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Vadim Markovich Milov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Ch URS (juniors) (1990), Leningrad (Russia)
Blackmar-Diemer Gambit: Netherlands Variation (D00)  ·  0-1


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Dec-30-04  Poisonpawns: I love this game! Milov attacks with an Anti-Dutch system and Kramnik trades Queens fast.Then uses two weaknesses in the position.Whites advanced pawns on the King side and his lack of development.Note the pos after move 22! Even material but black is close to winning! move 27..Rc2! now compare the Bishops! 33.Rf1!! Killer move
Jan-19-05  Mating Net: Black saves a tempo on move ...11 Kxe7. How many of us would have played ...11 Bxe7 instead. I would have. I'll try and learn from this game. <Poisonpawns> is right. Those doubled Rooks on the C file totally devastate White's game.
Apr-10-05  Poisonpawns: Kramnik on his way to the top was ruthless! Development of this style is what made him world champ.Perhaps he is only concerned now with defending the title and not expending energy in tourneys and such.A very instructive game.
Jun-08-05  fgh: <Mating Net>: Personally, I would have played Kxe7. It allows the rook to come into play more quickly than Bxe7.
Jun-08-05  fgh: 33 ... Rf1!!
Jan-01-06  Pawsome: I arrived here via the Netherlands variation of the Diemer-Blackmar Gambit: 1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 f5!? 4. f3 e5 and there you go.
Aug-17-07  Tartalacreme: 4.f3 is weak here. White should play 4.Bf4 or 4.Bg5! first.
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  ajile: Dutch Verosov Attack.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: As impressively as Kramnik accumulates advantages, the entire game still hinges upon a single tempo. White played 26.a4 to create luft for his King, allowing Black to play ...Bd3+, blocking White's d-file and permitting the Rook to penetrate to c2.

So would 26.Bf1 have been better? 26...Bxf1; 27.Rxf1,e3; 28.Re1,Rc4; 29.Rxe3,Rxf4; 30.Rc3 might be annoying. (27...Ke6!? 27...Rg8!?)

May-01-14  GumboGambit: Whites third move is more appropriately known as the Kingfisher Gambit of the Dutch Defense.
May-01-14  solskytz: <An Englishman>

four + years later... on seeing the game I had the same thought as you...

I later thought that on 26. Bf1, ...e3 immediately may well be decisive.

The threat is ...e2. On 27. Bxc4 Rxc4, the rook threatens the f-pawn, as well as to go to e4. Black is winning.

Concretely: 26. Bf1 e3 27. Bxc4 Rxc4 28. Re1 Rxf4 29. Rxe3 Re4!

e5 falls. If white exchanges rooks, the pawn ending is lost as black takes the e-pawn with the king. If white goes 30. Rh3 now, even 30...f4 is an option. Black is playing "up a king". White looks awful.

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