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Kasparov's Immortal

“And as all chess commentators agreed, the game that I played against Veselin Topalov that day in a small Dutch village of Wijk aan Zee was probably the best game ever played in the history of chess.”

The Game of the Century

Kasparov (2812) vs. Topalov (2700)

61st Hoogovens Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 1999

Category XVIII (Elo 2678)
January 20 | Round 4







See how Kasparov annotated this game!
[Event "Hoogovens A Tournament"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "1999.01.20"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Kasparov, Garry (RUS)"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin (BUL)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2812"]
[BlackElo "2700"]
[ECO "B07"]
[Opening "Pirc Defence"]
[Variation "Ufimtsev-Pytel"]
[PlyCount "87"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 c6
6.f3 b5 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Bh6 Bxh6 9.Qxh6 Bb7
10.a3 e5 11.0-0-0 Qe7 12.Kb1 a6 13.Nc1 0-0-0
14.Nb3 exd4! 15.Rxd4 c5 16.Rd1 Nb6! 17.g3 Kb8
18.Na5 Ba8 19.Bh3 d5 20.Qf4+ Ka7 21.Rhe1 d4
22.Nd5 Nbxd5 23.exd5 Qd6 24.Rxd4‼ cxd4?!
25.Re7+! Kb6 26.Qxd4+ Kxa5 27.b4+ Ka4
28.Qc3 Qxd5 29.Ra7! Bb7 30.Rxb7 Qc4 31.Qxf6 Kxa3
32.Qxa6+ Kxb4 33.c3+! Kxc3 34.Qa1+ Kd2
35.Qb2+ Kd1 36.Bf1! Rd2 37.Rd7! Rxd7
38.Bxc4 bxc4 39.Qxh8 Rd3 40.Qa8 c3 41.Qa4+ Ke1
42.f4 f5 43.Kc1 Rd2 44.Qa7 1-0
Editor’s Note
TaL has collected 360 different annotations
from the Internet and other sources
of the famous game between
Kasparov and Topalov, also called
Kasparov's Immortal. updated 12 Oct 2017
The comments are edited for easy use and
conformity with the ChessBase software.
This compilation includes analysis by a lot of GM's,
such as Christiansen, Seirawan, Kavalek, Ftacnik,
Stohl, Byrne, Short, Winants, Speelman, Morgado
and many others + some strong chess engines.

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