X3D Fritz - Kasparov, Garry (2830)
X3D Man-Machine World Championship (New York USA), 11/18/2003
Round 4 [A.Khalifman]
Surprise, surprise! Comments:A.Khalifman / www.gmchess.com / Hi everybody! Sorry for
missing game 3. One might guess: either I just don't like to work on Sunday or I could foresee this one-way
show. Yes, Garry played well - but FRITZ - oh, my goodness, even 6-year olds from our school might build
plans better. Anyway, now we're looking for a fierce fight or... No, no more respectable short draws!
1. d4 d5 My personal anti-computer weapon against 1.d4 used to be 1...Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5!!!, but surely Garry knows a thing or two.
2. c4 dxc4 Too sharp in my opinion...
3. Nf3 e6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Bxc4 c5 6.
7. Bb3 cxd4
[7. ... b5 is more ambitious but hardly
recommended against the "silicon monster". The text move leads to more "human"positions with the isolated
pawn on d4.]
8. exd4 Nc6 9. Nc3
Be7 10. Re1
11. ... Na5 12. d5!? Nice attacking idea first used by Greg Kaidanov vs. Dima Gurevich in USA - 2000! However, if Black defends well it might lead just to a forced draw!
12. ... Nxb3 13. Qxb3 Garry used this line as Black vs. Kramnik and sacrificed the queen with 13...Nxd5 (FRITZ likes it as well) 14.Rad1 Nxf4! Surely FRITZ "knows" it! However, 13...exd5 seems to be quite reliable either (Anand played so against the same opponent but a bit earlier).
13. ... exd5 Quite interesting - Garry avoids the above-mentioned game
[13. ... Nxd5 14. Rad1
Nxf4! Initially it's the idea of Shirov
who likes sacrifices like this even more than Garry. However, it has the good positional basis and might
be used against the computer also. The alternatives, by the way, are no fun for Black.
15. Rxd8 Rxd8 ]
14. Rad1 Be6 15. Qxb7 is
a bit passive for Black - White has minimal but comfortable advantage.
[15. Qxb7 Bc5 16. Be5
Qe7! was played by Anand before - looks
fine to neutralise White's initiative.]
15. ... Bd6 Also not new - it was
played by Andrey Kharlov who was a part of ... of, you know! - Garry's team. By the way, his opponent
in this game was Josif Dorfman - also once the part of .. yes, you know! Team work?!
16. Bg5 Rb8 See my comment to White's 12-th move
[16. ... Rb8 17. Qxa6
Rxb2 18. Re2
Rxe2 19. Qxe2
Be7 20. Qd3
Qa5 21. Bxf6
Bxf6 22. Nxd5
Qxa2 was only formally better for White,
Dorfman - Kharlov France 2001]
17. Qxa6 Rxb2 The
rook is quite strong here - the best idea for White is to exchange it - however, it leads nowhere...
18. Bxf6 Qxf6 Draw offer?!
[18. ... Qxf6 19. Qxd6
(19. Nxd5? Bxd5 20. Rxd5
Bxh2+ 21. Kxh2
19. ... Qxc3 20. Nd4
(20. a4 Ra2 )
20. ... Rxa2 21. Nxe6
fxe6 22. Qxe6+
Kh8 and the pawns d5 & f2 will be exchanged
19. Qxd6 Qxc3 20. Nd4
Rxa2 Yes, White wil still have some minimal
advantage but this is for sure not enough for win. So 2:2 - were the rivals equal? No way - just look
at the games! We humans are still better ... at least in classical time control!
[21. Rxe6? Qxd4! is
21. ... fxe6 So far so good..
. Was it pre-arranged?! Frankly, we don't know - so we'd better not say anything. However, good ads for
the best chess-playing program - some money for Garry. I'd better offer some other format of "MAN-MACHINE"
competition - follow the news on www.gmchess.com !
22. Qxe6+ Kh8 Come on guys stop it!
[23. Rf1 Qc5 24. Qxd5
Rfxf2! That's it! Quite easy for Garry]
23. ... Qc5 24. Qxd5
Rfxf2 That's all - thank you for being
[24. ... Rfxf2 25. Qd8+
Rf8+ 26. Kh1
25. Rxf2 Qxf2+ 26. Kh1
h6! Enough is enough - game drawn
27. Qd8+ Kh7