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Vladimir Kramnik vs Judit Polgar
London Chess Classic (2012), London ENG, rd 1, Dec-01
English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Variation (A34)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-01-12  Illogic: Kramnik SO has Judit's number :(
Dec-01-12  drnooo: in an aside leaving the set, going for supper she was heard to mutter, "Awwww, I can beat him on his best day."
Dec-01-12  vinidivici: 29.Bd7 is the mov
Dec-01-12  messachess: At move 17, you can see what she is going for: a 4 to 1 pawn majority on the queen side.
Dec-02-12  Hesam7: <Illogic: Kramnik SO has Judit's number :(>

It has gone beyond that, Kramnik seems to own Judit's cell phone provider.

Dec-02-12  Ulhumbrus: 29 Bd7! takes advantage of the fact that after 28...Ra6 Black's queen is overworked. She is tied to the defence of the back rank and so she cannot take this bishop. On 29...Qxd7 30 Qb8+ Kg7 31 Qf8 is mate.

On 29...Bf7 White's queen cannot take the e4 pawn as white's bishop onnd7 is attacked. However instead of trying to defend the bishop with the queen or to withdraw it, Kramnik finds a more brilliant way to defend it temporarily.

30 Rxf7!! as well as defending temporarily the bishop on d7 sacrifices the exchange. Subsequently White not only gains two pawns but also removes Black's queen side pawn roller as a threat.

Dec-02-12  solskytz: Wow! What an inspired display from Kramnik!

I wonder if this was home preparation by Judit, and if it was the refutation was nothing short of brilliant - and brings memories of Marshall vs. Capablanca, 1912 (the future WC refuting Marshall's novelty just a century ago)

Dec-02-12  Drakodan: If this was home prep for Black, it was very bad prep. She was in trouble right out of the opening, and Kramnik simply never gave her time to recover.
Dec-02-12  wabal: this is a lovely game by kramnik
Dec-02-12  dumbgai: Piece sac looks unsound to my patzer eyes.
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  lost in space: Simply brilliant
Dec-02-12  jovack: A good try by Judit... trying something unexpected, but Kramnik is in a higher tier.
Dec-05-12  WiseWizard: Kramnik in extremely good form in this tourney, playing flowing, easy, forceful chess, must have used his time off very efficiently.
Dec-05-12  Mr. Bojangles: <Kramnik in extremely good form in this tourney,...>

Yeah right. Until he losses.

Dec-05-12  Rymosh: Can't see why the sacrifice 30.Rxf7 does provide any advantage for Kramnik.

Why not directly move the bishop to b5 as done one move later?

Dec-05-12  Nerwal: Kramnik himself admitted 30. ♖xf7 was not necessary and 30. ♗b5 immediately was fine and quite possibly stronger. But the position is completely won anyway. At least after 30. ♖xf7 white is simplifying the position with easy play and doesn't have to calculate the most accurate way to play after 30. ♗b5 ♖e6.
Dec-05-12  Blunderdome: According to her comments in the press conference, the piece sac was not home prep.
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  notyetagm: <solskytz: Wow! What an inspired display from Kramnik!

I wonder if this was home preparation by Judit, and if it was the refutation was nothing short of brilliant - and brings memories of Marshall vs. Capablanca, 1912 (the future WC refuting Marshall's novelty just a century ago)>

A *fantastic* game by Kramnik.

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