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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Vlad the Impaled" (game of the day Jan-09-2012)
Novgorod (1994), Novgorod RUS, rd 4, Aug-??
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0


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Jan-09-12  MyDogPlaysChess: <DrMal>, could you please slow down? I can't keep up! Just kidding - Thanks!
Jan-09-12  MyDogPlaysChess: <ajile> Black was winning already. Kramnik went from a winning to a losing game. (My silicon friend which is much smarter than me)
Jan-09-12  Isbjorn: I'm not so sure Bd5 would've lead to a won position for Kramnik. Playing this out with Stockfish at a depth of at least 24, typically more, each ply lead to a R+K vs. R endgame. Stockfish evals fluctate between -1.5 and -2 in the beginning of the line, slowly growing to reach approx. -3 and then suddenly go back towards zero as the endgame doesn't quite work out. Maybe there is an improvement somewhere, but white can offer a lot of resistance.

25. .. Bd5 26. Nd4 b4 27. b3 Rbg8 28. Bh5 Rxg2 29. c4 Rg1 30. Nc2 Rxd1+ 31. Bxd1 Ng6 32. Qe3 Qxe3+ 33. Rxe3 Bb7 34. Nxb4 f5 35. Rg3 a5 36. Na2 Rd8 37. Nc3 Nxh4 38. Rg5 Bc8 39. Nd5 Be6 40. Nf6 Ng6 41. Nh5 Ne5 42. Nf4 h6 43. Rg3 a4 44. bxa4 Bxc4 45. Kc2 Rd6 46. Rg1 Rc6 47. Kb2 Kh7 48. Kc3 Ng6 49. Nh5 Bd3+ 50. Kd2 f4 51. a5 Ba6 52. Bg4 Rc5 53. Nf6+ Kg7 54. Nxe4 Rxa5 55. Bd1 Bb7 56. Bc2 h5 57. Kc3 h4 58. Ng5 Ra2 59. Kb3 Bd5+ 60. Kc3 Kf6 61. Nh7+ Ke7 62. Re1+ Kd6 63. Rd1 Kc6 64. Nf6 Bf3 65. Be4+ Bxe4 66. Nxe4 f5 67. Nd6 Ne7 68. Nf7 Re2 69. Kd4 Rxf2 70. Ke5 f3 71. Rc1+ Kb6 72. Rb1+ Kc5 73. Rc1+ Kb4 74. Kf4 Ng6+ 75. Ke3 Rg2 76. Kxf3 Rg3+ 77. Kf2 Rg4 78. Nh6 Rg5 79. Nf7 Rg3 80. Nh6 f4 81. Nf7 Kb5 82. Nd6+ Kb6 83. Nf5 Rg5 84. Nd4 Kb7 85. Kf3 Ka8 86. Ne2 Rf5 87. Kg4 Rf8 88. Nxf4 Nxf4 89. Kxh4 Kb7

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  ajile: < Isbjorn: I'm not so sure Bd5 would've lead to a won position for Kramnik. >

I actually had similar results with 2 ten minute games where I had Rybka play against itself. Both games ended in draws. Black was a pawn up but couldn't convert to a win.

But pawn up is still much better than the game continuation.

Jun-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1994.
Your score: 40 (par = 37)


Jun-29-12  freeman8201: it's time to play Ne2!
Jul-04-12  Conrad93: 24...fxe6 25. Qxf6 Rg7 26. Rd7?!

How does black respond?

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  SaVVy66: I think 24.Rg8xg4 for black is awesome move why dint vlad thought of that...? any suggestions..
Dec-16-12  Nerwal: 24... ♖xg4 25. ♘g5
Nov-06-14  SpiritedReposte: I like this combination better than the Topalov "immortal" combo.

Queen and rook sac only to have a queen come right back, equalize in material terms, and Black's king is way to exposed at the end.

