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Vladimir Kramnik vs Dmitry Andreikin
Tal Memorial (2013), Moscow RUS, rd 7, Jun-21
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  0-1


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Jun-21-13  harish22: I started playing chess in early 80's. Karpov ruled the world and Kasparov was emerging star. For the next ten years in addition to them grandmasters like Timman, Portisch, Miles, Anderson, Yusupov, Beliavsky,Lubo and a few others were "super" grandmasters. In 90's with the emergence of stars like Gelfand, Ivanchuck, Anand, Toplov, Shirov, Mozo and then Kramnik, these stars faded out. It may be the natural order of things. But to see Anand, Kramnik and Mozo at the bottom of table is scary. Ivanchuk has reached the point. Only Gelfand is hanging around for this one.
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  ray keene: gelfand is the oldest player born june 24 , 1968 and the last round coincides with his birthday !
Jun-21-13  solskytz: Black's play has a Rybka-ish feel to it.

The way he infiltrates on the Q-side, first by subtle threats and restrictions, then by gulping one pawn after another, then by covering anything and starting a pawn stampede...

Kramnik's mastery and experience with Catalan ideas just wasn't enough... his pieces couldn't get any hold on the three Q-side files and were kept strictly to the D-file and eastward, while everything gradually turned black way to the left. Gruesome! And kudos to Andreikin.

Jun-21-13  pericles of athens: 3 connected passed pawns with plenty of support and no white pieces anywhere near them. probly gonna be a win for black everytime with such conditions.
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  Eyal: 27.Ke3? seems to be the losing mistake, since after 27...Bb3 28.Rc1 Ndb6! there's a threat of a knight fork on c4; with the king on f2, 29.Nd4 would hold.
Jun-21-13  Nerwal: The pawn structure after 19. ♘xd4 is oddly similar to the Nakamura loss. There too Kramnik couldn't handle black's activity.
Jun-21-13  geeker: Eek, bit of an ugly game by Kramnik (and I'm somewhat of a fan) - the abject misery of White's position after 36. Rh1 was even funny in a sad way! Congratulations to Andreikin on his first win.
Jun-21-13  csmath: Not much of a game, yet another tactical oversight by Kramnik.

He seems to be prone to those errors lately. This is the only way to lose such a super-solid opening.

Jun-21-13  csmath: <27.Ke3? seems to be the losing mistake>

Kramnik was asleep at the wheel. He set a nice little trap for Andreikin with 26. Rcc2.

Now if black enters
26. Bb3?

27. Rxd8! Rxd8
28. Rd2

and black is forced either to concede d-file
or enter ending with white king in a lot better position.

But Andreikin is no fool so he plays 26. Nd7! first and then Kramnik himself falls into a trap rushing with king 27. Ke3?

After that it is just a matter of technique.

Such a small thing and yet decisive. Kramnik used to be very cautious player that took care of every little move and idea. Nowadays he gets into tactical blunders easily.

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  morfishine: This one's hard to believe. Perhaps Kramnik is discouraged by his poor start
Jun-22-13  xanadu: White delayed Q-side development by playing 9Rc1. Later, 17a3. seems to introduce a weakness in the Q-side. It doesn´t look very "Kramnik", don`t?
Jun-22-13  Nerwal: <White delayed Q-side development by playing 9Rc1. >

Well it's a line that has been played for 25 years : Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1988. It has been used with a normal rate of success. As a rank and file player I would find the alternative 9. ♕c2 b6 10. ♘bd2 more natural and easier to handle, but those guys know what they're doing...

<Later, 17a3. seems to introduce a weakness in the Q-side. It doesn´t look very "Kramnik", don`t?>

This one is harder to explain. I would guess that first of all Kramnik doesn't want to allow black to play a5-a4-a3, as the pawn would become a big asset in the endgame (as he has proven himself in J Gustafsson vs Kramnik, 2012). Since black would welcome b3 with open arms white will have to play a3 eventually. Also in the line 17. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 18. dxe5 ♖xe5 19. ♖d1 ♗e6 the a pawn will come under attack and prevent white from sizing the d file with advantage, so Kramnik might end up having to play a3 anyway under less favourable circumstances. So maybe Kramnik came to the conclusion that it was better to make this rather unavoidable move immediately.

Nov-10-18  Saniyat24: Even after playing well in the opening Kramnik did not have many options in the start of the middle game, Black's position was brimming with possibilities....!
Nov-10-18  Saniyat24: ...sometimes you just nod at your opponent, and don't feel bad for losing a well played game...
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