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List of chess games between Kasparov and Kramnik

Kasparov playing against Vladimir Kramnik in the Botvinnik Memorial match in Moscow, 2001

Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik have played 49 classical chess games, of which Kramnik won five, Kasparov won four, with the remaining 40 games drawn. Thus the overall score favors Kramnik (+5−4=40). If blitz and rapid games are included (where time controls are much shorter than in classical games) the overall score favors Kasparov (+22−21=79). The first decisive classical game between the two players was at Linares in 1994, which Kramnik won at the age of just 18.

Kasparov achieved two wins before the title match against Kramnik's Sicilian Defence. Kramnik had success against Kasparov's King's Indian Defence. In the title match Kramnik dropped the Sicilian and successfully employed the Berlin defence of the Ruy Lopez. The score was 5-3 in favor for Kramnik after the match, but Kasparov narrowed the gap to 5-4 in Astana 2001.

All the decisive games were won by white except for a win by Kramnik in 1996. After the tournament in Astana the players met only in the Botvinnik Memorial match and in Linares 2003 and 2004. Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005.

White Black Year Result Moves Winner Tournament Opening Notes and Reference
1 Kramnik Kasparov 1993 ½-½ 19 Linares E86 King's Indian Defence  
2 Kramnik Kasparov 1994 1-0 40 Kramnik Linares E93 King's Indian Defence  
3 Kasparov Kramnik 1994 1-0 35 Kasparov Novgorod B33 Sicilian Defence  
4 Kramnik Kasparov 1994 ½-½ 26 Novgorod D85 English Opening  
5 Kramnik Kasparov 1995 ½-½ 14 Riga, Tal Memorial C54 Italian Game  
6 Kramnik Kasparov 1995 ½-½ 58 Novgorod C55 Two Knights Defense  
7 Kasparov Kramnik 1995 ½-½ 13 Horgen B57 Sicilian Defence  
8 Kasparov Kramnik 1996 1-0 43 Kasparov Amsterdam B66 Sicilian Defence  
9 Kasparov Kramnik 1996 0-1 35 Kramnik Dos Hermanas D48 Queen's Gambit The only black win between
Kramnik and Kasparov ()
10 Kasparov Kramnik 1996 ½-½ 19 Las Palmas E71 King's Indian Defence  
11 Kramnik Kasparov 1996 ½-½ 58 Las Palmas D56 Queen's Gambit  
12 Kasparov Kramnik 1997 1-0 58 Kasparov Linares E59 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
13 Kramnik Kasparov 1997 1-0 32 Kramnik Horgen E97 King's Indian Defence  
14 Kramnik Kasparov 1997 ½-½ 41 Novgorod B66 Sicilian Defence  
15 Kasparov Kramnik 1997 ½-½ 35 Tilburg E39 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
16 Kramnik Kasparov 1998 ½-½ 26 Linares D85 Grünfeld Defence  
17 Kasparov Kramnik 1998 ½-½ 52 Linares E32 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
18 Kramnik Kasparov 1999 ½-½ 28 Wijk aan Zee D49 Semi-Slav Defense  
19 Kasparov Kramnik 1999 ½-½ 20 Linares E34 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
20 Kramnik Kasparov 1999 ½-½ 35 Linares D88 Grünfeld Defence  
21 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 37 Wijk aan Zee D85 Grünfeld Defence  
22 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 21 Linares C42 Petrov's Defence  
23 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 41 Linares D23 Queen's Gambit  
24 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 25 London (1) C67 Ruy Lopez  
25 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 1-0 40 Kramnik London (2) D85 Grünfeld Defence  
26 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 53 London (3) C67 Ruy Lopez  
27 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 74 London (4) D27 Queen's Gambit  
28 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 24 London (5) A34 English Opening  
29 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 66 London (6) D27 Queen's Gambit  
30 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 11 London (7) A32 English Opening  
31 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 38 London (8) E32 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
32 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 33 London (9) C67 Ruy Lopez  
33 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 1-0 25 Kramnik London (10) E54 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
34 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 41 London (11) C78 Ruy Lopez  
35 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 33 London (12) E55 Nimzo-Indian Defence  
36 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 14 London (13) C67 Ruy Lopez  
37 Kramnik Kasparov 2000 ½-½ 57 London (14) A30 English Opening  
38 Kasparov Kramnik 2000 ½-½ 38 London (15) E05 Catalan Opening Kramnik won the title ()
39 Kasparov Kramnik 2001 ½-½ 46 Wijk aan Zee C67 Ruy Lopez  
40 Kramnik Kasparov 2001 ½-½ 30 Astana D85 Grünfeld Defence  
41 Kasparov Kramnik 2001 1-0 46 Kasparov Astana C67 Ruy Lopez This win in the last round enabled Kasparov to overtake Kramnik and take sole possession of the first place ()
42 Kramnik Kasparov 2001 ½-½ 18 Botvinnik Memorial D27 Queen's Gambit  
43 Kasparov Kramnik 2001 ½-½ 72 Botvinnik Memorial B41 Sicilian Defence  
44 Kramnik Kasparov 2001 ½-½ 21 Botvinnik Memorial D58 Queen's Gambit  
45 Kasparov Kramnik 2001 ½-½ 19 Botvinnik Memorial C80 Ruy Lopez  
46 Kramnik Kasparov 2003 ½-½ 18 Linares D27 Queen's Gambit  
47 Kasparov Kramnik 2003 ½-½ 33 Linares C88 Ruy Lopez  
48 Kasparov Kramnik 2004 ½-½ 44 Linares E12 Queen's Indian Defence  
49 Kramnik Kasparov 2004 ½-½ 17 Linares D27 Queen's Gambit  
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