• 7 months ago


    Be6!! beautiful interference move, only one of many in the notes to this masterpiece.  

  • 11 months ago


    very generous

  • 5 years ago


    The fact that the sequence begins with two knights being forked by... a knight..? pretty much gave me an idea of what was coming already.

  • 6 years ago


    Shankland, your videos are the best tactical exercises that has to offer. Once again, you offer a ton of tactical lines and insight but you did sound a little bit tired. I hope all it well because I really enjoy studying with your videos. BK

  • 6 years ago


    Very good and instructive, thank you.

  • 6 years ago


    I think there is a place for computer engines in the world of chess but when you are using it to critcise a Garry Kasparov then you are using for the wrong purposes just marvel at the beauty that is on the surfuce. It's like when you first lay your eyes on the women of your dreams and instantly you have uncontrollable emotions that is chess without engines but chess with engines would be as if the first time you saw that same women except she was being operarated on in surgery and you only saw blood and guts. Just see it for what it is ppl and don't try to disect everything that is beautiful in this world.

  • 7 years ago


    Wow!  What I watched so far is excellent.  Unfortuantly, I do not have any extra memebership.  I don't know very much about Kasparov, but one thing that I can say is that he is a wonderful chess player, one of the best.  Karpov is excellent too though. 

    I learned about Sam Shakland when my chess coach told me, and that too just today!  Thank you for all those who posted videos which so many people can become excellent for.  And thank you for sharing your knowlege.


  • 7 years ago

    NM Ty_Twadd

    This game isn't beautiful because of one brilliant move. Kasparov played so many just amazing moves in this series against one of the finest players around. For me, this is one of the best games I have ever had the pleasure of watching.

  • 7 years ago


    muhamad there is other better than him? do not talk aobut fischer he  never prove he was better than kaspi, kasparov is the bets for a lot

  • 7 years ago


    most football players are not good commentators>most chess playe.. ... ... .... ............

  • 7 years ago


    That’s very convincingly expressed.

    Topalov being hundreds of Elo points above of those myriads of overly bright commentators has certainly evaluated that he will not be mated immediately, and that there is a long sequence of moves on the razor’s edge. I have no doubts that he sees a move like Kb6.

    He has consciously accepted the invitation to dance, that’s obvious.

    The subsequent play was too brilliant, which was Kasparov’s glory and Topalov’s nightmare.

    That’s chess, I would say! Pro-Chess is a struggle, a fight of willpower and strength, and not a mathematical equation!

    And all this criticism is ugly towards both of them!

  • 7 years ago


    I love the audacity of declaring 24...Kb6 a "double exclam", when even Kasparov only awards it one (and most of the GM commentaries I've read on the game don't even give it one, if they mention it at all).  I'm pretty sure in the close to an hour Topalov thought about whether to take the rook or not, that 24...Kb6 crossed his mind.  Yes, Topalov could've gotten drawing chances by not taking the rook and even had a slightly better position than white after taking the d5 pawn to equalize material (24...Kb6, 25. Nb3 Bxd5), but he would've first had to see to the game to its conclusion to know NOT to take the rook.  It isn't a certainty white will win until moves 36 and 37.  (I've seen several commentaries that start at move 36, not at move 24.)

    If Topalov had gotten checkmated in five moves because of taking the rook, we'd "point and laugh" and move on.  The only reason anyone thinks about 24...Kb6 is because of the amazing play of Kasparov which proved that the sacrifice should not have been accepted. Kasparov turned the rook sacrifice into an overwhelming attack, gained a favorable QvR position and then an unstoppable mating threat 20 moves after the sacrifice.  THAT is the reason why this game is in the top ten moves.

  • 7 years ago


    Since when is Kasparov the best player who ever lived???

  • 7 years ago


    There was no Rybka when this game was played, this has been my feeling on this game since the day after it was played, and found 24.. Kb6!!.  If your criteria for greatness is based on this example. Then Why does not TAL hold  spots 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 on the list of the greatest moves ever played. TAL has played many sac moves, were the other player did find the best move over the board and lost.

  • 7 years ago


    Anyone who doesn't think Kasparov is the best player of all time after viewing that needs to reconsider.

  • 7 years ago


    Tastes are a subjective value. If an American Presenter will eventually put a Fischer game on top of Kasparov’s games, that’s okay for me. I’m all on edge to see which games Sam will still present us! I think any great champion has produced stuff to be included here.

    The extraordinary thing with Kasparov is that there are so many games that could be presented here. In addition, many of his games show us whole series of unexpected and brilliant moves, as many tactical as strategic surprises of course.

     There are people who tend to bash any move that is not conform to Rybka. We are still human beings exercising a difficult and very creative sport!

    If the worst of Kasparov’s combination is that the opponent could have saved himself, that’s absolutely within the logic of the chess game! Furthermore it shows the correctness of the combination! I do not admire those combinations, where the brilliant side was losing and could win only by grave mistakes.

    In the given situation, Topalov tried to be astute himself, and asked his opponent to show his hand. That’s why we could see all these marvelous actions.

    Had he chosen the way to a draw, we would speak notwithstanding about the game. In many masterpieces there are fantastic turns behind the scene!


  • 7 years ago


    mwyoung...if your criteria for great chess moves is that neither side can make a mistake or that the move in question has to be objectively 100% completely winning than your top 10 or even top 100 would all be Rybka vs. Rybka.  That fact that a move isn't objectively winning doesn't have much bearing on its creativity, imagination, or brilliance.  If Topa plays Kb6!! and the game ends in a draw would it be in your top 10 because the game was "perfect?"

    Here are garry's thoughts on the matter...

    This move loses the game, but it is worth an exclamation mark, as great combinations cannot be created without partners. If Topalov had not taken the Rook, the game could have finished in a draw: Veselin would have had half a point more, I – half a point less. He would have win a little bit, I would have lost a little bit, but chess and chess amateurs would have lost a lot. However, Caissa was kind to me that day… I do not know what I was rewarded for, but the development of events became forced after the capture on d4.

  • 7 years ago


    why not just take the rook with the pawn?

  • 7 years ago


    thank you

  • 7 years ago


    This game in not in my top 10 or top 100. I look at this game after it was played. When I found 24.. Kb6!!, the game lost all its greatness for me. The point being if Topa would have played 24.. Kb6!!, no one would every talk about Rxd4, or this game. Since 24. Rxd4 does not win anything by itself.

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