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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
10th Euwe Memorial (1996), Amsterdam NED, rd 8, Mar-31
Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation (A04)  ·  0-1


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Oct-20-05  Whitehat1963: Why not 27. Bxc5?
Dec-02-05  Whitehat1963: Please, someone tell me what's wrong with 27. Bxc5. It seems like the obvious move to make, but I'm far from a great player and I no longer have access to a chess engine of any kind.
Dec-02-05  euripides: <Whitehat> Kramnik takes the exchange after the two intervening moves 27-8. I think the point is that he prefers to have the pawn on f4, rather than f3, to speed up the attack with f5 that occurs in the game. Unfortunately, the plan backfires. After g5 he has no easy way to continue the attack and seems to lose his way.
Jul-17-06  dramas79: <Why not 27. Bxc5?> I do not see anything wrong but if winning the exchange isi the objective, Krammnik only postpones it for 2 moves by pushing Anand's King around.
Jul-17-06  asip87: a longggg dayyy,,,
Sep-22-06  aazqua: What a collossal screw up by kramink. How could he possibly lose this game?? If he jsut takes the exchange at move 27 and then uses the threat of a queen exchange to liberate his king he should probably win. The loss is completely inexplicable.
Sep-22-06  Everett: Well, Anand has a pawn for the exchange, and a VERY safe king. It's really up to Kramnik to prove he has something, and pressing his small advantage in material (his king is buried in the corner, however) into a victory clearly didn't work.

Maybe there was a better way for white to safely exchange down to an advantageous endgame, but one would think this is exactly what Kramnik would try to do...

Oct-06-13  visayanbraindoctor: Peculiar observation:

This is the first decisive classical game between Anand and Kramnik. It lasts over a hundred moves.

The second decisive classical game between Anand and Kramnik then also lasts over a hundred moves. Kramnik vs Anand, 1996

Jul-27-14  ScottElliott: Could White consider giving up two rooks for Black's queen with 37 Rbc1 Qxc1 38 Rxc1 Rxc1 ? It is not as if Black could double rooks since he had earlier lost the exchange. As long as Black's queen is on the board he has counter-play for the exchange.
Jul-27-14  ScottElliott: Why not 33 ... Nd6 ? Does White have a clear way forward after 34 Rxd6 exd6 35 fxg6 ? Maybe Vishy thought his drawing (or even winning) chances were better remaining the exchange down with what he played.
Jul-27-14  ScottElliott: Tremendous win by Anand. He was fighting for his life when he played 26 ... Rxc5. Agree with the first kibitzer 27 Bxc5 would have been best. Anand just played sound chess incrementally gaining after that until he triumphed in the end.
Mar-21-18  Saniyat24: Retinanand...!
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