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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 8, Oct-05
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-25-05  Sonic Adventure: How can Kramnik do this? He has a huge advantage, but allows black to get a draw on terms of stalemate.
Jul-25-05  TruthHurts: <Sonic Adventure>, this game is a draw if he doesn't takes, the king gets away from the h pawn, the black rook takes the black, and then it's a draw cause each time the king will go into the h file protected by the h2 pawn, black rook will spot in the same colomn of the white rook, there, if the white rook takes, again , it's a statlemate.
Jul-26-05  Montreal1666: <Sonic Adventure:> Download the PGN and play it against your machine. You will see that this is a draw. The problem is that the pawns are doubled on the h-file. Kramnik can see it faster than us!!
Jan-11-10  elohah: This game was puzzle #184 in John
Emm's excellent book - 'The Most
Amazing Chess moves of all Time.

I wasn't so mad that there was an
ALTERNATE SOLUTION for this one - in
fact, it was the very solution that
Emm's pointed to and rejected - since
I found this solution in virtually
a nano-second.

I just wrote in the margin: "Got one

I'll just crib directly from my marginal note here, since it's short and sweet:

Instead of the solution 50...Rxb5!
( I believe one exclam is enuf here)
as given, and as Leko played, you
may write in your copy:

'50...d2!! 51 Rd5 Rd3! 52 Rxd3 Rd6+!!
- There's your devious stalemate

Jan-11-10  zanshin: White to play move 54:

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Great endgame technique! <54.Rxd6> is stalemate. <54.Kf7> is a tablebase draw.

Mar-15-12  LoveThatJoker: "50...?" would make a phenomenal Thursday/Friday puzzle as 50...Rxb5 is a stunning drawing resource - in that it not only leads to stalemate via 54. Rxd6 but also a book draw if White refuses the R!


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