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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Fall of the Wall" (game of the day Dec-21-2009)
Astana (2001), Astana KAZ, rd 10, Jun-01
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1-0


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Sep-20-03  Tecumseh: This game was played in Astana, Kazhakstan.

It was probably worth the trip for Kasparov as he finally gets to grips with the Berlin defence.

Feb-23-04  steven18: Fritz 8 in the opening database has a "?" next to move 3...Nf6. Why is that? The Berlin is solid.. Sometimes Fritz's opening database makes me wonder..
Feb-23-04  Benjamin Lau: The database may have been designed with Fritz's style in mind (i.e. Fritz may not be able to play this opening very well, and perhaps chooses to avoid it as black). I highly doubt anyone even before 2000 (when the Berlin proved itself) would have labeled 3...Nf6 with a question mark.
Feb-23-04  ruylopez900: Quite a nice game. Kasparov sacs a pawn on move 16 and just attacks relentlessly. Well played!
Jun-13-04  Drstrangelove: Was this classical time control?
Jun-13-04  Drstrangelove: Nevermind I did some research and found out that it was. This looked like a great terny, here's a link showing the score table. It looks like Kramnik was leading by half a point and then garry pulled this off in the last round. I've asked this before but have had no answer: Kasparov has beaten Kramnik in a classical game since the 2000 match, but has Kramnik beaten Kasparov (in classical)?
Jun-13-04  acirce: <Kasparov has beaten Kramnik in a classical game since the 2000 match, but has Kramnik beaten Kasparov (in classical)?> I don't think he has. I have been trying to confirm this but it is hard to prove a negative and I don't generally trust hearsay so... :)
Aug-06-04  alexandrovm: 32. ... Rxg2 is a big blunder I think. We better check this out with a chess engin, to tell us if the position was equal by move 31.
Aug-06-04  alexandrovm: 30. ... Rxf2 is the blunder, after 31. Rf5, the rook and the knight are pined!
Aug-09-04  alexandrovm: Yep, it was a blunder.

"Kramnik's 30. ...Rxf2? was a blunder because after 31.Rf5 black is losing a piece and the game"

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Nov-06-04  Bluelapis: 5th rank is conquered by knight. Maybe, next black's position will be Rg6 or Rg3. So, what will happen to white next??
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  ray keene: the overall score in classical chess between kasparov and kramnik is 5 wins to 4 in favour of kramnik. since wcc london 2000 there has only been one decisive result in classical chess-astana won by kasparov. the nearest kramnik came was a very fine win v kasparov in the zurich rapidplay tournament 2001 involving the sac qxb4+. however this did not count for rating.

the astana game above is a colossal performance by kasparov who had to win in the last round to gain first prize. his strategy of giving up the white e pawn with e6 at some point v the berlin wall was also adopted with success in a similar position by adams in the recent olympiad.

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  ray keene: the game i was trying to recall in my pre first cup of tea amnesiac state was of course adams v almasi from the england v hungary match in the calvia olympiad. its a superb example of technical endgame skill-really wonderful and best of all you can find it under adams on!
Nov-06-04  Lawrence: Adams vs Z Almasi, 2004
Dec-09-04  Bobak Zahmat: This is the first game I see of Kramnik, where he plays so poorly the Berlin Defense. But Kasparov has proved himself with his sacrifice of the pawn.
Dec-09-04  slapwa: I seem to remember 17 . Be5 having been suggested. Is it stronger than the move played?
May-30-05  Montreal1666: This is the revenge of Kasparov. The move 19)Bf6 speaks for itself.
Feb-13-06  Bobak Zahmat: Is this game the last Berlin Kramnik has played against Kasparov?
Apr-25-06  Everett: This is the last decisive classical game between the two, assuming Kasparov's retirement sticks. Statistically nearly a dead-even match up.

Kasparov, after all these years on top, still cannot be blown away or beaten consistently by anyone. Rather, only one can match him, while most others are still behind.

Kasparov, combining longevity, consistency, individual results and distance between he and his competitors, seems to have all the credentials necessary for the title "Best of All-Time"

May-22-06  Whitehat1963: Too bad Kasparov wasn't able to figure this out the year before.
May-22-06  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963> This win in the last round at Astana enabled Kasparov to overtake Kramnik and take sole possesion of first place, winning his 9th consecutive(!) supertournament.

May-23-06  Whitehat1963: What do the engines have to say about 19. Nxc5? I think it's a good move, but I'm a chess idiot.
May-23-06  Cyphelium: <Whitehat1963> Since 19. ♘xc5 ♗xc5 20. ♘xg7+ ♔e7 doesn't seem to give white any compensation, black is just a piece up and winning.
May-23-06  Whitehat1963: Told you I'm a chess idiot! I didn't see the bishop on f8!!
Jul-06-06  square dance: what the hell kind of move is <30...Rxf2??>? i plugged this game into fritz and the game was only after white's 30th. this seems like such an obvious mistake. was kramnik feeling desperate, or did he miscalculate his compensation?
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