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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 4, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-26-03  BLD9802: Are these short draws a fad or have the top players suddenly lost their ambition?

The 110-move game from this year's Linares tournament looks out-of-place. :)

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  acirce: Games like this can be interesting too, in fact they often are. In this case it has significant theoretical value. Kramnik's new move 11..Bf5! seems to at least equalize and clearly improve on Yurtaev vs Ivanchuk, 1988 - which means this game casts doubts on the 7.e5 idea and is important for the whole question about how to handle the 3.Nc3 anti-Sveshnikov.
Sep-17-04  Hinchliffe: <acirce> Good morning acirce. I throughly agree with your opinion on this game. Games of this ilk are of immense importance and consequence in the development of theory. I find Mr.Kramnik and other contemporary players like my old chum Mr. Topolev, to mention just two. are moving theory on and showing that there is a lot of life left in this mighty game chess. By the way where would you like to meet for a game or two? I have played a few games at a site called Playsite if that is of any interest? But should you have a suggestion lay it on me. By the way I wrote to Cyp to enquire about your encounter but alas no reply. Perhaps it is a secret that you two are sharing. Anyway I hope you are well and look forward to playing with you. As always happy trails. By the way I must compliment you on your exceptional use of English one could easily be forgiven for assuming it to be your first language.
Sep-17-04  clocked: <acirce> I think the credit for 11..Bf5! goes to Eljanov from Bled 2002 where white tried 12.f4 Qd7! etc.
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  acirce: <Hinchliffe> You keep flattering me. :-) Sure, we could play there or on FICS where I have an account ( ) for example. I just met Cyphelium and talked, as we were in the same tournament, but we didn't play each other. Needless to say I found him very nice and likable.

<clocked> Oh it was not new, thanks for correcting me.

Sep-17-04  Hinchliffe: <acirce> LOL. Well I have just registered at the FIC site and will be ready to play very shortly. Unfortunately I have to go our right now but if you have any times that suit you perhaps you could let me know. My handle is COLDCALLER on the site and my e-mail is I am really looking forward to playing with you. Hope you are well and that life is keeping you amused. As always your chum Stephen
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