this   
 whole opening system for Black, see the note after Black's second move in this game.})  

Technically, this is a transposition into lines that more commonly arise from the Scheveningen Sicilian.   

Other lines here for Black would be 6...e5!?; which seems to be the most common move for Black from   
this particular position. The move 6...Ng4; enjoyed a brief spate of popularity, but now seems to have    
faded into the background of top-level chess.  

<< B80 Sicilian Defense / Scheveningen 5.Nc3 e6 (transposed). >>  - ChessMaster, 10th Edition  
(I let the computer "auto-annotate" this game last night while I slept. {Wednesday; April 20th, 2005.}  
 I gave it around 5 minutes per move ... and just let it run. I wasn't looking for any deep insights, the   
 machine is downright feeble when it comes to annotating games. I just wanted some confirmation and   
 feedback concerning my analysis. CM 10ed is one of the most popular of all the commercial chess programs,   
 it is also one of the strongest chess engines on the market. Thus ... I feel it is silly to totally ignore a    
 potentially useful resource.)  

     [ Black often plays an early advance in the center, especially in the lines   
        where White plays an early Be2 on either move six, seven or eight.   

        For example:  (>/=)  6...e5!?7.Nb3 Be78.Be2 0-09.0-0 b6;    
        10.Kh1 Bb711.f3 b5!12.a4 b413.Nd5 Nxd514.exd5 Nd7  
        15.c3 bxc316.bxc3 Bg517.Bg1 Qc7;  "~"  {Diagram?}    
         GM Nick de Firmian 'grades' this position as being rather unclear.   
         (This is supported by the evaluations of five different chess programs.)   

        GM V. Anand - GM B. Gelfand;  / ICT / Dos Hermanos, ESP; 1997.   
        {This game was quickly drawn.}  

        [ See MCO-14, page # 256;  column # 19, & also note # (f.).   
          See also page # 262, all lines. ];   


        For a long time, the move of 6...Ng4; was thought to be the virtual refutation    
        of the English Attack. Today, that is no longer true. 

        One sample line is:   (</=)  6...Ng4!? {Diagram?}   
        Once an unimportant sideline, today there are hundreds of master-level games    
        that have arisen from this position.  

        7.Bg5 h68.Bh4 g59.Bg3 Bg710.Be2 h511.Bxg4!? Bxg4 
        12.f3 Bd713.0-0 Nc6{Diagram?}   
        The end of the column here.   

        14.Bf2 e615.Nce2 Ne516.b3 g417.f4 h4!?18.Be3 h319.g3 Nc6;  "="   
        The position is currently very balanced - about five computer programs confirm 
        (GM Nick) de Firmian's judgment of "equal" here. {Black went on to win the game   
        in thirty-eight moves, however this was only because White misplayed his position.}   

        GM A. Shirov - GM G. KasparovICT / XIV Super-GM, (0-1, 38 moves.)    
        / Linares, ESP; 1997.  

         [ See MCO-14, page # 262;  column # 34, and all appropriate notes, 
           especially note # (t.). ]  ]   


 7.Be2,  (transposition)   
So by the Najdorf route, we are now fully into a Scheveningen Sicilian, with all of its complexities.  



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  rnbqkb1r/1p3ppp/p2ppn2/8/3NP3/2N1B3/PPP1BPPP/R2QK2R (Black, move 07)  


Some of the main ideas of this whole system are:  
A.)  Solid central control, Black has both e5 and d5 covered by Pawns.  
       {These two key squares are not available for White's pieces.}
B.)  Rapid development, Black will almost always castle by move ten.   
C.)  The second player basically tries to complete his development behind his Pawn shield.  
D.)  Black's structure is solid, sound, resilient and flexible. The second player is free to   
        react to whatever plan the first party devises.  

It is probably because of these {good} reasons that this system is so popular, from the club level all    
the way to the highest echelons of master-level practice.   

     [ White can also play f3 here:    
        7.f3!? b5!?8.g4!? h69.h4 b410.Nce2 e511.Nb3 d512.Ng3 Be6!?   
        13.Bd3!? Nbd714.Qe2!? a515.Rg1 a4,  "=/+"  {Diagram?}     
         Black is clearly better, and maybe very much so here. ("/+")   

         See the crucial contest:   
         Vishy Anand - Boris Gelfand;  ICT / Super-GM / Round #03   
         Linares, ESP; 1994.  (1/2, 44 moves.)   

