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Dmitry Andreikin vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund Sparkassen (2013), Dortmund GER, rd 7, Aug-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca - General (D30)  ·  1-0


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Aug-02-13  Xeroxx: mate coming up.
Aug-02-13  csmath: Awful opening by Kramnik and misguided "tactical" defence. His tactical game yesterday was splendid, today hopeless and cheap.
Aug-02-13  csmath: 6. ... g6?!

Attempt for original game, played by Smeets last year.

7. Qb3

Grunfeld-like response.

7. ... dxc4?!

in kind but probably a positional error, black is already slow in development on the queenside.

After 10 moves, black position is passive and his pieces lack development. Simply a bad opening.


Further restraining both of black bishops and slowing down development of the black queenside.

15. ... Rd7?!

Kramnik keeps on playing passive waiting moves.

16. ... c5!

Finally but it might be a little late since white pieces are now optimally active.

20. ... Bxe4?

Unfortunate decision.
[It seems better would have been to play 20. ... c4! with white maintaining advantage but with 21. Bxb7 Qxb7 22. Rxd8 Rxd8 23. Qxc4 Rd5 leading into difficult but perhaps defensible ending.]

24. d7!

This is decisive move.

25. ... c4?!

[Outright losing move, now it is too late. Unfortunately there is nothing better: 25. ... Rd8 26. Qc7 Nxb2
27. Rb1 Nc4
28. Nxc5 Nb6
29. Rd1 Nd5
30. Rxd5! exd5
31. Nb7 Bf6
32. Nxd8 Bxd8
33. Qe5

and black is in lost position]

26. ... Rd8?!

This is even worse but the game is already lost.

Few more moves with Kramnik attempting to get cheap smothered mate that Andreikin routinely repells and then Kramnik resigns ahead of being checkmated himself.

Aug-02-13  csmath: Thus looking for a decisive error, this is likely

20. ... Bxe4?

Without this error black would have good chances to save bad opening in a hard but defensible ending.

All in all this is a very good game by Andreikin but the defence of his opponent completely disintegrated after only 20 moves.

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  Natalia Pogonina: Andreikin is so far at +2 -0 =0 against Kramnik. Vlad seems to dominate his contemporaries and lose a lot to the young guys - Naka, Caruana, Andreikin...
Aug-03-13  csmath: Looking at this "Smeets" opening further I think there was a simple-minded improvement for black (Kramnik):

13. ... Ba6!?
14. Qb3 Bxd3
15. Qxd3 c5!

(right on time and good enough)

Now regardless whether white choses

16. Qe4 Nd7
17. Nc4 cxd4
18. Nxd4 Nc5


16. dxc5 Nd7

black has defensible position albeit a little bit cramped.

Aug-03-13  csmath: The reason why these younger guys are playing well against Kramnik is two-fold.

First they know his games well while the opposite is not true - Kramnik is not preparing well against them.

Second they are not afraid of him unlike some of those older guys.

Aug-03-13  dekko: i nod in agreement csmath...i also think its the same issue with anand..kramnik's later continuation in the game was out of annoyance with his own play,against anand,gelfand and the other older guys he would ve resigned earlier on
Aug-03-13  Ulhumbrus: This game offers one a few suggestions of how White might have been able to prevail with greater space against the bishop pair in the game Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927

The move 15 Be4 offers one suggestion: exchange one of the bishops

The move 16 Rfd1 offers a second suggestion: gain a lead in development.

The movea 18 Qa4, 19 Nb3 and 20 Rd6 offer a third suggestion: use the lead in development to start an attack

Aug-06-13  ounos: 20. Rd6!


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  patzer2: Without Black's resignation, the finish is mate-in-three with 34. d8(Q)+ Bxd8 35.Qf7+ Kh8 36. Nxg6#.
Aug-30-13  renumeratedfrog: Lovely finish... Maybe Andreikin isn't such a strawman afterall...
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