The most heartbreaking chess game of the year! Garry Kasparov vs David Navara : St. Louis Rapid 2017

The most heartbreaking chess game of the year! Garry Kasparov vs David Navara : St. Louis Rapid 2017

Hi all, let’s have a look at one of the
more heartbreaking games of the recent St. Louis rapid events. I was rooting for Garry Kasparov and for me
in fact this is one of the most heartbreaking games I’ve seen this year. Well even this year and last year I really
wanted Kasparov return to be triumphant. Let’s see what happens in this game. E4f from Kasparov and David Navara played
the CARICOM, a reputation this opening has a reputation of being very solid, reliable
and it’s also something Anatoly Karpov would use against Kasparov. It fits that kind of way of combating someone
with a dynamic aggressive creative style to try and keep things solid. We see d4, d5 and we see the advanced variation,
e5. This has been popularized in recent years
this variation. Because of the idea of Nf3, which wasn’t played
here followed by Be2, which is the short variation Nigel Short. Which is one of Kasparovs’ British victims
on many occasions. So the Nigel Short variation was Kasparov
going to borrow from Nigel Shorts. No actually had a more aggressive, well somewhat
more aggressive intent with Nc3. Then it keeps open this diagonal. So potentially there’s a forcing move g4 to
try and embarrass this Bishop for advantageously use this Bishop. We see after e6, g4, Bg6. Now Ng2. So there’s two ideas can be combined, h4 and
Nf4 to try and harass this Bishop and anytime h6 you know to take on g6. That’s the basic idea of this system. C5, Be3, Ne7 and we see that f4 very very
aggressive play from Kasparov. H5, now if white is prompted in to g5 that
strategically suspect. Because if g5 Nf5 with tempo and this looks
like a French defense with an upgrade. The bishop here instead of on c8. It looks like a wonderful position in fact
for black. You can imagine this scenario. It is all in
blacks favour. It starts falling apart really this position. If we take it further, it’s just very very
nasty for example. Even tactically as well as positioning. So it’s to be avoided this g5 and what’s more
logical is f5, the pawn structure according to Michael Stean in simple chess. It is the
fundamental constraints on the pieces. So it’s like the straitjacket potentially,
hopefully of the opponent’s pieces and the liberator of your pieces. That’s the dream and here the dream is fulfilled
in a way with f5. Because after he takes, we can see the bishops
blocked in and it’s also liberated the Knight. So it’s liberation and containment after g5
in particular. We have Nf4 on the cards. So that’s on the cards and perhaps one of
black’s best moves is to counter sack a pawn, which he didn’t do to get that Square
and it should be about even this position if white wins d5, this should be fine for
black. But the way Navara played it was actually
Nbc6 and he’s provoking this, basically this statement you know that this pawn sack you
know is making a statement here. This bishop’s hand in, its dynamic its,
aggressive d5 is under great pressure. In fact this Fianchetti could add more weight
to the d5 pressure pretty soon. So this is a pleasant pawn sacrifice and conception
to pleasing conception. It should be rewarded this conception. A6, Bg2, d5 is under great fire. Black is actually in a way wrecked his pawn
structure with this as well and also you see this pawn is liberated as well potentially
for e6. We see c takes, Bishop takes, Knight takes,
perhaps better is to keep the tension with Qa5. But Knight takes, Queen takes Knight c6, Queen
drops back. With d5 under
Fire, yeah this looks like a very very pleasant position indeed for white. If black played, let’s say d4, white can just
castle here and pin that pawn. This is pretty nice with Nd5 perhaps to follow. Nd5 looks pleasant enough and there’s lots
of options here for white. So good compensation for the pawn. We see Bb4. Now black is intending to do damage it seems
to the pawn structure and this is welcomed. We see white just castling. Bishop takes, B takes. So another kind of dynamic example of this
game is to the pawn sack is accepting the seemingly wretched pawns. But this is often the sign of a dynamic plan
to compromise pawn structure to maximize peace activity. Botvanik did that in several games, accepted
double pawns, but had great pieces. Botvinik as we know was you know the Soviet
chess school which Kasparov and Karpov attended. So he’s also played dynamic aggressive games
like this. Qa5, now perhaps here Kasparov play Rxd5,