         [ See the excellent book:  
           "The Complete Najdorf: Modern Lines,"  ( 1998)  
             by  GM John Nunn,  and also  GM Joe Gallagher.    
             Chapter 09, page # 188; Line # A, and all appropriate notes. ]  ]    


 7...Qc7!?;  (double-hmmm)    
Kasparov decides to develop his Queen early ... rather than commit any of his pieces to a set configuration.    
Needless to say, this is a little unusual, and even a touch risky. (The computer verifies that White retains an edge,   
almost no matter what Black plays.)  

Black could also play his Bishop to e7, or his QN to the d7-square as well.   

A detailed search of the database shows that this continuation,  (7...Qc7);  is very popular as of late, many highly   
rated players have given it a try.  

     [ Black could also play:  7...Nbd78.g4 h6!?{Diagram?}    
        Pushing the Pawn to the d5-square looks like a reasonable alternative.  

        9.f4 Nc510.Bf3 e511.Nf5 Bxf5!?12.exf5! Qb6 
        13.Nd5!? Nxd514.Qxd5,  "~"  ("+/=")   {Diagram?}      
        MCO-14 renders an evaluation of "a plus over a line" here. ('')   
        I am not sure if this is valid.  

        (After 13...Qxb2;  15.0-0, Rc8;  White has good play for the Pawn,   
          but how much more so remains to be seen.)  

        Liang Jinrong - Ruben Rodriguez; / ICT / Asian Championships      
        Penang, Malaysia; 1991. / {White won a lopsided game, 1-0,   
        in only 33 total moves.}  

       [ See MCO-14, page # 292;  column # 12, & also note # (v.). ];   


        Another common continuation is:  
        7...Be78.f4 Nc69.0-0 Qc710.Qe1 0-011.Qg3,  "+/="  {Diag?}    
        which is a very common position for the Scheveningen Variation.   

        See the contest:   
        GM A. Shirov - GM J. Benjamin;  / ICT / Horgen CS / 1994 (1-0)    
        {White won an exciting and a very interesting game in 33 moves.}   

         [ See also MCO-14, page # 289; mainly column # 04, and all  
           applicable notes for this column. ]  ]   


 8.Qd2,  (dark-squares)    
This is part {and parcel} of this whole opening line. Generally this system is outlined by the moves Be3,   
Qd2, 0-0-0, f3, and g2-g4. And it seems that these moves can be played ... almost no matter what variation    
or move order that Black adopts.   

     [ The (old) main line from this position used to be:   
        8.a4 Nc69.0-0 Be710.f4, "+/="  10...0-0{Diagram?}   
        White has a small, but solid edge, while Black definitely has    
        a fair amount of play from this position.  

        See the following crucial game:   
        GM Vishy Anand - GM Garry Kasparov  
        ICT / XIV Ciudad de Linares / (Super-GM) / Linares, ESP; 1997.   
        {Black won this contest; 0-1 in 41.}  

        This is technically a hybrid position, it could have arisen out of a normal   
        Scheveningen Sicilian, as well as The Najdorf. [See MCO-14.]   


        Another line for White here is to play 8.g4, which has lead to some pretty     
        flashy wins for White. However, not all is smooth sailing for the first player.   

        For example:  
        8.g4!? d5!?; ('!')   9.exd5 Bb4!10.dxe6!? Bxc3+11.bxc3 Qxc3+;   
        12.Kf1 fxe6!;  "~"  {Comp?}  {Diagram?}    
        Black had good play, and went on to win an extremely impressive game    
        in just thirty-three moves.   

        GM Alexei Shirov (2740) - GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2695)  
        Masters / Sicilian Theme Tournament / Buenos Aires (14), ARG; 10,1994. ]   


Black advances on the Queen-side.  

While some might see this Pawn thrust as dangerous or premature, Black must take some risk ...   
and "push the envelope," {so to speak} if he is to obtain a satisfactory game in the Najdorf Sicilian,   
(or the various branches of the Sicilian that are reached by transposition). And as White has already   
moved his KB, there is less chance that he will sack on b5.  


Please note WHY this move is so good for Black ... and why it creates so many opportunities for   
the second player in the Sicilian.   

# 1.)  It gains space on the Q-side, Black can now fianchetto his QB. Also - there is a Knight outpost   
         on the c4-square that Black might take advantage of later in the game.  

