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Vladimir Kramnik vs Boris Gelfand
Alekhine Memorial (2013), Paris/St Petersburg FRA/RUS, rd 8, Apr-30
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Geller Variation (A33)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  luzhin: 64.Rh8! looks like a killer -- a move that an in-form Kramnik would not have missed.
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  PawnSac: yup, it sure is. Black would have resigned on the move.
Apr-30-13  Illogic: Judit Polgar doing commentary saw the winning idea with Rh8. Kramnik seems to be a bit worn out right now.
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  Eyal: Polgar actually "saw" 64.Rh8 only in the sense that she mentioned both this and Rd8 as two good options that White may consider; she didn't explain why Rh8 would be better or more decisive - interestingly, right before Kramnik plays his move she says she expects Rd8 (at about 19:23:00 in the video feed -

I suppose that entering the 7th hour of the game and playing on increments it might not be so easy for anyone - but yeah, once you start thinking about it it's a real killer. There are several things to make sure of, though - 64...Rc5 loses to 65.Rh5+! (65.Rh6 Rc6) 65...Nf5 66.Rg6 & Rgg5; 64...Ra3 loses to 65.Rh6! (65.Rh5+ Nf5 66.Rg6 doesn't work here because of Rxe3+); and 64...Ra6 loses to 65.Rh5+ Nf5 66.Rxa6 bxa6 67.Kg4.

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  Eyal: At any rate, it actually feels like several Kramnik games from the candidates all over again... Great play in the opening (the idea of the pawn sac with 9.Na4 & 10.Nbc3 seems to be new), gets a big advantage, but fails to clinch the win at the critical moment (after meeting an overall very tough resistance, though).
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  tamar: Possible Kramnik was calculating both lines and mixed them up. Looks like he tried to go back to the Rh8 line on the 67th move.

He still had a win with 67 Kg4 (threat 68 Rf5#) 67...Nd6 68 Rd8 Ra4+ 69 Kh5 Nc4 70 Re8+ Kf5 71 Rb5 Ra2 72 Rxd5+

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Something similar happened in the game, except that Kramnik tried to take the b pawn first, which allowed the d pawn to be defended.

Jul-04-13  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2013

64 ?

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<luzhin: 64.Rh8! looks like a killer -- a move that an in-form Kramnik would not have missed.>

64 ♖b8-h8!

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Jul-04-13  notyetagm:

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Jul-04-13  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Gelfand, 2013

Kramnik vs Gelfand (variation) Alekhine Memorial 2013 (8)

64 Rb8-h8! threatens 65 Rh8-h5+ Nd6-f5 66 Rb6-g6! with the idea of <REINFORCING THE PIN> on the Black f5-knight with 67 Rg6-g5; Black's king is so tied up that he cannot(!) prevent this <SIMPLE AND STRONG> idea.

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