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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
"Who Let the Pawns Out?" (game of the day Mar-31-2018)
Moscow PCA/Intel-GP (1994) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Apr-??
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Normal Defense (E93)  ·  1-0



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Oct-11-20  stacase: I would have moved 33.Rg6 offering up the Rook again.

I didn't see Black's Rook sacrifice and the following Unsuccessful! King hunt.

Best I've done on an "Insane" Sunday puzzle in some time.

Oct-11-20  Walter Glattke: First I found a funny BLITZ-chess with 29.Rxf5 gxf5 30.Qxf5 Rxb2+ 31.Kxb2 Qb8+ 32.Ka1 Qb7 33.Bxh5 Rb8 34.Rg5+ possible 34.-Nxg5 35.Qg6+and black wins, 36.-Kf8 37.Qf7+ Qxf7 38.Bxf7 Ne5 39.Be6 Ke8 40.c6 Nxc6 41.dxc6 or white wins? They played 30.-Kg7 with white advantage, the computer plays 30.-Rb7 with littkle white advantage, and you, now possibly you look at my BLITZ idea of Rxb2+ - what mays it be worth!?
Oct-11-20  sudoplatov: Perhaps Kramnik could try 31.Re4 rather than 31.Bxh5.
Oct-11-20  agb2002: White has a bishop and three pawns for both knights.

Black threatens Nxd4 and Ne3.

After 29.Rxf5 gxf5 30.Qxf5 Black has 30... Qc8 and if 31.Qxh5 Qxc5 32.Rh4? then 32... Rxb2+ wins for Black.

However, 31.Qxc8 Rbxc8 32.c6, followed by Ba6 and c7 if Black doesn't sacrifice the knight, looks very promising. If Black trades the knight for two pawns White still has more than two pawns for the exchange.

Oct-11-20  Brenin: This is a great game to play through, especially the ending, with White's King shielding from the checks among his three advanced pawns. However, as a Sunday puzzle it is rather disappointing, with 29 Rxf5 crying out to be played. Whether this is sound or not (and Black has too many unforced responses for humans -- this one, anyway -- to calculate accurately), OTB it's going to pose Black more than enough problems, especially in a rapid game. A good GOTD rather than POTD.
Oct-11-20  goodevans: Hardly 'insane'. Sac'ing the exchange to expose the K (and getting two Ps in the bargain) is almost routine. On the other hand, Kramnik's <26.fxe5!> was a more surprising and brilliant move.
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  perfidious: <self-styled prefect....It's truly amazing that moderation still does not work here.>

If it did, you would scarcely exist.

Oct-11-20  Honey Blend: Thinking of 30. ... ♕e8, luring White into 31. ♗xh5? ♖xb2+! 32. ♔xb2 ♕b5+

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Now any move other than 33. ♔a1 walks into 33. ... ♕xc5+ forking the rook. And if 33. ♔a1 ♕xc5 with a double threat of ... ♕c1 and ... ♕xd4, completely turning the tables.

Oct-11-20  mel gibson: I saw that move but I wasn't sure.

Stockfish 12 says:

29. Rxf5

(29. Rxf5 (♖f1xf5 g6xf5 ♕c2xf5 ♔g8-g7
♖d4-e4 a5-a4 ♖e4-e3 h5-h4 ♗e2-d3 ♘e5xd3 ♕f5-g4+ ♔g7-f7 ♖e3xd3 ♕d8-e8 ♕g4-h5+ ♔f7-g8 ♕h5xe8 ♖b8xe8 c5-c6 ♔g8-f7 d6-d7 ♖e8-e1+ ♔b1-c2 ♔f7-e7 d5-d6+ ♔e7-d8 ♖d3-d4 ♖f8-g8 g2-g4 ♖e1-e2+ ♔c2-d3 ♖e2-e6 ♔d3-c3 ♖e6-e3+ ♔c3-b4 ♖e3-e5 ♔b4xa4 ♖e5-g5 h2-h3 ♖g5-c5 ♖d4-b4 ♖c5xc6 ♖b4-b8+ ♔d8xd7) +3.70/31 229)

