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Valentin Arbakov vs Vladimir Kramnik
GMA Qualifier (1989), Belgorod (Russia)
Dutch Defense: Leningrad Variation (A87)  ·  0-1
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May-02-04  kak: wow, talk about perseverence by kramnik!
Dec-30-04  Poisonpawns: Arbokov`s troubles begin with 21.d5? creating a target for Kramnik. at the surface it looks good because it opens the scope for the bishop on b2,but he should have played the old plan of doubling up on the c-file with the rooks.It is amazing because my teacher says "make the move that you know has to be done first".Here there is only 1 open file and there are no immediate threats so we know the rooks should be on that open file, on the other hand d5 is a committment will that pawn be weak or strong? With this thinking in mind i would have just doubled rooks before d5. 21..Rb5! of course now Arbakov should part with the bishop by 22.Bxf6.See now on move 24..Kramnik misses the easy win of a pawn, by playing Nc3? but 25.Qb2 pins the Knight!If 26..Nxd5 27.a4! Rc5 28.Nxd6!So after the cool 26..Rc8 black wins the d-pawn and the game.
Jan-04-05  chesscookie: If the Kramnik of today had this much perseverence we would see many interesting games rather than dull draws
Jan-04-05  Poisonpawns: <chesscookie> Well said! I was suprised to see that Kramnik and other top players today played the dutch defense regularly when they were 2500 or so.I am sure if they stayed with it the defense would be more popular today.
Jan-04-05  fgh: Wow, from the first move by black, till the the last, the f pawn is on f5!!
Jan-05-05  lopium: I don't see any spectacular move by Kramnik, but yes, it's very well played.
Jan-07-05  fgh: <lopium>, it seems that many players here don't admire positional play much ;-)
Jan-08-05  lopium: <fgh> Ah, and what about you? You seem to like positional play. Am I wrong?
Jan-08-05  fgh: <lopium>: Yes, I love to create a pawn weakness, maneuver 20 or more moves, and then exploit the pawn weakness and win the game ;-)
Apr-18-07
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  Mateo: <Arbakov should part with the bishop by 22.Bxf6.See now on move 24..Kramnik misses the easy win of a pawn, by playing Nc3?> I agree that 22.♖ed1? was not good, but White did not need to give up his Bishop pair with 22.♗xf6. 22.♕d1! was good. If 22...♘xd5 23.♗xg7 ♔xg7 24.♕d4+ followed by 25.♕xa7 gives White a small edge, because Black's pieces are slightly unsecure (xd5, b5, xd7).

24...♘c3 desearves in my opinion a ! mark, because it was a sound decision, more difficult to take than to play the obvious 24...♖xd5. 24♖xd5 25.♕b2+ ♔h7 (25...e5 26.f4!) 26.♘d2! should lead to an ending where Black has only an unsignificant edge. Thus, White should draw. Let's see: 26...♕g7 (26...♖e5 27.f4) 27.♕xg7+ ♔xg7 28.♘xe4 ♖xd1+ 29.♖xd1 fxe4 30.♗xe4 ♖c8.

Apr-18-07  BadTemper: Wow! White played a Rundlauf! See moves 47-50
Jul-16-07  smarterthanbobby: I feel the simplictity of his play with black is over looked here... In chess wisdom center is supposed
to give you an advantage... I AM hard pressed to see whites power in any of the moves 1-30? anyone have supporting thoughts otherwise?
Oct-09-07  gambitfan: Kramnik again plays the Dutch Leningrad...

In this variant Black opening position is similar to King's Indian's with the exception of the f-pawn "above" the knight!

Jan-27-10
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  GrahamClayton: <BadTemper>Wow! White played a Rundlauf! See moves 47-50

<BadTemper>
How did the Rundlauf (b3-c4-b5-a4) get its name? Is there an equivalent for other pieces?

May-22-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

V Arbakov vs Kramnik, 1989.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF KRAMNIK.
Your score: 161 (par = 126)

LTJ

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