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Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik
Leko - Kramnik Rapid Match (2007), Miskolc HUN, rd 4, Apr-26
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Apr-26-07  Whack8888: From my limited knowledge--Vlad doesnt play this variation of the Ruy Lopez too often, does he? It is always exciting to see Vlad draw in new and interesting ways.
Apr-27-07  somitra: <It is always exciting to see Vlad draw in new and interesting ways.>

Ha Ha Ha. Nice one.

Apr-27-07  Atking: No an obvious draw! Someone yesterday noted that 38. ...Bc3! was winning. Maybe the exchange 37.BxNf6 was dubious. Still the way that Black kept his grip is of hight value. Indeed a good fight.
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  notyetagm: From

<38...Bxa5? Kramnik's strategy apparently worked because Peter over-stretched the string. But instead of restoring the material balance, Black would have been able to win the game. 38...Bc3! 39.Rxe6 (39.Ne4 Be5+ 40.Kg1 Bd4+ 41.Kh2 Bxb6 42.axb6 Rb2 ) 39...Be5 40.a6 h5 41.h4 Ra3 .>

So as <Atking> pointed out above, Kramnik missed a win by playing 38 ... ♗e1xa5? to restore material equality instead of the winning 38 ... ♗e1-c3!, with the idea of <COMPLETELY PINNING> the White g3-knight to the White h2-king along the h2-b8 diagonal after ... ♗c3-e5.

May-01-07  lonepsycho: Lately, it seems that all of Kramnik's games in the Ruy as Black are anti-Marshall lines.
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