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Gata Kamsky vs Vladimir Kramnik
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)  ·  King's Indian Attack: Yugoslav Variation (A07)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Mar-20-09
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  Eyal: Yeah, 69...Rd1 draws (as do Rd2/d3/d4).
Mar-21-09
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  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.
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