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Vladimir Kramnik vs Garry Kasparov
Las Palmas (1996), Las Palmas, Canary Islands ESP, rd 8, Dec-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D56)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-29-06  johnwgoes: A few comments from Nigel Davies and Andrew Martin's book on the match between the two.

"Kasparov's choice of opening is indicative of the growing respect for Kramnik's abilities. First he avoids his beloved King's Indian and then chooses to defend Queen's Gambit with an ancient and solid defence favoured by the late, great Emanuel Lasker. Whilst the intention might have been to 'play it safe', Kramnik maintains a nagging initiative that might well have blossomed into a full point"

After 20. b4 e5 :

"Facing growing pressure on the c-file Kasparov tries to complicate. White could now maintain his pressure with 21. bxc5! exd4 22. exd4 bxc5 23. Rc4 (preventing 23 ...c4) when the position is deeply unpleasant for Black. Now there is a glimmer of hope..."

22... e4!?

"Kramnik must have overlooked or underestimated this idea. He still keeps the better endgame but Black has returned to the drawing zone."

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