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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-29-14  SpiritedReposte: Vlad has a bullet proof king here. Looks like there has to be a perpetual somewhere for Kasparov but nope.
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  drleper: <DrMAL: According to the narrator, GM Danny King, Kasparov had anticipated all this, including 34.c6 when he whipped off 34...Rxb2+ sacrificing back. But apparently he did not count on 37.Ka4! winning, otherwise he would have had a mate.>

Well, Stockfish 5 agrees that 37.Ka4 is winning for white, but even after 37.Kb2/b3 black has only a perpetual! The white king just shuffles from b2 to b3, and black can't make much happen since every move must be a check (without dropping the knight).

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  Domdaniel: This game turned me into a Kramnik fan. Back in the day, I used to show it to anyone who could play chess and would sit still for a while.

At the time, I wasn't playing competitive chess - just casual games with friends. But I think this game influenced me to start playing tournaments again. And when Vlad played Garry for the title, I was following online, and cheering him on.

It is such a wonderful game. I like to see imbalances, but five pawns for a rook is something else. And then the rook has to go...

One of my all-time favourites.

Mar-31-18  morfishine: "Kramnik's Immortal" is much more fitting than this silly game title, which only serves to insult Kramnik, this game and chess in general.

Why do the best games have the dumbest game titles? Even the so-called "song" was rated on numerous rating services in the top 5 worst ever

I believe it


Mar-31-18  dumbgai: Because CG has dictated that every title MUST have some pun or word play, regardless of whether it’s clever or appropriate. As for the game itself, it’s one of Kramnik’s best. Kasparov certainly understood that Kramnik would be one of his toughest challenges, he wasn’t just saying it to promote the match.
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  Breunor: Stockfish agrees with Jimfromprovidence; it rates 31 Rb4 as even. 31 Rh8 is 9.8 so as far as silicon is concerned, Rh8 is the losing move.
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  FSR: Wow. Never saw this game before. Insane.
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  HeMateMe: <If there is a pathway for white to win after 31...Rb4, I'd like to see it.>

white swaps Rooks than plays Q-e6 and the mass of pawns crushes black.

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Analysis by Houdini 4

31...Rb4 32.Rd2 Qc8 33.Qf2 Rh8 34.Bd1 Ng4 35.Qg3 Qf5+ 36.Bc2 Qe5 37.Qxe5 Nxe5 38.Kc1 Rd8 39.b3 Rb5 40.c6 Rc5 41.d7 Nxd7 42.cxd7 Rxd7 43.d6 Kf7 44.g4 f5 45.Rf2 Kg7 46.gxf5 Rxd6 47.Rg2+ Kf7 48.Kb2 Rd8 49.Be4 Re5 50.Bb1 + / = (0.31) Depth: 24 dpa

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  cormier: if 32.Rxb4 axb4 33.Bg4:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

33...Qa5 34.Qf4 Qxc5 35.Qg3 Qd4 36.Be6+ Ng6 37.Qf3 Qg1+ 38.Kc2 Qc5+ 39.Kb3 Qxd6 40.Qg3 Qxg3+ 41.hxg3 Ra8 42.Kxb4 Rxa2 43.Kb3 Ra8 44.Kc4 Ne5+ 45.Kc5 Rb8 46.b4 Nd3+ 47.Kc6 Nxb4+ 48.Kd7 Rb7+ 49.Kd8 f5 50.d6 Rb6 51.Ke7 Nc6+ 52.Kd7 Kf6 53.Bd5 Ne5+ 54.Kc7 -+ (-2.70) Depth: 20

Mar-31-18  The Kings Domain: Quite the brilliant game by Kramnik, the Anderssen-Karpov style of play sure placed the bighead down to earth with this.
Mar-31-18  Olavi: In contemporaneous analysis Kramnik gave 31...Rb4 32.Rxb4 axb4 33.Qe6 Qa5 and a draw, and suggested 32.Qe4 with better chances for white in a complicated and unusual position. Remember this was a 25 minute game, no increments back then.
Mar-31-18  Olavi: <<DrMAL: According to the narrator, GM Danny King, Kasparov had anticipated all this, including 34.c6 when he whipped off 34...Rxb2+>

And this differs greatly from Kramnik's description. Kasparov took whatever time he had left on 34...Rxb2+, so 31...Rh8 was a one move blunder, not a variation calculated wrong.

Apr-01-18  AugusteGusteau: Great game!
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  MissScarlett: <Analysis by Houdini 4

31...Rb4 32.Rd2 Qc8 33.Qf2 Rh8 34.Bd1 [...]>

A Rook down, White can afford three retreating moves, and still be in the game.

Jul-20-18  Caleb554: Kramnik is such a rare talent. His calculation, hardwork, opening preparation, endgame technique are all well known. What is less know about him is his ability to doggedly fight at the board. He defends bad positions very well.
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  Check It Out: What a brave king maneuver by Kramnik.
Oct-11-20  The17thPawn: Saturday's puzzle was harder for me. But, I think I may have reviewed this game in the past.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A slightly creative 5/7 week; flubbed Friday and Saturday. Wondering why the Petrosian isn’t the main line of the KID. It poses such serious challenges for Black.
Oct-11-20  MisterFreeeze53: This is a great win alright. But this puzzle is laughably easy. LOL Paint by numbers the whole way. But then I do better with the hard puzzles, because I play crazy. LOL
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.
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  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.
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