

PsakhisKasparov 1981
Psakhis, L. (2535)  Kasparov, G. (2630) [E55]
USSR Ch, Frunze (2) 1981
[Psakhis and Baburin]
1. d4
e6
2. c4
Nf6
3. Nc3
Bb4
4. e3
c5
5. Nf3
OO
6. Bd3
d5
7. OO
dxc4
8. Bxc4
Nbd7
9. Qe2
a6
10. a3
Ba5
11. Ba2?!
Better was 11 Bd3. cxd4
12. exd4
Bxc3!
13. bxc3
b5
Now Black is equal. 14. a4
Bb7
15. Bd2
Ne4
16. Rfc1
Nd6?!
Better would be 16...Nxd2 17 Nxd2, with approximate equality. 17. Bf4
Nf6
18. Nd2!
After 18 Bxd6 Qxd6 19 axb5 axb5 20 Qxb5 Bxf3 21 gxf3 Qf4! Black would have great compensation for a pawn. Nf5?!
After 18...Nd5 19 Bxd5 Bxd5 20 Bxd6 Qxd6 21 axb5 axb5 22 Qxb5 Qf4 23 Nf1 Black would not have enough for a pawn. But maybe he had to try 18...bxa4!?. 19. axb5
Nd5!
20. Bg3
axb5
21. Qxb5
Nxc3!?
22. Rxc3
Nxd4
23. Qd3
Ra4!?
Interesting try. Kasparov recommended 23...Nb5, but this runs into 24 Qxb5 Qxd2 25 Rcc1 Bxg2 26 Bxe6!. White is also much better after 23...Rxa2!? 24 Rxa2 Qd5 25 f3 Nxf3+ 26 Qxf3 Qxa2 27 Qxb7 Qxd2 28 Rf3. So, White is objectively close to winning after 22...Nxd4, but over the board he had to solve serious problems. 24. Nc4!
This is much better than 24 Bb1? Nf3+! 25 Nxf3 Qxd3 26 Bxd3 Rxa1+ 27 Bf1 Ba6 and Black gets the upper hand. Qd5
25. f3
Rfa8
26. Rd1!
Rd8!?
27. Bb1!
In mutual timetrouble both playsrs find the best move. Nxf3+
28. gxf3
Qc5+
29. Ne3!
Now White is winning. Qxe3+
30. Qxe3
Rxd1+
31. Kg2
Rxb1
32. Rb3!
Rb4
33. Rxb4
Rxb4
34. Qd2!
Bxf3+
35. Kxf3
Rb3+
36. Kg2
h6
37. Qc2
Rb5
38. Kf3
Rf5+
39. Kg2
h5
40. h4
g5
41. hxg5
Rxg5
42. Kh3
Rf5
43. Qc8+
Kh7
44. Qd7
Kg6
This is a game between cowinners of the USSR Championship of 1981. Both players scored 12.5 out of 17  2.5 points more than the player who finished third. That was an incredible run! Psakhis had better tiebreak, but both players got gold medals (A. Baburin). 10
