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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Paris PCA/Intel-GP (1994) (blitz), Paris FRA, rd 3, Nov-13
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System Main Line (D19)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-02-03  numlock31: Can someone explain what is going on here?? Why didnt Kramnik resign earlier (at least 20 moves ago).

Was he hoping Kasp might run out of time?
Also, what is the significance of the letters in front of mathches. For example, G/45 vs B/15 vs S/30? I think the "B" stands for blitz although Im not sure what Blitz is?

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  Honza Cervenka: <Why didnt Kramnik resign earlier>

It was a blitz game. That means that each player has only five minutes for playing all his moves in the game. I think that it explains all what happened in this game.

Feb-02-04  Shad0wl0rd16: I watched this game on a movie. Kasparov was racing for a win with seconds left on the clock. He managed to win but it was almost a draw.(since Kramnik had no material and couldn't physically checkmate, if Kasparov ran out of time it would be a draw.)
Feb-02-04  Shad0wl0rd16: The movie was Grandmaster Video Magazine #13.
Feb-15-04  Hidden Skillz: did u watch it somewhere on internet or u bought it??
Mar-01-04  Shad0wl0rd16: i bought it
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  PhilFeeley: <Shad0wl0rd16: The movie was Grandmaster Video Magazine #13.> The collection is here:

How do they get this stuff? Wouldn't the players be a little annoyed with the filming? Where do they put the cameras?

Dec-28-06  notyetagm: 21 a5! is an excellent move by Kasparov, initiating a sequence of moves which wins him a pawn.

The tactical point of 21 a5! is that this pawn is immune from capture. If Black takes this poisoned pawn with 21 ... ♗xa5??, then this newly loose Black a5-bishop is subjected to the <DISCOVERED ATTACK> 22 ♘c3x♘d5 from the White d2-bishop and White wins a piece.

Jun-14-07  rogl: I'm surprised no one commented on the two consecutive BIG blunders 62. Bf3?? Kf6??. White must play something like Bc4 to prevent black from playing Nd3+ and Nxb4 with a draw.
Jun-14-07  MrMelad: <rogl> How is that a draw? Black can only delay white from queening by keeping the white king out of the h pawn, but eventuly he runs out of resources as black can't persue the bishop because of the threat of h6. The best black can do is delay the white king from getting to the h pawn with his king. But then, white can move the bishop to force the king to move and therefore black can never form a real blockade.
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  Phony Benoni: <MrMelad> It's a standard draw. Once Black's king reaches the h8 corner, White will never be able to drive it out. For instance, consider this position:

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How is White to make progress? The pawn can't do anything. 1.Be6 stalemates Black's king; Black just gives away his f-pawn and White has nothing better than returning to this type of position.

If White had a bishop on dark squares (say g5 in the diagram), the win is elementary: 1.Bf6+ drives the king away from h8, and the pawn queens easily.

Anytime one player is left with an a- or h-pawn and a bishop runing on the squares opposite in color to the pawn's queening square, watch out for this sort of draw.

Jun-15-07  MrMelad: Thanks! That could prove very usefull :)
Jun-15-07  Hesam7: These type of games, although played by the top seriously lack quality (not to mention theoretical importance) and I never understood why Kasparov insisted on them so much.

An example for the low quality:

<<rogl>: I'm surprised no one commented on the two consecutive BIG blunders 62. Bf3?? Kf6??. White must play something like Bc4 to prevent black from playing Nd3+ and Nxb4 with a draw.>

Nov-12-07  notyetagm: (VAR) Position after 21 ... ♗b4xa5??:

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This variation shows what would have happened had Black taken the poisoned White a5-pawn.

White now plays 22 ♘c3x♘d5 and if 22 ... ♗a5x♗d2

Position after 22 ♘c3x♘d5 ♗a5x♗d2

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then White (Kasparov) plays the <ZWISCHENSCHACH> 23 ♘d5x♘f6+!

Position after 23 ♘d5x♘f6+! <zwischenschach>:

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and only -then- recaptures his piece on d2, emerging a piece ahead.

Apr-29-08  Mike1307: Wait a minute, instead of 62:Kf6, Why not Nd3+ followed Nxb4 with a draw, since white has the wrong bishop?
Apr-16-09  zdiddy: <notyetagm> In your example, wouldn't white rather capture black's Queen with 23. Nxb6?
Jul-17-09  echector: Since Bf3 is a blunder, we look for an alternative. I suggest Kasparov could play Bc4! After Nxh5 by black let us look at the position. 1. Black cannot promote his pawn. 2. White has a passed pawn that outruns blacks king, therefore white would play b5. 3. Black now comes to the rescue with Nf6, but after b6 Ne8 white assures his pawn of promotion by Kc6! covering all the squares.
Jul-17-09  echector: Sorry there is a mistake in my analysis. After b6 there is Nd7 check with a drawing fork. Therefore instead of b6 we must play Kc6! immediately in order to win.
May-15-12  notyetagm: Game Collection: DECOYS! DECOYS! DECOYS! DECOYS! DECOYS! DECOYS!
Mar-15-17  khursh:
Jul-17-17  ZackyMuhammad: After 76♕ g6 76...♘ d2 is better
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