When the new internet company Braingames decided to sponsor Garry
Kasparov's ongoing world title defence, they stressed that old-fashioned
television coverage was no longer essential in the internet age - the
success of the event would be assured by the live internet coverage on the
However after only two games of Kasparov's match in London against fellow
Russian Vladimir Kramnik, Braingames began to realise that their worldwide
internet 'exclusive' was nothing of the sort - every self-respecting chess
website was transmitting the games live.
With sites such as KasparovChess.com providing added extras (such as
comments by Kramnik very soon after the game) with which Braingames could
not compete, the sponsors reacted with a crackdown on the large press
contingent attending the match.
"Braingames is both sponsor and organizer of the event, and owns all rights
in connection with the match," read a strong message distributed to all
accredited press personnel. "We remind you that Braingames.net have
invested millions of dollars in this
event, and are both legally and morally entitled to control the live
coverage of the match, just as in any other sporting event where the audio,
video, text commentary and other copyrightable material remain the
exclusive property of the organizers...
"Transmission of the moves from the press centre without written permission
from Braingames.net is strictly prohibited and may result with withdrawal
of press accreditation and access to the match."
Unfortunately for Braingames, modern technology makes their crackdown
completely unenforceable since anyone can buy a 20 pound ($A50) ticket, sit
in the Riverside Studios audience and key the moves into their mobile
telephone (and thereby onto a website) as they happen.
At least Braingames should be satisfied that the match itself is exceeding
expectations, with underdog Kramnik taking the early lead and holding it
thanks to the following narrow escape.
Opening: Ruy Lopez
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5
Kramnik is trying to bore Kasparov to tears with his choice of opening but,
unlike game one, Kasparov finds a way to keep the pressure on.
9.Nc3 Bd7 10.b3 h6 11.Bb2 Kc8 12.Rad1 b6 13.Ne2 c5 14.c4 Bc6 15.Nf4 Kb7
16.Nd5 Ne7 17.Rfe1 Rg8 18.Nf4 g5
Ugly, but 19.e6 was threatened.
19.Nh5 Rg6 20.Nf6 Bg7 21.Rd3 Bxf3 22.Rxf3 Bxf6 23.exf6 Nc6 24.Rd3 Rf8
25.Re4 Kc8 26.f4 gxf4 27.Rxf4 Re8 28.Bc3 Re2 29.Rf2 Re4 30.Rh3 a5 31.Rh5 a4
32.bxa4 Rxc4 33.Bd2 Rxa4 34.Rxh6 Rg8 35.Rh7 Rxa2 36.Rxf7 Ne5 37.Rg7 Rf8
The immediate 38..Nd3 was safer.
39.Re7 Nd3 40.f7 Nxf2 41.Re8+ Kd7 42.Rxf8 Ke7 43.Rc8 Kxf7 44.Rxc7+ Ke6
45.Be3 Nd1 46.Bxb6 c3 47.h4?!
47.Kh2 retains some winning chances.
47...Ra6! 48.Bd4 Ra4 49.Bxc3 Nxc3 50.Rxc3 Rxh4 51.Rf3 Rh5 52.Kf2 Rg5 53.Rf8
Ke5 Draw Agreed
After 54.Kf3 Rf5+ leads to a well known draw.
Leading final scores:
1. Nguyen Tran 6/7;
2eq. I.Rousak, C.Gowor 5;
4eq. J.Wood, S.Guo-Yuthok, M.Whitely 4.5.
The Ginninderra Cup, a tournament open to all, will begin at the Belconnen
Chess Club next Friday. Details from Ian Rout 62766379 (W).