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Vladimir Kramnik vs Loek van Wely
Tilburg Fontys (1997), Tilburg NED, rd 11, Oct-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Kramnik Variation (E17)  ·  1-0


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  plang: This game was played in the last round. Kramnik and Svidler were 1/2 point behind Kasparov going into the round. Kasparov agreed to Lautiers draw offer although it was later shown that the move that Lautier made when proposing the draw was inferior and could have been punished. Svidler and Kramnik both won their games creating a 3 way tie for first place. This is still Svidlers greatest tournament accomplishment. He also defeated Kasparov in their individual encounter which was the only time he was able to accomplish this. 7 Re1 was a favorite of Kramniks though after 13..dxe it just looks like a lost tempo. 16..Qd4 looked like the best continuation but ,in retrospect, it gives Kramnik the opportunity to chase Van Welys queen all over the board. If 17 Bxa8?? then 17..Qxf2+ 18 Kh1..Ng4
19 Bg2..Qg1+ 20 Rxg1..Nf2#. If 22..Qxb2
then 23 Be5..Qxa3 24 Bxf6..gxf 25 Be4 wins. Kramnik recommended 22..Qb3 with the idea of ..Qe6 but by that time white was clearly better.

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