|Jan-18-07|| ||ganstaman: Hmmm, well I guess if you don't want to draw against Kramnik, you should avoid the Petroff with 1.d4...|
At least it adds some variability to the whole thing.
|Jan-18-07|| ||dehanne: Why is this game drawn? Can't Kramnik try to play against Pono's isolated d-pawn? Can't Pono try to concoct a plan based around the two bishops?|
|Jan-18-07|| ||chessmoron: Not really. Pono has a microscopic advantage here but can't much gain here. So short draw.|
|Jan-18-07|| ||s4life: <Why is this game drawn?>|
Because Kramnik is playing with black.
|Jan-18-07|| ||WannaBe: Bwahahaha...|
|Jan-18-07|| ||russep: well good to know Kramnik is back to his old self|
|Jan-18-07|| ||alicefujimori: Well, it was Pono who preferred to keep things around equal and not risk playing for the advantage. The line 6.Bd2 and 7.Bd3 is definitely not a test of the Semi-Slav.|
|Jan-18-07|| ||notyetagm: <ganstaman: Hmmm, well I guess if you don't want to draw against Kramnik, you should avoid the Petroff with 1.d4...
At least it adds some variability to the whole thing.>|
Yes, instead of a 28-move draw with the Petroff, you get a 19-move draw with the Semi-Slav.
|Jan-20-07|| ||thunderhrom: well, gentlemen, they don't call him "draw"nik for nothing...it is a reputation that is well deserved...|
|Jan-22-07|| ||Whitehat1963: Boring!|
|Jan-22-07|| ||sitzkrieg: Pono offered the draw.|
|Jan-22-07|| ||SniperOnG7: Here we go again...
Gee White allowed the draw so the 'fault' lies in Pono and not Kramnik. But do we start bashing Pono? Noooo lets just beat the c*** outa Kramnik (in a kibitzing way)
Yes it has become a formula. First someone mentions 'Kramnik' and 'draw' in the same sentence...then a bunch of others jump on the bandwagon and tada more kibitzing space is filled with this drawnik junk, everyone gets one more post, and chessgames.com is rich with more 2cents. I guess the idea is, why abandon something when it is so successful?
|Jan-23-07|| ||SniperOnG7: BTW sorry for the outlash. We're all friends here :) Its just that chess is their (and not ours) job and thus every move and every draw offer is a professional decision made for the benefit of securing some dosh for their living. While wins obvious mean more, loss of game = loss of money bigtime.
And yesyes I know the counterpoint: these superGMs already have enough to live on, they should think for their dear fans for a change. Well when was the last time you found a rich person who doesn't want to get richer? So though we spectators may hate their insipid draws, with each game THEY are deciding THEIR career, fate and future. |
This is my opinion which magnifies my dislike of bashing Kramnik or other GMs tis all :)
|Jan-27-07|| ||InspiredByMorphy: 18.f4 would have been a more classical approach in the position.|