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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Botvinnik Mem Match (2001), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Dec-02
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Reti Variation (B41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-28-05  Whitehat1963: Interesting game. Can someone spot a missed opportunity here?
Mar-09-08  positionalgenius: Nice game
Dec-15-14  engineerX: Kasparov has annotated this game in great detail in Informator 83. He thinks 24.b5? is a mistake and he should play 24.Nb3!? or 24.a5! with advantage. He puts exclamation marks on many of his opponent's moves from there on. In the endgame he recommends 58.Kd4! instead of 58.f4?! and he thinks after 59.Nd5? he has a lost position (correct is 59.f5!). Kramnik could have played 66...Kg5! and the last mistake is 68...Rb5? (68...Rc4 is correct) after which the game is equal again.
Apr-26-16  QueensideCastler: It's mate in 38 after 60. Nxf4 in accordance with Lomonosov Tablebases.
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  plang: While Kramnik acknowledged that 24 a5! would have been strong he did not share Kasparov's opinion that it would have been decisive. 39 Rc2 would have been perhaps a better way to play for a win. After 44 Bd3?!..Qd4 45 Be4?!..f5! White no longer had any advantage.

Kramnik on 55 g4:
"A strange move. A simple drawing plan was to put the queen on g3 and his knight on g4, waiting for Black to play h5 after which the knight will travel to e4 and we can shake hands."

After the game Kramnik found a win with 65..Kg5 66 Ne5..Ra3+ 67 Ke4..Ra7 68 Kf3..Re7 69 Nc4..Re1 70 Ne3..Rb1 71 Ke4..Rb4+ 72 Kf3..Ra4 73 Kg3..Rf4 74 Kg2..Kh4 75 Nf5..Kxg4 76 Nxh6+..Kxh5 77 Kg3..Rf8 78 Ng4..Rg8. Krasmnik had missed Kasparov's 70 g5! in his calculations. 70..Rb3+ 71 Kg4..Kxe4 72 gxh would have been a draw.

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