there might be stronger in e6. This is dangerous. Because this can’t ever be taken to the bishop
as a liability. For example Ne7, Bxd5 and white should have
a pleasant enough position here. Say castles, King could secure a3, c3 could
be just given actually if the bishops on b3 and white has fantastic prospects here in
this position. I’ll give you an example. The Queen could come to the center with menacing
threats on g7 and with this pawn for example like this, bang boom, end of game nearly. This position, Nf4, this position it starts
to get really nasty. So there are all sorts of things that can
occur if the bishop might clunk itself on b3. With that maneuver Bxd5 to b3. So this Rd5 is interesting as well. Well it’s fine here and Kasparov doesn’t mind
the exchange of Queens and he’s got a lot of pressure on the position now. He takes on c6, so we head into this ending
where this pawn is signifying its intent already that it could be dangerous later. Rd6. Now this pawn saying to this pawn is more
significant now. Keep track of the pass pawns here. This pawn could be dangerous in the future. More simplification, a5 not to give that pawn
with this one as well. But that’s chaste and give up. The black rook comes in, c5, this pawns only
steps away from queening. Re1, check, check. Now Nd3 holding that e5 pawn and attacking
the rook. Blacks game is on his last legs surely. Because this pawn is only steps away from
queening whereas blacks pass pawns. This one seemed more theoretical and this
one needs that one removed. We see Rh3, c6 and here is a key point after
Rxh2++ where I’ve mentioned recently about the Tarrasch rule if you remember. One of Tarraschs’ most golden rules which
should be really respected and interpreted in all rook and pawn endings is the idea of
rooks behind pawns for the defender. It’s ideal to have usually the rook behind
a pass pawn to keep it under lock and key as Aron Nimzovich might create the metaphor for, but yeah it is the Tarrasch rule. Rooks behind pawns and Kasparov didn’t really
do that. He could have played Kc3 and the Knights also
guarding this square. So the King is guarding this one, the Knight
is guarding this one. Why wasn’t this played? Kasparov may have
had some sort of blackout here. Because this looks absolutely winning. It doesn’t seem to matter what black does. Example Kd8, let’s say h3, Kd8++, we have
this with the idea of combining the rook and Knight for a mate, not just queening the pawn. If Knight ends up on b6, it is checkmate. For example like this threatening mate as
well as protecting the pawn and it’s all over. Black would have to give up the rook, it’s
just a rook down. Yeah, I mean on h3 instead, again c7++ and
there’s two ways it would end, a4, N6, Na4 to threaten mate is probably stronger and
there’s nothing that backs doing. This is an absolutely winning position after
Kc3. Tarrasch rule is echoed. But instead Kasparov seems to black out with
Ke3. The rook goes behind the pawn. But it still seems really dangerous. White should play, he’s still winning with
Knight before in any case getting a tempo. He didn’t play this with the idea of check,
c7 and the tactical idea that f takes, Nd5++ and if h3, weaken Queen and we have time to
get behind this pawn. Rh8 might be sufficient. So it’s, yeah, it’s unfortunate. But in this position even, even with the Tarrasch
rule violated. Nb4 is still promising here. Whatever black does. The check is a nice distraction idea to try
and maximize this pawn. White can actually play; it seems the strongest
might actually be not to take care allowing check and takes. Because there’s always in this position that
Kd7 for example coming up. But the strongest might actually be
here after Nb4, f4, Kd4 would stop losing the Knight. With the rook hit, check this position is
winning for white. Here g6 to stop to threaten this and if fg,
e6 and there’s ideas of weaving mating this, it’s just really dangerous give an example
like this c7. What is black doing? So yeah, it’s all pretty winning. Unfortunately e6. Now things are starting to get difficult after
h3. We’ve got two potentially dangerous candidates
here, pass pawns. It looks as though White’s candidates should
be more important still. But Nb4, we see now already in this position. Black could push his candidate with h2 and
be okay. Yeah blacks okay here. Because if we try and get behind the pawn
here, blacks actually okay now. Rc4 and yeah if anyone’s Better, it’s slightly
better as black. So already things have slipped here. But black played f4++ and we have Kd4. Yeah if King takes, h2 is much better for
black. This is even better. Because here black can actually pick up this
