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Vladimir Kramnik vs Joel Lautier
Linares (1994), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-27
Slav Defense: Czech. Wiesbaden Variation Sharp line (D17)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-11-18  Retireborn: A fascinating game.

In Informator Lautier gives 32.Bxa6 a ? and suggests 32.b3, but Houdini takes the view that after 32.b3 Ra8 Black is better and can play ...e5 at his leisure.

The position after 41...e5 has a strong aesthetic appeal. It is difficult to defend against such a pawn front, and by move 46 Kramnik would seem to be lost.

Sadly Lautier misses the win with 53...Nc5! 54.Ba8 Nd3+ 55.Kc3 Kc5 with ...d4 to follow, or 54.Bxd5 Nb3+ 55.Kc4 Nd2+ 56.Nxd2 e1Q.

And with 59...Nd3 he effectively makes a draw offer, which Kramnik seizes on nicely. It would be very interesting to know what the 7-man tablebase says after 59...Nf3+.

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