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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
Dortmund (1996), Dortmund GER, rd 5, Jul-10
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Oct-04-04  DrDave: No comments on this game? I guess everyone just examines the wins... or maybe no-one else dares say they don't understand this game? Extraordinary stuff, hard to believe White can't hold on to the Queen and win.
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  Joshka: <DrDave> Well some pretty wild tactics are at work here, for sure. From what I have read, I think 2 rooks in most positions can hold, now whether this is that kind of position, far be it from me to say, but Kramnik felt, he better part with the lady. This opening's basis, I believe, seems to be predicated on the fact, that white's "a" pawn can be snapped off, without punishment. Maybe similar to the 'poison' pawn variation of the Sicilian. My Fritz wants to hold on to her queen with 21.Qc5 Rac8 22.Qe7 Nb5 23.Ba5 Nd4 24.Kg2 Nc6 25.Qc5 Nd4 26.Qb4 Ne6 27.Rb1 (1.50) advantage for white. Now I realize whites pawns are not connected like blacks, so I guess no pawn is going to queen, and they are all on the same side of the board. But by keeping the queen Kramnik does have some advantage it seems, and nothing to lose. Wonder what his time situation was. In my familiar games, I always seem to want to hold on to my queen. But time factor is the question.
Jul-01-06  suenteus po 147: What's most interesting is that Kramnik broke the repetition that would have lead to a draw anyway. But rather than hold onto his queen and press for a win (which he indicated such intent earlier with 17.Rxb7) he exchanges down to what looks to be a drawn endgame. Maybe time had become a factor like <Joshka> suggests.
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