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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Gelfand - Kramnik Candidates Semi-Final (1994)  ·  Slav Indian (A50)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jun-07-04  azaris: After 67...Qc1!? (68. Qxd8?? Qh1+ 69. Kg3 Qh2+ 70. Kxh2 stalemate):

68. d5 Qf4 69. Kg2 (otherwise 69...Qxf3+ draws) Rc8 70. Qxa6 Rc3 71. Qe2 Qc1 72. Qf2 Qd1 73. Re1 Qxd5 74. Ra1 Rd3 75. Ra2? (Gelfand throws away the game) Rxf3! 76. Qxf3 Qxa2.

If instead 75. Qf1 then 75...Rd2+ 76. Kh3 Rd3 77. Kh4 Rxf3 78. Qg2 Qb3 79. Rf1 Rxf1 80. Qxf1 Qa2 81. Kg3 Qxa5 draws.

And who says GM draws are boring?

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  offramp: 61...Qf6. Why does Kramnik make this move?
Why doesn't he keep up the repetitions?
Oct-23-04  WMD: Here's GM Ian Rogers on 61.Kh3: 'The sealed move. As both players analysed with their seconds they began to realise just how hopeless Black's position was. (White can target both the a-pawn and the d-pawn).

'When Kramnik finally retired for the night at 3.00am he had decided that he would probably resign the game without play. However his seconds, Lautier and Danelian, kept analysing through the night and when they woke him at 11.00am they told him to continue play. They had found one trick, just one, which Gelfand might just fall for...'

66...Qc8 'Kramnik took 38 minutes over this move - a brilliant psychological ploy to lure Gelfand into a feeling of over-confidence. Black is doomed to passive defence and will soon resign, Gelfand must have thought as he played...67.Re7?.'

67...Qc1!! 'A stalemate trick from nowhere! - if 68.Qxd8 Qh1+ 69.Kg3 Qh2+! draws. To make matters worse for Gelfand, the obvious 68.Rxg7+ Kxg7 69.Qxd8 gives Black an unlikely perpetual check with 69...Qh1+ 70.Kg3 Qg1+ 71.Kf4 Qc1+! 72.Ke4 Qc6+ 73.Kd3!? Qxf3+ (73...Qb5+ 74.Ke3 Qb3+ 75.Kf4 wins) 74.Kd2 Qg2+! 75.Kc3 Qc6+, etc.'

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  sleepyirv: The stalemate threatened reminds me of this game A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972 Of course, White can't turn his rook into bishop when he needs it to be in this game.
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