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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2004), Linares ESP, rd 12, Mar-03
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Furman Variation (D27)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-03-04  MVChesser25: 6.... Nf6 is incorrect
I mean its the wrong move to play
Mar-03-04  Kenkaku: <MVChesser25> It's completely standard theory...
Mar-03-04  square dance: <mvchesser25> could you explain what is wrong about it, or what is better?
Mar-03-04  PinkPanther: More crap from Kramnik. Is anybody else surprised?
Mar-04-04  Catholic Bishop: Kramnik: "Show me the sponsors!"
Mar-04-04  TrueFiendish: I have to add to the chorus and say that even I, a novice in the QGA, know that 6...Nf6 is the correct--even the only--move to play. What else would you play?
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  lostemperor: So far in Linares, who do you think has played the most draws and has the highest drawing percentage?

Garry Kasparov.

Mar-04-04  PinkPanther: <lostemperor>
But Kasparov's draws (with the exception of this one, and his second game against Leko) have all been exciting games. As I've said before, I have NOTHING against draws, as long as some real chess was actually played and the final result just so happens to be a draw.
Mar-04-04  dragon40: What are everone's views on this tournament? I think it is a real sad admission of how Chess can be when none of the top rated players are there to really "play chess", just toss a few moves out, agree to a Draw go eat dinner or collect a check! Granted, I think Kramnik is to Chess what the locusts were in biblical times..but besides Radulov, who has been fighting, and Shirov, who seems to have tried..the others in this field are sleep-playing?! Few innovations, few dazzling combinations...might it had been different if Anand, Adams, or a couple of the other big guns were here?? Hmmm, it certainly makes you wonder why the devil these guys showed up, if not for the lovely accomodations and the chance to merely collect a paycheck..because they certainly are not playing like they planned to earn it! To be able to win a tournament like this with a mere +2 is use the adjective that you wish, if I did, I would be banned foerver :) I sure hope that this isnt a standard to come for the other big name tournaments! I doubt it, since they have more sponsors and players like Kramnik can get paid for sitting on their thumbs and spinning...just a sad day for Chess:(
Mar-04-04  PinkPanther: <dragon40>
Cough*Ponomariov*Cough...complain about him all you want (I'm not talking about you in particular) but at least the kid creates fighting chess. Tournaments like this need players like him. People complain about him resigning later than he should, well I'll tell you one thing, that's a whole lot better than agreeing to a draw before you should. Some potential players that would have made this tournament more interesting Polgar, Pono, Adams, Anand, (I'm not putting Grischuk because he's turned into a drawmaster himself), Morozevich, or even Nigel Short (even though I know he's been taking a break from these sorts of tournaments). But putting Leko ( he was the champ from last year so he had to be in), Kramnik, Vallejo and Radjabov (who is decievingly drawish, you just don't pay close enough attention to it) is a recipe for disaster.
Mar-04-04  dragon40: <pinkpanther>
Yes you are right, I meant to include "Pono" in that statement...but you get my point as well! This tournament had SO much potential and look at it..UGH it sickens me!! You can bet if this were the "Older days" Kasparov and Kramnik woujld have really had a "go" at the other one to stay in first, the other to get a share of first..but as it is..this game was a terible disappointment! Give me Paul Keres, David Bronstein, Korchnoi, Botvinnik, Tal, Spassky..ARGH :) Oh well, guess we hope for the next "big" tournament...maybe the players there will look at this joke and decide to actually bring their brains instead of sitting on them for the entire time!
Mar-05-04  vishyanand: Had linares had Anand , i'm sure we would have seen more fighting chess. And i'm not saying this because i'm in love with him.

his results in major tornaments speak for themselves.

Mar-05-04  dragon40: < vishyanand > I totally agree!
Mar-08-04  Vischer: yeah, they should have put in Anand and taken out Kramnik!
Mar-08-04  Reisswolf: <yeah, they should have put in Anand and taken out Kramnik!>

I would not like it if Kramnik were taken out. I want a tournament that has Kasparov, Anand and Kramnik all fighting as hard as they possibly can for the prestige of finishing first.

Mar-08-04  Whitehat1963: <Reisswolf>, agree wholeheartedly. But couldn't we have also included Polgar, Pono and offered Fischer $30 million dollars to play everyone? (Laugh!) Then we might have seen some serious excitement.
Mar-08-04  Everett: Fischer would lose to Vallejo Pons. In '92, his stuff wasn't that great.
Mar-08-04  Whitehat1963: Nevertheless, Everett, Fischer would have generated excitement just by showing up, never mind his chess. Perhaps everyone would have been so excited to play him (and get their chance to beat him) that we would have had a more interesting tournament. (Besides, TV cameras are a lot quieter these days. ;o)
Mar-08-04  Whitehat1963: The only thing better than the scenario I just posed would be one in which everyone (including those we just mentioned) were forced to play the King's Gambit Accepted.
Mar-09-04  Vischer: fischer would not lose to vallejo pons! i doubt anyone could possibly lose to vallejo pons except maybe radjabov!
Mar-09-04  ruylopez900: Vischer...I think you could =D
Oct-21-05  KingG: Interestingly, this was the only game during the whole tournament that Kramnik opened 1.d4 instead of 1.e4, and although i haven't checked all Kramnik's games during the 2003 Linares, it might of been the same senario there.

Afraid of Kasparov's Najdorf maybe?

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