Garry Kasparov’s Chess : Top Eight Sacrifices of all time! – (or at least in top 50 of most lists!)

Garry Kasparov’s Chess : Top Eight Sacrifices of all time! – (or at least in top 50 of most lists!)


Hi all, I thought it would be nice to have
another amazing aesthetic experience. This time with one of the greatest players
of all time in my view, Garry Kasparov. Now let’s take what is considered as our first
example of one of Kasparovs’ finest sacrifices ever. His immortal game in inverted commas it was
against Veselin Topalov, played in Hoogovens tournament in the Netherlands in 1999. Kasparov just played exd5. So, this is an attack on the Queen and I’ll
put on [00:43 inaudible]. So, the Queen actually went to d6. It’d be nice for black to be able to get the
Queen’s off here. In fact, black would be better if Kasparov
had played Qxd6. This pawn on d5 is quite weak here. This is not a very happy position. I think I move like check here, there’s Kb6
and back would be very very happy with this position. Instead after Qd6 we have a real shocking
move actually played by Kasparov. I’m sure many of you have seen this before. But if you haven’t you might want to pause
the video here. I’ll give you 10 seconds if you want to try
and guess the next move. Okay it’s Rxd4 and I think you’d have to classify
this as a king hunt sacrifice. Now can it actually be refused? I think if black for example plays Qxf4, white
would be quite happy with this position. After Rxf4, he’s got my f7 pull here. There is a rook on the seventh Frank. This is a very happy position for white. But there is a move which could have sidestepped
the King Hunt in this position. It looks a bit strange, Kb6. It wasn’t played. But it seems engines are finding this move. It takes the fun out of any potential King
hunts. But Topalov was game, he didn’t see how the
rook sacrifice here was particularly sound and it’s nice to be a Rook up. So, he dared to actually take it here. I guess the move Kb6 is a rather Petrosyanest
sort of move. Which only players like Trojans really consider
against Kasparov. So cxd4 and we have the spectacular King Hunt’s
now. Which starts actually not with the obvious
Qxd4++. The obvious looking Qxd4++ is actually no
good really. Qb6 and if check here, Nd7 and what’s going
on here? Because the thing is at the Knights loose. So, if for example Qxb6, Kxb6. Blacks absolutely winning that. White’s move actually here is quite surprising
looking one. Re7++. So, trying to drag the Queen to e7. Now if Exe7, there’s actually a mate in four
with Qxd4++ and if the King goes to b8, then that Bishop on h3 is actually very very useful
here after Qb6 stopping the king going to c8. Bb7, Nc6 at least wins the Queen. But actually, more significantly is a mate. So Re7, the rooks actually immune here because
of this Qxd4 and if Nd7, then the point is we can play Qxd6 or Rd7. We just play Qxd6. So Re7, very powerful move. So maybe Topalov started getting worried at
this point. His King
Ventured up the board that I try to go to b8. Then Qxd4 is actually very very strong again
in this position. Because actually white is threatening, a mate
in 1 with Qa7. By the way for most of these games there are
detailed video annotations on channel already and definitely for this one is a very detailed
annotation. So, I might be missing quite a few variations,
but you can find that in the specific video for the game. So anyway, after the check, we have Kb6 and
now the king hunt continues. Qxd4++, the king is brought up the board. B4++, Ka4, Qc3. Now threatening Qb3#, Qxd5. Ra7, now threatening Rxa6#, that’s parried. Giving up some material Rxb7, trying to get
the Queen’s off. Qxf6, Kxa3. Looks as though whites game might control
the black King visiting him. Qxa6, King takes and our stunning little move,
c3++. The point is here if Queen takes c3 in this
position, then Qxb5, that’s winning hair off the check, that’s winning. So, the Queen can’t take, so the king is
brought to c3. But the point now is this beautiful Qa1++. The Queen is really using all parts of the
board here. Kd2++, Kd1. And now another wonderful move, Bf1 attacking
the Queen and stopping any check to the White King quite crucially. Now if Qxf1 was played here, then Qc2++ and
Re7 is mate in next move on to Qe2. So Bf1 really annoying for black. He is not able to get any checks in. Tries to counter-attack queen here. But now this Rook is pinned basically to the
King and renewing the threat here. Black now has to do something radical. Has to give up his Queen, what else is there
for black to do apart from Rxd7. If Qf1, we just take on d2, its mate. What can black do if Qb4 for example, then
we just take that. So black plays Rxd7. Bxc4, b takes and now white is actually material