# 2.)  It undermines White's chances and play on the Q-side. The most important of these ideas is to    
         play ...b5-b4; and kick the White QN off its very best square. 

# 3.)  Because of the above two reasons, Black is {possibly} in a better position to play the freeing    
          advance (...d6-d5) in the center.   


     [ Or   8...Be79.0-0,  "+/="  {Diag?}  and White is slightly better. ]   


 9.a3,  (prophylaxis)     
White must prevent Black from playing the Pawn advance of ...b5-b4; or risk losing most of his edge out of the opening phase.   


     [ After the moves:  (</=)  9.f3!?, ('?!')  9...b410.Na4 d5!;  "~"  {Diagram?}   
        Black has nearly equalized.   


        The continuation of:   
        </=  9.Bxb5+?! axb510.Ndxb5 Qc611.a4 Be7;  "/+"  {Diagram?}   
        simply does not give White enough play for the material. ]   


 9...Bb7;  10.f3 Nc6!;     
Black develops his Knight to its most natural square, most of the time this piece comes into the game via the d7-point.   
{Especially in the Najdorf Sicilian.}  

Both the CB "Power-Book" ... and also CM 10th Edition confirm that this is a departure from the more 'normal' <book> lines.  

     [ Black can also play:    
        (</=)  10...Nbd711.0-0-0 d5!?{Diagram?}   
        The computer adores this move ... but it could be premature.  

        12.exd5 Nxd5 {Diagram?}   
        Black's position looks reasonable, yet ALL the master-level games in the    
        database with this position end in a win for the player of the White pieces!   

        13.Nxd5 Bxd514.Kb1,  "+/="   {Diagram?}   
         White is slightly better, the Q-side majority is most significant in the coming endgame.   

        See the contest:   
        GM Michael Adams - GM Veselin Topalov;   
        FIDE World Champ, K.O. (R #5) / New Delhi / Teheran, 2000.   
        {White won a well-played game. It ended after move 70, in a hard    
          victory for White ... after a very strenuous R+P ending.} ]    


Adams has obvious aggressive intentions here, but his position soon blows up in his face.  

Maybe the exchange on c6 - as was played in one correspondence game - in a very similar    
position - was just a little better here.  

A search of the on-line database reveals that this might be the first time that anyone tried 0-0-0   
in this particular position.  {A Theoretical Novelty ... or "TN."}  

     [ (>/=) 11.Nxc6 Bxc612.Bd4, "+/=" ]    


 11...b4!;  (play!)     
Garry immediately breaks on the Q-side without delay.  



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  r3kb1r/1bq2ppp/p1nppn2/8/1p1NP3/P1N1BP2/1PPQB1PP/2KR3R (White, move 12)  


One might think this is premature, 'theory' generally holds that Black must complete his King-side development before   
attempting any such maneuver. However, I have noticed during training games with the computer that it will also play   
this way. (Was this the inspiration for Garry's idea here?)  

Another good reason for Black to 'hurry up' with his Q-side play, is that slower methods from these types of positions    
do not seem to give Black an adequate amount of counterplay in these systems.  

     [ After the moves:   (</=)  11...Be7!?12.g4 0-013.Nxc6{Diagram?}      
        The most direct method.  

   ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **     

             ( A different way to play this position would be:     
                13.g5 Nd714.h4 Nce515.f4 Nc4  
                16.Bxc4 Qxc417.f5 Rfc818.g6,  "+/="  {Diagram?}   
                 White is left with the initiative ... and a slight pull in this position,   
                 (according to Fritz 8.0).  

                GM Peter Leko (2713) - GM Loek Van Wely (2697)  
                ICT / CORUS Master's "A" /  Wijk aan Zee (1), NED;  01,2002.    
                {White won a convincing game in forty-one total moves.} )     

   ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **  ** ** ** **     

        13...Bxc614.g5 Nd715.h4,  "/\"  (Maybe "+/=")  {Diagram?}      
        White is left with a distinct pull in this position. (I found NO significant,   
         master-level games to match this position ... in any of the various db's   
         that I searched.) ]   


White's next move is virtually forced.  
 12.axb4 Nxb4;  13.g4 Be7;    
Black continues to develop.  

     [ The other option was:   13...Nd7!?;  "~"   {Diagram?}    
        which also yields a fair position for Black. (Maybe "=/+") ]   


 14.g5 Nd7!;  15.h4 Nc5;  16.Kb1,  ('!?')    
Getting the King off the c-file ... but somehow the b-file does not look that inviting either!   

