Garry Kasparov’s Top 5 Chess Combinations
After Garry Kasparov’s come back in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz a few weeks ago, amateurs around the world start discussing the same old question: is Garry Kasparov the best chess player of all time? But many young amateurs weren’t chess fans when the Beast From Baku was at the top.
Former Russian champion and gold medal winner with Rusia in two Olympiads and three European Team Chess Championships, GM Nadya Kosintseva, will show Kasparov’s best combinations. Discover the powerful attacking and calculating skills that terrified his opponents and fascinated the chess fans around the globe.
GM Nadya Kosintseva, in this free video, analyzes his 5 most spectacular combinations, from the very well-known victory over Topalov (“Kasparov’s Immortal”) to a beautiful mating combination against Anand in an endgame with only 3 pieces in total!
Kasparov – Portisch: The Modern Double Bishop Sacrifice
Certain combinations are so typical and important that have names attached to them. The Alekhine’s Mate, the Legal’s Mate (you can study these and many other important checkmating patterns for free clicking here) and the Lasker’s Combination (or the Double Bishop Sacrifice). This last one, was made famous after a crushing victory of the second World Champion against the master Bauer, in Amsterdam, 1889. This combination was later replicated in many games (notably Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, St Petersburg, 1914). But Garry Kasparov’s new touch made the old combination rejuvenate.
In this position, White has already “sacrifice” a bishop on h7, and now he is ready for the second wave of the attack.
He played 21.Bxg7!! Kxg7 22.Ne5!, exposing the black king to the attack of the queen (that will land on g4), the knight and the Rd5 together.
The exposed position of the black king makes it impossible to defend, and he started to run desperately to f3! With such a king, it was impossible to resist for many more moves…
Kasparov – Karpov: Prophylaxis During the Attack
Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov have played 5 World Championship Matches (144 games in total counting only the matches!) and it constituted the most important rivalry in the history of chess. Among so many games, lots of spectacular combinations were played, but Kosintseva choose the 20th game of the last Match, in 1990.
White obviously has a crushing attack., with almost all his pieces in the attack. White will love to play 31.Nf6, attacking the queen and threatening Rg8#. But the problem is that Black can answer with 31…Qxe1+ (check!), winning an important tempo in the defense.
So, Kasparov played the surprising 31.Kh2!, which can be revealing for the inexperienced player. White “loses” a tempo in the middle of the attack, to prevent a check!
Kasparov – Topalov: Kasparov’s Immortal
Kasparov’s most impressive game, against later World Champion Veselin Topalov. A game you must know!
Kasparov sacrificed a full rook to start a king hunt to the opponent’s king. What’s more impressive about the combination it’s not only the length but it was not at all a forced combination. Black had many choices in every turn, but Kasparov seemed to have all in control!
Kasparov – Karpov: The Decisive Game
The last game of their 1986 match, was a decisive one. Kasparov needed to win to draw the match and keep the world champion title!
In the diagram position, Garry Kasparov show his talent to spot geometrical ideas with the surprising 41.Nd7! the key idea is that after 41…Rxd4 42.Nf8+ Kh6 43.Rb4! and the exchange of rooks Black can’t hardly move his pieces. The king is trapped, as well as the bishop, and queen needs to defend the f4- and g5-squares, to avoid a checkmate on the c1-h6 diagonal.
The game only lasted a few more moves: 43…Rc4 44.Rxc4 dxc4 45.Qd6! (threatening Qd2+ and mate) 45…c3 46.Qd4! and White threatens mate and the c3-pawn. Karpov accept that ha can’t recover the title and resign.
Anand – Kasparov: A Study Like Endgame
In this position, if White exchanges both pawns he reaches a theorical drawn position. But his knight is misplaced, which gives Black the opportunity to win.
After 47…Kd4 48.c6 Nd5 49.Nb5+ Kc5 50.c7 Bf5! Anand resign, as he is losing the knight. Its only move is 51.Na7, but after 51…Nxc7 52.Kxa4 Kb6 it’s lost. And 51.Kxa4 Nb6+ 52.Ka5 Nc4+ 53.Ka6 (53.Ka4 Bc2# is a very pretty mate) 53…Bc8+ 54.Ka7 Kxb5 55.Kb8 Nd6, with a won endgame.
Starting the Game
Kasparov’s game had to be beyond his contemporaries in the first few moves to get him to these combinations. In a notable opening in his game against Karpov in 1993, Kasparov’s opening chess moves break down his opponent’s defense which allows him to execute a strategical attack. The rest of the article also highlights 9 additional openings by top chess players.
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