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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
New York PCA/Intel-GP (1994) (rapid), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Jun-??
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-25-02  refutor: 16. ... bxc3 looks interesting but after saccing the exchange on b7 there's *lots* of tricks on the diagonal

16. ... bxc3 17.bxc3 Qa6 (so he can capture back on b7 with the queen instead of the king) 18.Rxb7 Qxb7 19.dxe6 (discovered attack on the queen) and now kramnik has some *real* problems with those pawns bearing down.

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  Sneaky: I agree, that knight was no gift!
Feb-01-04  Benjamin Lau: Is this really a draw? Seems somewhat unclear, I would have played it out. Black's b pawn can't promote in time before Kasparov's king arrives and Kramnik must eventually get back to the kingside, or Kasparov's pawns will promote, but when Kramnik's king does go, won't Kasparov be able to use that time to take Kramnik's pawns on the queenside and promote his a or c pawn?
Feb-01-04  Bears092: <won't Kasparov be able to use that time to take Kramnik's pawns on the queenside and promote his a or c pawn? >

No. black will eventually play c4, and that pawn is obviously immune from capture, since the b-pawn will promote.

Feb-01-04  Benjamin Lau: You're right, ...c4 is the move I overlooked, after that black draws.
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  perfidious: This was the first of the two-game match in that final; Maurice Ashley and Danny King were commenting for the audience, and if I remember correctly, they felt that Kasparov had missed a win; after staying up all night, then driving 300 miles to watch the semi-final and final matches, it was a loooooooooooooong day. LOL
Jun-19-05  Elvis in Chicago: Isnt there a Benjamin Lau who was a promising young player, or am I thinking of someone on television, or someting...?
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  perfidious: <elvis> There was a Ralf Lau who got to be at least IM level, maybe GM, from what was then West Germany.

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