Kasparov – picking games for the Chess Informant

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3/26/2012 – The Chess Informant is a periodical publication with a survey of topical games, annotated by experts. Now, as the publishers proudly inform us, they have a special section in which former World Champion Garry Kasparov annotates the game he considers most important. It starts in the next issue, and the Director of the Informant tells us we will never guess which game Kasparov chose.

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Garry's Choice

By Josip Asik

Garry Kasparov, the thirteenth World Champion, tremendously influenced the development of chess with his games, analyses, and writings. The quality of this work has greatly enriched our chess culture, and Chess Informant has had the privilege of presenting the fruits of his deep analytical work for more than thirty years.

The number thirteen has always been Garry's lucky number, and Chess Informant 113 sees the return of his analytical work in the pages of our publication. Seven years after his retirement from professional chess, we are deeply honoured to welcome Garry back to Chess Informant! In the new column, "Garry's Choice," he will be annotating select games from recent practice, casting his critical eye on the efforts of modern chess stars – and mere "mortals" – in his trademark style.

You would never guess in a hundred tries as to what game Garry chose to start his inaugural column. We couldn't, either! I will only reveal that he describes it as "a unique guest even on chess Olympus" and claimed he "had never seen anything like it in my chess career"!

We call Chess Informant 113 the Clockwork Edition, and it is the culmination of changes that began incrementally with Volume 109 – let's call it the modern Informant era. I am proud that many readers and reviewers have recognized the value of our new content. Another new column being introduced in Volume 113 is "Top Five." Here, five top players offer their insight into some of their best recent achievements. In this issue they are, from Russia and the Ukraine, Alexander Morozevich, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Nikita Vitiugov, Ernesto Inarkiev, and Alexander Moiseenko.

The "Top Five" column is in English, but we asked that the players submit the material in their native language in order for them to give the clearest expression to their thoughts. Our staff was, of course, prepared to translate, but no one could foresee that we would receive six scanned large-format, handwritten papers like Morozevich sent us! If one of the world's brightest players was willing to put so much effort into his annotations, we could hardly ask him to resend it as a computer file. So we took up the challenge and decoded it!

Since its debut in Volume 110, with five contributors, the CI Labs column has now grown to having ten grandmaster authors. This time Ivan Cheparinov, Veselin Topalov's second and close associate, graces our pages with his original analysis and textual explanations. He is joined by fellow new contributors Erdos, Halkias, Sanikidze, and Pap, as well as returning authors Markus, Delchev, Ivanisevic, Sundararajan, and Perunovic. The featured theoretical surveys are on the English Opening [A20 and A30]; the Benko Gambit [A57]; the Sicilian Defence [B42]; the French Defence [C02]; the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence [C67] and Rio de Janeiro Variation [C67]; the Queen's Gambit [D35] and [D39]; and the King's Indian Defence [E97].

In the "Rising Stars" column, newly promoted hero from the Aegean Sea, IM Antonis Pavlidis presents two of his beautiful game from his winning performance at the Greek Championship. The "Best of Chess Informant" article highlights the career of Alexander Morozevich. And, as usual, readers will enjoy the sections on Combinations, Endings, Excellent Moves, Studies (by Yochanan Afek), Problems (by Milan Velimirovic), and the best game and best novelty contests.

The other major announcement concerning Volume 113 is that it kicks off our new publication schedule of four issues per year: March, June, September, and December. That is about 1,000 annotated high-level games per year! Stay tuned.

This month we are pleased to present the best game from Volume 112:

[Event "Khanty-Mansiysk (m/2) 112/197"] [Site "?"] [Date "2011.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Kamsky, G."] [Black "Svidler, P."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C78"] [WhiteElo "2741"] [BlackElo "2739"] [Annotator "Pikula,Dejan"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. a4 Rb8 8. axb5 axb5 9. c3 d6 10. d4 Bb6 11. Be3 O-O 12. Nbd2 h6 13. h3 Re8 14. Qc2 $146 (14. Re1 exd4 15. Nxd4 (15. cxd4 {Ue 111/156}) 15... Bd7 16. Qf3 Ne5 17. Qe2 (17. Qg3 Nh5 18. Qh2 Nd3 $17) 17... Qe7 18. Bf4 Ng6 19. Bg3 b4 $11) 14... exd4 15. cxd4 Na5 (15... Bb7 $5 16. Rfe1 Nb4 17. Qc3 (17. Bxf7+ $2 Kxf7 18. Qb3+ Nbd5 19. exd5 Bxd5 (19... Qd7 $5) 20. Qxb5 Bxd4 21. Qd3 Bxe3 $17) 17... c5 18. Rad1 Qc7 $17) 16. Ba2 Bb7 17. e5 Nd5 18. Bb1 g6 19. Bxh6 Nc6 {Diagram #} 20. exd6 ( 20. Qe4 $1 $40 Nxd4 21. Nxd4 Rxe5 22. Qg4 Rh5 23. Bxg6 Rxh6 24. Be4+ Kf8 25. Nf5 Rg6 26. Qf3 c6 $13) 20... Qxd6 (20... Nxd4 21. Nxd4 Bxd4 22. Ne4 cxd6 23. Qd2 Be5 24. Bg5 $14) 21. Ne4 Qb4 22. Ba2 Nxd4 23. Nf6+ Kh8 24. Nxd4 $6 (24. Nxd5 Nxf3+ 25. Kh1 Qh4 26. Be3 Nd4 $13) 24... Nxf6 25. Nc6 Qh4 26. Nxb8 $4 { Diagram #} (26. Bxf7 Qxh6 27. Bxe8 Rxe8 28. Rfe1 Qg5 29. Rxe8+ Nxe8 30. Qc3+ Qf6 31. Qxf6+ Nxf6 32. Ne5 Kg7 $17) 26... Re2 $1 $19 27. Qc3 (27. Qxe2 Qg3) 27... Rxf2 28. Nc6 Rxf1+ 0-1

And here his how this best game was selected – by a jury by GMs Beliavsky, Christiansen, Marin, Matanovic, Mikhalchishin, Ribli and Speelman.

Josip Asik (b.1969 in Belgrade) is Director of the Chess Informant since second part of 2010. Josip is a graduated sports manager and FIDE chess master. He also works as a chess columnist of different Serbian newspapers and magazines.

Before joining the Chess Informant, Josip was sports editor and presenter of Television Politika in Belgrade. He is co-author of the book ”Olympiad United – Dresden 2008” with Harald Fietz and Anna Burtasova.

Josip Asik is married to IM and WGM Alisa Maric, with whom he got girl-and-boy twins.

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