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Kramnik, V. (2797) - Kasparov, G. (2835) [D48]
Korchnoi Birthday KO Final, Zurich 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. Bxc4 b5 7. Bd3 c5 8. a4 b4 9. Ne4 Nbd7 10. Nxf6+ Nxf6 11. O-O Bb7 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. Qe2 Qd5 14. Rd1 Qh5 15. h3 Rd8 16. Nd4 Qd5
Deserving attention is 16...Qxe2!? 17. Bxe2 O-O and Black stands slightly better.
17. Nf3 Ke7?!
A risky move.
18. e4! Nxe4 19. Be3 Bxe3 20. Qxe3 Qc5 21. Qe1 Nf6 22. Rac1 Qb6 23. Ne5 Rd4?
Correct is 23...a5 or 23...Nd5.








   
24. Bxa6!!
A beautiful sacrifice. Also interesting is 24. Nc4! Rxc4 25. Rxc4 a5 26. Qe5 or 24... Qa7 25. Qxb4+ Kd8 26. Bxh7 Rxd1+ 27. Rxd1+ Bd5 28. Bd3.
24...Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Bxa6 26. Qxb4+ Qxb4 27. Nc6+ Kf8 28. Rd8+ Ne8 29. Nxb4 Be2 30. f3








   
30...h5
Losing instantly. But what can Black do?
31. b3 Rh6 32. Kf2 Rg6 33. Kxe2 Rxg2+ 34. Kd3 Rg3 35. a5 Rxf3+ 36. Kc4
Black resigned. 1-0










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Kramnik, Vladimir (2797) - Kasparov, Garry (2827) [D48]
Zuerich (3.2) 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e3 a6 6. Bxc4 b5 7. Bd3 c5 8. a4 b4 9. Ne4 Nbd7 10. Nxf6+ Nxf6 11. O-O Bb7 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. Qe2 Qd5 14. Rd1 Qh5 15. h3 Rd8 16. Nd4 Qd5 17. Nf3 Ke7 18. e4 Nxe4 19. Be3 Bxe3 20. Qxe3 Qc5 21. Qe1 Nf6 22. Rac1 Qb6 23. Ne5 Rd4 24. Bxa6 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Bxa6 26. Qxb4+ Qxb4 27. Nc6+ Kf8 28. Rd8+ Ne8 29. Nxb4 Be2 30. f3 h5 31. b3 Rh6 32. Kf2 Rg6 33. Kxe2 Rxg2+ 34. Kd3 Rg3 35. a5 Rxf3+ 36. Kc4 1-0


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