Game 6, 03.10.2004


A quick draw after yesterday’s fighting game

Press release from the organizers
Brissago, October 3, 2004. After yesterday’s six and a half hour game and Peter Leko’s win against the World Champion, the sixth game of the Classical World Chess Championship at CENTRO DANNEMANN today ended in a draw after 20 moves.

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) repeats the Spanish Opening, but it was the Hungarian challenger, who came with a new and powerful idea 14…d5, offering a pawn sacrifice. Kramnik decides not to take risk and chooses a solid 15. …Bg5.

He hoped to get some initiative on the king’s side. But after c5-c4 his bishop on a2 started to look bad.
It took the World Champion some time to bring this piece back in the game. Meanwhile, Leko stabilized his positions on the king’s side. When he offered a draw, Kramnik could hardly refuse: Black was already slightly better.

[Event "Kramnik - Leko"]
[Site "Brissago, Switzerland"]
[Date "2004.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kramnik"]
[Black "Leko"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2760"]
[BlackElo "2743"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: closed, 7...O-O"]
[ECO "C88"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8.
h3 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. a3 Na5 11. Ba2 c5 12. Nbd2 Nc6 13. c3 Qd7 14. Nf1 d5 15.
Bg5 dxe4 16. dxe4 c4 17. Ne3 Rfd8 18. Nf5 Qe6 19. Qe2 Bf8 20. Bb1 h6 1/2-1/2