score for White +3.70 depth 31

Oct-11-20  vajeer: <Honey Blend> 30...Qe8 is interesting. I think in this case after 31.Bxh5 Rxb2, White should play 32. Ka1. Now of Black forces 32...Rb1+ then 33. Qxb1 Qxh5 34. h3 and White has retained four pawns for a knight and a commanding position.
Oct-11-20  goodevans: <agb2002: [...] After 29.Rxf5 gxf5 30.Qxf5 Black has 30... Qc8 and if 31.Qxh5 Qxc5 32.Rh4? then 32... Rxb2+ wins for Black.

However, 31.Qxc8 Rbxc8 32.c6, followed by Ba6 and c7 if Black doesn't sacrifice the knight, looks very promising. If Black trades the knight for two pawns White still has more than two pawns for the exchange.>

White also has <31.Bd3>. <31...Nxd3?> is bad because white plays <32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.Qxh5+> before taking the N leaving black at white's mercy.

Oct-11-20  vajeer: Looks like computers prefer 30...Kg7 just like Kasparov and so that must be correct...just wondering what is the continuation after 30...Rb7. Black will have rook for four pawns but the position looks horrible no matter what is played!
Oct-11-20  goodevans: <vajeer: <Honey Blend> 30...Qe8 is interesting. I think in this case after 31.Bxh5 Rxb2, White should play 32. Ka1...>

There's clearly more to this puzzle than I originally thought. Your line would allow black to continue his counterattack with 32...Qb5.

After <30...Qe8> I think white can find something stronger than 31.Bxh5. My first instinct is to continue to add pressure with 31.c6, also blocking off black's counterattack, but this doesn' t work because 31...Nxc6 takes advantage of white's in defended B.

So first I pin white's N with <31.Re4>.

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Now not only is the c6 advance pretty much unstoppable but white also threatens to do something nasty with 32.Bd3.

Oct-11-20  goodevans: * undefended
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  WannaBe: <vajeer> Here you go, if 30...Rb7

+1.32 (18 ply) 31.a4 Qd7 32.Qe6+ Kh8 33.c6 Qxe6 34.dxe6 Nxc6 35.Rd5 Re8 36.Bb5 Rxe6 37.Bxc6 Rb8 38.d7 Rd8 39.Rxh5+ Kg7 40.Rc5 Re5 41.Rxe5 fxe5 42.Kc2 Kf6 43.Bb5

Oct-11-20  Walter Glattke: Looking at agb with 32.Rh4? see this sharp variation with a "one-move-earlier-mate" by 32.Rg4+ Nxg4 33.Qxg4+ should be draw then by perpetual checks, e.g. 33.Kf7 34.Qe6+ Kg7 35.Qg4+ Kg7 36.Bd3?? Rxb2+ 37.Kxb2 Rb8+ 38.Ka1 Qc3# or Qc1+Bb1Qxb1# or 35.Qg4+ Kh8 36.Qh5+ Kg8!? 37.Qg6+ Kh8 and "dancing" with queen and king Kg8-h8, Qg6-h6.
Oct-11-20  1stboard: Note all the White pieces Enprise .....

Love the white King walk with all the Black heavy pieces still on the board ....

Power of pawns ....

Oct-11-20  RandomVisitor: 31.Bxh5 is not best, <mel gibson> has white playing 31.Re4 in the computer line. What's wrong with 31.Bxh5? Black has 31...Rb5:

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NNUE evaluation using nn-baeb9ef2d183.nnue enabled

<52/66 07:31 +0.14 31...Rb5 32.Rg4+ Nxg4 33.Qxg4+ Kh8> 34.Qh3 Kg7 35.Qg3+ Kh8 36.Bg6 f5 37.Qe5+ Kg8 38.Qe7 Qxe7 39.dxe7 Rfb8 40.e8Q+ Rxe8

Oct-11-20  RandomVisitor: After 28...Nf5:

