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Loek van Wely vs Vladimir Kramnik
EU-ch U20 (1990), Arnhem NED, rd 8, Dec-29
Dutch Defense: Stonewall. Modern Variation (A90)  ·  0-1
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Jan-13-05  suenteus po 147: VERY nice endgame play by Kramnik here. I wonder why Kramnik gave up the Dutch? Maybe he viewed it as a "young man's" opening.
Jan-13-05  Poisonpawns: Definetly a killer ending by Kramnik,nice to see Kramnik playing a stonewall!
May-08-05  fgh: Wow, what an endgame, truly an instructive one.
Sep-30-05  Chessmaster9001: this is fantastic endgame technique from Kramnik, very instructive endgame.
Mar-24-06  HannibalSchlecter: Maybe Kramnik gave up the Dutch because he was getting too many draws with it. I notice he had a lot of draws in the archives with it.
Oct-30-06  Milo: I don't think white has any chance to hold after 37...Rxa1.
Nov-24-07  Karpova: Dutch's defense was insufficient against the Dutch defense.
Mar-21-09
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  Mateo: This is really a highly instructive ending. 37.Ra1? seems to be the losing move. The Bishop ending is winning for Black.
Mar-21-09  computer chess guy: <Mateo: The Bishop ending is winning for Black> It does seem so. Engines I've tried seem to think it's a draw in the early stages but that could just be lack of depth to see to the end. After 54. .. Kd1 Black is winning for sure.
Feb-23-11  xombie: Masterclass ending by the Kramnik. I am curious about 40. Kf3. Wouldn't it have been better for white to allow g4 without check (so that he could play h4 ...) but I guess the outcome might have been similar.
Aug-06-11
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  Garech: Superb endgame play from Kramnik; a real masterclass.

-Garech

Aug-06-11
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  Fusilli: Position after 27...exd5:


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... and black goes on to win this (!!)

Truly an endgame masterpiece.

Feb-13-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Looking at this endgame at about move 35 or 40 you think it's probably winnable for black. Keep white's pawns on the dark squares. Actually winning it...well, this is just impressive.
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