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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
"Who Let the Pawns Out?" (game of the day Jun-11-09)
Moscow (Russia) (1994)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Normal Defense (E93)  ·  1-0
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-11-09  GMNick: Three passed pawns at c6, d6 and d5 = certain win!
Jun-11-09
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  sfm: The pawn on a5 is a traitor of the worst kind.
Jun-11-09
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  kevin86: What sound does a pawn make-to correspont with the barking dogs in the Baha Men's song:Who let the dogs out?

White's pawn entourage not only force a win,but protect the king at the end of this one.

Can we call it a PAWNTOURAGE? lol

Jun-11-09  njchess: Great game from Kramnik. Kasparov underestimates the power of the centrally linked pawns and exchanges three central pawns for a bishop with 26. ... Nxh4?. With the startling 29. Rxf5!, Kramnik shatters Black's position while simultaneously creating mating threats. Despite Kasparov's desperate efforts, there is no draw to be found with perpetual check.
Jun-11-09  Samagonka: Impressive attack by Kramnik. I have rarely seen such an effective pawn strategy.
Jun-11-09  SimonWebbsTiger: I think the sounds of pawns being thumped down on a woodern board could make up for the lack of barking dogs from the song!
Jun-11-09  SloVice: Thanks to <chessgames.com> and to the voters. I'm grinning from ear to ear. :) I had hoped, but never expected to place this high.
Jun-11-09
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  Once: Like Pillsbury or Philidor reborn ... great stuff. When kasparov sacked his rook I was dreading a miraculous escape for black. Amazing how far advanced passed pawns can outweigh a rook disadvantage.
Jun-11-09  WhiteRook48: great, hilarious pun!!
Jun-11-09
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  Jimfromprovidence: If there is a pathway for white to win after 31...Rb4, I'd like to see it.


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Jun-25-09  kamalakanta: <Jimfromprovidence: If there is a pathway for white to win after 31...Rb4, I'd like to see it.>

I don't see it either. Maybe time-pressure?

Mar-13-10  mrsaturdaypants: OK, how about

32 Rxb4 axb4 33 Bg4

White's aim is to control the h3-c8 diagonal in order to escort those beautiful passed pawns to promotion. The white queen may move to e6 in order to protect the d6 pawn when white plays c6. Black can trade knight for bishop, but his knight is vital to his defense.

I think black is still sunk.

May-20-10  transhuman7: The ending is like some kind of strangulation.
Aug-30-10
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  sevenseaman: <zorro's answer to chessamateur, Black is on the upper side of the board> - I just love it; a rare piece of chess fun.
Aug-10-11  DrMAL: In the video of this fabulous short game (Grandmaster DVD Magazine #10) the audience started applauding when Kramnik moved 32.Rg4+ and Kasparov got annoyed.

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.

Nov-06-11  Lokaz: This is truly one of chess history's immortal games.
May-27-13  hudapri: <WhiteRook48> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZqc...
Nov-07-13
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  grasser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjgN...
Nov-07-13  Mudphudder: Kramnik (yet again) being a beast with his passed pawn marches.
Jan-06-14
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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
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  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
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  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
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  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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