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Peer Steinbrueck vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Peer Pressure" (game of the day Mar-16-2005)
Exhibition Game (2005) (exhibition), Bonn GER, rd 1, Mar-05
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1


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Mar-16-05  notsodeepthought: Very cute pun!
Kramnik took this exhibition game seriously enough to beat his opponent, a German politician, but there is precedent for chessplayers giving rather less than 100% when facing high-ranking political figures: F Terrazas vs F Castro, 1966
Mar-16-05  Abaduba: I think the difference is that German provincial heads can't have you executed. :-)
Mar-16-05  notsodeepthought: <Abaduba> Yes, that may induce you to look the other way when a local strongman threatens mate in one. :)
Mar-16-05  Windmill: 25, Nh6 seems quite the blunder. Then again even before that Peer was down a pawn to Kramnik, that's basically fatal. :)
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  acirce: O Maass vs F Terrazas, 1973 -- did Maass threaten to execute Terrazas as well?
Mar-16-05  Marvol: And F Terrazas vs Alekhine, 1945.

Of the three games by Terrazas in the database, the game against one 'Alekhine' was the longest. Clearly this fellow named Alekhine is the worst chess player of Terrazas's three opponents.

Mar-16-05  admiralnemo: Alekhine was afraid that Terrazas would execute <him>, so he let the game drag on.
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  patzer2: We appear to have gone from serious games to "pun" games for today's "game of the day."

Hardly venturing beyond the fourth rank, and avoiding most exchanges, White doesn't survive the opening and allows Black to quickly gain an overwhelming space advantage.

After the simple deflection 26...Rxd6, Black wins a decisive pawn. After 34...h5! 35. Nh6 Re5 , White's Knight becomes a trapped piece.

Mar-16-05  cuendillar: A chessbase article on the game:
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  patzer2: <Windmill: 25, Nh6 seems quite the blunder> I think you mean 35. Nh6, when the alternative 35. Nh2 Rxb2 isn't much of an improvement for White.
Mar-16-05  WMD: German politics must be the dullest in the world. Every time an interesting party emerges, they try and ban it.
Mar-16-05  Karpova: <WMD> what party are you talking about?
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  patzer2: <cuendillar> After reading the interesting article, and finding our Peer Steinbruck is aleader within the SPD party, I was interested in learning a little about modern German politics and found informative.
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  kevin86: Knight trapping:
1 first,bait the trap so that the tempted horseman has no escape.

2 block its protection

3 gobble it up.

moves 34,36,and 37

Mar-07-07  cannibal: White plays passively throughout the game, but doesn't commit any major blunders (Nh6, losing a piece, may have been a desperado move, trying to avoid the dead-lost position after Nh2). Kramnik himself admitted after the game that he had to work much harder than he had expected to win this.

Btw, <WMD>, the only party that was tried (but without success) to be banned in the recent past in Germany was the NPD, which is a neo-nazi party. Tell me 'bout your haircut...

Oct-27-11  hedgeh0g: In Germany, you find party.

In Soviet Russia, Party finds you!

Oct-27-11  rapidcitychess: In Soviet Russia, the chess plays you!
Oct-28-11  hedgeh0g: In capitalist Britain, bank robs you!
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