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Rb5 Kf7. White preserves an extra pawn but it is not that important. Kf2. White has an extra pawn, after all, although it is really difficult to win this ending. White’s pawns are weak, whereas the black king is marching to the center. Rc1 Rd8. White still has a microscopic advantage which is really hard to convert. a5 Morozevich is preventing b2-b4 and asking the opponent to show his cards. a6? b5! Bc5 Rf6 untying by g6, Rf7, Kg7. Rc1. a6! b6!. a5. Rd5! bxa5? Rxa7 Bc5. Kasparov: Black is forced to play this way.

Qe6, but Alexei must have miscalculated or underestimated something in time trouble. Nf6+ Kh8? And this is a mistake. Nxa5?! Be5 c6? Qb2! and the ensuing Qb6d8, White has a fatal attack. Bd3 b6, and Black can defend tenaciously. c6! bxc6 This is the only move. Qe2! Qb2! Suddenly the black king is chased. Nxh7! , preventing the queen from the defense. After this the black king is quickly done for. Bg3! f4 h6. Na8!? Na4, the knight’s advantage over the bishop is obvious. Qg3! Qxf7 Qf4+. h4! Be6?!

So we can see that after the failures of many years Kasparov managed to beat his successor in such an important game. Bb5 Nf6 Even before the game commenced, I didn’t doubt that the Berlin Defense would be played. And it really happened this way. Kasparov: I knew that Vladimir would play the Berlin system again. It was a point of honor for me to go for the main line. Kramnik has played this system on a regular basis lately. Contrary to Bareev’s statement, it is not just an “anti-Kasparov” variation, but an opening weapon which my opponent has employed against many opponents – Leko, Shirov and others.

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