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Friday, May 27, 2011

Opening Blunder 3

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Queens Gambit Declined

Kasparov --- Reblo
London 1999

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 cxd5 Nxd5

This move gives White a free hand in the centre.
Better is 4 ....exd5 with a grip on the e4 square.

5 e4 Nf6?

This is the difference between simply moving the pieces and developing them. The Bishop move to d7 is not a developing move because it has no scope and can move only to c8. If 8... Nxd4? then 9 Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Bb5 discovered check wins the queen.

9 Re1

Adding support to the centre and aligning the rook on the same file where the opponent's king rests.

9... Bb4 10 a3 Ba5 11 Bc2

A clever retreat and vacating the d3 square for the queen.

11... 0-0 12 e5

An excellent move forcing Black to move the knight from the kingside and also opening the b1 h7 diagonal for future attack.

12... Nd5 13 Nxd5 exd5

If now 13... Bxe1? then 14 Qd3! f5 15 exdf6 OR 14..g6 15 Nf6+ Kg7 16 Nxe1 with material Plus and strong attack.

14. 14 b4 Bb6 15 Qd3! g6 16 Bxh6 Rxe8

Kasparov now creates a mating pattern.

17 Bg5 Bf5 18 Qd2 Qd7 19 Bf6!
There is no way to deal with double threats of Qg7 and Qh8

19. Kh7 20 Qg5

Threat is 21. Qh4+ Kg8 22 Qh8 Mate

20 ...Bg4 21 Qh4 Bh5

22 qxh5+ Kg8 23 Qh8 mate.

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