up now. Rd3 and the Queen uses a8 now. He used a1 and he now uses a8. I think this is actually one of the strangest
games for the Queen movements and this King hunt. So c3, we have check. Ke1, f4, f5, Kc1. White is just material up. It’s a matter of consolidating. Now a very strong move here, Qa7 threatening
this pawn as well as check. It’s really annoying. So here actually black resigned. It’s now hopeless. But what a magnificent King hunt. I believe this is one of Kasparovs’ most celebrated
sacrifices and immortal game really. It’s called like Kasparovs’ immortal quite
often this game. Rxd4 immortalized it. Thankfully was also Topalov played game and
took it allowing the King hunt. Now let’s look at a game against Kasparovs’
prof’s archrival Anatoly Kirov in 1985. Kasparov was playing black and the interesting
thing about this sacrifice, this is one of my favorite games from the World Championship
matches between the two. Cause Kasparov had played this pawn sacrifice
in the opening controversially in an earlier game and most grandmasters believed, he wouldn’t
repeat it and the game really caught my attention, because it was at the preface of bats words
chess openings book. But it is a big inefficient game and features
amazing centralization of pieces. Kasparov dared to repeat this pawn sacrifice
in the opening. Which was started to be known after this game
as the Kasparov gambit. So, Anatoly Karpov likes Maróczy Bind. He’s often played the Maróczy Bind against
the Sicilian to try and snuff out the opponent’s counter play and Kasparovs’ personality is
shining through here trying to battle against this restraint strategy. So, this Python strategy of Anatoly Karpov
trying to break free from the bind immediately. Even sacrificing a pawn and apparently lots
of grandmasters while spectating the game live were banging their fists in the commentary
thinking this is a bluff or something. Anyway, Kasparov took it, e takes, d takes
might be false or what has Kasparov got for his pawn? Let’s see what happened in the game? Be2, Bc5. Both sides Castle Bf3 holding that pawn iron
grip on the pawn. It seems if any of this night could reroute
to the center at some point, Bf5 stopping the knight using c2. Why it was actually threatening things like
Nc2. But also, you can consider other roots for
the Knight at the moment. Knight is not totally dead just yet. But Bf5 takes away the c2 square. Bg5, Re8, Qd2 and now actually the c-4 square
is taken away from this Knight on a3. If we just go back here Nc4 might have actually
been a viable move in this position. I come to engines. But anyway, Kasparov takes that away now,
that opportunity with b5. So, this Knight seems to be that one of the
victims at the moment of this pawn sacrifice. Very very deep idea, Nd3 whilst black’s knight
in star contrast to this Knight is massively centralized. Now the Knight goes to b1. H6, Bh4. B4 and now this Knight is victimized, Na4,
Bd6. So, these Knights between them haven’t got
too many squares right now. Bg3, rc8 and look at the rooks. This knight on d3 is actually stopping the
white rocks using e1 and c1. It’s a fantastic Knight. It was called an octopus Knights by Reigns
Kane. So b3, because it’s so active in the center. It’s like tentacles of an octopus you know
so powerful there on that square and it made a very vivid impression on me, this game. So g5 seemingly trying to squash white gaining
space, taking away squares from white and also crucially also threatening things like
g4 at the right time now. Because this bishop is starting to look as
though it might be running out of squares. White takes on d6 and now plays g3 trying
to give the bishops in life and maybe to use the f pawn later. Nd7, now it looks as though black is going
to have the other Knight joining in hitting f3, the bishop steps away move before. Qf6 and now we see a3, this bind is trying
to be broken here. Kasparov just reinforces it, 8x8x. Qa2, strange-looking move to have to play. What’s White’s idea here? Well white has got very little piece of activity. Maybe the knight can try and crawl back using
the d2 square at some point. Bg6, d6 now was played. Kasparov doesn’t take this immediately. If he took the pawn immediately then Nd2,
maybe the Knights are coming back into life. Maybe Nc4 then. This is getting Knights back in the game. But Kasparov actually against d6 just plays
now the move g4. Interesting as though this could restraint
now against white’s pawns here. Now if Nd2 here, I think one of the points
now is that in this particular position Re2 is quite nasty. Because f2 is a big problem. So, I think that might indirectly dissuaded
that. Because in this position it taken Nd2 Re2,
