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Peter Svidler vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Championship Candidates (2013)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (D35)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-15-13  ISuckAtChess630: FIRST
Mar-15-13  John Abraham: Drawnik
Mar-15-13  Jaburu: With a prize of Euro 500.000 the defeat weighs, the draw is light and in the victory the player levitates!
Mar-15-13  DrAttitude: Accurate Chess. Draw!
Mar-15-13  Jaburu: The move 8...e5 destroys the stratagem of the "two pawns" as one can see accomplished in the game Keres vs Fine, 1937 by yours moves 21.d5 e 22.e5.
Mar-15-13  Fanques Fair: Jaburu, and after 9 dxe5, which is the correct reply ? 9..., Qxd1, or Qa5 + ?
Mar-15-13  Hesam7: Kramnik played an exciting and unexpected opening, however Svidler's 7 a3 (the most common move is 7 Nf3 with the main line being 7...cd4 8 cd4 Bb4 9 Bd2 Bd2 10 Qd2 O-O) Black has 8...e5! which seems to completely equalize.

This game follows R Wojtaszek vs M Roiz, 2012 until Kramnik deviates with 10...Be7 instead of Roiz's 10...Bc5:


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The idea is to keep the c5-square free for the Knight: 11 Nb5 Na6 12 Bf4 O-O 13 Bd3? runs into 13...Nc5!.

Mar-15-13  Hesam7: <Fanques Fair: Jaburu, and after 9 dxe5, which is the correct reply ? 9..., Qxd1, or Qa5 + ?>

Both seem playable although I prefer the latter. After 9 de5 Qa5 10 Bd2 Qe5


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Black has no problems whatsoever. For example: 11 Nf3 Qe4 12 Be2 Be7 13 O-O O-O 14 Re1 Qd5 and White has only enough compensation for the pawn or 11 Qb1 f5!? 12 Nf3 Qe4 13 Qe4 fe4 14 Ng5 h6 15 Ne4 Nc6 where Black easily equalizes.

Mar-15-13
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  Eyal: The most interesting game of the round, even though it was the shortest. Both players provided quite elaborate comments after the game - see http://new.livestream.com/WorldChes..., the video titled "Svidler - Kramnik post-game".

Kramnik wasn't very satisfied with the results of the opening and felt that he was under a lot of pressure and had to be very precise in order to hold. He said 14...Nb6 was strategically dubious, but according to his calculations it was holding by tactical means. He rejected 14...Ne5 because of 15.Bd5 Ng4 16.Rhb1 Nxe3 (on other moves Black would actually like to play 16...Nf6, but here it fails to simply 17.Bxb7; and 16...Rb8 is met by 17.Bf4) 17.Kxe3 Rb8 18.Rc1 and Black's position is very passive and unpleasant.

18.Rhc1 practically allows Black to force a draw (or at least complete equality); a better try might have been 18.Rhd1, but Svidler said he considered it for a while and didn't believe in White's chances after Bb5+ 19.Kf3 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Nc4.

Mar-15-13  IndigoViolet: Slightly amusing finish which wasn't caught on camera. When the players agreed to the repetition, they looked around for the blessing of the arbiter, David Sidgwick, only to find that he had nodded off (let's be kind and say he was resting his eyes) in the front row of seats. Grins between the players before Kramnik had to get up and rouse him from his reverie.
Mar-15-13  JohnBoy: <Eyal> - what I find fascinating in your linked Svidler interview is the number of times Svid indicates that one player or the other would have a substantial edge after deviation from the game.Almost none of this was clear to me. If any further evidence were needed, it now becomes clear that I will never be a 2750 player.
Mar-15-13  fisayo123: <Johnboy> I think the reason Svidler said the position will be losing for black with any loss of tempi is because the semi-tarrasch one of those lines where the knight is driven from the center of the board and space is gained.

For example, an expanding move like a4-a5-a6 is lethal for black and the b7 pawn is really weak. Of course Kramnik had already prepared the whole line at home im sure.

Mar-15-13  JohnBoy: <fisayo> - right. But there is next to no way I could execute any of that.
Mar-15-13  WiseWizard: Both Svidler and Kramnik thought 17...Rd8 was very precise, not sure why.
Mar-15-13  Hesam7: <Eyal: Kramnik wasn't very satisfied with the results of the opening and felt that he was under a lot of pressure and had to be very precise in order to hold. He said 14...Nb6 was strategically dubious, but according to his calculations it was holding by tactical means. He rejected 14...Ne5 because of 15.Bd5 Ng4 16.Rhb1 Nxe3 (on other moves Black would actually like to play 16...Nf6, but here it fails to simply 17.Bxb7; and 16...Rb8 is met by 17.Bf4) 17.Kxe3 Rb8 18.Rc1 and Black's position is very passive and unpleasant.>

That is interesting at the end of the line the engine recommendation is 18...Bd8:


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The idea is to tie the a1-Rook to the a-file, now 19 Rab1?! Bb6 solves all of Black's problems and White can not use a4-a5 to attack the b6-Bishop.

But what should White play? After 19 f4 Re8 20 Kf3 Bd7 21 a4 g6


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Black is under pressure yet at the same time it has some long term pluses: Bishop pair and Q-side majority. In other words I have a difficult time believing that someone who plays Berlin can reasonably object to the position in the second diagram ...

Mar-15-13  DrLecter: LoL...Kramnik games have the least number of moves in them as usual
Mar-15-13  Whitehat1963: Zzzzz.
Mar-15-13  RookFile: It's perfectly fine to make a draw with black, of course. It shows you how strong Kramnik is, white's advantage was over before it started.
Mar-16-13
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  Karposian: A fine game by Kramnik. He played very accurately and with great precision. He seems to be in good shape and looks rock solid as always.
Mar-16-13
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  lost in space: <<John Abraham:> Drawnik>

<<DrLecter:> LoL...Kramnik games have the least number of moves in them as usual>

<<Whitehat1963:> Zzzzz.>

Event though it is draw and it is short this game was interesting and good. See comments of <Hesam7> and <Eyal>.

Mar-16-13
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  Check It Out: <Hesam7> Nice variations, thanks.
Mar-16-13
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  FSR: Good to see someone playing 4...Nxd5! Not sure why we don't see more of that move. In the main line Black equalizes after 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nc6 9.Bc4 b5! Opening Explorer
Mar-16-13
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  notyetagm: Svidler vs Kramnik, 2013

18 Rh1-c1?! <self-block: c1>


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Mar-16-13
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  Eyal: <Both Svidler and Kramnik thought 17...Rd8 was very precise, not sure why.> I'm not sure if they were completely correct about this being definitely the best move, but the idea seems to be that it allows Black to get his active counterplay with Bb5+ & Bd3, when he doesn't have to fear Rc1-c7 because of Rd7 - or, in case White plays 18.Rhd1, with Rxd1 & Nc4 after the check on b5.
Mar-17-13
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  lost in space: <<FSR:> Good to see someone playing 4...Nxd5! Not sure why we don't see more of that move. In the main line Black equalizes after 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nc6 9.Bc4 b5! Opening Explorer>

True. I was tortured after 4...exd5 a few times. Terrible results. 3 draws, 2 losses. I was thinking about changing to 4...Nxd5 but haven't stated yet preparing this line. 9...b5 looks intersting

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