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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Reshevsky Variation (E46)  ·  1-0
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Feb-24-04  pencuse: The move 9. ... b6 by Kramnik seems to be novelty which leads to a tranpose to a Queen-Indian defense structure for black (typical d5 pawn structure). But Kramnik lost too much time with Knight and queen bishop so it seems he could not find time to push c pawn. This created weakness in pawn structure and Ponomariov used this advantage. Kramnik's novelty seems to be weak but needs more examination, probably we can see an improvement in the future.
Jun-20-04
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  acirce: Don't know if 9...b6 was wrong, but White had a little edge all the time and Kramnik played lousy from move 33.
Sep-20-04  F47: Ponomariov's 25. axb6 forced the exchange of his bad bishop for kramnik's good bishop!
Jun-07-05  Calypsoleon: What's wrong with the capture of pawn on h5 at move 34 for Kramnik?
Feb-06-06  morpstau: The move 9. ... b6 by Kramnik seems to be novelty which leads to a tranpose to a Queen-Indian defense structure for black (typical d5 pawn structure). But Kramnik lost too much time with Knight and queen bishop so it seems he could not find time to push c pawn. This created weakness in pawn structure and Ponomariov used this advantage. Kramnik's novelty seems to be weak but needs more examination, probably we can see an improvement in the future.
Jun-27-06  suenteus po 147: <pencuse> & <morpstau> Two accounts but same post???
Oct-20-06  Whitehat1963: 37...dxc5. More of that high-powered Kramnik chess vision that NEVER falters.
Dec-08-06  OneArmedScissor: What about <15. ...c5>?
Dec-30-08  KingG: <What's wrong with the capture of pawn on h5 at move 34 for Kramnik?> Black has a difficult rook endgame after 34...Qxh5 35.Qf5 Qg6 36.Qxg6+ fxg6 37.Rd7, with Rd6 to follow.


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Aug-19-10  fetonzio: @#$% final move comes out of thin air
Aug-19-10  ycbaywtb: these are the moves you live to see, that last move, and the 5 or 6 directly preceding it, setting it up so sneakily
Jul-14-17  optimuswise: Amazing game!
Jul-14-17
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  morfishine: 34...Kh8 is a horrendous blunder

The simple <34...Qxh5> holds easily

What was Kramnik thinking? Perhaps he had a panic attack

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Dec-17-17
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  Arn Zufeld: Qg6 is why I love the game!
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