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Garry Kasparov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Botvinnik Mem Rapid Match (2001) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 6, Dec-08
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Fischer Variation (E44)  ·  0-1



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Jun-15-04  Whitehat1963: Kramnik uses the opening of the day to defeat Kasparov in 2001.
Nov-29-04  aragorn69: A video of the game, some 20 min. of it, at : Go to November 29, 2004, "Hitting the wall", ยง8.
Jan-07-05  Hinchliffe: <acirce> I know you will be utterly familiar with this little beauty but I think it goes someway to highlight your favourite players fantastic ability.By the way many congratulations for your contribution to GM Keene's work.
Jan-07-05  Sbetsho: more such videos please :)
Jan-07-05  acirce: <Hinchliffe> Thanks for bringing it to my attention, I can't say I was already "utterly familiar" with it although I did know it existed.

The direct link to the video <aragorn69> mentions, to facilitate: -- interesting stuff including comments on perhaps the key moment of the game, 22.Nb5? or maybe even 22.Nb5??

Kramnik also does his "waving fist in air" thing again just like after winning the final game against Leko.

Dec-05-06  acirce: Unless I'm forgetting something, this is what happened last time Kramnik with Black had to win the final game of a match, even though it's only rapid.
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  Honza Cervenka: <acirce> I think that more recent and more representative example of Kramnik's (almost) must-win play with black pieces was his 13th game in WCh match against Leko. See Leko vs Kramnik, 2004. Really awesome game where Kramnik pressed pretty hard and Leko managed miraculously survive.
Dec-05-06  acirce: Yeah, there he didn't absolutely <have> to win, so the strict must-win game was the 14th where he was White. But I agree, that was a great game, and part of the tremendeous drama of that match. Analysis showed Kramnik missed a win in the endgame.
Dec-11-06  adalav: watch it here. Shame the quality of the cameraman (or woman) even though, it is better than noting

Dec-15-06  ToTheDeath: Great clip!
Feb-23-08  Voxation: At around 1:27 of the video, is that Kasparov offering a draw? And then Kramnik refusing?
Feb-24-08  MichAdams: No and no. In chess, you don't offer a draw by thrusting your hand toward the opponent.
Feb-27-08  Voxation: Then what was Kasparov doing putting his hand out like that??? And I notice that both draws and resignations are shown by giving your hand for a handshake, so how does the other player know the difference?
Dec-29-08  Raginmund: this is the best from the best...
Kramnik winning with black,,, this is a dream...

Kramnik always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May-28-09  Zzyw: I'm pretty sure Kasparov didn't offer a draw, that would have been very rude in that situation as Kramnik had to win and accepting a draw was equivalent to resigning.
May-28-09  Brown: Umm... Of course Kramnik merely drew in classical and rapids, but got utterly smashed in blitz vs Kasparov during this event. Hardly a stellar result for a WC.

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