I think white actually can play something like Bf3 to evict the rook. But it’s not brilliant. But here the white Kasparov played, his queen
is being kept on there f3 square. So, he is like restraining this Knight. It’s like these Knights have been victims
throughout this game and even you know trying to get them out is now very very difficult. So, Queen actually goes back to d2. Kg7 protecting h6 pawn. F3 trying to break the bind of this g4 pawn
and now here Kasparov takes on d6 f takes and then we get a mass centralization. Qd4++, very powerful looking Queen. Nf6 and with White’s King side kind of compromised
by losing the f pawn, this mass centralization is try and take away this bishop try and break
through White’s King, seems absolutely logical. So Ne4, these Knights are just incredibly
impressive. Now here Karpov took on d3 and we saw Knight
f2++. Rxf2, Bxd3. So Karpov had to give up his Queen here. But it’s not very good this position, especially
after Qe3. The back row is now vulnerable. Rxd3, Rc1. Kasparov doesn’t mind giving up
the Queen for two rooks and more. The bishop would have to go to f1 as well
in some of these variations. Nb2 and now it’s a forced mate actually. Qf2, first thing to crash down with either
be Re2 or Re1. Nd2, Rxd1 actually was played here. Nxd1 and now Re1++ and here faced with a mating
too, Karpov resigned. For example, Nf1, Rook takes, and he’ll be
mated. I just thought the impression given by this
courageous gambit of this pawn, this pawn sacrifice was amazing. The dynamics against Karpov style to try and
break free with this d5 and it was believed it wasn’t going to be repeated. Because it was like unsound. Now let’s go to see the game against Vladimir
Kramnik. Kasparov was playing white here against Vladimir
Kramnik. Kramnik in those days was still playing the
Sicilians Reznikov. So, I feel sad in a way that, if Kramnik had
played Sicilians Reznikov he wouldn’t be rewarded with at least a draw. It was one of my favorite openings for a long
time. But anyway, here Kasparov has played Rd6 attacking
Kramniks Queen and Kramnik now reacted with Nd5. It’s an incredibly sharp position here. But what can actually white do? Because all these pieces seem a bit as though
they’re hanging in the air here. If for example Rxb6, then Nxf4 and you know
we’ve got the rook attacks, we’ve got the bishop attacks, we’ve got this guy attacks. Nxf4, Rxg4 and here okay with the knight attacked
we can either consider taking the bishop or taking the pawn to protect Knight. Taking the bishops not very good actually. Black we’ll be doing very nicely here. So, this position I guess Rxf6 is about equal
apparently. But anyway, Kasparov wanted more from the
position. He didn’t want to just take the Queen. If he goes back say to try and keep the attack
on the Queen here, then Qxf2 is very very strong for black. The bishops hanging here, all of whites’
piece is not doing that much. Kasparov got a different idea here. Can you guess what he played if I give you
10 seconds? You might want to pause the video. Okay he played h5, just leaving the Queen
there for a queen sacrifice. Now what are the options for black? I mean if say rook takes g4 to try and get
some time, just Queen takes, and white is threatening mate on g7. So, say Rg8, that’s pretty hopeless actually
here. Because Qxg8 is strong, because of the back
row and stuff. So Rg3. Even stronger move d8 is Nd8 for Knight f7
and this is just hopeless. White is just upping material. Massive position and so there’s limited choices
here. If the rook like steps back, then Rxd5 and
white is now threatened out deadly Qxf6# here. So, for example Bishop takes, Queen takes,
its mate next move after Rg7. So, this f6 is vulnerable. Cause white is on the verge of also Rxd5 and
also you might think more taking on e6 doesn’t really help here. White is a lot better with either taking that
rock or even rook d7 and whites got Rxf7 coming up here. Numerous threats. Say Re5 in this position also there’s still
this Qf6 lurking after Rxb7 and if takes we can play check and h6. So basically, the Queen sacrifice really needs
to be accepted here. There aren’t many options for black at all
that are valid here. So, it’s taken, and it unleashes down after
hg. This rook for the moment threatening Rxh7
and then carnage after gxf7 potentially. So, what are the options here for black? Well the thing is let’s have a quick look
at Nxh3. Here white is actually doing well with G takes. This pawn is just so dangerous. If for example under Rb8 [21:11 inaudible]
f8, then we can just take the Queen. If Queen takes we just take that rook queening
