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Dmitry Andreikin vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Chess Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 1, Mar-13
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Stonehenge: 20. a4 f5 = Mamedyarov vs Kramnik, 2013.
Mar-13-14  sicilianhugefun: Not a boring type of draw. This is a top class encounter and struggle of sharp ideas.
Mar-13-14  RedShield: Another example of Kramnik's weak opening preparation, especially with black.
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  luzhin: I'm afraid this is what in TV is known as a repeat. If you hadn't seen the show first time around then it isn't boring.
Mar-13-14  csmath: Yeah, I do not see much interesting going on here.
Mar-13-14  Hankanintetrolla: Redshield: Weak opening prep... I hope you are joking...
Mar-13-14  Edeltalent: <Hankanintetrolla: Redshield: Weak opening prep... I hope you are joking...> That surely was a reference to Grischuk's comments here:
Mar-13-14  AuN1: Silly fool...your attempt to refute kramnik's nimzo indian cannot harm him.


Mar-13-14  Tartalacreme: Grischuk was joking.
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  whiteshark: "For Dmitri Andreikin and Vladimir Kramnik, it was an opportunity to see whether Kramnik would try to bully his way past Andreikin, or whether Andreikin would be content to neutralize his prestigious opponent. Andreikin is a superb technical player, but is not one prone to taking risks, and it bears remembering that during his superb runner-up performance at the World Cup last year, losing to the former world champion, he had only won a single classical game, winning nearly all his matches in the rapid tiebreaks.

To those seeing the opening played for the first time, it might have seemed like sharp action was taking place, but the entire Nimzo-Indian line played was a rinse-and-repeat operation that had been seen up until the 21st move last year in Mamedyarov-Kramnik (Moscow, 2013). That game ended in a draw shortly after on the 26th move, and today was not a big improvement."

- GM Gilberto Milos

Mar-14-14  Kinghunt: It would have been a mistake for Kramnik to try pushing with black this early. Such attempts are more likely to backfire than work, so should only be used later on in the tournament, if it becomes necessary. Kramnik should be quite content with this draw.
Mar-14-14  Jaidip: This was not the time to employ Nimzo c7 gambit, Where Contemporary Rivals will get aware With Surprises. Either use it when You need or keep it unexplored.
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