Garry Kasparov “sacrifices” both bishops

Garry Kasparov and Lajos Portisch produced one of the greatest games of chess from their round 4 encounter at the Niksic Tournament in 1983. This is one of the best chess games in large part for its combination of a double bishop sacrifice, and king walk. Garry Kasparov is, for a very large number of chess enthusiasts, the best chess player of all time. Only about 2 years after the featured game, Kasparov would become the best chess player in the world, winning the World Chess Championship title in 1985. Kasparov would remain among the best chess players in the world for approximately 20 years, retiring in 2005. The Niksic Tournament of 1983 included 13 other players, namely Bent Larsen, Boris Spassky, Anthony Miles, Ulf Andersson, Mikhail Tal, Jan Timman, Yasser Seirawan, Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Svetozar Gligoric, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Predrag Nikolic, Gyula Sax, and Bozidar Ivanovic. One interesting note about Niksic 1983 was that tournament organizers attempted to get Bobby Fischer to compete, but found Fischer’s demand of $30,000 too high.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. a3 d5 6. cd5 Nd5 7. e3 Nc3 8. bc3 Be7 9. Bb5 c6 10. Bd3 c5 11. O-O Nc6 12. Bb2 Rc8 13. Qe2 O-O 14. Rad1 Qc7 15. c4 cd4 16. ed4 Na5 17. d5 ed5 18. cd5 Bd5 19. Bh7 Kh7 20. Rd5 Kg8 21. Bg7 Kg7 22. Ne5 Rfd8 23. Qg4 Kf8 24. Qf5 f6 25. Nd7 Rd7 26. Rd7 Qc5 27. Qh7 Rc7 28. Qh8 Kf7 29. Rd3 Nc4 30. Rfd1 Ne5 31. Qh7 Ke6 32. Qg8 Kf5 33. g4 Kf4 34. Rd4 Kf3 35. Qb3

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