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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 5, Feb-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Kasparov Attack (E12)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Feb-23-04  Phoenix: It would have been drawn by repetition: 44.Qg2 Qe3+ 45.Qf2 Qe4 46.Qg2 Qe3+ etc.
Feb-23-04  PinkPanther: This is one draw that I can't complain about. It's just a shame that in the first four rounds Kramnik gave us nothing.
Feb-23-04  Taidanii: You all know damn well that the reason this was an actual game was because Kasparov was playing. Kramnik probably tried to ask for a draw.
Feb-23-04  Benjamin Lau: 25. Nc4, evading a three fold repetition, shows that clearly Kasparov did not want an early draw.
Feb-23-04  Taidanii: Does Kasparov EVER want an early draw?
Feb-23-04  PinkPanther: <taidanii>
LOL, probably. In that case, let's just make it to where Kasparov and Kramnik have to play each other for the remainder of the tournament, then maybe we'd get something useful out of Vlad in the Inhaler.
Feb-23-04  Taidanii: I can actually picture Kramnik winking at Kasparov trying to slip him a $100 bill under the table. *Psst...Kaspy...let's keep this under 15 moves*
Feb-23-04  Taidanii: <pinkpanther>
Haha! I agree!
Feb-23-04  TrueFiendish: Kramnik was trying to insist on a draw for the entire game by attempting to find repetition. Disappointing.
Feb-24-04  Helloween: On the contrary, Kramnik held a slight advantage over Kasparov with the Black pieces for the entire duration of the game. I think this shows how remarkable of a player he is. Kasparov had nothing in this game.
Feb-24-04  Benjamin Lau: Perhaps Helloween, but it seems that Kramnik's advantage later in the game was inspired by Kasparov's refusal to let the position draw; consequently he chose an inferior move to avoid a three fold repetition. Certainly white's position in the 20's is more favorable.
Feb-24-04  TrueFiendish: Note moves 22-24, 26 & 27. Is Helloween trying to say Kramnik was not draw-minded in this game? Fair enough, he was black, but his choice of opening was hardly ambitious.
May-19-04  csmath: Yet another endorsement of Queen's Indian for black. Kramnik had no problems to keep the balance. Absolutely beautifull opening to play against aggressive players, it tames them down immediately. But it might get really boring with Leko against Kramnik. Hopefully they will play more Grunfeld or 1.e4.
May-19-04  tomh72000: <You all know damn well that the reason this was an actual game was because Kasparov was playing. Kramnik probably tried to ask for a draw> lol. I couldn't agree more, Taidanii. Linares 2004 was ruined by draws in my opinion. <Hopefully they will play more Grunfeld or 1.e4.> I agree. The Kramnik-Leko match threatens to be very boring. Somehow I don't think we'll be seeing any Grunfelds or Ruy Lopez in this match. Sveshnikov seems possible, though.
May-19-04  matrix: Gee, I wonder why Kramnik doesn't show on anyone's greatest of all time list? I'm glad I missed watching this one live, since it was like watching a Little League game where the one kid never swings, happy to take a walk. Most people get excited about finding a winning line - here its about finding a perpetual check line.
Aug-28-04  aw1988: <I can actually picture Kramnik winking at Kasparov trying to slip him a $100 bill under the table. *Psst...Kaspy...let's keep this under 15 moves*> LOL
Aug-29-04
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  acirce: Like in the 2000 Braingames match where Kasparov offered draw as white before move 15 twice?
Sep-02-04  aw1988: acirce, you seem to like Kramnik. Let me just assure you i'm not insulting him as the drawmaster, simply laughing at the joke.
Sep-02-04
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  acirce: No problem. I'm generally more interested in truth than in defending "favourite players" just for the sake of it, though. Kramnik does play relatively many early draws lately, no denying that...
Oct-09-04  aw1988: <acirce: Like in the 2000 Braingames match where Kasparov offered draw as white before move 15 twice?> And I can tell you exactly what Kasparov was thinking:

Oh #@$#^%$%&$@@%@, another Berlin.

I don't need to get crushed again.

Draw?

Kramnik: Nah, let me win world champ first, THEN I'll start getting lazy.

..

Could happen! :)

Feb-18-06  Aseem: So this is the last Kasparov v Kramnik game, as per the database the first game they played was in 1992 and this is the last and their score against each other is Kasparov wins : 22 Kramnik wins : 21
Draws : 79
Feb-18-06
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  plang: I doubt it is the last. Kasparove, at some point, will attempt a comeback.
May-25-14  RedShield: No, this was round 5. Their last game was the round 12 match-up: Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2004 Was it only a decade ago?
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