and it’s a mate next move actually, off the queen. So, this pawn is really really dangerous here. After HG. So Kramnik takes on d6. Now Kasparov plays Rxh7++ to drag and drop
the Kg8 for this next check to be check here. The Rook protecting that pawn. King takes and now F takes queening and white
is a little bit up in material and threatening actually mate in two here. Nxe6. You might think is this enough to win this
game? Well the black king is now exposed. Bf5++, Kg7. Check, Kf8, Qxf6++, Ke8 and now Bishop takes
e6. White is doing very well here. Even though it’s only a pawn up, blacks King
safety is so compromised. Kramnik played a mode which doesn’t offer
that much resistance in the circumstance. He is after Qf8, Bd7++ is winning the Queen. If you’re trying to offer resistance with
say b4, it’s still better for white. Check for example we can take this and then
take care. We’re just two pawns up. Eventually black will lose against good play
from white. So, the whole thing was pretty stunning against
Kramnik. This Queen sacrifice set this whole conception. His pieces becoming quite fragile it seemed
and then this h5, real killer move in the position. Sacrificing the Queen. That was in Russia in 1994. Now let’s go to Munich Germany for our next
game. Kasparov was black here again against Vladimir
Kramnik in 1994. Kasparovs Kings Indian defense was being tested. In fact, Vladimir Kramnik I think is the person
responsible Kasparov eventually giving up the Kings Indian defense. Because he had a string of great wins against
Kasparov at some point. Kasparov played Nc5 and Kramnik played be3.
now in this position a remarkable concept was played out and there is a detailed game
video for this on the channel by the way. Can you guess what both played in this position? I give you 10 seconds starting from now. You might want to pause the video. Okay Kasparov played Nfxe4 offering the queen
up. Now a normal move from white Knight dxe4. Actually, we can just take this bishop and
we’re doing very well as black. We’ve just snagged Center pawn. So, the Queen really has to be taken to test
this. Nxc3. So, for the moment it’s just one Knight for
the Queen. Qe1 defending the bishop, not to lose the
bishop as well. Because then it might be like free pieces
of the Queen, because we can take here after. So, for the moment it’s just two pieces for
the Queen taking here. But these Knights look quite dangerous and
it’s a center pawn as well. Rc1 was played here. This might be a slight inaccuracy. Engine suggests in this position are a way
to go with Nb1. But anyway, we see Rc1 and now Kasparov takes
that e2 pawn to another pawn bites the dust. Ra1, Nb4 threatening Nc2 to try and win perhaps
the exchange. Bd1 protecting the c2 square. Now e4 attacking the rook. The rook moves. Re8. Black is in a powerful position with these
Knights, which seemed unassailable here. It’s very very difficult to get rid of these
monster Knights. Qe3 and now black starts advancing on the
Kings side. So, it really is a positional Queen sacrifice
for what seems to be at the moment two pawns and two pieces. But this Bishop is a monster on this diagonal. These Knights are wonderfully placed. H4 trying to restrain perhaps against g5 here. At some point Rf8, g3, Re8. Black’s pieces
are beautifully coordinated. Kg2, Nbd3. The octopus night edition which we saw against
Karpov. Beautiful Knight on d3. Rg1 and now black crashes through with f4. The Queen in this structure hasn’t got much
to do. Rxf4 and white spawns are having structural
damage. H5, g5 not giving white any sniff of counter
play really. Even though he’s got the Queen for what seems
to be inferior, a reasonable balance. But in this position, it’s just so strong
for the black pieces. Rh1, Rf4 bit of toying there and now building
up pressure on f2. F3, like in the Karpov game, f3 to try and
break a sparse bind a little bit analogous to that. Rh4 and now here if white dares to play Rh1
in this position that actually exf3 is actually quite strong here. For example, Bishop takes Bd4 and black is
doing very very well. There’s numerous attacking moves like check
here by a4. So actually, are we see white playing fxe4. So, he left that rook on h4 there. Nf4++. Now if the King goes to f2 in this position,
Nxd5 actually wins the Queen. It’s discovered check and wins the Queen. So, after this check the King actually dropped
back to g1. Ncd3, horrible things like Nh3, only white
tries e5. That’s actually just taken. Rc1, now Rh3. The queen is just the victim here along with
the King. Ng4, that’s going to be winning more material
it seems. What can white do here? White is helpless in this position. He takes on e5 offering his queen for the
