It’s time again to brush through some classics from the past – today we’re going to learn from one of the most impressive chess games ever. It’s the game between Vassily Ivanchuk and Garry Kasparov in the first round of the 9th Linares, where Ivanchuk simply crushed Kasparov with his brilliant play.
The legendary Kasparov got checkmated in 38 moves, as he couldn’t do much with his pieces being surrendered in the first rank. Ivanchuk gradually increased the pressure, using some key ideas, to make Kasparov suffocate.
Our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel, author of our course “Crushing the King”, will present this game in the video below. The video is old (recorded a few years ago); nevertheless, nothing is old when it comes to chess –because learning never stops. The 5 key ideas used by Ivanchuk are valid and will be useful to you even today! 🙂
I think it’s right to say that Ivanchuk didn’t really do anything ‘special’ here to beat Kasparov, one of the greatest players of all time, if not the greatest. He simply used a few very effective key ideas, which are:
1) Attack – steady attack, consistently pressurizing the opponent. When you attack, and have the initiative, most often your opponent would have to play some retreating moves. That’s exactly what happened in the game –Kasparov’s pieces were at the first rank of the board, doing nothing, but were forced to stay there.
2) Defense – Ivanchuk made sure that his king was safe before going for the attack. He played safe moves like Kh1 and h3, stopping the advancement of Black’s h-pawn.
3) Finding the best/active squares for a piece, even at the cost of material – the key move in the game was c5, sacrificing the pawn and vacating the c4-square for the knight, which later in the game did some serious damage in Black’s camp.
Suggestedyou may also like to watch the video lesson “How to Find Active Squares for Your Pieces?”
4) Domination of the opponent’s pieces – White was in the driver’s seat almost throughout the game. He had the initiative and completely dominated Black’s pieces.
5) Limiting the opponent from counterplay – when you attack, it’s important to make sure that your opponent does not (and cannot) make a counterattack. Ivanchuk did just that –he never gave space for Kasparov to breathe even for a little while.
We can see that these 5 simple, yet key ideas could help you defeat even Kasparov, who actually did not use them precisely and got crushed. 🙂
You can download the PGN of this game below: