GM V. Kramnik vs. Deep Fritz
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is game # 1. (Kramnik vs. Deep Fritz)
Game one, final position.
GM V. Kramnik (2807)
Brains in Bahrain Man-Machine Match.
Manama (1), 04.10.2002
1.e4 e5; 2.Nf3 Nc6; 3.Bb5 Nf6; 4.0-0 Nxe4; 5.d4 Nd6;
6.Bxc6 dxc6; 7.dxe5 Nf5; 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8; 9.Nc3 h6;
10.b3 Ke8; 11.Bb2 Be7; 12.Rad1 a5; 13.a4 h5; 14.Ne2 Be6;
15.c4 Rd8; 16.h3 b6; 17.Nfd4 Nxd4; 18.Nxd4 c5; 19.Nxe6 fxe6;
20.Rxd8+ Kxd8; 21.Bc1 Kc8; 22.Rd1 Rd8; 23.Rxd8+ Kxd8;
24.g4 g6; 25.h4 hxg4; 26.Bg5 Bxg5; 27.hxg5 Ke8;
28.Kg2, Draw agreed. ½ - ½
the game here. (With
my own annotations.)
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first game was agreed drawn after 28 rather colorless moves. GM Short was saying
it was extremely risky for Kramnik to be playing this line. While not to
disrespect Short - if Garry could not crack this line, it was doubtful a
computer would. (Kramnik is probably the world's leading exponent of the Berlin
Defense. He used it several times in the "Brain Games" match when
he defeated Kasparov.) Any good human might have been able to put a little pressure on
Kramnik, but the computer failed miserably here ... White is supposed to come
out of the opening with at least a small edge, and Fritz could not do
a way, this is a very good strategy for Kramnik, enter lines that he knows well,
rock-solid, lead to early end-games, and place a strong emphasis on
These are all areas where a computer does not excel.
I would not be comfortable defending this position against a strong computer, it
was obvious from GM Kramnik's demeanor during the game, he never felt he was
under any pressure at all. (Click here
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