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Vladimir Kramnik vs Levon Aronian
Kramnik - Aronian Rapid Match (2007), Yerevan ARM, rd 1, May-04
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Modern Main Line (C89)  ·  1-0
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May-06-07  Ulhumbrus: 22...Qxf3 23 Nxf3 Rfe8 may lead to a draw.
May-06-07  Shajmaty: 19. f3!? Interesting novelty by Volodya.
May-06-07  aazqua: Really nice play at the end by Kramnik. That's the problem with trading material for an attack - the other guy just needs to take pieces off the board and he wins.
May-06-07  crwynn: Not 19.f3, but 25.Qe2 was Kramnik's novelty. It looks good.
May-08-07  Shajmaty: <CRWynn: Not 19.f3, but 25.Qe2 was Kramnik's novelty. It looks good.> Do U know when/where was the line firstly played? Thanks in advance!
May-09-07  crwynn: Bernhaupt-Billaudelle is an email game - search for 19.f3 on http://chesslive.de and you'll see it - which Kramnik and Aronian followed until move 24. Bernhaupt played 25.Qd3 which seems much weaker, at least at a glance. He did not manage to post Black any problems after that.
May-09-07  crwynn: pose, not post....
May-12-07  Shajmaty: <CRWynn: pose, not post....> Also "post", since it was an e-mail game. Thanks.
May-26-07  chessmoron: <<Ulhumbrus>: 22...Qxf3 23 Nxf3 Rfe8 may lead to a draw.>

No, it's not a draw. After 22. Qf3, Kramnik's goal is an endgame where Black has vulnerable pawns.

22 ... Qxf3 23. Nxf3 Rfe8 24. Rxe6 Rxe6 25. c4! bxc4 26. Bxc4 a5 27. Rc1 sets up Bc4-b3-a4.

Jun-16-08  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007

This upcoming tactical shot by Kramnik is one of my all-time favorite <PETITE COMBINAISON>.

White to play: 28 ?


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Here Kramnik (White) played the magnificent 28 ♗b3xe6+!, a 2700-level version of the old <EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> idea.

Position after 28 ♗b3xe6+!


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And then there follow 28 ... ♕g4x♗e6 29 ♕c2-b3!, <PINNING> the Black e6-queen to the Black g8-king (<PINS AGAINST THE KING>) and revealing exactly why Kramnik played 26 ♕e2-c2! in the first place.

Position after 28 ... ♕g4x♗e6 29 ♕c2-b3!


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Kramnik's brilliant tactical point is that the <COMPLETELY PINNED> Black e6-queen can <DEFEND> neither the Black h3-knight nor the Black d6-bishop. <<<So both of Black's minor pieces are hanging (<EN PRISE>)!!!>>> This tactical nuance allows Kramnik to regain his sacrificed bishop, gaining a pawn in the process.

A -TREMENDOUS- example of tactical play by Kramnik.

Jun-17-08  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007

White to play after 44 ... b5xc4+


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Here Kramnik (White) does -NOT- make the obvious <RECAPTURE> on the c4-square with 45 b3xc4?! as that would lose his White b2-pawn to 45 ... ♖b1xb2.

Instead, the tactically-alert Kramnik plays the stronger <ZWISCHENZUG> 45 ♔d3-c2!, <GAINING TIME> on the <UNDEFENDED> Black b1-rook to <DEFEND> his b2-pawn <WITH TEMPO> (for free).

Position after 45 ♔d3-c2! 1-0


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<<<The point of Kramnik's excellent play is that White will only <-NOW-> take back on c4 with 46 b3xc4 after having <-FIRST-> secured his b2-pawn.>>> That is, Kramnik saw the <UNDEFENDED> Black b1-rook near his White d3-king as an opportunity to <DEFEND> the White b2-pawn <WITH TEMPO> -BEFORE- recapturing the Black c4-pawn.

45 ♔d3-c2! is a simply excellent <ZWISCHENZUG> (<IN-BETWEEN MOVE>) that forced Aronian's (Black's) instant resignation.

Alos notice the difference between the <UNDEFENDED> Black b1-rook and the also <UNDEFENDED> White h5-rook. The <UNDEFENDED> Black b1-rook -IS- a <WEAKNESS> because it can easily be attacked (by 45 ♔d3-c2!). On the other hand, the <UNDEFENDED> White h5-rook is -NOT- a weakness -PRECISELY- because Black cannot attack/exploit it. This contrasting nature of the safety of these two <UNDEFENDED> pieces is a great illustration of the principle that <<<A WEAKNESS IS A WEAKNESS -ONLY- IF IT CAN BE EXPLOITED>>>.

Jun-17-08  notyetagm: A really beautifully played game by Kramnik.
Jul-18-08  The Ninth Pawn: From Game Collection: The Ninth Pawn's Chess Course :

In Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007 , White played 45. ♔d3-c2! so as to drive the undefended rook away from the b2-pawn before recapturing on c4, thus Black resigned as White would remain three pawns to the good.

Apr-07-09  Jgamazo: Aronian missed a win by 16. ... Bf3
and 17. ... Qg2#
17.Nd2 and 17.Bxd5 are too late. 17.Qxh7+ Kxh7 18.Bc2+ Kh8 only delays the inevitable 19.Be4 Qg2#
Apr-07-09  cannibal: <Jgamazo>
Might wanna try the "similar games"-feature first, to find out how many top players already "missed" that win.

And the answer is 17.Qf1, of course.

Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Outstanding <TACTICAL PLAY> by Kramnik.

28 ♗c4xe6+!, 45 ♔d3-c2! 1-0

Feb-20-11  notyetagm: Game Collection: Zwischenzug: Equal or Stronger Threats (ESTs)

Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007 45 Kd3-c2! 1-0 gains time on the undefended Black b1-rook to defend the White b2-pawn

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