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Ruslan Ponomariov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 2, Feb-23
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  0-1
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Feb-24-03
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  refutor: a very powerful game by kramnik...can i change my opinion on the result of the leko-kramnik match? ;) just joking
Feb-24-03  mrwonkabar: 29 ..d3 was an excellent move, pretty much sealing the game
Feb-25-03  Plasmatics: I assume Kramnik didn't play 35. ... Kxf8 because of Bxc5+ and Ba3 stopping the pawn from Queening?
Dec-17-03
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  technical draw: <refutor> You're right. <mrwonkabar> You're right. <Plasmatics> You're right.
Oct-26-04
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  Whitehat1963: Good example of the opening of the day.
Oct-26-04
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  aw1988: <technical draw: <refutor> You're right. <mrwonkabar> You're right. <Plasmatics> You're right.> Good game.
Oct-26-04
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  tpstar: <technical draw> You're right. <Whitehat1963> You're right. <aw1988> You're right.
Oct-27-04
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  sneaky pete: <tpstar> You're right, I'm left, she's gone.
Oct-31-05
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  Averageguy: I'm very confused :(
Nov-04-05
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  aw1988: <sneaky pete> You're horrible.
Nov-05-05
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  sneaky pete: <aw1988> Is that any worse than being awful?
Nov-05-05  fgh: Looooooool :-)
Sep-03-06
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  patzer2: According to the chessgames.com and the chesslab.com databases, this is the first time 12. b4! was tried at master level. It is now part of opening theory and an interesting temporary positional pawn sacrifice offer, which allows White to get his pawn back quickly, and with a clear advantage, if Black accepts it (e.g. 12. b4! cxb4 13. axb4 Qxb4?! 14. Bxa7 ).

As such 12. b4! might be more accurately characterized as a positional attack on a pinned pawn, which forces 12...Ne6 =.

Sep-14-09
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  Max Lange: Good example of how the weaker player can do all the right things, the stronger player can do all the 'wrong' things (castling late), and the stronger player will still find a way to win.
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