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Vladimir Kramnik vs Arkadij Naiditsch
37th Chess Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 3, May-23
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0
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May-24-06  whatthefat: An attractive, active game from Kramnik on his comeback.
May-24-06  Nezhmetdinov: Absolutely crushing.
May-24-06
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  Ron: This is how Kramnik used to play in the 1990s.
May-24-06  Everett: Yes, more games with 1.Nf3 please! Kramnik is the unequaled master in these types of games.
May-25-06
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  Gypsy: Opening prep, but a tour de force.
May-25-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Very clever how the white knight keeps offering himself up.
May-25-06  SniperOnG7: W.O.W.
Great Game, Kramnik. KEEP IT UP!
May-25-06  Dionyseus: Horrible play by Naiditsch, already lost in the opening.
May-25-06  crwynn: I'm not sure it's opening prep, Gypsy - 7...Nd5? was such a bad novelty, it's hard to imagine Kramnik preparing for it. Obviously Naiditsch wants to block the long diagonal, so that QB doesn't have to play nursemaid to the b-pawn - but the standard 7...Qb6 was a much better way to do that. 7...Nd5 is passive and you can see at a glance that it's just wrong.

OTOH, if Kramnik did think to himself, "what if Black plays 7...Nd5 here?" during his prep, the following moves are certainly straightforward enough that Nd4-f5-g7 could have been prepared. But I can't see anything here that screams "homework".

May-25-06  madlydeeply: 12 Nxd5 sets up Reshevsky's double octopus and wouldn't you know it immediately following comes the knight leap Nf5 with favorable complications.

Welcome back Kramnik I can't wait for the upcoming match!!!!

May-25-06  virginmind: nice and simple.
May-25-06  alicefujimori: Looks like 7...Nd5 wasn't good after all. 11...Bc5 was also bad too since it gave Kramnik the chance to play Nf5 and then Nxg7. Facing inferior opening play by Naiditsch, Kramnik answered directly and forcefully.

Well played, Kramnik. Looking forward to your game against Aronian.

May-25-06  JOHNNY YORK: How is this a draw, it seems like white has the knight pinned and then he can take the a pawn and start advancing his own up the board. Any lines??
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 6...dxc4 loses time for development. 6...Be7 or even 6...Nc6 7 Nxd4 Bc5 may be better.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 7...Nd5 loses more time. 7...Be7 gets the KB out.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 11...Bc5 places the black KB on a square where it can be forked together with the point g7 by Qc3. Kramnik will find a way to make brilliant use of this.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 12...exd5 seems necessary, in order to keep White's N out of f5 and to avoid the combination which Kramnik plays now.
May-25-06  square dance: naiditsch played weak and kramnik punished him accordingly. 13.Nf5! was a nice move. even though my computer was running horribly slow that day, fritz 9 included, the program saw it as best after only about a minute. this game was too easy though and im not sure how much it will tell us about kramnik. i think we will get a better idea after todays game with aronian. :-)
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: The first point of Nf5 is that if Black's e6 pawn had to defend the N on d5, it cannot also keep the N out of f5.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: The point of 14 Nxg7 is that the N offers itself -for the g pawn- upon a square which can be forked. For after 14...Kxg7 15 Qc3 forks the K on g7 and the B on c5.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: One thing which this game teaches is what a Queen on b3 can do to a bishop on c5. She can fork that bishop and the point g7 by Qc3 eg in the event that a N offers itself on g7 and Black accepts the offer. So add one to the number of things which White can do or which Black has to avoid.
May-25-06  square dance: the white ♕ on b3 was also aiming at the b7 pawn. it made blacks game loose. fritz actually preferred 16.Qxb7. i forget the exact sequence after that, but the evals dropped from about +1.50 to +1.00 after 16.Qf3. as i noted in my previous post though, my computer was working slowly yesterday.
May-25-06
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  Mateo: Accurate and nice play from Kramnik. But Naiditsch weak play in the opening did not set him a difficult problem. So it is not easy to know what could be Kramnik's strength nowadays, just looking at this game. Is he a 2700 IGM or something more?

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. g3 d5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Bg2 e6 6. O-O dxc4 7. Nxd4 Nd5 <looks new.> 8. Qa4+ Nd7 9. Qxc4 N7b6 10. Qb3 Bd7 11. Nc3 Bc5 <11...Nc3 12.Qc3 Rc8 could be an improvement.> 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 <safer 12...ed.> 13. Nf5! O-O 14. Nxg7! Nf6 <14...Kg7 15.Bd5 ed 16.Qc3 > 15. Bh6 Qe7 <15...Ng4 16.Nh5! Nh6 17.Qc3 > 16. Qf3 <directed against Ng4> Bc6 17. Qf4 Kh8 <17...Bg2 18.Nf5! > 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Rac1 Bd6 20. Qh4 Ng8 21. Qxe7 Bxe7 <better 21...Ne7, but the game is lost anyway.> 22. Nxe6 Nxh6 23. Nxf8 Bxf8 24. Rxc6 <this is an easy win.> Rd8 25. Rfc1 Kg7 26. R1c2 Nf5 27. e3 a5 28. Ra6 Rd5 29. e4 Rd1+ 30. Kg2 Nd4 31. Rc7 Nb5 32. Rb7 Nd6 33. Rd7 1-0

May-25-06  Stevens: <JOHNNY YORK: How is this a draw> it isn't, white won!
May-25-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Stunning game! It looks like Kramnik is ready for World Championship match against Topalov!

By the way, I've noticed that Kramnik actually opens with 1.Nf3 in most of his games. Interesting!

See here: Repertoire Explorer: Vladimir Kramnik (white)

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