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Vladimir Kramnik vs Ruslan Ponomariov
MTel Masters (2005), Sofia BUL, rd 1, May-12
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Main Line (B17)  ·  1-0


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  dac1990: Here it is, analyzed in full:

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.N1f3 Bd6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 c5 11.00 Nf6 12.Qh4 cxd4 13.Re1 Bd7 14.Nxd4 Qa5 15.Be3 <last book move> 15...g5 16.Qh3 000

<16. ...Be5 >

17.Qf3 <17.Nb3 Qc7 18.Bxa7 Nd5 >

17...Be5 <17...Qe5 18.g3=>

18.a4 <18.Qe2 Qc7=>

18...Nd5 <18...Qd5!? 19.c3 Bc6=>

19.Nb5 a6 <19...Nxe3!? should not be overlooked 20.Qxe3 Bf4 21.Qxa7 Qxa7 22.Nxa7+ Kb8 >

20.c3 Nxe3 <20...Rdg8 21.b4 Qd8 22.Bd4 Bxd4 23.Nd6+ Kb8 24.cxd4>

21.Qxe3 <better may be 21.b4!? Qb6 22.a5 <22.Rxe3?! Bb8= <worse is 22...Bxb5 23.axb5 Bf4 24.Re2>>>

21...Bc7 22.b4 <22.Red1 Rhg8>

22...Qb6 23.Qxb6 Bxb6 24.Nd6+ Kb8 25.Nxf7 Rhf8 26.Nxd8 Bxf2+ 27.Kh1 Bxe1 28.Nxe6! staying in the lead

28...Bxe6 29.Rxe1 Bb3 30.a5 Rc8 31.Rc1 Bc4 32.Be4 Re8 33.Bf3 Kc7 34.Kg1 Re3 35.Kf2 Rd3 36.Be4 Rd6 37.Ke3 Bb5 38.Rc2 Bc6 39.Bxc6 Rxc6 <39...bxc6 40.c4>

40.Kd4 Rf6 41.Ke5 <41.c4 b6 >

41...Rf1 42.h3 Kc6 43.Rd2 Re1+ <43...Kb5 44.Rd6>

44.Kf5 Rc1 45.Rd3 Kb5 <45...Re1 46.g4 >

46.Rd7 <better is 46.Kg6!? Kc4 47.Rg3 Rxc3 48.Rg4+ Kd3 49.Kxh6 b5 >

46...Rxc3 47.Rxb7+ Ka4 48.Kg6 <48.Rb6 Rg3 >

48...Rg3 49.b5 axb5 50.a6 Re3? <better is 50...Kb4 51.Kxh6 Rxg2 with drawing chances>

51.Kxh6 Re6+ 52.Kxg5 Rxa6 53.h4 Ra8 54.g4 Rg8+ 55.Kf4 Rf8+ 56.Kg3 Ka5 <56...Kb4 is still a small chance 57.g5 Rg8 >

57.h5 Ka6 58.Re7 b4 <58...Rh8 does not solve anything 59.Kh4 >

59.h6 b3 60.Re3 <60.Re3 Rg8 61.Kf4 >

60.g5 could have also been played, 60...b2 61.Re1 , but the played was just as good.

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  Hesam7: <dac1990> Thank you for the analysis of this game. Can you give a deeper analysis on the move 21 b4 ?
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  WannaBe: <Hesam7> Here is what Shredder 9 says...

21... ♕b6 (21... ♗xh2+ 22. ♔xh2 ♕b6 (22... ♘g4+ 23. ♕xg4 ♕b6 24. a5 ♕xf2 25. ♖e2 ♕f6 [%eval 4.26/14])

23. a5 ♗c6 24. axb6 ♗xf3 25. ♖xe3 ♗h5
[%eval 4.25/13])

22. a5 g4 (22... ♗xh2+ 23. ♔xh2 ♘g4+ 24. ♕xg4 ♕xf2 25. ♖e2 ♕f6 [%eval 4.26/14])

23. ♕e4 ♗xh2+ 24. ♔xh2 ♗c6 25. ♕e5 g3+
[%eval 3.65/13]

May-12-05  maoam: What about 17...Nd5? Could some kind soul analyse that?
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  WannaBe: 18. ♕xd5 exd5 0-1
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  WannaBe: I was just kidding on the last post...

18. ♖ad1 ♕c7
19. g3 ♘xe3
20. ♕xe3 ♔b8
21. ♕f3 h5
22 ♕xf7= -0.16/12

May-12-05  maoam: That appears to be much better than I expected, thanks for that analysis.
May-12-05  morostyle: <Resignation Trap> <Personally, I found the draws from round one to be much more interesting than Kramnik's win. Does anyone agree?> True words i agree completly the fact that even if kramnik "wins" (usually he draws a.k.a. DRAWNIK)his games are less interesting and tactical then other gm's games. but maybe iam completly wrong and tactics from our "WC" kramnik are just beyond human understanding or he just "SUCK". open your mind U DECIDE !.i did! and he sucks !
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  percyblakeney: <Hesam7> After 21. b4 Qb6 22. a5 g4 23. Qe2 Bxb5 24. axb6 Rxd3 25. fxe3 black doesn't win the exchange with Bxc3 because of Rac1 and the bishop is pinned, after those two moves 26. ... Kb8 27. Red1 could follow and white ought to be winning, so 21. b4 looks very good to me in all variations.
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  TheSlid: <percyblakeney> Did you run Fritz all night looking at 21.b4?
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  percyblakeney: <TheSlid> Nope, I ran it all night looking at Anand-Topalov, but it didn't help much...
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  dryden: I remenber the Kasparovians calling Kramners a "boring", "overcautios" player, ah ah!! there you bloming go
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  TheSlid: <percyblakeney> Chess is indeed a sad waste of brains! : )
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  percyblakeney: ...or "Chess is a sad waste of microchips".
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  nikolaas: This opening seems to be rather odd in my untrained eyes, especially the Ne4-g5-e4 manouvre. What's the idea behind it?
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  Where is my mind: Qd5 dosen't equalize if 19. c3 g4 20. Qe2 Qd6 21. g3 Nd5 <22.Nb5> then Bxb5 23.axb5 Nxe3 24.Qxe3 Qxd3 25.Qxe5 Qd6
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  AdrianP: <Nikolaas> If you're unfamiliar with this opening, you should treat yourself to a look at this game Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, 1988

May-13-05  Hidden Skillz: <nikolaas> this is is quite nice too by tal Tal vs Oll, 1986
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  ajile: 15....QH5 to try to exchange queens.
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  ajile: Actually there's no where for the white Q to go after 15....QH5. The trade is forced. :o)
May-18-05  coward: i guess cowamnik will lost next game with ponomariov, by just seeing a photograph of kasparov asking for the rematch
May-18-05  coward: cowamnik hopes that kasparov wont be back, but if he does he will retire from all tournaments to avoid kasparov again

hope to kasparov be back to see cowamnik scared like a 3 years child seeing a ghost!!!

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  AdrianP: <ajile> 15. ...Qh5 16. Qxh5 Nxh5 17. Nf5! Bf8 (17. ...exf5 18. Bc5+ ) 18. Rad1 (Chessbase Magazine 107).
Jun-19-08  sallom89: Thats just an amazing end game lesson.

I really never heard that term before ..<cowamnik>.

Jun-19-08  SniperOnG7: It would at least earn creativity brownie points if not for his name.
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