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. O-O a6 So the main classical line of QGA (Queen's Gambit accepted) by now. Not a perfect anti-computer opening but ... see above
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 O-O  11. Bf4 Popular and aggressive set-up checked quite often on the high level (at first by Illescas vs. Anand in 1997). The threat d4-d5 is quite worrying sometimes. However, nobody discovered something better than natural 11...Na5 removing White's bishop.
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 Qxa6 Boom!!!)
19. ... Qxc3  20. Nd4
(20. a4 Ra2 )
20. ... Rxa2  21. Nxe6 fxe6  22. Qxe6+ Kh8 and the pawns d5 & f2 will be exchanged soon]
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. Nxe6
[21. Rxe6? Qxd4! is just bad]
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
[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 here!
[24. ... Rfxf2  25. Qd8+ Rf8+  26. Kh1 Ra8 ]
25. Rxf2 Qxf2+  26. Kh1 h6! Enough is enough - game drawn
27. Qd8+ Kh7