|Oct-22-05|| ||KingG: Kramnik plays the sharpest line against the Moscow variation of the Semi-Slav and get an advantage fairly easily. |
Akopian then plays the interesting sacrifice 26. ...Rf3!?, but then goes wrong almost immediately with 28. ...Nf6?, when 28. ...Bh6! was the only move to keep up the pressure.
|Nov-24-05|| ||KingG: 16.Bg3 was a Kramnik novelty, and is the only move to play for a win. Previously, 16.f3 was played, but after this move, it seems the best White can achieve is a draw.|
|Feb-25-08|| ||just a kid: 41.c3 doesn't do very good as 42.Be5+! takes the all so inportant a1-h8 diagonal because it's the only way to stop Kramnik's b-pawn from promoting.|
|Nov-28-13|| ||Peligroso Patzer: Kramnik’s choice in this game (<10. h4>) seems a little dubious. After this move, Black can attack in the center with <10…. b4 11. Na4 Nxf6>. (The same idea a move earlier did not work out well for Black in Sakaev vs M Kobalia, 1998, but with White having played committally on the wing, Black’s counter in the center is more effective.) |
Kramnik has not played <10. h4> in any other game, as far as I can determine.
|Nov-28-13|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <KingG: ***
Akopian ... plays the interesting sacrifice 26. ...Rf3!? ***>
Kramnik could have de-fused Black's extremely clever (but unsound) idea if on move 26, instead of the immediate capture on b5, he had exchanged a pair of Rooks, i.e., <26. Rxf5 Rxf5 27. axb5> and if now <27. ... Rf3 28. gxf3 gxf3 29. Kh2> should win easily for White.
In this line (with the exchange of Rooks), <29. ... Bh6> can be strongly answered by <30. Qf2>.
|Dec-17-15|| ||plang: 14..Bg7 had been played a few months earlier in Goldin-Novikov New York 2000 (White won - not included in this database); in that game White had played 15 b3. In another game from New York 2000 Khenkin had tried 16..Nd7 against Goldin and had won; Akopians 16..Nh7!? does not look like an improvement and has not been repeated. Akopians clever sacrificial attack with 23..c5!, 25..Raf8 and 26..Rf3!? gave him very promising counterplay. |
Kramnik could have de-fused Black's extremely clever (but unsound) idea White.
In this line (with the exchange of Rooks), <29. ... Bh6> can be strongly answered by <30. Qf2>.>
Kramnik did not consider the idea unsound had Akopian played 29..Bh6 The game would have likely ended in a repetition with 30 Qe5..Bg7 31 Qe3..Bh6.
Regarding 28..Bh6 29 Qf2 (29 Qg1?..fxe 30 Rxf8+..Bxf8 31 Be5..Ng5! and wins)Kramnik gives 29..Nf6 30 Bxf3..Bxf3 31 Qxf3..Ng4+ 32 Kh1..Rxf3 33 Rxf3..Qc2 with an unclear position.
Kramnik returned the exchange with 31 Rxf3 in order to obtain the initiative. Black resigned due to 41..c3 42 Be5+..Kh7 43 Kc4 (not 43 Kc6?..Ba1! 44 Kxb6..c2 45 Bf4..Bb2 and draws).