Originally posted by T1000
Tebbo! Finally got round to taking a closer look at the posted game. Ta very much for writing it up, as well as giving informative (and entertaining!!) notes. Some assistance needed though. It's all a bit beyond me!
I wasn't sure what "I'm playing all the moves used to combat the Fianchetto system" means. In what way do black's moves help to combat th ...[text shortened]... t moved it to c5 instead!
That'll do for now! Thanks for any help anyone can give
Ok Mark, as you've taken the trouble to go through the game, I'll try to answer all your questions:-
1) I simply meant that black's chosen a set-up similar to the most popular line in the g3 (fianchetto) system, ie. ..e5, ..c6, ..Nbd7, ..Re8 etc. If you look up the main lines of the g3 system, you'll see what I mean.
2) White's move 11.Bf4 deviates from the book. Why did he choose it? Probably because he forgot the theory!
Before he made this move, he spent a lot of time staring into space, suggesting he was having difficulty recalling either the book moves or his own analysis...
The best move for white is probably 11.f3. This is a useful move, solidly defending e4, and keeping white's options open for where to develop the bishop.
3) I played 11..Qe7 to remove the queen from the same file as white's rook, to avoid nasty tactics (I thought) and enable my knight to safely move to a better square. I assumed he would defend e4 with f3, admitting his previous move was inaccurate.
4) When he played Nf5, I thought I was going to get smashed! However after I analysed a few lines I saw there was no immediate kill and realised the sacrifice was made intuitively and might actually be a little dubious.
I found out after the game that a grandmaster in the commentary room had descibed the sacrifice as brilliant and suggested Kasparov had worked it all out in his home analysis. He told the audience he expected Kasparov to crush me in a few moves.
A few years later I saw the game quoted in an opening book on the King's Indian. The author simply dismissed Nf5 with a question mark.
So nothing was (or is) obvoius at all - the sac was reasonable for a simul and could even have been sound if followed up better.
5) 15.b4 was unpleasant because it took away the important ..c5 square from black, restricting my pieces, and leaving me little room to move. I felt black had to fight for space - do nothing and I would 'suffocate'.
Why did I need to play 15..a5? White was preparing to play c5 or Na4 to harrass, and possibly win my queen. I had to give her a safe square to retreat to.
6) Why would I want to play 16..axb4 17. Rxb4 Qd8? The queen has just moved from d8! The whole point of going to b6 in the first place was to remove the queen from the 'd' file, in order to enable my knight to move from d7, and complete my queenside development.
I agree that simplification is in black's interests, but if it means losing time and having to bring the queen back to d8, then the cost is too great!
7) I think you meant 18.Bf3 was a cheap shot. Yes, he either missed 18..Ne5, or badly underestimated it.
18.Rb4 does seem more dangerous. I probably would have played 18..Nc5 19.Bf3 Bd7 with an unclear position.
Congratulations for improving on Kasparov!
8) What about the rest of the game then? Why stop just when black's on top?