knight and the bishop. Is that a fair trade here? It wasn’t with extra pawns though. Check, Kg2. Rxf1, King takes. Black is material up. It seems actually one, two, three, four, five,
six, only by two pawns though, but King safety has been compromised and this g pawn is very
dangerous off to g3. Black is now threatening Nf4 and for example
g2 at the right moment or other things even worse. Kg2, Nf4++ and here actually white resigns. This g pawn is just a winning asset now. For example, if Kf1++, black could actually
play either Bd4 or Rh3 here. This pawn is very very dangerous or it’s amazing
that as well the King is precariously placed. It is actually a force mate in five in this
position. For example, Rb1, there’s a force mate in
forward Bd4 and queening etc. So, a magnificent Queen sacrifice, positional
Queen sacrifice in this game. Stunning one, it must have stunned Vladimir
Kramnik to have seen this fxe4 offering that Queen sac. Now let’s go to New York in 1990 Garry Kasparov
was white against his archrival Anatoly Karpov in 1990. This match was in New York part of it in Leon. Now here Kasparov had played Ng4. In this [31:07 inaudible]. What starters are all the pairs. But blacks King side has been compromised. Without that f pawn black king is slightly
weaker than usual. As Bishop seems very very dangerous on diagonal. Qe8 was played and even though the rook seems
to be defending h6 at the moment and also putting pressure on the center and this pawn
might be dangerous. At least to distract some pieces or get rid
of Attacking pieces. White actually played Nxh6. So, if Rxh6, what would happen? The thing is here, Nxd6 is a double attack
on the Queen. Which is very very dangerous. If Qh5 might, pardon me. After Qh5 here, white has a number of good
choices. Rg5 for example. So, if Queen takes there’s Nf7++ and if Queen
takes d1, Nf7++ and look at this bishop stopping the king coming out. Nxh6++ and now Rxd1 and this pawn is pinned. White is actually doing very well here in
this position. So, it seems that Knight takes h6 to the rook
cannot really afford to take on h6 here. This is the shocker, that Nd6 is very strong. Shocking idea that after Qh5 has Rg5. But this Nf7 is just an incredibly strong
idea. If Queen d7 for example, then the queen is
not guarding g4. So, the white queen can come to g4. Pardon me, the Qg4 is strong here anyway. If Qxg4, Nf7+ taking on h6 and this is very
very strong, this position. So anyway Nxh6, Karpov tried c3. At least trying to get rid of some attacking
pieces. But white didn’t take care, he played actually
Nf5 offering the bishop and initially engines didn’t like this idea and now it’s evaluating
differently. It needs to be given on high depth to engines. But intuitively there’s a lot of pieces around
the King to justify giving up the bishop here. Cxb2, Qg4 and the engine recommended the fence
to try and maintain equality is actually Rg6 here, off of the rook. But now this felled the engine is not looking
deep enough. It actually changes it minds about this at
a higher depth, then actually Qh4++. Rook takes, Ng5 is actually very very strong
for white. Very very tricky position even for engines
to evaluate this. But there’s a lot of pieces simply around
the king. Ne7 is being threatened to win the Queen now. What does actually black do in this position? If for example Nf4 you know we just win the
Queen and the attack carries on a little bit as well Ne6++, it carries on. So, it is actually a really really dangerous
position. If Qd7, again the engine initially think that
might be okay, then changes its mind again. They’re just so many pieces around blacks
King here. These Knights are working exceptionally well
with the Queen. Qh5++, Kg8 and in this position, a simple
quiet move is actually crushing like Kh2 or even Rg6 just getting rid of the rook here. If for example taking the threats now like
Nh6 are really difficult to handle. If Kh8 taking here is strong. Whites just got an amazing attack with the
two knights, the Queen and a bishop here. So anyway, Karpov tried Bc8 and we see Qh4++,
Rh6. That’s just taken, g takes and there now a
quiet move in the midst of all this. Kh2, Qe5. Now a very powerful move Ng5 threatening Nf7++
forking queen and king. Qf6 and technically this is actually a forced
mate in 8 against black. Re8, Bf5. A forced mate in 6 now. Blacks path is not computer all the time or
super accurate like a computer anyway. But the force mate in six is not played. Nf7++ is a force mate in 6. Queen takes check, h7, Rxa8. This is a force mate sequence apparently. So, because we’re going to be taking here
after. But anyway, Kasparov played the less ops ball,
but still winning continuation here. Which looks quite spectacular though. Instead of playing after Bf5, he played actually
