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Deep Fritz (Computer) vs Vladimir Kramnik
Brains in Bahrain (2002), Manama BAH, rd 7, Oct-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-20-04  csmath: Splendidly played safe opening. Yet another endorsement of Queen's Indian from the best positional player in the world today. Kramnik avoided any attempt on initiative. It is extremely hard to beat Kramnik when he plays like this.
Jul-11-08  apexin: Game Seven
Deep Fritz – Vladimir Kramnik (2807)
Brains in Bahrain (7), 17.10.2002 [E19]
Fritz again chooses 1.d4, but Kramnik’s Queen’s Indian is very solid. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4
Black occupies the center and plans to reduce the pressure by exchanging knights. 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 c5 10.Rd1 d6 11.b3 Bf6 12.Bb2 Qe7 13.Qc2 Nc6 14.e4 e5 15.d5
Good news for Kramnik: the position is closed.
15…Nd4 16.Bxd4 cxd4

16...exd4 17.Qd3 (17.Rab1 Rae8 18.Ne1 g6 19.Nd3 Bg7 20.Re1 Bc8 21.f4 Qc7 22.Nf2 Re7 23.Bh3 f5 24.Re2 g5 25.Bxf5 gxf4 26.g4 Bxf5 27.gxf5 f3 28.Ree1 Be5 29.Kh1 Rg7 30.Nd3 Qe7 31.Qf2 Rg2 32.Rg1 Kh8 33.Rxg2 fxg2+ 34.Qxg2 Rg8 35.Qf3 Bf6 36.Re1 Qg7 37.Rf1 Qg5 38.Nf4 Be5 39.Nd3 Bf6 40.Qf2 Qg4 41.Qf3 Qg5 ½–½, Drasko,M- Marjanovic,S Sarajevo 1984) 17...Rae8 18.Re1 Bc8 19.Qf1 Bg4 20.h3 Bxf3 21.Bxf3 ½–½, Friedrichs,KBreder, D Paks 2000.
17.a4 a5 18.Ne1 ½–½, Vaganian,R- Petrosian,T Tallinn 1983. 17...g6 18.a4 a5!?
This stops White from playing a5 and makes it much more difficult for White to open the queenside. It seems that Kramnik doesn’t want to go into an open 30 fight again. 18...Bg7?! 19.a5!? bxa5 20.Rxa5 f5 21.Nd2 Bc8 22.c5 fxe4 23.Bxc8 Raxc8 24.Nxe4 dxc5 25.d6 Qf7 26.Qc4 Qxc4 27.bxc4 Rfd8 28.Rxa7 Rc6 29.Rb1 Rcxd6 30.Nxd6 Rxd6 31.Rb8+ Bf8 32.Kf1 Re6 33.Ke2 1-0, (41) Polugaevsky,L-Gulko,B Moscow 1976.
Planning b3-b4.
Kramnik takes measures against White’s plan.

Jul-11-08  apexin: 20.Re1
Fritz did not like 20.b4?! Qc7, as it is very difficult to make further progress on the queenside.
20...Kh8 21.Kg2 Bg7 22.Qd3 Rae8 23.Nd2 Bh6 24.f4!?

Fritz does not just want to sit and wait. But it can’t simply open the position, as this might favor Black’s bishops.
Kramnik just makes with good prophylactic moves.
25.Rf1 Kg8 26.Rbe1 Qd8 27.Kg1
Fritz does not see a way to make progress. His pieces are on good squares and it is not easy to realize pawn breaks.
27...Bb7 28.Re2 ½–½

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  Nightsurfer: Instead of the classic - and correct - 8.Qc2 ... in this game here <Deep Fritz (Computer) vs V Kramnik, Manama 2002 > the dubious "alternative" 8.Nd2 ... has been tried 29 years ago in B Koester vs R Gralla, 1973

The "alternate" move 8.Nd2? ... - maybe White had wrongly assumed that Black Ne4 was pinned by White Bg2?! - had been the basic strategic error in B Koester vs R Gralla, 1973 : By accepting the doubled pawns c3+c4 plus the exchange of Bishops on the diagonal a8/h1 (and thus creating the dangerous weakness of the White squares in the castle of White King) White had virtually invited his opponent to come and get him.

Therefore it has been a strange case of DEJA VU that 19 years after B Koester vs R Gralla, 1973 the same goof - 8.Nd2? ... - popped up again in S Amiri vs R Rezaei, 1992 !

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  Nightsurfer: The early foray by Black Knight right into the center, namely 7. ... Ne4! and thus boldly seeking confrontation with White Nc3, may look premature, but the move has been applied by great masters in the past too, please compare Opocensky vs Keres, 1939 or S Bernstein vs Yanofsky, 1942 or P Vaitonis vs Najdorf, 1935 or last not least Teichmann vs Saemisch, 1923 (though in those foregoing cases the very move Ne4 has been executed one move earlier, namely with 6. ... Ne4 after 6.Nc3 ...).

Black cavalry in the center has got new support during the last decades of the 20th century, one example is B Koester vs R Gralla, 1973 (though one has to underline the fact that in B Koester vs R Gralla, 1973 the very move Ne4 has been executed one move earlier, namely with 6. ... Ne4 after 6.Nc3 ... and before the mutual castling 7.0-0 0-0) and one more example is S Amiri vs R Rezaei, 1992 .

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