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KvsF/X3D, Game One (# 1.)

 Kasparov vs. Fritz X3D, Game One (# 1.) 

Below is the complete score of game # 1. I watched this entire event on TV, (ESPN2). 
(See game four for a breakdown of all the commentators for ESPN.) 

Additionally I observed on many different servers ... AND listened to the commentary (and kibitzes) on ICC, PlayChess,, the official web-site, and many others. 

Game # 1 (text-score only)  [ re-play on cg ]  

  GM Garry Kasparov (2830) - FRITZ_X3D(C) (Estimated 2675)  
"Man vs. Machine" World Championship Match
  Human vs. Computer/Virtual Reality/in 3D  
Athletic Club, New York; NY  (USA) 
(Round/Game # 1), 11.11.2003



This is the first game of the match between GM Garry Kasparov and Fritz X3D ... 
the computer. 

"Man vs. Machine" W.C.M.


1.Nf3 d5; 2.c4 c6;  3.d4 Nf6; 4.Nc3 e6;  5.e3 Nbd7; 6.Qc2 Bd6;  {Diag?}   
A common position in the Slav.

This is the same position as occurred in game one of Garry's match versus 
DEEP_Junior. (C)


7.g4 Bb4;  8.Bd2 Qe7;  9.Rg1 Bxc3;  10.Bxc3 Ne4;  11.0-0-0 Qf6; (TN?) {D?}   
A big surprise by the computer.

Garry now sacrifices a Pawn for play. 


The next series of moves appear close to being forced. 
12.Be2 Nxf2;  13.Rdf1 Ne4;  14.Bb4 c5;  15.cxd5 exd5;  16.dxc5 Qe7; 
17.Nd4 0-0;  18.Nf5 Qe5; 19.c6,  {Diagram?}   
Winning material.

     [ Possible was: 19.Bd3!?, {D?} with very dynamic play. ]  


19...bxc6;  20.Bxf8 Kxf8;  {Diagram?}  
A little bit of a shock, all the commentators were expecting Black to capture 
instead with the Knight here. 

     [ Maybe 20...Nxf8!?; instead? ]  


21.Ng3 Ndc5;  22.Nxe4 Nxe4;  23.Bd3 Be6; 24.Bxe4,  {Diagram?}   
Garry played this rather quickly ...  

     [ I liked the move: 24.Rf4, {D?} for White at this point. ]   


24...dxe4; 25.Rf4 Bd5; 26.Qc5+ Kg8; 27.Rgf1,  {Diagram?}  
With the obvious threat of capture on Black's f7-square.  

     [ Possible was: 27.Rg2!? ]  


27...Rb8; 28.R1f2 Qc7;  {See the diagram, just below.}  

This is a very important position.



  kasp_frtzx3d-pos1.gif, 28 KB



Now Yaz says Black should think about safe-guarding his a-pawn ...  
and he might be right. Instead Kasparov plays aggressively. 
29.Rc2 Qd7;  30.h4 Qd8;  31.g5 Bxa2;  32.Rxe4 Qd3;  33.Rd4 Qxe3+;  {Diag?} 
Now the game will resolve itself into a draw. by repetition. 


34.Rcd2 Qe1+;  35.Rd1 Qe3+;  36.R1d2 Qg1+; 37.Rd1, {Diagram?} 
Here Garry talked to the arbiter ...  the parties agreed to split the point.  

A truly great draw.


Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby, 2003.




  Go here to see the official site for the match.  

  All game, code (initially)  Generated with  ChessBase 8.0 

   Click  HERE   to see this game with NO annotations, on a js re-play board.   
(You don't need a chess set.) 

   Click  HERE   to see this game with my (deep) annotations, BUT!! ... this is text-only.   

   Post-Game Press Conference & Interview with Kasparov  

Kasparov on Game # 1

Garry played a brilliant game in the first encounter. I truly thought he was winning. But the computer also played some VERY tough defense. In the end ... a kind of equilibrium was reached, and a draw might not have been a bad result. 


   Garry hard at work - doing his 'thang.'   (kvsfx3d_g1-phot1a.jpg, 04 KB)

Man and machine battle to a draw in game one 

Those expecting caution from either side were very wrong. Kasparov and X3D Fritz came out swinging in the first game of the match. The drawn result was a disappointment for Kasparov and a big boost for Team Fritz. 
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Garry Kasparov came and he saw, but in the end he could not conquer. The machine defended precisely and then battled back at the first opportunity. X3D Fritz gained enough play to force a draw, an offer that Kasparov could not refuse. [ more

  The final position of the game ...  Garry cannot avoid the draw.  (kvsfx3d_game1-ld1.gif, 06  KB)

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