Ljubojevic vs Kasparov
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[Event "Niksic"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Ljubojevic"] [Black "Kasparov"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B40"] [Opening "Sicilian: 2...e6 3.d3"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3 {White decides to play a quiet set up rather than fight it out in the main lines.} 3... Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. Nbd2 g6 6. Bg2 Bg7 7. O-O Nge7 8. Re1 b6 9. c3 h6 { I don't want to commit my king to one side or the other yet.} 10. h4 a5 11. a4 Ra7 12. Nb3 {The knight is misplaced here, since it has nothing to attack or defend. He should have moved his knight toward the kingside. 12.Nf1 O-O 13.Bf4 White is still equal in this position.} 12... d4 {Now I take the initiative in the center. White must either exchange on d4, when I will have a space advantage, or let me exchange on c3, when he will be tied down to the defence of c3 and d3.} 13. cxd4 cxd4 14. Bd2 e5 15. Nc1 {White doesn't have any natural plan in this position, while I will expand in the center and on the kingside.} 15... Be6 16. Re2 O-O 17. Be1 f5 18. Nd2 {White doesn't want to trade on f5, when I would have a very strong pawn center but now his misplaced pieces on e1, e2 and c1 will become a big embarrassment to him.} 18... f4 19. f3 {He had to prevent ...f3.} 19... fxg3 20. Bxg3 g5 {Now I will gain more space and open lines on the kingside. Note that White can't keep things closed by 21.h5, because he will lose the h5 pawn.} 21. hxg5 {21.h5 Qe8} 21... Ng6 { I'm happy to sacrifice a pawn, since to take it White will have to open up the g and h-files onto his king, transfer my Bg7 to a better diagonal and open the d8-h4 diagonal for my Queen.} 22. gxh6 Bxh6 23. Nf1 Rg7 24. Rf2 Be3 25. b3 { 25.Nxe3 dxe3 26.Re2 Nf4 27.Bxf4 exf4 I have a won position here.} 25... Nf4 { White resigned because the pins on the a7-g1 diagonal and the g-file would soon cost him material. Had he played on, the game might have gone:} 26. Bxf4 Bxf2+ 27. Kxf2 exf4 28. Ra2 Kf7 { And I will follow up with ...Rfg8 and win the Bg2.} 0-1
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WhiteLjubojevic
BlackKasparov
Game
Moves28
OpeningB40 — Sicilian: 2...e6 3.d3
Result0-1
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TournamentNiksic
Location?
Round0