Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Chess Challenge: Play Against Garry Kasparov

How would like to play against Garry Kasparov in a simulatneous exhibition match and be the last to stand fighting? Well such an event happened recently and has been videoed. here is Chessbase's write on the event:

On October 13th 2009 Your Next Move organized a chess event in Antwerp, Belgium, for business executives, politicians and children. It was held for the third time, and for the third time it centered aound Garry Kasparov, former World Chess Champion (1985-2000). Kasparov played a simultaneous exhibition against 26 opponents – business executives nominated by the different companies partnering with and sponsoring the exclusive business event. The organisers invited chess clubs and primary school to take part in a pre-tournament held in various locations on October 4th. In the weekend prior to the chess event a further selection is made during a simultaneous game against English GM Nigel Short. The winners got seats in the simultaneous exhibition of Garry Kasparov, along with the business personalities.

The event was filmed by EXQI TV in Belgium – in extraordinary quality.

The index for the entire video footage with commentary by GM Nigel Short is here. If you have the time the videos are quite intersting.

But after watching the highlights, I would like to focus on the last game to finish, played by Chris Lanckriet (BNP Paribas Fortis IS Development Officer). Here is the position after White's move Bxd1 going into a same-coloured bishops and pawns endgame.

GM Nigel Short said, "objectively it is a draw". How do you play to draw against Kasparov? Try it yourself by copying the position onto a Chess player or use a chess board. Then listen to GM Short's commentary to find out how it should have been done. Begin with the video Part 17 at around 1:45 mark.

here is the game:

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