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Lazaro Bruzon Batista vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-15
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-15-05  fgh: Is there anything wrong with 18. ... dxe4?
Jan-15-05  Swindler: Well, it doesn't open up the f-file for the rooks.
Jan-15-05  artemis: <fgh> by dxe4, the rooks wouldnt be opened up, and white could play d5 to activate their bishop. If timed correctly this would be devestating.
Jan-15-05  Franz the Stampede: mah, my comment is that to draw is human, to draw and bore is almost an exclusive of Kramnik...
Jan-15-05  azaris: That's a load of you know what. For most of this game, Kramnik was going to crash through in a spectacular fashion. Then he made a speculative sac, missed something and ended up slightly worse. Had Bruzon had the guts to play Nxe4 and take on the complications, Kramnik probably would have had his hands full trying to save things. There was absolutely no shame in accepting a draw as Black here.

Sometimes this place boils my blood.

Jan-15-05
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  tamar: During the game I thought that Kramnik missed 20...exf4 en passant with a Kingside attack. The Black pieces, especially the rooks firing down the f and g file, look threatening and unopposed after the position opens. But it appears from analysis the knight and the queen can fend off Black's greater number and the position is just equal.

20 f4 exf3ep 21 Nxf3 Rg7 22 Qh3 Bxg3
23 hxg3 Nf6 24 Qh4 Qd6 25 Ne5 Ne4
and Shredder 8 sees it as 0.00 after 26 Rf1.

Kramnik may seen this and been looking for more with 20...Bc8

Jan-15-05
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  IMlday: It is really hard to be paired way up and then get a good game. A draw seemed the objective beforehand, but at the board one is simply better. Which takes priority? Bruzon made a practical decision; debatable, but only the player himself is in a position to evaluate whether his nerves will manage the advantageous position--these superstars are at their best when cornered. Kevin Spraggett also plays this line for White. Personally I don't understand it at all; the B/b2 looks so useless and White's King so exposed. Nevertheless, of course we spectator/kibitzers are going to want more action eh. Oh well.. At least the game had theoretical content.
Jan-15-05  sleepkid: 23. N(d2)x e4! That would have been a fun game. People don't live enough...
Jan-16-05  suenteus po 147: <sleepkid> Kramnik would have taken that trade. I would think a rook is easily worth a bishop and knight in this position.
Jan-16-05  azaris: Besides, if one wants to single out the boring games, the "always exciting" Vishy played a non-game and the duel of the Englishmen was a dreadful affair that elicited mostly yawns from me. Like Nigel put it: "We chickened out."
Jan-16-05  sleepkid: suentes po 147: and the connected center pawns as well? it might have been worth a try. of course kramnik would have taken it. he would have had almost no choice.
Oct-02-05  Athenea: my comment is that to draw is human, to draw and bore is almost an exclusive of Kramnik...
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