in this position, still playing Nf7++. He played the more spectacular Qxh6++ and
he’s scooping up a lot of black pieces by force. After the takes, check. King has to go to h7. Bxf5++, queen has to give herself up. Bxg6++. Kg7, Rxa8 and the bishop was actually holding
b1. Be7, Rb8, e5++. Kf7, takes f7. Bishop takes d5. This pawn is going or well if the King moves,
then just Ba2. So black resigns here. Black is material down lost position. So spectacular [38:44 inaudible] game. We have a lot of concentrated pieces around
blacks King. Kasparov sacrificing his Bishop on b2 there. Spectacularly and the engines don’t even appreciate
this. But from a human point of view, there’s just
so many pieces coordinating so well. Queen’s coordinating with Knights is a very
powerful weapon here. So, the loss of that last square Bishop. Still White’s attack seems incredibly powerful
and ultimately winning. Now let’s go to 1995 in another world championship
match. Kasparov was playing white against Vishi Anand. And I think this might be the product of amazing
preparation at the time. Vishi just taking on c3 and attacking the
rook it seems as though white wants to do something about this. But there’s also other more positional moves
like Nd4. Kasparov now basically he offers the rook in effect. He plays Nb3. Because this can be taken. Now again after Bx3 offering the rock, for
the moment actually though the rook isn’t taken, Vishi actually perhaps wisely plays
Nd4 now. If he’d taken the rook here, this is dangerous
Qh5, g6, Qf3. This diagonal was very very sensitive here. What does black do here? After Nd8, not taking the rook. But actually, Qf6 is even stronger attacking
this one. Whites got another threat here like Bh6 on
the cards. So, we see a more positional move. Resisting the rook for a moment, Nd4. But Kasparov persists, take my rook he says. Qg4, take my rook. Now Vishi did take the rook, Bxe6, so what’s
the idea now? Or Bd7 is a major threat to address. Rd8 does address the d7 Squire amongst other
things. But now a spectacular move. Bh6 attacking the Queen. But it serves another purpose to play h6. Bxg7 to weaken this diagonal to knock out
the g6 defense. So, if Bxg7 we just play Qh5 now. Qf7 mating. Qd3 was played protecting this diagonal offering
the rook here. Kasparov takes that rock and after Qg6, he
doesn’t mind potential exchange of Queens, Bf6. Black doesn’t really want to take the Queen’s
off here. He would be just worse. Vishi plays Be7. White takes on e7 here and now actually Vishi
did take the Queen’s off. If Kxe7, this is actually annoying. Because of Qh4++ on that Rook on d8 if King
takes and if Ke8. Bg4 now threatens Bh5. So, I think Vishi had enough of this threat
of the Queen and he actually took the Queen’s off here. But now in this position white is better. But it’s still very very interesting how these
center pawns are used. The King is brought up, King e3, b4. Bd1 helping to defend against blacks past
pawn potential. Now if B3 trying to make the most out of these
pawns, taking, taking this is not very good, this position. The King is putting pressure on d4. So, there’s no Rb8 without dropping the Knight. So, this pawn is actually dropping off here. So Vishis’ hope of past pawn is been slowly
extinguished. A3 fixing the pawns a bit and Kasparov starts
to make use of his own connected past pawns. Rd5, Rc4, c5. Pawns are getting very fixed, Ke4. Supporting now the e5 pawn. Which means f5 is coming soon. Dropping the c5 pawn as well. Rd5 and now f5, White’s passed pawns are more
significant now. They’re proven to be more significant than
blacks. The g5, this Bishop is also given the h5 square. Rc1, Rd6. Now f6 is on the cards, black actually resigns
here. It’s an overwhelming position. If for example b3++ and this Bh5 is really
crushing. Threatening Rd8. Blacks King safety is caused in this question. Not just the passed pawn is trying to Queen. What does black actually do here? If Nb7, Re6 threatening mate on the e8. It’s actually a forced mate believe it or
not. So, check, check, the checks have run out
there. F7, Re8, just winning [44:44 inaudible]. So black resigns on this much earlier at move
38 before this happened. So, move 38 Rd6 Vishi resigned in this position. I mean it’s a product of fantastic theoretical
preparation as well in this particular example. So okay let’s go to Nicksic 1983. Kasparov playing against Lajos Portisch. Just played exd4, you’ll notice in the position
there is an absence of the defensive knight on f6. So h7 looks a bit more vulnerable than usual. Black played, now Na5 trying to get some Queen
side Cal’s playing. White going to set and defend this c4 pawn? No. D5, the bishop now eyes g7 as well. He’s got both bishops eyeing g7 and h7. After e takes, Kasparov takes time for c takes