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<56/117 1:13:34 +3.15 29.Rxf5 gxf5 30.Qxf5 Kg7 31.Re4> a4 32.Re3 h4 33.Bd3 Nxd3 34.Qg4+ Kf7 35.Re7+ Qxe7 36.Qh5+ Kg7 37.dxe7 Rh8 38.Qg4+ Kf7

56/69 1:13:34 +1.66 29.Re4 Rb4 30.Rxb4 axb4 31.Qa4 Nxd6 32.cxd6 Qxd6 33.Rd1 Rc8 34.Qb3 Kg7 35.Rd4 Rb8 36.Qd1 Nf7 37.g3 Rb7 38.Qd2 Ne5

Oct-11-20  RandomVisitor: Another look after 31.Bxh5: both 31...Rb5 and 31...Rb4 seem playable

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60/74 45:19 +0.13 31.. Rb5 32.Rg4+ Nxg4 33.Qxg4+ Kh8 34.Qh3 Kg7 35.Qg3+ Kh8 36.Bg6 f5 37.Qe5+ Kg8 38.Qe7 Qxe7 39.dxe7 Rxc5 40.exf8Q+ Kxf8

59/81 45:19 +0.25 31...Rb4 32.Rd2 Rc4 33.Qf2 f5 34.Be2 Ng4 35.Qg1 Qg5 36.Rd1 Re4 37.Bf3 Rc4 38.c6 Ne3 39.Rc1 Qf4 40.Qe1 Qd4

Oct-11-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun attack. But bad puzzle, because of how easy and obvious the first couple of moves were. Trade the Exchange for 2 pawns, tearing open Black's position? Yes please.
Oct-11-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: The immortal Vladimir Kramnik finally found the exchange sacrifice 29.Rxf5!,gxf5 30.Qxf5,Kg7! (30.-,Rb4 31.Qe6+,Kh8 32.Rxb4,axb4 33.Qe7,Qc8 34.d7!,Nxd7 [34.-,Qd8 35.Qxd8,Rxd8 36.c6,Nxd7 37.c7,Rg8 38.d6 +-] 35.Bd3,f5 36.c6,Nf6 37.Ba6!,Qe8 38.Qxf8+,Qxf8 39.c7 +-; 31.-,Nf7 32.Rxb4,axb4 33.Bxh5,Kg7 34.Bxf7,Rxf7 35.c6,Qb6 36.c7,Qg1+ 37.Kc2 +-) 31.Bxh5,Rh8? (31.-,Rb4! 32.Qe4 ⩲) 32.Rg4+!,Kf8 33.Qe6 +- (Kramnik, Vladimir & Damsky, Iakov: Kramnik. My life & games. London 2000. p.98). To all damn and stupid Kramnik bashers out there on ("Drawnik" etc.): With the 3 exceptions of A. Karpov, V. Ivanchuk and V. Anand, during Kasparov's reign as world champion only Vladimir Kramnik could play like this against G. Kasparov!
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  eternaloptimist: Wow I played the same moves Kramnik played from 29. -> 32. & then I chose 33.♙c6 (which Kramnik chose for his 34th move)! It looks like ♕e6 & ♙c6 r interchangeable for move 33.. I hardly ever get the 1st few moves of an “Insane” puzzle right so I’m feeling really good now!! 😎
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  perfidious: <FSR....Of course 29.Rxf5 gxf5 30.Qxf5 should be played. You don't need to analyze much further than that.>

Nuff ced!

In a more complex position, one might analyse some lines as a 'control' to ensure the opponent had no active tries, but here there was nothing even the great Kasparov could undertake while awaiting the executioner.

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  GrahamClayton: <randomvisitor> 31.. Rb5 32.Rg4+ Nxg4 33.Qxg4+ Kh8 34.Qh3 Kg7 35.Qg3+ Kh8 36.Bg6 f5 37.Qe5+ Kg8 38.Qe7 Qxe7 39.dxe7 Rxc5 40.exf8Q+ Kxf8

Now 41. Bxf5 Rxd5

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I fancy Kramnik's chances here - I think it would be difficult for Kasparov to try and stop Kramink's pawns when they are on both sides of the board.

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