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Fritz (Computer) vs Alexander Khalifman
2nd Festival Internacional de Ajedrez Man - Machine (2005), Bilbao ESP, rd 1, Nov-20
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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Nov-29-05  AjedrezVasco: Wrong opening choice by Khalifman
Dec-10-05  Brown: <wrong opening choice by Khalifman> The Berlin seems to be solid at GM level play, and takes some pieces off the board, including the Queens. Khalifman could have chosen worse openings.
Dec-10-05  Brown: Except, of course, Fritz didn't enter the main line.
Dec-10-05  aw1988: No, but the game with 4. d3 guarantees positional maneuvering... not a necessarily good choice for Fritz.
Dec-10-05  Assassinater: A very nice game by Fritz. Fritz bulids up a nice mobile center and uses it to push Khlifman off the board. White's advantage of space after move 41 is quite amusing: The black queen can only move to four total squares, the knight can move to only two, the rook on b8 can't move at all (!), the bishop can only move to three, and the rook on f8 only three squares, on pain of losing material! What's more, white is still up a pawn. The rest of the game is just pure desperation by a player who knows he's overmatched.

In any case, white seems to have at least a good advantage by as early as move 17. Where could black do better? I'm guessing that the plan of double-fianchettoing the black bishops is a faulty plan, as the point it's bearing down on, the e4 square, is typically the best defended square in white's camp.

Dec-10-05  Assassinater: Actually, the loss might be attributed also to the incredible waste of time in the opening by black, who went through the trouble of playing Re8 - Be7 - Bf8 - Bg7 - Rf8. There go four moves of black, while white was happily putting his own plans into motion.
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