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Vladimir Kramnik vs Deep Fritz (Computer)
Brains in Bahrain (2002), Manama BAH, rd 8, Oct-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Classical Variation (D68)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Oct-15-06  jamesmaskell: A draw seems about right. This was the last game of the match between Kramnik and Deep Fritz.
Oct-15-06  RookFile: Well, this entire game was basically well known theory in the QGD.
Jul-11-08  apexin: Game Eight
Vladimir Kramnik (2807) – Deep Fritz
Brains in Bahrain (8), 19.10.2002 [D68]
Kramnik allows early simplifications, so as to avoid any risks, and not suffer the same fate as Kasparov did in his last game against Deep Blue. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 00 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.00 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5
An old maneuver to reduce the pressure.
10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Rc1 Nxc3 12.Rxc3 e5
This solves the problem of Black’s c8-bishop.
13.Bb3 exd4 14.exd4 Nf6 15.Re1 Qd6 16.h3

Not very aggressive, other choices were: 16.Ne5 Bf5 (16...Be6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Qb3 Rab8 19.Rce3 Nd5 20.Re4 Rf6 21.Nd3 b6 22.g3 Rc8 23.R1e2 Rc7 24.h4 h5 25.a3 g6 26.Qc4 c5 27.dxc5 bxc5 28.Qc2 Kh7 29.Rc4 Rf5 30.Rxc5 Rxc5 31.Qxc5 Qxc5 32.Nxc5 Nf4 33.gxf4 Rxc5 34.Rxe6 a5 35.Re5 Rc2 36.f5 Rxb2 37.fxg6+ Kxg6 38.Rg5+ Kh6 39.Rxa5 Rd2 40.Ra4 Rd3 41.Kg2 Kg6 42.f3 1-0, Khenkin,I-Sulskis,S Koszalin 1998) 17.Rf3 Bg4 18.Rxf6 Qxe5 19.dxe5 Bxd1 20.Bxf7+ Rxf7 21.Rxf7 Kxf7 22.Rxd1 Ke6 23.f4 a5 24.Kf2 Ra6 25.Rd6+ Ke7 26.Ke3 Rb6 27.b3 a4 28.Rd3 Ke6 29.g4 c5 30.h4 Rb4 1- 0, (52) Karpov,A-Campora,D Villarrobledo 1997; 16.Rce3 Bg4 17.h3 Bh5 18.g4 Bg6 19.Re5 Rad8 20.Qc1 Nd5 21.Bxd5 cxd5 22.Qc5 Qf6 23.Qe7 Qc6 24.R5e3 Be4 25.Ne5 Qh6 26.Nxf7 Qf4 27.Qxd8 Rxd8 28.Nxd8 h5 ˝– ˝, Rey Ardid,R-Almirall Castell,V Zaragoza 1935.
16...Bf5 17.Rce3 Rae8
32 17...Rad8 18.Qd2 a6 19.Re5 Bg6 20.Qa5 Rd7 21.R1e3 Rfd8 22.g4 Kf8 23.Qe1 h6 24.d5 cxd5 25.Bxd5 Kg8 26.Bb3 Rc7 27.Nh4 Bc2 28.Bxc2 Rxc2 29.Re8+ Rxe8 30.Rxe8+ Nxe8 31.Qxe8+ Qf8 0-1, Selensky,A-Chekhov,V Orel 1998.
18.Re5 Bg6 19.a3
White has an isolated d-pawn, but this weakness is of no consequence, as all his pieces are active.
19...Qd8 20.Rxe8 Nxe8 21.Qd2 ˝–˝
Kramnik’s draw offer was accepted. Kramnik started very well in the match and was leading 3-1, but he suffered two defeats because of the machines tactical power. So man and machine have completely different strengths and weaknesses in chess, which makes these matches all the more fascinating. I am already curious as to whether Kasparov will manage to beat Deep Junior in December.

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