     [ Or if  16.h5!?,  then  16...d5!;  "~"   {Diag?}   
        looks good for Black. (Maybe "=") ]    


 16...Rb8!,  (Hello!)   
Being the kind, friendly, neighborly sort of fellow that Garry is; his Rook immediately sends out a  
'greeting card' ... to welcome the White King into his new digs.  

     [ </= 16...Qa5!?17.Bc4! Rc8?18.Nb3 Nxb319.Bxb3, "+/=" ]   


 17.h5 0-0!;  (Maybe - '!!')   {See the diagram given here - just below.}      
Seemingly ... Black is castling into it here. However, as the variation, {given just below}; adequately proves,    
Black could still lose this contest with less than perfect play.  



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  1r3rk1/1bq1bppp/p2pp3/2n3PP/1n1NP3/2N1BP2/1PPQB3/1K1R3R (White, move 18)  


Indeed, Fritz 8.0, after several minutes of analysis awards White an edge of more than 1/2 a pawn!   

However, there is a storm coming, and in the ensuing maelstrom of complications, Garry has foreseen   
the need for his KR to be able to enter the fray without hesitation.  

     [ Black can lose from this position, as the following piece of analysis clearly demonstrates.    
       </=  17...d5!?18.g6! dxe4!?19.h6!! fxg6!? 20.hxg7 Rg821.Rxh7 exf3?!  
        22.Bf4!! e523.Rh8 fxe224.Qxe2 Nbd3 {Diagram?}    
        This is probably forced.   

            ( Not  </=  24...Kf7?;  25.Bxe5!,  ("+/-")  {Diagram?}  
               and Black's exposed King is doomed from here. )      

        25.Rxd3! Nxd326.cxd3 Kf727.Bxe5 Qd8 {Diagram?}   
        This is also {probably} forced.   

             ( Not </=  27...Bd6??;  28.Qf2+ Ke7;  29.Qf6+ Kd7;      
                30.Qe6+ Kd8;  31.Rxg8+,  ("+/-")  {Diagram?}     
                and mate next move. )     

        28.Qg4! Bc829.Qf3+! Bf630.Nc6!,  ("+/-")  {Diagram?}   
        and Black's game is hopeless, as the second player must give up the Queen to avoid mate. ]   


Now it's a question of which player will be able to get his attack going the quickest from the current position.   
(This is a common theme when both players have castled on opposite sides of the chess-board.)   
 18.g6! Bf6!;  19.Rdg1!?,    
"Student body ....... RIGHT!!"   

I watched this game as it was being played on the Internet. 
At this point, I was unsure of who was better in this position.  

     [ After the moves:  ("=")  19.gxh7+ Kh8!20.h6!? g6!; "~"  {Diagram?}   
       Black has open lines, while White's avenues of attack on the Kingside are nearly all shut. ]   


Black's next move is good simply because the Black Bishop ... which currently is not all that vital ...   
steps out of the way for the Black Rook on the b8-square, who has dirty business to attend to on   
the b-file here.   
 19...Ba8!;  20.Bg5,    
One cannot say that Adams is not at least making a brave effort to get his assault started on the Kingside.   
(If White can trade off Black's KB, he might be able to make meaningful progress in his King-side ventures.)   

Shredder 9.0 likes 20.Rg4 in this position. I spent several hours (one sunny spring morning) looking at the   
variations that arise from this move, but never came to any real conclusion about its value. (It might be better    
than 20.Bg5, but I cannot say for certain  ... ... ...  not with any degree of authority.)  

[ Apparently the players looked at 20.Bh6!? after the game, see the book by GM Neil McDonald for more 
  details and the analysis of this move. ] 

     [ Or if:  20.gxh7+!?,  then  20...Kh8!, "=/+"  {Diag?}  
       {See the note after White's 19th move in this game.} ]   


 20...Be5!;  (avoidance)    
Garry's excellent footwork keeps him just beyond arm's length, out of reach of Michael Adams'  
very dangerous jabs.   

