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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Mainz CC Champions Duel (2001)  ·  Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  0-1
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Jan-31-04  Benjamin Lau: This is a superb game from both players. Kramnik plays a very fine attacking game (so much for his manifesto of defensive chess) and it's difficult to see where he goes wrong. The sacrifice looks pretty sound, but Anand refutes it rather easily with his piece trades. He finishes up the endgame with some very nice technique right when Kramnik looks like he might sneak away with the draw.
Jul-26-04  Gavnyce: Anand played very well here and defended the undefendable sac and finished off the game good job vishy
Jul-26-04  Keshishian: I didn't know you could force (repeat the force part) mate with a bishop and knight. I know how to do it with two bishops, but just never thought about the knight-bishop duo.
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  Benzol: <Keshishian> It's suprising the number of strong players I've seen locally who don't know how to do it. Capablanca shows it in his book 'Chess Fundamentals'.
Oct-18-05  svbabu: 20.Nxh6 doesn't look good to me. I would prefer 20.NxB QxN 21.Rd1 ...
Dec-16-05  Conde de Montecristo: Kramnik's sacrifices never works.
Dec-16-05  pankajdaga: What's the continuation here?
Dec-16-05  suenteus po 147: <pankajdaga> I don't have a specific line, but essentially, white can't defend the two pawns, and then it's K+B+N vs. K which is a win.
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  KingG: <pankajdaga> The pawns can't be saved, and then it's ♗+♘ vs ♔, which for a top grandmaster is an easy mate.
Dec-16-05  suenteus po 147: <KingG> lol! Jynx!
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  KingG: <suenteus po 147> lol. We must have posted at the same time.
Dec-17-05  sucaba: 18. ♕c4 or 18. ♖e1 may be worth a try. For example 18. ♕c4 ♖h7 19. ♖e1 g5 20. e5 ♘xe5 21. ♘xe5 ♗xe5 22. ♕b5+ ♖d7 23. ♘xg5 .

White has a 5/6 score with 8. e4 in this database, Romanishin vs Baburin, 1996 for a quick example.

Aug-09-06  positionalgenius: Phenomenal game by Anand.
Jun-15-07  Draw Odds: Maybe the names of the players were switched by accident. ;-)
Mar-27-08  sheaf: probably kramnik missed 19..Bxe4, after which blacks bishops are very powerfully placed at the center.. , 20. Nxh6 cant be a good move, clearly opening the file for the rook just for a sorry h pawn. after 20.Nxh6+, whites bishop on c1 and 'hyperactive 'Knight on h6 are the only two pieces on active squares.. and blacks next move manages to eliminate both of them. hard to believe the sac was sound, but vishy produced an incredible defense in a difficult position...particularly when he was trailing in the match..
Jan-08-13  Derived: Very well played.
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