d5. So, Bishop takes d5 is played now. You might wonder why? Well the thing is white has quite a strong
position here. He’s threatening, weakening moves like Qe4
to encourage g6. With just Rfe1, it looks like a strong position
with that pawn there. So Bxd5 was played to try and get rid of that
center pawn taking on h7 gets back the bishop. For the moment in let say well ok can black
defend this? He at least taken out the equation here, why
it’s dangerous Light Square bishop. But now can you see what Kasparov played if
I give you 10 seconds starting from now. You might want to pause the video. Okay a bolt from the blue Bxg7 sacrificing
the dark square Bishop. Kxg7, is this a prelude to King hunt or something? While Ne5 now is played. To the knight could potentially coordinate
the Queen, Queens got g4 here. Now the Knights just made a way for the Queen
to come to g4. So, this looks like danger ahead now a king
hunt. Rfd8++, Kf8. Qf5 threatening mate on f7. F6, now Nd7++. Black counter sacrifices here, what else? If he plays for example Kg7 this is overwhelmingly
good for him after Re1. Lots of threats here. So black just counter sacrifice. Rxd7, Qc5. So, it looks as Oh rock against black bishop
should be in theory okay. But here black King has been really compromised
the King safety. Qh7, pressure is being built up potentially
on e7 now. Rc7++, Kf7,
Rd3, keeping the tension and keeping lots of threats. But Rg3 on board for black to worry about. The knight is allowed to centralize a little
bit. But Rfd1. Ne5, Knight is allowed to centralize. Check, Ke6++, Ka5, but we do have now a king
hunt. G4++, now if the knight dares to take here,
then we have Rf3++ and that Knight is going soon after Ke5, we are going to take the Knight. So Kf4, the Kings being brought up the board. Another point doubling the rooks has revealed
that Rd4 is now supported. Kf3, Qb3++ and here Portisch resigns. If he pays something like Qc3, then Qd5++. Ke2, Qe4 is mating, let’s move on to Qe3 route
to take the Queen and mate. So, a fantastic King hunts there. Even though it seems as though there was a
little bit with tragedy that black got rid of one of the attacking bishops like in the
game against Karpov we saw earlier. It seems Kasparov didn’t mind. He still had enough attacking pieces. Doesn’t need to bishops. You can get rid of both bishops and you can
create King hunts. With Ne5, it does seem a very very difficult
position to defend in practical terms this position here. Engines give it as better for white as well
and a quite a large depth. Now the last I think professional game of
Kasparovs career was against Britain’s number one against Michael Adams and it was beautiful
Sicilian defense and Adams, Michael Adams; a great positional player, he played Nb3 and
here we see a really stunning move played by Garry Kasparov and this game is on the
channel as well if you want to explore it further in more depth, from the start cetera. So, blacks play, if I give you ten seconds
what did Garry Kasparov play in this position? Okay he played actually Nxe2 weakening that
b3. Looks actually quite formatting. But white surely can put a, can question the
sacrifice. Because of Nxc5 isn’t black potentially losing
a piece? Well we see actually a very strong Na3++,
Ka2. Qxc5 and it looks as though, okay clearly,
we don’t want to take on a3. We will lose c3. The beautiful point is revealed actually in
this position. Black has a really crushing move that might
actually be another move to have at least in advantage. But the real bone crushing move now is played
Nc2 offering the Queen temporarily. It can’t be taken. If Nxc5, Rxb2 is made. In the game Kb1 was played and now Qa3, black
is resting, Rxb2++. Michael Adams resigns in this position. Let’s have a quick look if Qxc2 trying to
grab some material. Actually of course it looks as though it’s
defending b2 as well. The point is Rfc8 and where is the Queen going
now? If Qd2, Qxa4 and the attack rages on, white
has got no attack of his own here, that’s the problem. He is going to lose b2 and lose the Queen. Say Bd1, black could even frame Bxe4++ here
and then when the Queen and it’s pretty horrible, the attempt just carries on. So anyway, I’ll move 26, Qa3. Michael Adams actually saw the danger here
and Rfc8 can drive the Queen away from b2, a4 is dropping off. If you might think well can you hold on to
a4, that’s another possibility? Here then b2 is on the file, Rxb2. Which is a mating in b2. So, I hope you enjoyed this little tour of
some of the greatest sacrifices of Gary Kasparov. Some of my favorite and some very highly celebrated
games. Ok comments or questions on YouTube. Thanks very much.

