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Kramnik, V. (2770) - Kasparov, G. (2849) [A30]
BGN World Chess Championship, London (14) 31.10.2000

Notes by Boris Schipkov


1. Nf3
For the first time in this match Vladimir Kramnik plays 1. Nf3.
1...Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3
In the game Kramnik,V.-Polgar,J, Dos Hermanas 1999 White played 10.b3 0-0 11.Bb2 Rc8 12.Rac1 a6 13.Qd2 Rc7 14.Ne1 Bxg2 15.Nxg2 Qa8 16.Ne3 Re8 17.Ncd5 Rc6 with more or less equal game.
10...Rc8 11. Rac1 O-O 12. Qh4 a6












13. Ne1
In the game Kramnik,V.-Karpov,A., Dos Hermanas 1999 Kramnik in this position continued aggressively 13.b3 Rc7 14.g4 h6 15.h3 g5 16.Qg3 b5! 17.h4! bxc4 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.b4 Qa8, but Black successfully repulsed the attack and the game ended in a draw. Proceeding from a situation in the match, when each draw approaches of Kramnik to a title of the champion, the best line looks 14.Bh6 Qa8 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 and only now 16.Ne1. Frankly speaking, if 13.b3 then Black could play 13...Re8!?.
13...Bxg2 14. Nxg2 Re8!
The important move, preparing the manoeuvre ...Qc7-b7.
15. b3 Qc7 16. Bg5 Qb7 17. Ne3 b5!
Kasparov siezes the initiative.
18. Ned5?!
Better was 18.Ncd5!? with more or less equal chances.
18...bxc4 19. bxc4 h5!
Now Black has a small edge because of the weakness of the c4-pawn.
20. Qf4 Qc6 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Nd5 Bb2
23...Bg7 is not better than the text, 24.Qg5 Qb7 25.Rb1 Qa7 26.Rb4! with equality.
24. Rb1 Bg7 25. Qg5 Kf8 26. Rdc1 e6 27. Nf6! Red8 28. h4 Qa8!
Threatening 29...Rc5.
29. c5?
A mistake. Correct is 29.Qf4 Rc5 30.Nh7+ Kg8 31.Ng5 Rf5 32.Qe3 Re5 33.Qd3 with a minimal advantage to Black.
29...Rxc5 30. Rxc5 Bxf6 31. Qxf6 dxc5 32. Kh2 Kg8 33. Rb6
With the idea of Rxe6 with perpetual check.











33...Re8
Interesting was 33...Rd1!? 34.e4 Qc8 35.Qe5 Rd8.
34. Qf3!
White has good drawish chances in the rook endgame.
34...Qxf3 35. exf3 Rc8 36. Rxa6 c4 37. Rd6 c3 38. Rd1 Ra8 39. Rc1 Rxa2 40. Rxc3 Rxf2+ 41. Kg1 Ra2 42. Rc7 Kf8 43. Rb7 Ke8 44. Rb8+ Ke7 45. Rb7+ Kf6 46. Kf1 e5 47. Rb6+ Kf5 48. Rb7 Ke6 49. Rb6+ Kf5 50. Rb7 f6 51. Rg7 g5 52. hxg5 fxg5 53. Rg8 g4 54. Rf8+! Ke6 55. Re8+
In such endgames one extra pawn is not enough for victory.
55...Kf5 56. Rf8+ Kg6 57. Rg8+ Kf5
Draw. 1/2-1/2










Move
   

Kramnik, Vladimir (2770) - Kasparov, Garry (2849) [A30]
World Championship/London (14) 2000

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O g6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. d4 cxd4 8. Qxd4 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rac1 O-O 12. Qh4 a6 13. Ne1 Bxg2 14. Nxg2 Re8! 15. b3 Qc7 16. Bg5 Qb7 17. Ne3 b5! 18. Ned5?! bxc4 19. bxc4 h5! 20. Qf4 Qc6 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Nd5 Bb2 24. Rb1 Bg7 25. Qg5 Kf8 26. Rdc1 e6 27. Nf6 Red8 28. h4 Qa8 29. c5? Rxc5 30. Rxc5 Bxf6 31. Qxf6 dxc5 32. Kh2 Kg8 33. Rb6 Re8 34. Qf3! Qxf3 35. exf3 Rc8 36. Rxa6 c4 37. Rd6 c3 38. Rd1 Ra8 39. Rc1 Rxa2 40. Rxc3 Rxf2+ 41. Kg1 Ra2 42. Rc7 Kf8 43. Rb7 Ke8 44. Rb8+ Ke7 45. Rb7+ Kf6 46. Kf1 e5 47. Rb6+ Kf5 48. Rb7 Ke6 49. Rb6+ Kf5 50. Rb7 f6 51. Rg7 g5 52. hxg5 fxg5 53. Rg8 g4 54. Rf8+! Ke6 55. Re8+ Kf5 56. Rf8+ Kg6 57. Rg8+ Kf5 1/2-1/2


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