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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Kasparov - Kramnik Classical World Championship Match (2000), London ENG, rd 9, Oct-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-09-04  Bobak Zahmat: Nice to see an whole other variation of the Ruy Lopez. Kramnik's defense is incredible strong!
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  4tmac: This game is a more normal black defense in the Berlin. In past games Black had been playing B-d7. This version is probably safer.
Sep-11-08  Karpova: Evgeny Bareev: <Kasparov is the leading universal player, he can play any position well. But here it didn't happen. You have to manoeuvre, you have to play very subtly. He couldn't find a way to grasp this position. As soon as he adjusted himself to the king being on the right, it stayed in the centre. Happiness was always a hair's breadth away, but he never managed to catch it.>

Bareev, Evgeny & Levitov, Ilya: "From London to Elista", Alkmaar, 2007, page 123

Nov-01-10  Eric Farley: Concerning Bareev's comment above: Kasparov was an attacking player and like most attacking players he didn't have a refined positional sense. When there was nothing to attack he didn't have the finesse Capablanca and even Alekhine had.
Nov-01-10  I play the Fred: Eric Farley:

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985

Kasparov vs Shirov, 1994

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1982

I don't know how GK managed to play these sort of games without a "refined positional sense".

Nov-11-11  TheMacMan: black is better if play continues
Nov-29-15  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 17 c4, 17 Bg3 frees the f pawn to advance
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  perfidious: <Eric Farley: Concerning Bareev's comment above: Kasparov was an attacking player and like most attacking players he didn't have a refined positional sense....>

By nature, attacking positions were Kasparov's forte, but this stereotype is bollocks.

<....When there was nothing to attack he didn't have the finesse Capablanca and even Alekhine had.>

No GM could attain that level without a grasp of positional principles.

More rubbish.

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  plang: 9..Bd7 had been played in two earlier games in the match; here Kramnik varied with 9..h6. 15..h5 had been played in Galkin-Yanovic Novgorod 1999 (White won); 15..Bc5 was new. 21 Rxd8!? was a surprising decision; Svidler recommended 21 Kg2..axb 22 axb..Rxd1 23 Rxd1..Ra2 24 Rd2..Ra3 25 Nc1 and White still has something to play for (not 25..Nxc4 26 Rd7+).
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