Knight with check and any time c7 happens, just a rook behind the pawn. Because this pawn is adding weight yeah to
White’s worries. So anyway f4, we see Kd4, h2++, Rh8++, Kc5
and now very good move from black, Be4 is about play Bb7 on c7. So this is really unfortunate that this move
is played. But in fact white still okay here after c7,
Bb7. This position, Kasparov played Kb6. Here it seems white still has an edge. If a3 is played, things are getting a bit
complicated here, what is this about? Giving an example f3, Kb6, f2, Kxb7, queening,
queening this position. It’s good for white this position. Its tactical, very tactical. This is a mega tactic. But technically it’s good for white it seems. We’re going far away into fiction land there. It’s only a rapid game. Okay, so Kb6 was played and we see Bc8, now
that’s taken. So white has released the lock and key on
this pawn. H1 queening, check, getting the Queen back
with check hopefully, which he does. Well if he doesn’t, if Kd6, then this is nice
for white. So yeah white should take the rook, check,
we have Qc7 potentially as well as Nc6. But unfortunately our knight c6 was played. Then this position Qc7 should still be drawing. Giving an example, King takes, check and the
check should persist. Because here there’s Qc3++. So that’s too dangerous to lose the rook. So actually the King might be forced to go
back or Rd7 and the checks would persist, should be a draw. But in fact Nc6++ is played and black has
a mega tactic here. Black to play and the blacks got potentially
dangerous pawn here as well. This may have originally had the visual intention
of distracting the King away from the other candidate. But its candidate pass pawn in its own right. Black here realizes that with this next move. Black to play, what would you play if I give
you five seconds starting from now? Okay Qxc6++, doesn’t matter how that’s taken
this pawn a massive pass pawn. If King takes, the Rc2++ and we left with
this running pass pawn here and Queen takes was played. But this, now Rd6 nasty pin immobility of
the Queen and this pawn is queening. Its end of game. There’s nothing white can do. His pawn is far too slow. Yeah just to spell it out a bit more. F takes, this one we can just go back to stop
that pawn and we’re just quitting. Yeah, we’re moles ahead on the queening. Okay so why is this so heartbreaking? Well I don’t really feel upset usually that
much personally on other people’s games. But I felt for Kasparov, because he I wanted
him to do well and this was now around 7, he played it this game, this is on a new day. He wanted to try and play creative. He did play creatively aggressively and Kasparov
you know wonderful pawn sack. Really dynamic aggressive game, accepting
the double pawns. All these dynamic decisions you think should
be rewarded, if there’s any justice in the game.Any justice in Chess. But unfortunately despite having a winning
pass pawn yeah, he broke the Tarrasch rule and then he went, even worse didn’t even draw
it unfortunately went to a complete loss to lose that is really saddening and he said
himself, the fun was taken away after from the event. He wanted to have fun, but this game was too
much of a disappointment. Yeah and it was a disappoint for me. I couldn’t bear to video annotate this
the day after. So that’s when I switched to another player. I was too upset by this. Because yeah when you play a creative game,
I feel you should be rewarded for that creativity. Not punished in some technical at the end
for the result to be like stolen from you in a way. No, but because I mean stolen back is a harsh
word. But it’s
Only rapid, but even so yeah, the pass pawn should have been winning and yeah, it’s one
thing to lose a game if you’re losing all the way through. It’s another thing to be sort of swindled
in a way yeah it was. Swindle is a bit too harsh word, because it’s
rapid. Black was extremely technical resourceful
to his credit and David Navara said you know he’s used to having bad positions at openings
and being resourceful and obviously he is a very strong Grandmaster. Perhaps it’s quite objective about himself
and he’s very very nice guy. So great credit to Navara for sticking in
there and finding that amazing tactic at the end. But from a Kasparov perspective I can feel
the pain. It’s been a few days since this game, I can
still feel the heartbreak of it. I thought, someone wanted me to cover this,
I’m covering it now. But I have to say for me it’s one of the most
heartbreaking games I’ve ever seen in real time and try to report on. Okay comments questions, like, shares appreciated. Thanks very much.

