GM Vladimir Kramnik has even employed the contentious 1.e4 and his games have a much sharper edge than his former surgical style. However, he was quoted in a recent interview after his nine-draw result at Dortmund,
"1.e4 games are more difficult to play because I don´t know the positions so well. But playing it is more interesting than 1.d4. Now I can play both, I am in a situation in which I can choose, and in general I am happy with that. But you also have some doubts, and sometimes you don´t get it right."
Other young lions such as GMs Ruslan Ponomariov and Teimour Radjabov play a brand of chess that is exciting and creative. It should go without saying that playing sharp, fighting chess does not always mean that it is "better" chess. In examining the games of players like GMs Anatoly Karpov and the late Tigran Petrosian, no one would say that these players are not fighters, but in the age of computers and databases, we are seeing more players adopt sharper lines of play and eschew the plodding positional style. It is certainly a welcome trend in a time when players are so quick to call a truce after a few moves.
ChessBase.com, "Anand pulls off hat-trick win at Mainz Chess Classic."
Replay Anand-Polgar games
The Chess Drum, "GM Ashley's essay questions ethics of quick draw offers," 8 March 2003.
The Chess Drum, Generation Chess International Tournament (no draws before move 50).