Deep Fritz(C) – V. Kramnik (GM) [D10]
Kramnik – Deep Fritz Bonn, Germany, 11.27.2006

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 b5 4.a4 c6 5.Nc3 b4 6.Na2 Nf6 7.e5 Nd5 8.Bxc4 e6 9.Nf3 a5 10.Bg5 [10.0–0 Ba6 (10…Be7) ]

10…Qb6 11.Nc1 Ba6 12.Qe2 h6 13.Be3 Bxc4 14.Qxc4 Nd7 Black easily equalized with this opening line. The idea is Black would like to play c5 at some point. White will try to stop that.

15.Nb3 Be7 16.Rc1 0–0 17.0–0 [17.Qxc6 Qxc6 18.Rxc6 N7b6=+ White will have a problem with the a4 pawn.]

17…Rfc8 18.Qe2 c5 Black succeeded in playing c5.

19.Nfd2 Qc6 20.Qh5 Qxa4 21.Nxc5 Nxc5 22.dxc5 Nxe3 23.fxe3 Bxc5 24.Qxf7+ Kh8 Black is more than fine here. Without a light color Bishop, Black does not have to worry much about the Kingside safety. On the other hand, Black has a chance to do something with the Queenside majority.

25.Qf3 Rf8 26.Qe4 Qd7 27.Nb3 Bb6 This is the type of position where Black can slowly squeeze the computer. A perfect position for Kramnik!

28.Rfd1 Qf7 29.Rf1 Qa7 30.Rxf8+ Rxf8 Black is clearly better in this position. He has excellent chances to convert.

31.Nd4 a4?! I do not like this move. I would have preferred keeping the d6 pawn with 31…Qf7 or trade the minor pieces.

32.Nxe6 Bxe3+ 33.Kh1 Bxc1 34.Nxf8 By going into this line, he gave up the real chances to win. It should be a draw now.

34…Qe3 Chessbase posted the following: “Kramnik played the move 34…Qe3 calmly, stood up, picked up his cup and was about to leave the stage to go to his rest room. At least one audio commentator also noticed nothing, while Fritz operator Mathias Feist kept glancing from the board to the screen and back, hardly able to believe that he had input the correct move. Fritz was displaying mate in one, and when Mathias executed it on the board Kramnik briefly grasped his forehead, took a seat to sign the score sheet and left for the press conference, which he dutifully attended.”

35.Qh7# 1-0
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