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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
"Gazza's Tears" (game of the day Nov-11-08)
Kasparov - Kramnik World Championship Match (2000)  ·  Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense Except Gligoric System (E53)  ·  1-0
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Aug-26-09  Julian713: Seems to me that 23...Rf8 is the mistake that ensures the loss. Playing 23...h6 does 3 things:

1. Gives the king an escape route from a back-row mate by the queen or rook 2. Swings the battle line to an area where the defending knight actually has some influence (and yet is still defended by the g-pawn) 3. Keeps the rook in a defensive position without offering it up as a free piece. Unless I'm missing an obvious mate somewhere, Rf8 was useless.

24.Nxh6+ wins a pawn, but 24...Kh7 forces White to spend a move by either retreating the knight or defending it.

In the end I think Kramnik wins this regardless, his central position is very strong...but with material even it would not have been impossible to save a draw by shifting the defense to the g and h files, where White's rook would have to spend a turn getting into support position for an attack.

Sep-13-09  Ulhumbrus: 13...Be7 makes a target of the bishop on the e file. Suppose Black tries 13...Bxc3. On 14 bxc3 Bxf3 breaks uo White's King side pawn structure. On 13...Bxc3 14 Rxc3 Qe8 unpins the N on f6 and gains the post d5 for Black's QB and Knights.
Dec-21-09  The Rocket: as far as I am concerned this game was 100% analysis, a line of the nimzo which is yet to equalize for black according to chessmaster programs annonations for famous games.

perhaps I am wrong here, when they say black has never equalized in the line makes me wonder if kramnik actually played theoretical moves the hole game

Aug-26-10  Frankenstein17: What a shame for Kasparov! He did not deserve to be 2000 world champion with such a careless playing.
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  sevenseaman: IMO Kasparov is the greatest of the modern champions. The elegance with which Kramnik has floored him in this game prevents me from being overly sympathetic.
Jun-23-11  DrMAL: I'm quite sure Kasparov prepared this opening with usual meticulous care, but seemingly forgot to play the intermediate move 13...a5. After 13...a5 14.a3 Be7 the exchange sequence starting with 15.Bxf6 is no longer favorable for white. Here, white's best is 15.Nb5 or 15.Be3 with basically equal chances.

In the game, the exchanges that followed 14.Bxf6 gave white a big advantage. 19...Qxb2 instead of 19...Qd2 was a mistake that turned a solid advantage into a decisive one. Kramnik plays out the rest of the game perfectly, showing his brilliance.

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  perfidious: <DrMAL> I'm quite sure you're mistaken-other moves have been played there, after all.

Oh, but you're always right; so much for that.

Jun-23-11  DrMAL: <perfidious:> Seems you have been losing at poker as well? Either way, your remark is unfounded and, well, perfidious.
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  perfidious: <DrMAL> Another categorical statement without all the facts, which we've become accustomed to seeing from you.

Better find some average or beginning players who are impressed, because I'm not.

Jun-23-11  DrMAL: <perfidious:> Who cares if you are impressed? Certainly not I LOL. Your inflammatory garbage out of the blue reveals your character. I never argue with idiots people may get confused.
Aug-03-11  Piewalker: I briefly reviewed this game on YouTube here:
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  perfidious: It's curious how seldom Kasparov played the Nimzo as Black, in which respect he was practically unique among the modern world champions.

<DrMeretricious: .... I never argue with idiots people may get confused.>

What has this to do with anything? It is you who has repeatedly claimed that you're going to have done with this site, yet come back for more.

Jul-11-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000.
Your score: 29 (par = 25)


Aug-29-12  QueentakesKing: Something is wrong here. This is not the Kasparov I followed.
Dec-28-13  kontoleon: pff is 1 win down in tournament maybe try a force from win and no from a draw dut with black?
Mar-23-14  gmlolet: I remember I had played a puzzle of this game and it's solved nicely!
Jun-25-14  Ulhumbrus:! moves a pawn in the opening and it frees Black's KB but also White's QB. On 7...Nc6 8 a3 Ba5 avoids conceding the bishop pair as in Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

8...dc?! moves again a pawn in the opening and concedes greater space to White

13...Be7 keeps the bishop pair but in a position where White is two moves ahead in development and can open the game

Sep-05-14  coldsweat: Thanks Piewalker for your interesting presentation.
Oct-19-14  Raj Dey: 14....Nf6?! not expected from Kasparov.
14.....Bf6 was better
Jun-19-15  Besheer: How come it Ends Like that ???? White position is better but where is the mate ???
Jul-09-15  EhsanBalani: I don't really understand why Garry played 14...Cf6 instead of 14...Ff6?
Oct-24-15  Sularus: <Besheer> White threatens QxR. After Kg8, white has Ne6 which threatens both QxR++ and Qxg7++.
Nov-26-15  st.dvy: Like any student of chess history, I admire Garry Kasparov for many, many reasons. I do, however believe that Kramnik has, somehow, managed to be held in less regard than any world champion. One statement that Kasparov made in an interview following the match will resonate for me forever, "I never thought he'd be so negative." Negative? Gary Kasparov is often regarded as the greatest attacking player of all time. Kramnik worked as his second for a while. Why should Kramnik play into Gary's strengths? Kramnik ressurected the Berlin Defense in the Ruy Lopez which Kasparov could not crack! One of the greatest Lopez players ever couldn't beat his second's archaic opening choice. Now the Berlin is still causing so much trouble for white at the highest levels, that many 1.e4 players are actually switching, and it's all thanks to what Kramnik accomplished in this match. There were only two wins in this match, both by Kramnik, with white, and he was very sharp... not negative, but sharp. After Gary's comments, I devoted an entire method of play devoted to eliminating the opponents choices and giving him what he'd least like to see, from both sides of the board. I call it 'Negachess'. Thanks Vlad!
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  andrewjsacks: 1. The match was not a full 24 games.
2. Kramnik was always a "difficult opponent" for Kasparov. 3. Kramnik should have agreed to a return match regardless of official bodies' stipulations, etc. 4. I contend Kramnik's resultant bad karma haunts him to this day.
Nov-29-15  st.dvy: Well... I'm sure that neither you nor I could say anything reasonable concerning Kramnik's emotional state or karma. 'Haunted' is such a strange idea is all of this. Kramnik won the title and continues to play. On a personal note, I was rooting for Gazza then and still do. Kasparov is to chess like G.W. Carver is to science: one of the most important figures ever! Kramnik has nothing to be ashamed of, he won the title without a single loss; while his contributions in The Berlin Defense still resonate. Give the player his due, right?
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