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Le Quang Liem vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund Sparkassen (2010), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-21
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E06)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-21-10  ounos: Catalan against Kramnik should be forbidden. The man just doesn't want to win!
Jul-21-10  polarmis: Here's my final version of GM Sergey Shipov's commentary on this game:
Jul-21-10  Everett: <polarmis> thank you very much for that translation. Both players played a fantastic game. Funny to see that 17.Rac1 is a novelty, as natural as it seems...

A tidy little fortress for black here...

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  ajile: Kramnik shows how it's done.

Take the pawn on c4 then 8..b5 tempos the queen to get in 9..Bb7.

Then trade off the Bg2 with an equal game.

Jul-22-10  kt1980: 24.Rd3 don't if at this point Le already planned to trap the black queen? obviously both Kramnik and GE Sergey missed it.
Jul-22-10  polarmis: I don't think we can tell if either player had seen the idea of trapping the queen at that point (we can't even tell if Kramnik planned the sac or was surprised at the last moment). Shipov said 24. Rd3 was a move with many plans - and gave three, but it looks as though there was a fourth!

In any case, everyone seems to agree that the 24th move was the point when Le missed his best chance to win. The tournament page has Le quoted in German as saying (if I understood):

"It's a shame that I played a little too fast. 23 Qe4! is a stronger move. The way I played, it's probably a draw." http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting...

Jul-22-10  whatthefat: Some very creative chess.
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