60 thoughts on “Garry Kasparov’s Chess : Top Eight Sacrifices of all time! – (or at least in top 50 of most lists!)

  1. Who do you think could be another guy to do sacrifice videos of? Nakamura? As always, what a great way to always end my night!

  2. Seeing Kasparovs Ba8 reminds me of a rapid game of him in a TV show where Short played very dull and solid stuff. With Ba8 Kasparov avoided repetition and played a really fishy sac to lose the game 🙂 but he won the match like 6-2. He seemed quite arrogant and I like it.

  3. man I miss Kasparov's games.  I remember back in college when I used to skip class to watch some of his games in big tournaments ……….  

  4. I love your videos Kingscrusher your commentary makes me moist 🙂 . Garrys Immortal Game its like I learn something different everytime I see it. Yesterday I won my first Blindfolded game against a novice player. What do you think of blindfolded chess?

  5. I love your videos Kingscrusher your commentary makes me moist 🙂 . Garrys Immortal Game its like I learn something different everytime I see it. Yesterday I won my first Blindfolded game against a novice player. What do you think of blindfolded chess?

  6. The great Kasparov. My favourite chessplayer of all time. As a side note, on the first game against Topalov, after the initial Rxd4! you mention Kb6 as a way of sidestepping the King hunt. Kasparov is credited with the following quote: "I couldn't find any advantage for White after 24…Kb6! 25. Nb3 Bxd5 and I could tell Topalov saw it too…But he looked up. Maybe he got a sign from above that he should play a great game. It takes two, you know, to do that."

  7. Kingscrusher the greatest chess channel ever seen . You've contributed enormously for chess players all around the world
    Thanks a million

  8. This serie is really a joy to watch.
    I remember Miguel Najdorf writing that Kasparov was going to be a good father.
    Because he treated all of his sons the same way. (Clarin, 1994 ca).
    I'm translating on the fly so I don't know if that makes any sense.
    Anyway. Thank you very much and I could suggest a few more briliances by this guy but that's because he's one of my favourite players. Great job.

  9. It's good to note that, at 38:05, You could play Rxg6, as Kasparov himself pointed out was an "unforgivable mistake" in another video on Youtube, as any Rook move afterward mates.

  10. Kasparow once said a very interesting thing: You will never ever play beautiful, artistic games if you don't try. You have to play 10 games daredevil to get 1 opportunity to play an "immortal" game.

    No-one today in the chess world has his qualities or is willing to take a risk anymore. Carlsen unfortunately is a bloodless wood pusher. 🙁

  11. @42:00 black refuses to trade queens, would black not have a strong counter play trying to promote the queen side pawns after a exchange? It seems that black could defend whites E pawn?

  12. yo imma let you finish but kingscrusher just made one of the best videos of all time. ONE OF THE BEST VIDEOS OF ALL TIME

  13. 1:25 would rook on e7 be the option as well? If queen takes it, Kc6. If Rd7, Kasparov can take it instantly. The best option in this case for the opponent would be Qb6, but now Kasparov can take f7 and this is would the dangerous spot for the blacks. (P.S. don't know what happens next, you proposed to think what the next move will be and I paused the video at 1:25 ).

  14. why didn't Karpov exchange his light square bishop with the octopus knight by going to e2 instead of fianchettoing????

  15. 12:52 — Ne1(luring), Rook(d1 or f1) takes Knight at e1, e8 takes e1, Rook takes back e1; c8-c2 could really win the white queen. /// After Ne1 if qd2 then Knight can either take the g2 (leaving Be4 check open and later Nd7-Ne5 can be played to control f3 square and even leaving option Ne5-Nd3 open) or Knight can simply restore its position back to d3. However, it seems worth trying the queen trap without losing anything positionaly or otherwise.

  16. Kasparov-Anand '95 Championship ; in the final position, ….b3 f6+ Kf8 Bh5, what if a*b2?? If e6, …N*e6 (not …. a1=Q running into e7+ Kg8 e8=Q#) R*e6 Re1+ (not ….a1=Q because of Re8#) Be2 a1=Q ?!!

  17. At 53:20 What happens if queen takes rook, and when the other rook takes the queen, then the pawn can capture queen, since it's not pinned anymore? Being a hole rook up.

  18. In 38:06 Kasparov said that taking with the bishop in an "unforgivable mistake". If you take with the rook: Rxg6 is mate in the next move just by removing the rook from ist square. And actually, Karpov resigned after the impressive move Qxh6.

  19. 38:06 there is another line: rook takes queen, knight to e7, rook takes knight, bishop takes, and it's a mate by just simply removing the rook.

  20. 38:07 Kasparov even said he had a forced mate after rook takes queen. All he has to do after rook takes queen is move the rook.

  21. There is no point in giving time to someone on video.We can pause it and get as much time as we like regardless if you gave time or not or even warn us about it.It's null.

  22. when he played in 3rd game (here) —– Qxd6, Rxh7+ Kg8 after this dont take Pxf7 play Rg7 mate! I think you are missing here.

  23. what if at 38:53 black promotes b1? i can't see too many variations but he isn't immediately losing his queen is he? like making any other move at this point causes you to lose the game or lose the ability to ever promote that pawn. if i'm gonna lose a game to garry kasparov i'd like to be able to say "but hey, at least i promoted a passed pawn"

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