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Gennadi Lvovich Zaichik vs Vladimir Kramnik
GMA World Cup Open (1989), Moscow URS, rd 6, May-??
Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack (A80)  ·  0-1


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  InspiredByMorphy: I didnt know Kramnik could play the Dutch so well! Im interested to see his other Dutch games now. I like his knight movement on moves 9-11, and 18. ...Kf7 .
Dec-30-04  Poisonpawns: It is amazing to see Kramnik`s handling of the Dutch,he plays positionally and gets better endings.You dont see the huge Kingside attacks one might think of when playing the dutch.This game a typical Anti-Dutch system Kramnik deals with it in perfect manner.I love the counter attack in move 13-17.17.e4 dxe4 18.Nxe4 f5 19.Ng5 Kd7! 20.c3!Qa3 21.d5!c5 would have been very exiciting
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  Mateo: I am afraid I cannot agree with the comments about this game. This is the early Kramnik: many sounds moves for such a young man, but still not the crystal accuracy of one of the greatest players ever seen. The ending should be winning but Kramnik gave some hopes to his opponent to mix things.

38.♘e4? loses quickly after the simple 38...♗g3 threatening e2. If 39.♘xg3 fxg3 40.♔c2 e2 (theatens ♖d1) 41.♖e1 g2! followed by Rd1, Black wins. If 39.♘c3 f3, Blacks pawns are unstoppable.

But after 38.♔c2, it is not so clear. Black has to improve slowly his position as there should not be any fast win after 38...f3 39.♘d1.

Jul-30-07  Poisonpawns: <Mateo> If 38.Kc2!? it seems to me that Rc8 wins right away via pin of the knight and exchange sac if needed.The pawns are unstoppable,unless white gives up all of his material.
Jul-30-07  gmgomes: My engine agrees that 38. Kc2 is the best move for white, it indicates that white is lost anyway, as white has to sac his N for the "e" pawn, rooks would be traded in "a8" and black king has enough time to protect the f pawn before white can promote "a" and "b" ones.
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