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KvsF/X3D, Game Two (# 2.)

 Kasparov vs. Fritz X3D, Game Two (# 2.) 

This contest was carried live on ESPN ...  
although the coverage switched to tennis at a very critical point. I then went to ICC and tuned in to Chess.FM. 
 (See Game Four for a breakdown of all the ESPN commentators.) 

GM M. Ashley, GM Y. Seirawan, and Hoffman cover the game for ESPN team. "The FED" (Fedorowicz) comments on the game for the on-line radio show of 

  FRITZ-X3D (2675) - GM Garry Kasparov (2830)  
"Man vs. Machine, Challenge Match" (WCM)  
 Human vs. Computer/Virtual Reality/in 3D 
Athletic Club, New York; NY {USA} (Game # 2), 13.11.2003

[A.J. Goldsby I]


  [ re-play on "chess games" ]  


The critical game of the match ... after a tenuous position, the computer did not follow 
up with the correct moves. Kasparov could simply move a piece back and forth and 
probably draw. Instead, after a blunder, the computer breaks through and wins. 


1.e4 e5;  2.Nf3 Nc6;  3.Bb5 Nf6;  {Diagram?}     
SURPRISE!! Will Garry use Kramnik's favorite line of the Berlin Defense? 
(White normally plays 4.0-0 and Black responds with 4...Nxe4.)


The computer plays a slow line designed to avoid the loss of its vital center pawn.  
4.d3!?,  {Diagram?}      
This is surely a line given to the computer by its team of programmers.  


     [ After the moves:  4.0-0 Nxe45.d4 Nd66.Bxc6 dxc67.dxe5 Nf5;  
        8.Qxd8+ Kxd8{Diagram?}   Black has great defensive resources.  

        Garry himself was unable to break through Black's position in his 2000 
        (World Championship) match with GM Vladimir Kramnik.  

        Also, Deep Fritz was unable to win as White against Kramnik in the ... 
        "Brains in Bahrain" Match in 2002.  

        A good recent example of this line was the following contest:   
        GM Peter Acs (2591) - GM Kiril Georgiev (2651);  
        The European Team (Club) Championships
        Plovdiv, BUL;  2003.   
        {Black eventually won the game.}  ]   



4...d6;  5.c3 g6;  {Diagram?}    
Garry plays for a simple game where Black achieves a nice position 
simply by fianchettoing his KB.  

6.0-0 Bg7;  7.Nbd2 0-0;  8.Re1 Re8!?;  {Diagram?}   
A simple strategy ... Rooks toward the center of the board. 


     [ Also good was:  8...Bd7{Diagram?}   


       I definitely would have tried the move:  8...Ne7!?{Diagram?}   
       with the idea that White's Bishop on b5 looks rather silly here. ]   



White now advances in the middle of the board ... gaining vital ground.  
9.d4 Bd7;  10.d5 Ne7;  11.Bxd7 Nxd7;  {Diagram?}     
I guess White could be a tiny bit better here ... but it is hard to be 
really sure.  

12.a4!? h6;  13.a5 a6;  {Diagram?}    
This was virtually forced. (Black should not allow White to play his Pawn 
to this square.) 

White's center Pawns, esp. the one on the d5-square, makes finding 
the correct plan for Black a little difficult in this position. 


14.b4 f5!?;  {Diagram?}    
Setting up a dynamic middle-game. 

White will pursue the opening of lines on the Queen-side ... and Black 
must seek his chances on the King-side. (An idea borrowed from the 
"King's Indian Defence.")  

     [ 14...g5!? ]   


15.c4 Nf6;  16.Bb2 Qd7!?;  {Diagram?}   
Black looks to be fine here.  


White's next move is mysterious ...  only Fritz knows what it really does 
to improve the computer's position.  
17.Rb1!? g5!?;  {Diagram?}     
This move practically forces Garry
to commit to a King-side attack.  


     [ Maybe the move:  >/=  17...Rf8!?; ('!')  {Diagram?}  instead? 


       Also to be seriously considered was the move:  17...f4!?{Diag?}     
        followed by an all-out attack on the King-side. ]   



18.exf5 Qxf5!?;  19.Nf1! Qh7!?;  {Diagram?}      
Not a terrible move, but it looks like it is a tad artificial to me. 
(Perhaps Garry is hoping to be as brilliant as Nimzovich in his famous 
 victory over Johner?)  

