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Leonid Yudasin vs Vladimir Kramnik
Candidates Match (1994), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-16
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation (B33)  ·  0-1


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Aug-04-06  think: Also,
25. ... Qxf2
renewing the mate threat loses after
26. Qxf7+ Kh8
27. Qf6+
picking up the rook.
Aug-04-06  RandomVisitor: For White, 22.Qxd6 has to be questioned. Better perhaps were 22.Nxd6 or 22.Nd4.
Aug-04-06  think: <dr.roho> why are you talking about fischer vs. morphy in a game with none of those players participating?
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  Richard Taylor: I found this fairly quickly -I thought it might be a rerun of a famous Marshall combination. Very pretty combo by Kramnik.

<dr.roho> Morphy would have to be retrained in modern chess theory -there is no knowing - nothing shows me that he is or was better (or even as good as) than - say Karpov.

Aug-04-06  alicefujimori: Not too difficult, but might be easy to miss in practice.
Aug-04-06  Marmot PFL: Easier combination than yesterday i thought, but very pleasing.
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  Sneaky: Is there an answer to 23...e3? (And if not, why doesn't the puzzle start there?) Certainly not 24.fxe3, or 24.f3 (same combination works with ...Ng3+), and you can't just ignore it, as exf2 is coming.
Aug-04-06  Dres1: Hmm.. well, i got the combo if white takes the queen right away, but i certainly didnt consider Nd6.. probably most of the "i solved it"s are the same i would guess
Aug-04-06  The17thPawn: Agree this was initially easier than yesterdays puzzle but I did not consider Nd6 but once I saw it in the game I thoght Ng3+ was still winning but Kramniks solution deprives white of counterplay and is therefore better.
Aug-04-06  Sami Jr: It is hard to untrain my brain from thinking that the way to win is to (make trades if necessary) get a bigger material advantage than my opponent. Though this is not a bad stategy, a preceding point should always be to focus on the opponents king and see how it can be trapped in the quickest and surest way possible not excluding sacs. Of course one has to conversley be mindful of his own king. Perhaps the instinct in human nature to stay away from danger is what makes it easy to overlook such play.

Observing such elegant, creative play in this forum in this and other daily puzzles has renewed and increased my interest in chess and increased my acuity for making such plays. When it does happen in person there is so much satisfaction, more so than capitalizing on an opponents "obvious" mistake or oversight; that can be boring and feel undeserved.

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  kevin86: This one seemed too simple to be true--black just robs a rook in broad daylight!
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  gawain: Got the key move on this one pretty quickly, after a little time wasted thinking about an immediate ...Ng3.

That possibility continued to distract me until I saw that a single move could defect the f-pawn and remove the pesky defending rook. Voila!

I have enjoyed all these Kramnik puzzles. Who would have guessed?

Aug-04-06  Ashram64: how come i dont see the mating threat after 24...Qxe3 ? Couldn't white capture the queen with fxe3? there is no mating threat because 25... Ng3+ 26 hxg3 Rh5+ can be met by Qh2 block. Black is actually down a piece. Need someone to explain why white couldnt recapture
Aug-04-06  sataranj: missed it.
Aug-04-06  sneaky pete: <Ashram64> 27.Qc7-h2 .. is an illegal move. Note the pawn on g3.
Aug-04-06  DWINS: <Ashram64>, 26...Rh5+ is checkmate. Black's Queen can't block on h2 because the white pawn that captured on g3 on move 26 is in the way.
Aug-04-06  Tactical: <dr roho>I believe you could get a helpful answer in the Kibitzer's Cafe
Aug-04-06  aazqua: Beautiful and obvious.
Aug-04-06  Illogic: Kramnik week has been great. Some beautiful games
Aug-02-07  Poisonpawns: Actually Kramnik was lost after 17..Nh4 but Yudasin blundered with 18.Kh1?(Over reaction to opponens plans)18.Nxd6! is just winning. For example 18.Nxd6! Qg5 19.g3 Nf3+ 20.Bxf3 exf3 and blacks attack is running out of gas.22.Nxd6 was also winning Qxd6 was a mistake Allowing blacks Nf5 and also Nf3 if he chose.
Aug-02-07  Atking: Yeah emotional game on both side. But I'm not sure you pointed the mistake. 18.Nxd6 Bh3 is possible. Kramnik himself noted that <22.Nd6 would have have caused Black some anxiety as in the main variation planned there is a hole 22...Rh5 23.Rxe4 Nf3 24.Re8+! and 25.QxQf4 covers h2... Still 22...a5 keeps some drawing chance> According to Kramnik 21...Qf4?! was a bit speculative (For our fun) Now he will play 21...Rae8!?
Aug-03-07  Poisonpawns: <Atking> 18.Nxd6 Bh3! but white doesnt have to take the bishop.19.Nxf7! Kxf7 20.f4! exf3 21.Bxf3 Bf5 22.Qxb7+ Kg8 23.d6 and i think whites pawns rule.
Aug-05-07  Atking: <Poisonpawns: <Atking> 18.Nxd6 Bh3! but white doesnt have to take the bishop.19.Nxf7! Kxf7 20.f4! exf3 21.Bxf3 Bf5 22.Qxb7+ Kg8 23.d6 and i think whites pawns rule.> An interesting idea but doesn't change my feeling about Black chance. To say in your line 22...Re7 23.Qb4 NxBf3+ 24.RxNf3 Rb8 makes Rxb2 and Ree2 and on d6 Rd7 possible. Agree that in the opening 11.Bd3 was better and advantageous for White and later Yudasin messed up his chance (in Kramnik's time pressure!) but as the game shows in the battle Kramnik played better.
Jul-12-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Yudasin vs Kramnik, 1994.
Your score: 37 (par = 34)


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  Richard Taylor: <dr.roho: who do u guys think is better : Paul Morphy or Bobby Fischer. Morphy's play is beautiful but Fischer's knowledge of chess theory is untouchable. I am just wondering in a chess match(not game) who could win. Let's say maby a 10 round match> It looks from this game as one example that Kramnik is better than either of them. He didn't lose game to Kasparov in winning the match against him....
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