33 thoughts on “The most heartbreaking chess game of the year! Garry Kasparov vs David Navara : St. Louis Rapid 2017

  1. might be wrong ,but chess is not just about winning ..cause doesn't look good if u put it that way sir ,neither Kasparov the old man

  2. Was Kasparov under time trouble? But if so there are some pretty obvious moves like Nb4 that should've been played rather quickly. Perhaps he was a little tired/off that day

  3. It was a heartbreaking game indeed but I have to say that Kasparov's time management was also really not that great. Most of the games his opponents had a huge clock advantage and this put him surely even under more pressure…

  4. The opening and into the mid-game here is very valuable. I think much can be learned by studying the situation right as the castling of white takes place. Unusual for me to see such pawn wreckage in a Masters' game, but then I am not a fan for blitz and rapid tournaments. These might be good for overcoming the pressure, sure, but its like watching a head on collision in slow motion.

  5. At 14:23, after …KD6, I'd have promoted that pawn with a knight and forced check twice to finally queening with the F6 pawn on F8. 🙂

  6. Thanks for another fine commentary of a fine game. i agree With you that it was somewhat tragic, but i guess it is like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah losing their last races, but like with them it shows a human side to Our heroes, which makes their superhuman efforts all the more admirable.

  7. Forgive me, but the hallmark of legendary greats in any field is also knowing when to retire gracefully, still at the height of power. I cite sports legends: Marciano (age 32), Koufax (age 32), Jordan (age 30), Brown (age 30)…each retired incomparable champs, before any fall-off. Only 2 legends are exceptions to the rule, both strong enough to retire twice: Vladimir Horowitz (age 29 & age 49) and Bobby Fischer (age 29 & age 49). Kasparov, effectively retired by Deep Blue (age 33) & officially, age 42, just keeps turning up like a bad penny, since…yet you mourn his losing, not so unusual…? You must expect further mourning ahead. That is the way of things, sir. Many thanks for the superb games & analysis you've given us all…! Vincero, fratello mio, JC

  8. When I was in the Finnish junior U14 chess Championship i was the facourite to win the tournament. The time controle was 45+45. I was winning my last game in time trouble ( I had 30 seconds). I was a bishop up in the endgame but i got a complete black out when his Queen was checking me. And I lost both of my bishops. I had a fantastic up and till that moment in the drgon variation

  9. No problem for me as Kasparov has broken a THOUSAND chess hearts in his long and illustrious career.
    And despite getting on in age and blowing it here, he continues to break chess hearts even today!

  10. Replayable game:
    Join me or other Youtubers for a game: – Cheers, K

  11. Fischer came out of retirement of 20 years and performed well enough to keep or even lift his chess status in chess history. Yes kasparov came back to play against the best of today and Fischer played Spassky but perhaps it was Fischer's superior calculation and understanding of chess and of the chess world that allowed him to know how he could perform, against whom, and when… Just say'n

  12. Clickbait. Not even sad. Somebody lost a chess game – so what? Navarra is a charming and polite person. Very please for him.

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