October 24, 2000
Kramnik, V. - Kasparov, G. [E54]
WCC (10) 2000 [Baburin]
Previously Kramnik played 4.Qc2 here, but in game 9
Kasparov used a good novelty and got a better game. So, Kramnik deviates.
Maybe that was not the best choice, as the challenger
already showed great skills in handling the isolated d-pawn in the match.
The game would have completely different flavour
after 11...Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nbd7, when Black would play for blockade of the
This is a rare move, but White scores heavily with
it. He applies pressure on e6 - a rather common motive in such positions.
Kramnik obviously knew this line very well, while Kasparov spent a lot of time
in the opening.
13...Qe7? was met with stunning 14.Bd5!! in the game
Browne-Ljubojevic, Tilburg 1978, and White eventually won.
After 14...gxf6 15. d5! Kh8 16.dxe6 Nc5 17.Qd1 Qxd1
18.Rcxd1 Bxf3 19.gxf3 fxe6 20.Bxe6 White got the upper hand in Nielsen-Hellsten,
Denmark 1996. Probably safer was 14...Bxf6, but after 15.Nb5 Black would still
Amazingly, so far the players followed the game
Hazai-Danielsen, Valby 1994, where after 19...Qf4 20.Rxc8 Rxc8 21.Nd6 Qxf3
22.Nxc8 Qg4+ 23.Kf1 Qh3+ 24.Ke2 Qxc8 25.Kd2 White soon won.
Now White threatens to play 24.Nh6++ Kh8 25.Qg8+!
Kasparov had to play 23...h5 here, although after
24.Ng5+ Kh8 25. Qf5 White's attack is very strong. His move loses on the spot: