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Vladimir Kramnik vs Wang Hao
Dortmund (2013)  ·  Slav Defense: Soultanbeieff Variation (D16)  ·  1-0
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Jul-26-13
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  Karpova: Chess blindness: 26...Kh7 27.Qb1+ winning the rook.
Jul-26-13
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  Gypsy: <25...Ra2??> Clearly a blunder. But was the game already an abstract win for White?
Jul-26-13  fgh: It seems that rooks should not always be placed behind passed pawns. ;-)

Anyway, if this game had been played in the 2013 Candidates and Grischuk had been black, the conspiracy theorists would have gone nuts.

Jul-26-13
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  perfidious: <fgh....Anyway, if this game had been played in the 2013 Candidates and Grischuk had been black, the conspiracy theorists would have gone nuts.>

To put it mildly.

Jul-26-13  Catfriend: <Gypsy> Doesn't seem so.

Apparently, by combining pressure on f2 and plain old blockade against the a-pawn, Black should probably hold it.

A possible line:

25..Qf5 (keeps looking at f2, attacks a5) 26. Qd4 Re2 (still minds f2, prepares to block) 27. Ra1 Re6

Now after the straightforward 28. a5, 28..Ra6 seems to hold.

More tenacious is the silicon suggestion: 28. Qb4 - but even then 28..Re2 reminds White of f2.

Maybe it is somehow a win - but if so, an extraordinary one.

I am a fan of Kramnik, but this one was certainly quite a gift.

Jul-26-13  Catfriend: <fgh> Ah, but it is well-known Chinese communism was born in Russia, so clearly Wang Hao takes the party line and supports the Russian guys.
Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

<fgh: It seems that rooks should not always be placed behind passed pawns. ;-)>

Not if they're <UNPROTECTED> => <LPDO>!

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

Game Collection: LPDO -> LOOSE PIECES DROP OFF! 25 ... Rb2-a2?? unpro rook drops off to queen fork 27 Qb8-b1+

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

Game Collection: KAPP - KEEP ALL PIECES PROTECTED (B. LARSEN) 25 ... Rb2-a2?? unpro rook drops off to queen fork 27 Qb8-b1+

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

Game Collection: LEFT BEHIND (DRAWBACK CHESS -- M. ASHLEY) 25 ... Rb2-a2?? leaves behind b8-checking sq for 26 Qa7-b8+ 1-0

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

Game Collection: LPDO -> LOOSE PIECES DROP OFF! (GM DR J. NUNN) 25 ... Rb2-a2?? unpro rook drops off to queen fork 27 Qb8-b1+

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013


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25 ... Rb2-a2?? <left behind: b8>


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26 Qa7-b8+! 1-0


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(CONTINUATION)
26 ... Kg8-h7 27 Qb8-b1+ <fork: a2 & h7>


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Like Dr. Nunn, <LPDO: LOOSE PIECES DROP OFF>!

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

22 ?


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How should White meet the threat to Her Majesty, the White d2-queen?

22 Rb7-d7 <<interpose: d8->d2@d7+d2,d1>


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By <INTERPOSING>, of course!

Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013

Game Collection: INTERPOSE TO DEFEND. DEFEND BY INTERPOSING. 22 Rb7-d7 shields/interposes the White d2-queen from d8-rook

Jul-26-13  EvanTheTerrible: Quite the blunder. Very strange for a 2750.
Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: <EvanTheTerrible: Quite the blunder. Very strange for a 2750.>

Indeed. You don't get to 2750(!) playing moves like 25 ... Rb2-a2??.

Jul-26-13
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  Marmot PFL: Only 7 original moves, the rest was Topalov vs V Gashimov, 2012
Jul-26-13
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  notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: Only 7 original moves, the rest was Topalov vs V Gashimov, 2012>

Damn, Wang Hao played only a *few* moves of his own before he played 25 ... Rb2-a2??.

Jul-27-13
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  tpstar: Nobody has dared try 10 ... Nxd4 yet Opening Explorer

Is there a tactical refutation, or just too risky?

Strong game by Kramnik.

Jul-27-13
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  PhilFeeley: <tpstar> Perhaps 12. Rd1 or Be3 harasses the queen too much (after the knight exchange on move 11), and white is even further ahead in development - especially with black's uncastled king.
Jul-27-13  Catfriend: Indeed, after 10..Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Qxd4, the queen is in a precarious position.

12. Nb5! Qd8 13. Bf4 wins material, as 13..0-0 14. Nc7 Rb8 is bad due to 15. Rad1 Bd7 16. Nxe6

An attempt to avoid this is 12..Qc5, but this doesn't save black: 13. Be3 Qe5 (Qc6 14. Rac1) 14. f4! Qb8 15. Bd4 with dominating position.

Yet another try is 12..Qb6, but the queen finds no respite there. 13. a5 Qd8 14. Bf4 and we're back at the main line winning Ra8.

Jul-27-13  Ulhumbrus: After 17 Nxg5 White's pieces are no less than four moves ahead in development. Kramnik converts this asset into a pawn and a win
Jul-27-13
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  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Wang Hao, 2013


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17 Nf3xBg5


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<Ulhumbrus: After 17 Nxg5 White's pieces are no less than four moves ahead in development. Kramnik converts this asset into a pawn and a win>

A *great* example of the <CONVERSION OF ONE TYPE OF ADVANTAGE INTO ANOTHER>.

Here Kramnik playing White transforms his advantage in <TIME (TEMPO)>, his <LEAD IN DEVELOPMENT>, into a <MATERIAL ADVANTAGE>, an extra pawn.

24 Qd7xa7 <extra pawn>


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