October 15, 2002

The Brains in Bahrain is turning out to be the Manhandling in Manama. It's now sudden death, tied at 3-3. Kramnick thought he had the most beautiful move in the world on the 19th move -- the sacrifice of a whole piece to finance an all-out assault on the king -- but it turns out Fritz had gone down that path already and knew that it amounted to nothing, hinging on an incredible sequence that seemed like a dead-end for black but revealed itself to be the turning point that gave black the victory. Kramnick was lured out of playing positional, anti-computer chess and lost. What drama!

Posted by tmonkey at October 15, 2002 03:55 PM
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