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Vladimir Kramnik vs Gennady Tunik
Sochi (Russia) (1989), It
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  0-1
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-18-09
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  GrahamClayton: Kramnik loses a rook due to the threat of 39..♖d2#.
May-27-14  howlwolf: I think white has to take the draw after h5 with Rh7, 37...Kf4, Rf7+ and repeat the position; if white tries 37 Rc6 h4 38 Rc2 Kd3 wins the rook. Fascinating position and Kramnik is supposed to be the endgame whiz.
May-27-14
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  chancho: <Kramnik is supposed to be the endgame whiz.>

Well, to be fair, Kramnik was about 14 years of age (at most) when he played this game.

May-27-14
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  perfidious: <howlwolf: Fascinating position and Kramnik is supposed to be the endgame whiz.>

Kramnik was fourteen when this game was played--it is reasonable to assume that he was far from the finished product of even two or three years on.

May-27-14  howlwolf: Chancho and Perfidious, That is an excellent point; didn't mean to be unfair to the lad.
May-27-14  RedShield: Read a quote by Gelfand the other day about his first meeting Kramnik in 1989, when he was 13. Gelfand would've been 20/21, and he'd just won some important event, so he was feeling like the dog's bollocks. The young upstart, up for a session of the Botvinnik-Kasparov school challenged him to a blitz match. Boris generously offered to play 5 mins vs 2, and was soundly beaten.
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