03 January 2007

Q: Is the KID dead? • A: Not sure.

The first of the two questions in Is the KID dead? was 'What were the two Kasparov - Kramnik games?' According to the games on Chesslab, Kramnik beat Kasparov 13 times. Six of these were blitz games, and at least two were rapidplay. If the event to celebrate Korchnoi's 70th birthday was rapidplay, then add another win.

Four of the 13 games were KIDs, including one blitz game and one rapidplay game. The two standard time control games were played at Linares 1994 and Novgorod 1997.

[Event "Linares"]
[Site "Linares"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Kasparov, Garik"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh5 11.h4 g4 12.Nh2 Nxg3 13.fxg3 h5 14.O-O f5 15.exf5 Nc5 16.b4 e4 17.Rc1 Nd3 18.Bxd3 exd3 19.f6 Rxf6 20.Qxd3 Qf8 21.Nb5 Bf5 22.Rxf5 Rxf5 23.Nxc7 Rc8 24.Ne6 Qf6 25.Nf1 Re5 26.Rd1 Qf5 27.Qxf5 Rxf5 28.c5 Bf8 29.Ne3 Rf6 30.Nc4 dxc5 31.b5 Bh6 32.Re1 Re8 33.Re5 Re7 34.Rxh5 Ref7 35.Kh2 Bc1 36.Re5 Rf1 37.Re4 Rd1 38.Rxg4+ Kh7 39.Ne5 Re7 40.Nf8+ 1-0

[Event "It (cat.19)"]
[Site "Novgorod (Russia)"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Kramnik Vladimir (RUS)"]
[Black "Kasparov Gary (RUS)"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.Re1 Nf4 11.Bf1 a5 12.bxa5 Rxa5 13.Nd2 c5 14.a4 Ra6 15. Ra3 g5 16.g3 Nh3+ 17.Bxh3 Bxh3 18.Qh5 Qd7 19.Qxg5 h6 20.Qe3 f5 21.Qe2 f4 22.Nb5 Kh7 23.gxf4 exf4 24.Kh1 Bg4 25.Nf3 Ng6 26.Rg1 Bxf3+ 27.Qxf3 Ne5 28.Qh5 Qf7 29.Qh3 Nxc4 30.Rf3 Be5 31.Nc7 Rxa4 32.Bxf4 1-0

To play through the complete games see...

Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov, Linares GM tournament 1994

Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov, It (cat.19) 1997

...on Chessgames.com, which returns 14 wins for Kramnik over Kasparov. A couple of CG.com comments on the 1997 game are relevant: 'King's Indian, Kramnik: 3 wins, Kasparov: 5 wins, 1 draw' and 'one of [the] last Kings Indians played by Kasparov'.

[At first the CG.com Java viewer wasn't working. At the bottom of each game is a small tool to choose the Java viewer. I clicked 'set' on the default and it worked. I installed IE 7.0 a few weeks ago and assume the problem was related to that. Will I have to set it each time?]

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