Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short revisit to play a 10-game series consisting of both rapid and blitz play in Saint Louis, Missouri, the chess capital of the United States. This chess exhibition match, pegged “Battle of the Legends”, was held at the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center on April 25th & 26th of 2015. Kasparov and Short played 22-years prior, in the 1993 World Chess Championship with Kasparov winning the match 12.5 to 7.5. Would it be Garry Kasparov or Nigel Short who is victorious in 2015?
During his dominant reign as the 13th world chess champion, Garry Kasparov was playing some of the most aggressive chess ever seen in the history of the game. Many of Kasparov´s games were downright inspirational as he consistently sought to maximize complications and pressure against his unfortunate opponents. In the follow chess video, we will examine a legendary game where Kasparov employs an early queen sacrifice very similar to the Bronstein Variation of the King´s Indian Defense. In compensation for the sacrificed queen, Kasparov obtains 2 minor pieces and a pawn accompanied by an incredibly dangerous initiative across the entire board. This game is a true masterpiece and boasts extremely high instructional value for playing actively and dynamically in positions of material imbalance.
With the white pieces, Kasparov employs a somewhat strange move order from the English Opening that becomes the white side of a King’s Indian Defense. Carlsen chooses the sharp Gligoric System with 7. …exd4, 8. …c6, and 9. …Re8 — to which Kasparov responds with the Taimanov Variation with 10. Bf2, 11. exd5, and 12. c5 — leading to a very double-edged position in which black must play very actively to maintain the balance due to his long-term positional disadvantage with the weak, isolated d5 pawn. After 17. Rad1, black’s position is visibly difficult as he lacks coordination and his previous activity now looks very superficial. With 22. d7! Kasparov blasts open the position and forces the win of substantial material — leading to Carlsen’s resignation down a piece on 32. Re3 Continue reading »
Chess Super-Grandmasters and longtime rivals Nigel Short and Garry Kasparov engage in an exciting high level exhibition match of Blitz Chess. This is the last of 8 games (and the best one) in the series that took place at Belgium in October of 2011. It was 18 years ago that they battled it out for the World Chess Championship. Commentary by Grandmaster Genna Sosonko.
This is Game 1 of the 1997 rematch Kasparov vs Deep Blue. IBM’s Man vs. Machine event was held in May of 1997 in New York City, New York. This rematch between World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and IBM supercomputer Deep Blue has been called “the most spectacular chess event in history”.