Mar-04-15  bennyvsfischer: Ne7?!
Mar-04-15  bennyvsfischer: Ne6! wow
Aug-19-15  kamagong24: i miss the Kasparov era....
Aug-19-15  kishore4u: 26.Rd6 & 27.h5
Oct-28-15  Reavvan: can somebody answer why Rg8 didin't capture bishop G4??
Oct-28-15  Reavvan: oh im sorry i didn't see your answer nerwal,thank you nerwal
Nov-25-15  PJs Studio: Poetic that 35...Qf8 loses instantly. I suspect Kramnik spent his time calculating 35...Qe7 36.Qe5! Bc6 (because something like 36...e3 runs head first into 37.Qb8+! Qd8 38.Bf7+ Ke7 39.Qxb7) 37.g4 and black is going to lose the ending soon.
Jan-23-16  Timi Timov: "Vlad the impaled"? Come on, a bit more respect!
Sep-05-16  kishore4u: Superb!!
Apr-29-17  BerkErdemoglu: Excuse me for my ignorance, but why did Kramnik play Qf8?
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  beatgiant: <BerkErdemoglu> Have you already studied the comment above by <PJs Studio> on Nov-25-15?
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  tpstar: The mighty Kasparov presents this game at the very start of "Garry Kasparov's Chess Challenge" (Cadogan Chess, London, 1994, translated and edited by Ken Neat) which is a wonderful collection of sharp and instructive combinations from 1994 in test format. If World Champion Kasparov or any of the fine people from Cadogan Chess Books ever visit here, I hope they let this post stand to help teach juniors and students, then perhaps allow the site to incorporate his insightful annotations into the gamescore someday:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 0-0 12. Nc2 Rb8 13. h4!? Ne7 14. Nxf6+ <The most natural continuation - by breaking up the opponent's pawns, White aims for active play on the kingside.> gxf6 15. Qd2 <15. Bd3 is probably stronger, as played in the game Kasparov vs Lautier, 1994 at the Olympiad in Moscow. Sooner or later Black will have to open the centre with ... d6-d5, and then in the sharp piece play White's chances are better.> Bb7 16. Bd3 d5 17. exd5 Qxd5 18. 0-0-0! <White sacrifices his a2 pawn, unequivocally declaring his intentions of attacking the black king.> e4 < 18 ... Qxa2 19. Qh6 e4 20. Be2 would have transposed.> 19. Be2 Qxa2 <Black accepts the challenge, rather than have to endure a difficult defense in the endgame after the exchange of queens.> 20. Qh6 Qe6 <20 ... f5 21. Qg5+ Ng6 22. h5 f6 23. Qxf5 is bad for Black.> 21. Nd4 Qb6 22. Rh3 <In such positions matters are usually decided by a piece attack. White had an alternative in 22. g4!? Kh8 23. Nf5 Nxf5 24. gxf5. It appears that Black is lost, for example, 24 ... Rbd8 25. Rd7!! Bc8 26. Bh5!! Bxd7 27. Bg6 and wins, but the cool 24 ... Rfd8! 25. Bh5 e3! 26. Rhg1 Rxd1+ 27. Bxd1 Rg8 would enable him to maintain a shaky equality.> Kh8 23. Bg4 Rg8

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<The position demands decisive action of White - his pieces are active, and he has the initiative. It is clear that the defence of the f6 pawn by the queen from b6 must be blocked, but which piece should be placed at e6, bishop or knight?> 24. Ne6? <The wrong choice. 24. Be6! was stronger, and after the only move 24 ... Rg6! 25. Qf4 Black would face difficult problems. He loses after 25 ... Bc8 26. h5 Rg7 27. Qxf6 Ng8 28. Qe5!, or 25 ... Rf8 26. h5 Rg7 27. Qxf6 Ng8 28. Qe5. The strongest is the paradoxical 25 ... fxe6 26. Qxb8+ Rg8 27. Qh2 e5, with sufficient compensation for the exchange.> Rg6 <The universal defensive move.> 25. Qf4 Re8? <In severe time trouble (Black had only about two minutes left on his clock) Kramnik goes wrong. The correct 25 ... Bd5! would have obliged White after 26. Bh5 Bxe6 27. Bxg6 Nxg6 (27 ... hxg6 28. Qxf6+ Kg8 29. Qxe7 Bxh3 30. gxh3 Qxf2 31. Qxe4 with a draw) 28. Qxf6+ Kg8 29. Re3 to seek equality in a complicated situation.> 26. Rd6 Nd5! <After 26 ... Qa5 White would have won by 27. h5 Rxg4 (or 27 ... Qa1+ 28. Kc2 Qa4+ 29. Kb1 Rxg4 30. Qxf6+ Kg8 31. Ng5!) 28. Qxf6+ Kg8 29. Ng5! Qa1+ 30. Kc2 Qa4+ 31. Kb1 Qb3 32. h6 Rxg5 33. Qxg5+ Ng6 34. Qf6 Kf8 35. Rd7.>

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27. h5!! <A brilliant attacking resource. The queen sacrifice enables White to gain a decisive advantage.> Nxf4 28. hxg6 Qxd6 <White would also have won easily after 28 ... Rxe6 29. Rxh7+ Kg8 30. gxf7+ Kf8 31. Rh8+ Kxf7 32. Bxe6+ Nxe6 33. Rxb6.> 29. Rxh7+ Kg8 30. gxf7+ Kxh7 31. fxe8=Q Nxe6 32. Bf5+ Kg7 33. Qg6+ Kf8 34. Qxf6+ Ke8 35. Bxe6 <The combinational storm has abated, and the resulting ending is a prosaic win for White.> Qf8 <A blunder in time trouble, of course, but equally after 35 ... e3 36. fxe3 Bxg2 37. Bf7+ Kd7 38. Be8+ Kc7 39. Qg7+ Kd8 40. Qxg2 Kxe8 41. Qe4+ White would have easily won the pawn ending following the exchange of queens.> 36. Bd7+ Black Resigns.

<two minutes> Yikes.

Thanks to World Champion Garry Kasparov and the fine people at Cadogan Chess Books for this highly instructive attacking game.

Happy Memorial Day!

Oct-04-17  Whitehat1963: Wow!! I may have seen this before. I imagine I have, but it’s still breathtaking anyway.
Nov-04-17  notyetagm: Game Collection: NOTYETAGM'S ABSOLUTE FAVORITE GAMES
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