     [ After the moves:   
       (</=)  20...fxg6!?; ('?!')  21.Bxf6! Rxf622.hxg6 h623.Ncb5!,    
        23...axb524.Qxb4, "~"  (Maybe "+/=")  {Diagram?}   
        White might be OK here. ]   


 21.gxh7+ Kxh7!;  22.Nb3?,  ('??')   {See the diagram given - just below here.}      
Adams - understandably - makes an error (blunder?) under all the tension that he has been subjected to.   
(Adams used quite a bit of time for his first twenty or so moves.)   



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  br3r2/2q2ppk/p2pp3/2n1b1BP/1n2P3/1NN2P2/1PPQB3/1K4RR (Black, move 22)  


As things are about to get really hairy, a close look at the position is definitely in order.  

     [ After    '='  22.h6?! g6!, "=/+"  {Diagram?}   
       the initiative ("/\") is firmly in Black's capable hands.  


       After the much superior move of:   
       >/=  22.Be3,  "~"  (!)   (Maybe "=/+")  {Diagram?}  
       it is by no means clear what the outcome of this game would be.   
       Several - VERY strong! - commercial chess programs, (to include Fritz 8.0    
       and also ChessMaster 10th Edition); confirm that the correct move for White    
       here is Be3. (Although Black might still have a tiny edge.)   

       (I have deeply analyzed these lines ... I feel that they are more appropriate   
        for a possible book, than this column.) ]   


Now Garry is ready to shoot off some fireworks. (Garry's next move may be worthy of two full exclams,   
the complications and the various branches of this combination are not easy to work through.)   
 22...Nxc2!; ('!!')   23.Nxc5[]   
According to Dr. Fritz, this move was pretty much forced for White.  

     [ </=  23.Qxc2?  Nxb3;  ("-/+") ]  


A nice "in-between-move," although taking the White Knight on c5 was also still good enough   
 for at least a small advantage.  

Without question, this was completely forced for White here.  

     [  </=  24.Kc1?! Qxc525.bxa3? Bxc3;  ("-/+")   {Diagram?}   
         (This is just one example of how White can lose - after 24.Kc1?!)  ]   


 24...Qxc5;  25.Na4!?,  ('?')    
Basically, this is a (slight?) mistake.  But as it comes in a position that is already completely {dead} lost,  
it is difficult {for me} to be too harsh on GM Michael Adams here.  

Perhaps Adams saw that Rc1 was easily met by ...Nc4; so he might have decided to play something else ...   
in the hopes to throw his opponent a small curve ball.  


     [ After the straight-forward moves:   
       >/=  25.Rc1 Nc426.Bxc4 Qxc4+27.Ka1 Qb4; ("-/+")  {Diag?}   
       Black has a winning attack.   


       Of course not:   
       </=  25.bxa3?? Bxc3{Diag?}   and Black is winning ("-/+") here. ]   




Garry waves his hat at Adams' threat to capture his Queen.  
(Now 26.Nxc5, is easily met by the sublime move of 26...RxP/b2#!)  

It is the fact that Garry finishes this contest with so much flair ...   
that makes this particular game so very special, at least to me.  


White's next move appears to be forced, many of the alternatives were unthinkably bad.   
 26.Kb1[],   26...Qa3!;  ("-/+")   White Resigns. (0-1)   



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  (The final position after 26...Qa3.)  


  br3r2/5ppk/p2pp3/4b1BP/N3P3/q4P2/1PnQB3/1K4RR  (After B's 26th move.)  


The final position of this magnificent GM battle royale ... is worth both a look and a diagram.  


Great play by Garry ... many feel he is the best player ever! Certainly the way that he man-handles a near   
2750-rated player ... WITH THE BLACK PIECES ... is a testament to his (unbelievable?) chess strength!!!  



When I analyzed this game, there was very little help ... it was "hot off the presses," so to speak. 

However, today this game has been analyzed in at least two books that I know of:  

  • NOTE:  GM Igor Stohl does a very fine and extensive analysis of this grand contest in his book:   
    << "Garry Kasparov's Greatest Chess Games," (Volume 2). >>  [Game # 129, page # 340.]   
    This excellent book is well worth having, every game of Garry's is DEEPLY annotated! 

    Copyright (c) to the author, published by Gambit Publications, Ltd. in 2006. 
     ISBN: # 1-904600-43-3.

  • This game is (now) annotated in the book, (Game # 10, pg. # 66): 
    << The Art of Planning in Chess >> Move by Move, by GM Neil McDonald. 
    Published in 2006 by Batsford books. ISBN: # 07134 - 9025X  


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