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Vladimir Kramnik vs Laurent Fressinet
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 5, Apr-25
Zukertort Opening: Queen Pawn Defense (A06)  ·  0-1


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Jun-10-13  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013


" 25.Rc3 Bxf2+! The final blow! Black sacrifices another piece in order to liberate his pawn's path to promotion 26.xf2 xf1"

Jun-10-13  notyetagm:

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Jun-11-13  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013

Game Collection: THE PAWN THAT PREVENTS PASSERS: CARLSEN SPECIALT 25 ... Bh4xf2+! destroys White f2-pawn, creating g-,h-passers

Jan-04-14  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Fressinet, 2013

Is this not the <2013 GAME OF THE YEAR>??

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  al wazir: My choice -- the move I would have played -- is 25...Qf5. I don't see any answer to it.

Fressinet's line is pretty impressive though.

Apr-12-14  SimonWebbsTiger: How many others get a sinking feeling when they see the puzzle is well known?

No "points" as I knew the answer already. Mind you, a grand excuse to play through this gem of a game by Fressinet once more.

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  agb2002: Black has three pawns for a knight.

White threatens Bc5, Rb3 or Ra3, etc. Also Ng3, Bf1 to improve the defense.

The weakest point in White's field seems to be f2. Therefore, 25... Bxf2+:

A) 26.Kxf2 Qf6+

A.1) 27.Ke1 Qh4+

A.1.a) 28.Kd1 Rh6 (28... g3 29.Bc5 b6 (29... a6 30.Bxa6 looks very dangerous) 30.Qa6 gxh2 (30... bxc5 31.Rb3+ Ka8 32.Qb7#) 31.Ra3 Rcg8 32.Qxa7+ Kc8 33.Bb5 and mate soon)

A.1.a.i) 29.Bc5 b6 30.Qa6 bxc5 31.Rb3+ Rb6 32.dxc5 Rxb3 33.axb3 c6 seems to stop White's attack and the threat g3 will cost a lot of material.

A.1.a.ii) 29.Bxg4 Qxg4+ 30.Ke1 Bxf1 31.Kxf1 (31.Bc5 Ba6 - +) 31... Qd1+ 32.Kf2 Qd2+ - +.

A.1.b) 28.Kd2 Rh6 with a similar assessment: White's attack ends up vanishing but Black's threats don't.

A.2) 27.Kg6 Qh4+ 28.Kf4 Qf2+ and mate next.

A.3) 27.Kg8 g3

A.3.a) 28.Nxg3 Qxg3 29.Bc5 b6 30.Qa6 Rcg8 31.Ra3 Bf3+ and mate next.

A.3.b) 28.Bc5 gxh2+ 29.Nxh2 (29.Kxh2 b6 30.Qa6 Qf2 31.Ra3 Bf3#) 29... b6 30.Qb4 (30.Qa6 loses to 30... Qe1+ and 31... Qxc3) 30... Qe1 31.Bf1 Rcg8 wins.

B) 26.Kd1(2) g3 seems to win.

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  morfishine: I remember this contest

This game is a super example demonstrating the difference between "making bad moves" or blundering, and missing an opponent's move. In this case, Kramnik dismissed or undererstimated the strength of Black's piece-sac after 11.b5? hxg4! and now Kramnik is practically forced to accept the offered piece with <12.bxc6>.

Although down a piece, Black has a marked positional advantage (due his advanced K-side pawns and Bishops). This gives him a simple yet powerful plan of pawn-storming White's Kingside starting with 20.g5 [which results in winning tactics].

Great Game by Fressinet and excellent analysis by Daniel King:


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  patzer2: Fresinet's 25...Bxf2+!! solves Saturday's puzzle with a stunning combination integrating at least five tactical themes:

1. Demolish protective pawn structure with 25...Bxf2+!!

2. Deflect or remove the defender with 26...Bxf1

3. Start a decisive connected passed pawn roller with 27...g3

The threat 27...g3! is even stronger after 27. Bxf1 g3+! (diagram below)

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when play might continue 28. Kxg3 Qf5! 29. Rd2 Rcg8+ 30. Kh2 Rg2+ 31. Bxg2 hxg2+ 32. Kxg2Rg8+ 33. Kh1 Qh3+ 34. Rh2 Qf1#.

4. Obstruct White's access to the Queening square with 29...Rhg8 and 31...Rg2+!

5. Mating attacks in pursuit of the exposed and under protected Black King, as, for example, after 32. Kd1 Qg4+ 33. Kc1 Qe2 .

