|Mar-20-09|| ||whiteshark: Kamsky squeezes and squeezes, only to learn that Kramnik is no lemon.|
|Mar-20-09|| ||Open Defence: so Kramnik is solid again|
|Mar-20-09|| ||percyblakeney: If Kamsky never had to play anyone else than Kramnik and Anand he would at the very least look like a top five player. I doubt that there is any other player that seems to be on such a totally different level against them as compared to when he plays against for example Topalov and Radjabov.|
|Mar-21-09|| ||Eyal: Position after 69.fxe5:
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According to the tablebases, Kramnik actually made a mistake right at the beginning of this rook endgame with 69...Ra5? (instead of moving the rook along the d file) which allows White a win with best play; Kamsky, however, lost the thread almost immediately with 71.Re7? (instead of Rd7/c7), and after that Kramnik defended impeccably, finding several "only moves" along the way.
|Mar-21-09|| ||percyblakeney: <Kamsky, however, lost the thread almost immediately with 71.Re7? (instead of Rd7/c7)>|
Yep, according to the tablebases Kamsky had a mate in 35 with 71. Rd7 (and in 36 with Rc7), but those tablebase wins aren't easy to find even when it isn't blindfold.
|Mar-21-09|| ||whiteshark: <Eyal: <69...Ra5? (instead of moving the rook along the d file)>>
Actually 69...Rd6/Rd7/Rd8 are losing, too. :D|
|Mar-21-09|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <whiteshark: <Eyal: <69...Ra5? (instead of moving the rook along the d file)>> Actually 69...Rd6/Rd7/Rd8 are losing, too>|
How about 69...Rd1, so as to harass the white King from behind with checks? Isn't the drawing principle: once the attacking side places his King on the 5th rank, place your rook somewhere behind the passed pawn? Don't have a table base, so maybe some one can definitively answer.
|Mar-21-09|| ||Eyal: Yeah, 69...Rd1 draws (as do Rd2/d3/d4).|
|Mar-21-09|| ||OneArmedScissor: Kramnik is one of the greatest players of all times.|
|May-05-09|| ||YoungEd: Jinkies! This must have been one exhausting game for both players!|
|May-05-09|| ||Vincere: wasn't 103. e7 better?
Ex. 103. e7 Kf7 (to attack e8 with both the king and the rook) 104. Rb7 Rg8 105. Rb4 Rh8 106. Rf4+ Kg7 107. e8=Q Rxe8 108. Kxe8
|May-05-09|| ||Everett: <percyblakenly> Another example of how styles and personalities create great match-ups, and why it is silly to think that one player is greater than <all> the others, when there has always been someone, head to head, just as good or better. Fascinating.|