     [  GM Yasser Seirawan   liked the move: >/= 19...Ng6{Diagram?}   
       with the idea of a later  ...Nf4. ]   


20.N3d2 Nf5;  21.Ne4 Nxe4;  22.Rxe4 h5!?;  (Maybe - '?!')  {Diagram?}     
Nothing about the position suggests that Black will succeed with this.  
(It looks like it might just create a weakness.) 

23.Qd3!? Rf8;  24.Rbe1 Rf7;  25.R1e2! g4!?;  26.Qb3!?,  ('?!')  {Diag?}      
I do not believe this is the correct move for White. 
(And a possible waste of time.)  


     [ Better is: >/=  26.h3!;  "+/="  {Diagram?}    
       with a possible King-side break-through for White.   
        - GM John Fedorowicz. ( ]    


26...Raf8;  27.c5 Qg6;  28.cxd6!? cxd6;  {Diagram?}      
After getting a promising position ... White has frittered away any edge 
that he had.  


29.b5!? axb5;  30.Qxb5 Bh6;  31.Qb6 Kh7!;   {See the diagram below.}       
White threatened Bxe5 as long as the Black Queen is unprotected.



   The critical position of the game. If Black simply moves back and forth, (h6 and g5?); I do not see how White can win. (kvsfx3d_g2-pos1.jpg,  26 KB)



Black looks to have a fairly solid position ... it does NOT appear that 
White could force a win from here.  

32.Qb4 Rg7?;  (Probably - '??')   {Diagram?}     
A horrible blunder ... missing a fairly simple tactic.  

In Garry's defense, he looked very fatigued. He was also running short of 
time as well. 

     [ Why not simply:  >/=  32...Bg5;  "="  {Diagram?}  instead? ]   


Now Bxe5 will probably win ...  the computer chooses another move - 
that also works.  

33.Rxe5!? dxe5;  34.Qxf8 Nd4;  {Diagram?}     
Otherwise Black loses his d-pawn.  

Now White wins with a nice combination ... but one that should not be too 
difficult for the computer to find from this position.  
35.Bxd4 exd4;  36.Re8! Rg8[];  37.Qe7+! Rg7[];  38.Qd8! Rg8[];    
39.Qd7+!,  {Diagram?}  Black Resigns.     
The move ...Qd7?? is met by simply Rd7, winning the Queen. 
Now if (the apparently forced) 39...Rg7[]; then 40.Qc8!,  winning 
easily for White. (The Black b-pawn will eventually fall with check.) 



A terrible loss for Garry ...  
who should have probably drawn without any real difficulty.  


   Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby I.   

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


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   Post-Game Press Conference & Interview with Kasparov  

Kasparov on Game # 2

Garry played an interesting opening. Later he may have pushed too hard on the King-side, and may have actually risked getting a bad game. But the computer was the first to blink, and exchanged all of its pawns ... and through away most of its advantage. 

In a position where Garry should have drawn easily ... he wound up blundering. 

A bad game by Kasparov ... and an EXTREMELY UGLY win by Fritz. 

In one news excerpt, Garry is chewing out the arbiter and the folks responsible for setting up the board. While I doubt any evil was intended, none-the-less Garry is very susceptible to any small disturbance/change in his schedule or routine. And I think he is entitled to expect that he be treated well, and it is not "sour grapes" to complain. 


   Garry ... probably not too happy.  (x3d-06.jpg, 02 KB)

(From the ChessBase website.)

X3D Fritz wins game two after Kasparov blackout 

14.11.2003  The second game of the spectacular Man vs. Machine encounter in New York ended with a stunning loss by Garry Kasparov. The greatest player of all time was actually doing quite well with the black pieces against X3D Fritz, when suddenly a time trouble blunder put an end to all chances. Here's our illustrated report
(There is also a link with a replay page!) 


  The World's #1 player - by rating. Here he looks happier ... it must have been before the blunder! (kvsfx3d2-kasparovg2.jpg, 05 KB)

(From the X3D website.)

X3D Fritz wins game 2 after terrible Kasparov blunder

After equalizing in a tough battle with black, Kasparov made a fatal error and X3D Fritz pounced immediately, forcing Kasparov's resignation on move 39. X3D Fritz now leads the match 1.5-0.5 with two games to play. [ more ]  


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