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Vladimir Kramnik vs Ilya Yulyevich Smirin
Russia - The Rest of the World (2002) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Sep-10
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-04-02  ksadler: This is Kramnik's first loss in his line of the King's Indian (9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1).
Jan-17-03  Sarimanok: Kramnik is a known King's Indian killer. This game gives hope and pleasure to a King's Indian player.
Jan-17-03  ksadler: But that's the thing, what Kramnik is to the White side of this line, some would say that Smirin is to the black side.
Jan-19-03  Sarimanok: I think I should take a look at Smirin's King's Indian games.
Jan-19-03  ksadler: They say that any King's Indian player should look at teh games of Kasparov and Smirin for an encyclopedia of theory.
Jan-21-03  Sarimanok: Thanks for the valuable information. :)
Jun-11-03  poisonpawn: If you want to learn how to play against the Bayonet attack study the games of Smirin and Radjabov. Kasparov doesn't have the energy anymore to defend the Grunfeld or KID.
Jun-11-03  Ghengis Pawn II: 23. b x b , q x b, 24. Qb4 seems good, I have been playing around with

23. b x d6 - b x b, 24. b - e5, be8, but I can't get anywhere with it!

Apr-13-04  notyetagm: Gee, I didn't know that Smirin was this KID god.
Sep-23-04  clocked: Kramnik slips with 21.Nxe4?
Mar-26-06  alexandrovm: what a blunder!
Mar-26-06  aw1988: How is Nxe4 a blunder?
Mar-26-06  alexandrovm: oh sorry, I was looking at 35. Rc1, Kramnik overlooked Bc4 there, I think.
Mar-26-06  aw1988: Well, OK. <clocked>, what is wrong?
Mar-26-06  alexandrovm: I just looked it. Before move 21 black seems to be tied up to the defense of the pawn on a4. Some moves later that pawns falls. Maybe that's what <clocked ment>. Why, for example, white played 23. Bf1 instead of BxB or Bxd6 or Bb2, only Kramnik and or a computer knows that, or us, if we start analyzing now. After that, white is a pawn down and his position doesn't looks confortable.
Jul-10-06  Rocafella: The knight is fine where it is. Nxe4 is maybe unnecessary as the pawn is not going anywhere. It is very temtping to take it. The knight is better staying at c3 where it defends the bishop, almost refuting the idea of black's 22nd move, ♗d7. Is this what you mean clocked or am I wrong?
Oct-20-06  Whitehat1963: Another in my upcoming collection of favorite games by King Kramnik.
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  Honza Cervenka: This game was rapid.
Feb-22-07  moppa: 35.dxe7 Rd5 am I right? White have to move his queen and black picks up the rook.
Nov-20-08  peristilo: Smirin, Polgar, Kasparov and Nunn are the guys to learn from when it comes to KID. From white point of view Kramnick is the one!
Jan-22-10  Everett: ... and Petrosian, from the white side.
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  ajile: Note that 35.dxe7?? is crushed instantly by 35..Rd4!
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  ajile: <moppa: 35.dxe7 Rd5 am I right? White have to move his queen and black picks up the rook.>

Sorry just noticed your post so you win. Except it's 35..Rd4 not 35..Rd5.

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