Obviously the title of this article does not refer to the man on the right in the photo above — Garry Kasparov, the former World Champion. Instead, this game-of-the-day feature is about the other man — Silvio Danailov, the manager of Veselin Topalov, another former World Champion. In the following game, Danailov beats a world-class player, and he does it easily.

Silvio Danailov is best known as the manager of Veselin Topalov, the ex-World Champion and former No. 1 ranked player, but as the following game shows, he knows a thing or two about how to play, too. His victim is a player who recently pushed his rating to 2700

Danailov, S. vs. Granda Zuniga, J.
36th Benasque Open 2016 | Benasque ESP | Round 9.6 | 15 Jul 2016 | ECO: E01 | 1-0
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c6 3. c4 e6 4. Qc2 Nd7 5. g3 Ngf6 6. Bg2 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. b3 Rc8 9. Rd1 c5 10. Nc3 So far, the game has followed the path of a typical variation of the Catalan. But the fireworks are about to start.
10... dxc4
10... Be7 In light of how the game developed, this move would have been better.
11. cxd5 Nxd5! 12. Nxd5 Bxd5 13. e4 Bb7 14. d5 exd5 15. exd5 O-O The engines like White, but I think that chances are about equal.  )
11. d5! energetic and strong. The pawn cannot be taken, at least not comfortably.
11... cxb3
11... exd5 12. Nh4! And Black cannot stop Nxd5, when all the White pieces are poised to attack.
12... g6 13. Bg5! h6 14. Bxf6 Nxf6 15. Nxg6! fxg6 16. Qxg6+ Ke7 17. Bxd5 Bxd5 18. Nxd5+ Nxd5 19. Qe4+ Kf7 20. Rxd5 Black is in big trouble.  )
11... Nxd5 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Nh4! Nf6 14. bxc4! and Black is losing control.  )
12. axb3! Bxd5
12... exd5 13. Ng5 Black is crushed.
13... a5 14. Nxd5 Bxd5 15. Bxd5 Nxd5 16. Rxd5 h6 17. Nxf7  )
13. e4! Very accurate; the d-file is forced open.
13... Ba8 14. Rxa7 The rook on a1 has joined the action. All of White's pieces are already poised for the final strike and Black is terribly underdeveloped and a long way away from castling. How often do you see a near-2700 player go down like this in 13 moves?
14... Rc7 15. Ra2
15. Rxa8 Would have been my choice, though the text spoils nothing.  )
15... Qc8 16. Bf4 Bc6
16... Rb7 17. Rda1 Would be deeply embarrassing  )
17. Bxc7 Qxc7 18. e5 Ng4 19. Nb5! Bxb5 20. Nd4! And Black called it a day.


Samuel Shankland is a United States grandmaster ranked No. 7 in the country. He is a professional player and recipient of the Samford Fellowship in 2013, the most prestigious award in the United States for young chess players. He is at @GMShanky on Twitter and is also on Facebook.