Garry Kasparov’s Immortal Chess Game

Today we are going to see one of the greatest chess games ever played in the history – it’s the game between the legendary Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov, in the Hoogovens Tournament 1999. The Pirc Defense was played by Topalov, and Kasparov demolished him with his aggressive style of play.

Both players castled on the queenside and the following position arrived in the middlegame:

It’s White’s turn now. We can see that his d5-pawn is hanging, and his queen is ready to be exchanged by Black. How would you proceed here?

After calculating all possible variations, you can watch the video analysis of the game by our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel (who is also the author of the course “Crushing the King”) below:

You can download the PGN of this game below:

That was truly a masterpiece, isn’t it! 🙂 It’s amazing that this game was played nearly 20 years ago. We’re grateful to see such games of Kasparov that make us awestruck. His aggressive style of play is just one of a kind! It’s not surprising that the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen, whom Kasparov coached from 2009 to 2010, said of Kasparov, “I’ve never seen someone with such a feel for dynamics in complex positions.

I would say that it is important for every chess player to study the games of Kasparov, as he brought a lot of new ideas to chess, such as the importance of initiative and using computers to improve one’s game. Perhaps, modern chess might be different if it wasn’t for Kasparov’s contribution to the game.

Finally, I would like you to discuss on this topic – what do you like about Kasparov or what is your favourite chess game played by him? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 🙂
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  • Lawrence Biggs

    Love the commentary it helped me to understand a fantastic and complicated game.

    • Hi Lawrence,
      Thanks for sharing your feedback! I’m glad to know you enjoyed the lesson.

      • male Gupta

        dear sir nikita vitugov is 2 out 2 in the grenke classic open what do you think about him as a playeyr and can he win thsi tournament thanks

        • RCA_moderator

          He is playing really well and also exciting chess. It will be interesting to see how he will perform against the big guns in the tournament.

          Prasaadh | Support

          • male Gupta

            thxx byee sir

  • Anup rajawat

    hii Igor , I have another confusion from chess principles. Principle of materials say if you can something- do it.and we should follow the principles follow them first of all . However ,To take is a mistake. I am bit confused here ,what should I do ?. Meanwhile I am just following the principle of material in my games ,it helps me finding good moves easily and saves my time .

    • RCA_moderator

      Thanks for the question.

      Igor suggests taking material if you can win material like Bishop for a Rook. In principle of material, he is not talking about equal material exchanges. To take is a mistake should be followed because you want to avoid equal exchanges that help your opponent develop or increase piece activity.

      Prasaadh | Support

  • male Gupta

    thanks alto sir you are the best

  • Soumyajit Das

    Thanks for solving the PGN Download Problem

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