News flash: Game seven drawn

10/17/2002 – Game seven of the Man vs Machine event in Bahrain ended in a draw after Vladimir Kramnik was unable to capitalise on a typical anti-computer postition. Fritz in fact threatened to turn tables on the world champion, who ended up defending for the draw. The score is now 3.5:3.5. A full report and pictures will follow soon. In the meantime you can replay the game here. More

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At first it looked like Deep Fritz was in deep trouble. "This sort of position is our worst fear," said Fritz programmer Frans Morsch. The position was closed and Kramnik was massing his forces for a typical anti-computer crush.

Suddenly, after making several useless moves, Fritz woke up! It broke out with 24.f4, which showed Kramnik's slow plan was a little too slow. This equalized the game and after that Kramnik decided not to take any risks. He repeated the position and Fritz was also content with the status quo, so the game was drawn on move 28 with barely a shot fired.

This means the match stays tied and everything is riding on the final game on Saturday. Kramnik will have the white pieces, but Fritz has the momentum having won two of the last three games.

Deep Fritz - Kramnik,V (2807) [A00]
Brains in Bahrain Man-Machine Match Manama, Bahrain (7), 17.10.2002

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 c5 10.Rd1 d6 11.b3 Bf6 12.Bb2 Qe7 13.Qc2 Nc6 14.e4 e5 15.d5 Nd4 16.Bxd4 cxd4 17.Bh3 g6 18.a4 (Last book move by Fritz.) 18...a5 19.Rab1 Ba6 20.Re1 Kh8 21.Kg2 Bg7 22.Qd3 Rae8 23.Nd2 Bh6 24.f4 Qc7 25.Rf1 Kg8 26.Rbe1 Qd8 27.Kg1 Bb7 28.Re2 Ba6 ½-½

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