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A deadly home preparation in the (Open Lopez)

A deadly home preparation in the (Open Lopez)

By: Charles Kayle

How much can a player prepare in advance a certain move that can cause a certain problem for his opponent? How much can that player be sure that his opponent will fall in his prepared plan? How much can he be sure about the correctness of his preparation? Can he be sure that he covers all possibilities, especially when there is no engine or Fritz or Rybka to assist him?

I am going to present to you one of the most known game, famous for its home preparation. And the home was Garry Kasparov’s. The game was the 10th game of the match for the World Championship, New York 1995, between 2 living legends: Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand. Just one more information: The previous game was the first win in the match for Anand over Kasparov, after 8 consecutive draws, where the former beat the later who adopted his famous weapon: The Sicilian Defense.

Kasparov,Garry (2795) – Anand,Viswanathan (2725)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.¥b5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Nb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Nc5 10.c3 d4 11.Ng5 dxc3 12.Nxe6 fxe6 13.bxc3 Qd3

All the previous moves were played during the 6th game of the current match, so no wonder that they (blitzed) the moves at the board, till:


One of Mikhail Tal’s magician creative mind!!

Kasparov mentioned later that he discovered the move just few days before the present game!


Vishy continued (Blitzing) his moves, showing to his monster opponent that he isn’t surprised by his move, and was prepared for it! To which Kasparov replied instantly:


Here the Indian Super Grand Master thought for more than 40 minutes, and replied:


16.Bxb3 ¤d4

[16...Qxa1 17.Qh5 g6 (17...Kd7 18.Bxe6+ Kxe6 19.Qg4+ Kf7 (19...Kd5 20.Qd7+ Bd6 21.Qf7+ Kxe5 22.Qxg7+ Ke6 23.Qxa1+-) 20.Qf3+ Ke6 21.Qxc6+ Bd6 22.exd6 Qe5 23.Bd2+-) 18.Qf3 Nd8 (18...0–0–0 19.Qxc6 Qxe5 20.Qxa6+ Kb8 21.Be3+-) 19.Rd1 Rb8!? (19...Qxe5 20.Bf4 Qf6 21.Qxa8 Bc5 22.Rxd8+ Ke7 23.Qc6 Bxf2+ 24.Kf1 24...Rxd8 25.Bg5 Rd1+ 26.Bxd1 Qxg5 27.Qxc7+ Ke8 28.Kxf2+-) 20.Qd3! Be7 23.d7++-) 21Qd7+ Kf7 22.Bg5 Qxd1+ 23.Bxd1 Re8 24.Qxc7 Rb7 25.Qc1±]


17.Qg4 Qxa1

[17...Nxb3 18.Qxe6+ Be7 19.Bg5+-]


Kasparov was still blitzing his moves, with an additional extra hour difference on his clock than his opponent’s.


[18...Nxe6 19.Qxe6+ Be7 20.Bg5+-]

[ 18...Qc3 19.Bd7+ Kf7 20.Be3 Bc5 21.Rd1 Ne2+ 22.Kh1! Bxe3 23.Qe6+ Kf8 24.Qf5+ Ke7 25.Be6+-]



That move was the only way to stay in the game.

[19...Qxf1+ 20.Kxf1 gxh6 21.Qh5 £xf1+ 20.Kxf1 gxh6 21.Qh5++-]

20.Bxg7 Qd3

[20...Bxg7 21.Qh5+!+-]

21.Bxh8 Qg6 22.Bf6 Be7 23.Bxe7 Qxg4

The only move, as after 23…Kxe7, White wins:4.Qh4+ Ke8 25.Bg4+-]

24.Bxg4 Kxe7



And here Kasparov started to think!!!

25…c6 26.f4 27.Kf2 a4 28.Ke3 b4 29.Bd1 a3 30.g4 Rd5 31.Rc4 c5 32.Ke4 Rd8 33.Rxc5 Ne6

[33...b3 34.Bxb3 Nxb3 35.axb3 Ra8 36.Rc7+ Kf8 37.Rc1+-]

34.Rd5 Rc8 35.f5 Rc4+ 36.Ke3 Nc5 37.g5 Rc1 38.Rd6 1–0




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