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Vladimir Kramnik vs Artyom Timofeev
Russian Superfinals (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Aug-09
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0


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Aug-09-11  th3doctor: Wonderful shift of attack from the queenside back to f7 by kramnik. Good to see him comeback strong from the loss to moro
Aug-09-11  alayo: He lost to Svidler, not to Morozevich.
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  beenthere240: This is a classic Kramnik effort.
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  beenthere240: Maybe the doc was thinking of Naka in the previous tournament.
Aug-09-11  th3doctor: Oops svidler not moro.
Aug-09-11  goldenbear: I would have preferred 10.Ne6.
Aug-10-11  hcgflynn: During the game I wondered why Timofeev didn't play 30. - Nxc5.

If 31. dxc5 or 31. Rb5, then 31. - Qxa1.
If 31. Bc3 then Qa4 comes with 32. Qxa4 Nxa4 33. Bb5 Nxc3 34. Bxc6 and black looks okay to me.

What am I missing?

Aug-10-11  polarmis: <hcgflynn>, Kramnik says Timofeev thought 35.Nxf7 was winning for Kramnik in the first line (it's a draw by perpetual).

Anyway, you can find that and more in my translation of Vladimir Kramnik's commentary on the second half of the game :)

Aug-10-11  DrMAL: <polarmis> Thanx for your translation, sure beats trying to understand Russian. Yes, as Kramnik pointed out, 25...Qa5 was dubious but it could have been corrected the next move 26...Qd6 without much consequence. 26...Nb6?! was the first real mistake.

Kramnik took advantage of this by finding the strongest continuation 27.Bf1 Bxa3? 28.d4! With the b-pawn falling and N on c6 hanging, black was already busted. 27...R8d7 was clearly better (probably best) with the solid advantage Kramnik stated.

But with 30.Rxc5? instead of 30.Rc4! the only move to win, it's likely a draw (after 30...Nxc5 31.dxc5 Qxa1), 30...Rxc5? lost. Comedy of errors, not Kramnik's best game but at least he won.

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  al wazir: 33...Ncd8 34. Rxf8+ Nxf8 35. Nxe5 Nde6. White is two ♙s up, so it's a win, but there's still some play.
Aug-12-11  Ulhumbrus: 15...Nc7 seems inconsistent, having played 14...Nb5. 14...Nb5-d4 seems consistent. Then 15 e3 threatens 16 exd4 as well as 16 Qh5 and 16 Nxf7. However on 15...h6 16 e3 h6 17 Nxf7 Kxf7 18 exd4 returns the pawn and on Nxd4 Black has regained the piece as well.

17 Nxe6 gains the bishop pair.

After 18...f5 19 Nc5 the N on e6 ia pinned. This suggests preparing ...f5 by 18...Kh8. However with White's KB guarding the White squares and Black's white squared bishop removed Black seems to have little chance of gaining anything from the attack ....f5 and ...f4.

With the bishop pair and a considerable advantage in White's hands the best chance for Black may be to play defensively, perhaps by trying to exchange Rooks on the c file by eg 18...Qd7 and 19....Rec8

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