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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund Sparkassen (2014), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-13
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jul-13-14  MountainMatt: An on-form Kramnik wins this, no question. His health problems must be taking a toll.
Jul-13-14  engineerX: I cannot believe Kramnik did not win this game. He must have had a winning endgame (with 4 pawns against 2) for many moves, but he "converted" it to a drawn one!
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  PawnSac: At his peek of course there would have been no defending against Kramnik, but lets give Mickey a little credit here. If there is a defense he will pull it off. And i think we can learn a lot from him.

For us lesser players there's a lot to gain from his tenacity and defensive resources. There are several games I should have lost, but by keeping my energy high and working out problems, AND with a few inaccuracies on my opponents part, a draw was a pleasant reward.

And ya know, there are more than a couple Adams games that I thought he would lose, but managed a draw. Kudos Mickey

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  luzhin: Perhaps Kramnik saw too late when heading for the B+2P v N ending that after 57.Ke6 both Kg5 and Bg5 are both answered by Nxh6!
Jul-14-14  Hankanintetrolla: KKDEREK
Some kind of rheumatism...
Jul-14-14  US255: Perhaps Kramnik felt under an obligation to the German tournament organisers to polish the game off before the start of the World Cup Final and erred under this pressure.
Jul-14-14  Tomlinsky: Fully agree <PawnSac>. A good demonstration by Mickey in holding a position that isn't as straight forward as it appears when you set it up on a board.
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  perfidious: <KKDEREK> Kramnik has ankylosing spondylitis, a systemic disease. While I will not speculate on the degree to which Kramnik has AS, or on how much it impinges his life, it is not pleasant, that is clear.

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  AgentRgent: I'm afraid Kramnik may be caught in a bit of a vise... Between Family commitments eating into Opening Prep time, and fatigue due to age (and illness?) cutting into his endgame accuracy.

Based on this tournament (and some other recent games) I suspect that Kramnik likely will never get another shot at the title, and even if he did, I'm doubtful he'd be able to outlast Carlsen. :(

Jul-17-14  Xeroxx: Basic pawn ending:
Are the pawns soulless? Or is the soul pawnless?
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  MissScarlett: <Natalia Pogonina @Pogonina Jul 13

When he got crushed as White yesterday I was like "Ok, it happens to anybody from time to time". But this? It is simply unbelievable.

Natalia Pogonina @Pogonina Jul 13

Did Kramnik just fail to convert two healthy connected passers in a R+B vs. R+N endgame?! #ICantBelieve>

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