Apr-12-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: What I'd try over the board is:

25 ... Bxf2+
26 Kxf2 (else 26 ... g3) Qf5+
27 Ke1 Bxf1
28 Bxf1 g3

I don't see how White can stop both passed pawns while only giving back a single piece (bishop or rook). So I like Black's chances.

Apr-12-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Hmm. I'm not immediately seeing how the game's move order was better than mine.
Apr-12-14  Moszkowski012273: Wouldn't 7.Nxe5.... of been a much better way to go?
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  thegoodanarchist: <Overgod: After watching Daniel King's analysis, my original comments are vindicated: this position is a lot more complicated than the <<>patzers> in this forum think, ...

So, to all you <clowns> in here laughing at Kramnik: shut up. ...

Watch the Danny King commentary and learn...>

Such a pleasant person! Why doesn't he have more friends?

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  kevin86: Black sacs bishops to gain the rook and force a pawn home.
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  Once: So how to summarise? A relatively easy Saturday, a strong performance by Fressinet, a lack-lustre day in the office by Kramnik, two excellent videos by Danny King and Andrew Martin, some regrettable trolling.

Interesting comment by both Danny and Andrew that Kramnik likes to punish unusual openings. That's a temptation for all of us. Our opponent plays a move we haven't seen before - one that looks anti-positional perhaps - and our instant reaction is to want to blow him off the board. So we over-reach, become too aggressive, flail around trying to show the poor sap the error of his ways.

I suppose it's an alpha male, silverback gorilla sort of reaction. It's Tony Miles playing 1...a6 against Karpov. It's the all-black's haka. The other guy is taunting us. He is saying that he can beat us with an inferior joke opening. So we go into overdrive to rub his nose in it.

The trouble is that this sort of "punishment" approach often rebounds on us. Instead of punishing our opponent for playing a weak move we try too hard to put him in his place. Then we are the one who ends up losing.

Something similar happens if an opponent plays quickly. It is almost as if he is saying that he doesn't need all that time to beat us. He can do it in half the time. If we fall for it we can almost feel honour-bound to play quickly ourselves. And that is usually what the speed demon wants.

The typical advice is not to play in a bully's sandpit. Instead you should carry on playing your own game, stay calm, do the good stuff. That is usually more of a punishment than trying to wipe him off the board.

Funnily enough, the same advice usually applies just as well to trolling too.

Apr-12-14  devere: 8.e3? was a strange move from a former world champion. I suppose Kramnik really wanted to play 8.b4, and then saw that 8...d4 would be an effective reply, so he then thought of 8.e3? After the obvious 8.Bg2 White stands better.

Brilliant play by Fressinet, taking full advantage of his opponent's mistakes.

Apr-12-14  devere: <Cheapo by the Dozen: What I'd try over the board is: 25 ... Bxf2+
26 Kxf2 (else 26 ... g3) Qf5+
27 Ke1 Bxf1
28 Bxf1 g3
I don't see how White can stop both passed pawns while only giving back a single piece (bishop or rook). So I like Black's chances.>

on 26...Qf5+ 27.Ke1 Bxf1 28.Bxf1 g3 29.Rb2 b6 30.Bd6 White's counterattack is good enough for a draw.

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  Patriot: Black has 3 pawns for a piece.

25...Bxf2+ 26.Kxf2 Qf6+

27...Kg1 28.Bxf1 Bxf1 29.g3 looks very strong.

27...Kg1 28.Bxf1 Rf2 29.h2+

27...Ke1 28.Bxf1 Rf2 29.Qxf2+ Kxf2 30.h2

27...Ke1 28.Bxf1 Bxf1 29.g3

I went with 26...Qf6+ over 26...Qf5+ since 27.Kg3 Bxf1 28.Rf2 left me a bit puzzled although 28...Qxf2+ 29.Kxf2 h2 should work. 26...Qf6+ just seemed easier since 27.Kg3 Qh4+.

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  patzer2: The exchange of Knight for three pawns after 11...hxg4! 12. bxc6 Nxc6 is the initial exchange turning the game in Black's favor.

So improvements need to be found earlier. Perhaps White can improve with 7. Nxe5 or 8. Bg2 with an unclear but near level position.

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  Penguincw: Wow, I'm really improving, as I've never been able to solve the first 2 moves of a Saturday puzzle before. So, my idea was 25...Bxf2+ 26.Kxf2 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 g3, which is as far as I got.
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  OhioChessFan: <aw: My choice -- the move I would have played -- is 25...Qf5. I don't see any answer to it. >

26. Ng3 and surely Black is better, but White won't be crushed as easily as in the game.

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  perfidious: <Simon: Mind you, a grand excuse to play through this gem of a game by Fressinet once more.>

Always worth a look.

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