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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
"Who Let the Pawns Out?" (game of the day Mar-31-2018)
PCA/Intel-GP (1994) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Apr-??
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Normal Defense (E93)  ·  1-0


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Nov-06-11  Lokaz: This is truly one of chess history's immortal games.
May-27-13  hudapri: <WhiteRook48>
Nov-07-13  grasser:
Nov-07-13  Mudphudder: Kramnik (yet again) being a beast with his passed pawn marches.
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  Zhbugnoimt: Philidor would be proud. Very proud. Maybe he would even cry from seeing such beauty
Feb-14-14  Nizman: am so happy i found Rxf5! Which is very very strong! Lol
May-22-14  dunamisvpm: Super GM Kramnik has had consistently achieved good results against Garry Kasparov. In this classic chess in 1994, Kasparov responds to Kramnik’s 1. d4 with his favorite opening weapon with black – the King’s Indian Defense! The opening is complicated and it appears that Kasparov has obtained a very promising with the 18. …Be3 – planning to dominate the board with the bishop on d4. However Kramnik immediately exchanges black’s murderous bishop with 20. Nb3 and 21. Nxd4 – so that white can start pushing forward with a dangerous counterattack against black’s loose kingside pawns with 22. f4 – changing the initiative to white’s favor. After Kramnik sacrifices a piece with 26. fxe5! – Kasparov fought with exceptional resourcefulness, however he was simply unable to stop Kramnik’s mass of pawns in the center. This game became completely insane as only after sacrificing a piece, Kramnik sacrificed an exchange with 29. Rxf5! – resulting in a position where white has 4 pawns for black’s rook! Kasparov continued to fight but Kramnik confidently and precisely closed the game out, leading to Kasparov’s resignation after 41. d7
May-22-14  dunamisvpm: 1.Nf3 opening for me is the opening of our time, the hypermoderm opening! Have fun. GOD bless
Oct-29-14  SpiritedReposte: Vlad has a bullet proof king here. Looks like there has to be a perpetual somewhere for Kasparov but nope.
Oct-29-14  drleper: <DrMAL: According to the narrator, GM Danny King, Kasparov had anticipated all this, including 34.c6 when he whipped off 34...Rxb2+ sacrificing back. But apparently he did not count on 37.Ka4! winning, otherwise he would have had a mate.>

Well, Stockfish 5 agrees that 37.Ka4 is winning for white, but even after 37.Kb2/b3 black has only a perpetual! The white king just shuffles from b2 to b3, and black can't make much happen since every move must be a check (without dropping the knight).

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  Domdaniel: This game turned me into a Kramnik fan. Back in the day, I used to show it to anyone who could play chess and would sit still for a while.

At the time, I wasn't playing competitive chess - just casual games with friends. But I think this game influenced me to start playing tournaments again. And when Vlad played Garry for the title, I was following online, and cheering him on.

It is such a wonderful game. I like to see imbalances, but five pawns for a rook is something else. And then the rook has to go...

One of my all-time favourites.

Mar-31-18  morfishine: "Kramnik's Immortal" is much more fitting than this silly game title, which only serves to insult Kramnik, this game and chess in general.

Why do the best games have the dumbest game titles? Even the so-called "song" was rated on numerous rating services in the top 5 worst ever

I believe it


Mar-31-18  dumbgai: Because CG has dictated that every title MUST have some pun or word play, regardless of whether it’s clever or appropriate. As for the game itself, it’s one of Kramnik’s best. Kasparov certainly understood that Kramnik would be one of his toughest challenges, he wasn’t just saying it to promote the match.
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  Breunor: Stockfish agrees with Jimfromprovidence; it rates 31 Rb4 as even. 31 Rh8 is 9.8 so as far as silicon is concerned, Rh8 is the losing move.
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  FSR: Wow. Never saw this game before. Insane.
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  HeMateMe: <If there is a pathway for white to win after 31...Rb4, I'd like to see it.>

white swaps Rooks than plays Q-e6 and the mass of pawns crushes black.

Mar-31-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

31...Rb4 32.Rd2 Qc8 33.Qf2 Rh8 34.Bd1 Ng4 35.Qg3 Qf5+ 36.Bc2 Qe5 37.Qxe5 Nxe5 38.Kc1 Rd8 39.b3 Rb5 40.c6 Rc5 41.d7 Nxd7 42.cxd7 Rxd7 43.d6 Kf7 44.g4 f5 45.Rf2 Kg7 46.gxf5 Rxd6 47.Rg2+ Kf7 48.Kb2 Rd8 49.Be4 Re5 50.Bb1 + / = (0.31) Depth: 24 dpa

Mar-31-18  cormier: if 32.Rxb4 axb4 33.Bg4:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

33...Qa5 34.Qf4 Qxc5 35.Qg3 Qd4 36.Be6+ Ng6 37.Qf3 Qg1+ 38.Kc2 Qc5+ 39.Kb3 Qxd6 40.Qg3 Qxg3+ 41.hxg3 Ra8 42.Kxb4 Rxa2 43.Kb3 Ra8 44.Kc4 Ne5+ 45.Kc5 Rb8 46.b4 Nd3+ 47.Kc6 Nxb4+ 48.Kd7 Rb7+ 49.Kd8 f5 50.d6 Rb6 51.Ke7 Nc6+ 52.Kd7 Kf6 53.Bd5 Ne5+ 54.Kc7 -+ (-2.70) Depth: 20

Mar-31-18  The Kings Domain: Quite the brilliant game by Kramnik, the Anderssen-Karpov style of play sure placed the bighead down to earth with this.
Mar-31-18  Olavi: In contemporaneous analysis Kramnik gave 31...Rb4 32.Rxb4 axb4 33.Qe6 Qa5 and a draw, and suggested 32.Qe4 with better chances for white in a complicated and unusual position. Remember this was a 25 minute game, no increments back then.
Mar-31-18  Olavi: <<DrMAL: According to the narrator, GM Danny King, Kasparov had anticipated all this, including 34.c6 when he whipped off 34...Rxb2+>

And this differs greatly from Kramnik's description. Kasparov took whatever time he had left on 34...Rxb2+, so 31...Rh8 was a one move blunder, not a variation calculated wrong.

Apr-01-18  AugusteGusteau: Great game!
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  MissScarlett: <Analysis by Houdini 4

31...Rb4 32.Rd2 Qc8 33.Qf2 Rh8 34.Bd1 [...]>

A Rook down, White can afford three retreating moves, and still be in the game.

Jul-20-18  Caleb554: Kramnik is such a rare talent. His calculation, hardwork, opening preparation, endgame technique are all well known. What is less know about him is his ability to doggedly fight at the board. He defends bad positions very well.
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  Check It Out: What a brave king maneuver by Kramnik.
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