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Vladimir Kramnik vs Sergei Tiviakov
Corus (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation (E21)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  whiteshark: 22.Bd2? isn't quite understandable. It unbelievable that Kramnik could save the game subsequently.
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  Marmot PFL: I thought Kramnik would try 1 e4, and play against 1...d5 2 ed5 Qxd5 3 Nc3 Qd6.
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  visayanbraindoctor: Kramnik looks lost in this game, in both chess senses. He wastes a lot of tempi on a weird maneuver to get his Queen over to the Kingside in the vague hope of attacking a target on h7; only to find out he has left his hanging pawns in the Queenside defenseless. Terrible misjudgment. He plays as if lost; and thus gets into an objectively lost position. Bad bad form.

I hope he keeps his composure and does well in the rest of the tournament. He was really lucky here.

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  Eyal: <Kramnik took his second white into Tiviakov and got a hybrid Nimzo-Queen's Indian of the sort Tiviakov knows well. White built up a dangerous attacking formation against the black kingside. Kramnik spent a lot of time shifting his queen over to h3, but it didn't seem to achieve much. Black countered well on the queenside and by the time he played the standard positional lever 22..b4, Kramnik's attack was still going nowhere. Tiviakov won a pawn and promptly got the queens off the board and just like that Kramnik was headed for a big loss with white. He took a last gamble with 27.Bf4 and it paid off when Tiviakov missed 27..f6, which would have forced 28.Nxg6 with a relatively clear technical win ahead. Instead, Kramnik found a lifeline with the piece sac 30.Nxe5! Tiviakov missed his last chance to keep the game alive with 32..Rd8! with an extra pawn. Miracle save by Kramnik.> (
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