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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Novgorod (1997), Novgorod RUS, rd 9, Jun-22
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Early deviations (B62)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  plang: Kramink had defeated Kasparov earlier in the event; this was their rematch. Kramnik was probably the leading expert on this variation during the mid to late 90s. Kasparov had prepared 18 c3 as an improvement over 18 Ba7 which Shirov had played against Kramnik a few months earlier. Kramnik declined Kasparovs pawn sacrifice 19 Bc2 as it would have led to a strong attack. 25 g3 with the idea of 26 h4 would have led to a close to winning advantage for white. One of the ideas was that Kasparov could have answered 25..Qe8 with 26 Qb6. After 25 Rd4 Kramink was able to consolidate and actually get the advantage. 29 g5 and 33 g6 were further inaccuracies though Kasparov was able to escape with a draw. 38..Nc6 would have given Kramink a better chance of winning. 39..Qh5 also would have been an improvement.
Aug-03-08  Hesam7: This is their earlier encounter in the same tournament: Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1997.
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