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Ilia Odesskij vs Vladimir Kramnik
URS-chT U16 (1987), Samtredia
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  0-1
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Aug-07-08  vanytchouck: Great !!! My first contribution to chessgames.com

I might have a Kramnik's game of 1985 !!

Aug-08-08
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  whiteshark: Where went White wrong?
May-25-09
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  visayanbraindoctor: After 11. b3, most 12 year olds would probably develop their pieces more normally with 11.. d6, and out goes the queen bishop. What THIS 12 year old did was to play 11.. a5, and in the ensuing play bring out his queen rook Ra6, and then swing it over to the Kingside via the 6th rank, while his opponent went on pawn hunting on the Queenside 16. Qxa5. Young Kramnik also obviously knew his queen bishop was already in a nice position at c8; he does not waste time attempting to 'develop' it, and when he does bring it out, it's to exchange it with a White defender 20.. Bg4. A few economical moves, and crunch goes the White King.

If Kramnik were a 12 year old in Western Europe, he probably would have been recognized as a child prodigy. Such games also underline how strong some of the former World Champions were when they were still kids, something mostly forgotten nowadays.

May-25-09
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  acirce: Indeed, a very maturely played game, but 11..a5 with the rook lift idea (a rather dangerous one, I've found) was already theory. If he came up with it over the board I'd be really impressed, but I would think not.
Mar-11-11  Zorts: Perhaps better for white would be 11.f4 ?
Apr-08-11  bolek88: 21. f3 Nxf3+ 22.Bxf3 Bxf3 23.g3 Rxg3+ 24.Nxg3 Bxe3+ 25.Kf1 Qh3+ 26.Ke1 Bf4+ 27.Ne2 Rxe2X or 24.hg Qh1+ 25.Kf2 Qg2+ 26.Ke1 Qe2X

It's my theoretical monster :) Sorry ...

Oct-29-12
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  FSR: <acirce: ... 11..a5 with the rook lift idea (a rather dangerous one, I've found) was already theory.>

Yes, for example, Piket vs Blatny, 1986.

Aug-14-13  Chessman1504: This is the game the changed my impression of Vladimir Kramnik, 14th Chess Champion of the World.
Aug-16-13  Chessman1504: 25...Nf3!!
Apr-06-14
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  whiteshark: Kramnik's only classical time control Budapest.
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