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Rustam Mashrukovich Kasimdzhanov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Chess Olympiad (2014), Tromso NOR, rd 6, Aug-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0


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Aug-08-14  dehanne: 24.Rc8 leads to equality.
Aug-08-14  latvalatvian: I see no reason Kramnik should ever lose. It must be injustice when it happens.
Aug-08-14  s4life: This is what happens you are not allowed to go to the toilet.
Aug-08-14  fgh: <s4life: This is what happens you are not allowed to go to the toilet.>

Yes; you end up posting s**t on forums, such as that which I just quoted.

Aug-08-14  1971: Lol and all of black's pieces neatly in the corner.
Aug-08-14  s4life: <Yes; you end up posting s**t on forums, such as that which I just quoted.>

I thought that was funny:) lighten up.

Aug-08-14  cplyakap: 29.Rxf7!! is great.
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  Mating Net: I am surprised that Kramnik was not more aware of Kazim's tactical threats.28...d4? and it seems that Vlad really was oblivious.
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  iking: tactics again
Aug-08-14  dehanne: <24.Rc8 leads to equality.>Or rather, 23...Rc8
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  Sokrates: LOL to the initial jokes. It seems that Kramnik underestimated the force of Rustam's rooks on the 7th rank. 29.Txf7 is, indeed, a brilliant stroke - Kasimzhanov's stellar moment at the olympics.
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  tamar: Kazimdzhanov said his rook sacrifice on f7 reminded him strongly of 18 Rxf7! in Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968

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Aug-09-14  Gambit86: Daniel King interview and analysis with Kasimdzhanov
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  sbevan: <Gambit86: Daniel King interview and analysis with Kasimdzhanov

Good link. Thanks

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  visayanbraindoctor: 16... Nxe5 IMO is a positional mistake that's of a type that keeps popping up in Kramnik's games recently.

After 17. de5 Qe5 18. Qxb6 Kramnik has essentially surrendered his Queenside, while he is still underdeveloped and uncoordinated, and with Kazim's rooks aimed right at it. White is presented with a clear plan if Black just shuffles about, push the Queenside pawn majority while keeping control of the c-file for infiltration purposes. Visually, it looks to me as if black is already positionally lost at this point.

Reminds me of recent games in which Kramnik goes straight into a bad middlegame right out of the opening. Kramnik the unrecognizable.

Aug-10-14  Greifi: I think the same as visayan. After 16 ... Nxe5 Black has already a bad position, maybe a lost one. Nevertheless Rustam played his position greatly to the end.
Aug-10-14  bennythejets: 25.Qh4 26.h6 or g6 27.Re7 and black lose the khight..
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  Whitehat1963: Please excuse my blindness, but what's the finish?
Aug-12-14  pmukerji: Me too...I'm not seeing it either. What happens if 29...Qxf7? And how does the game end as it is played?...I'm so clueless and am only learning so any/all guidance would be welcome...thx
Aug-12-14  Mr. V: <Whitehat1963> and <pmukerji>: I'm not a great player myself, but I think this might cover it: If 30. . . Ke7 31. Qe5+ Kf7 32. Rf1#.
If 30 . . . Ke7 31. Qe5+ Kd7 32. Bf5+ Kd8 33. Qc7+ Ke8 34. Bg6+ If 30. . . Ke7 31. Qe5+ Kd8 32. Qc7+ Ke8 33. Bg6+
If 30. . . Ke8, then I have no idea! Maybe something like Bg6+, continuing with the theme? Perhaps someone else can figure this out. If 29. . . Qxf7, well, Rustam explains in the interview that it leads to 30. Bh7+ Kf8 31. Qd6+ Qe7 32. Rfi+ Ke8 33. Bg6+ I hope that helps!
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  zanzibar: Kasimdzhanov has a nice video of the game here - ("Watch a sample from the Olympiad-special for free!" about 1/4 way down).

He found this amazing continuation using engines while analyzing the game afterwards:

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[game move 26.Bd7]

26.Rxf7 Qxf7 27.Bxh7+ Kf8 28.Qd4 Qe7 29.Rf1+ Ke8 30.Bg6+ Kd8 31.Rf7 (White allows Q-xchg) Qxe3+ 32.Qxe3 Nxe3 33.Nd4 Bc8 34.Nc6+ Ke8 35.Re7+ Kf8 36.Re8#

It's funny to watch him, at the end of the video, express the pleasure of playing chess when you can find gems like this.

Jan-23-15  jrofrano: This game was the 7th best game from 2014:
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  tpstar: <what's the finish?> After 30. Bxh7+:

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The key to concluding the attack is a Queen check on c7 without allowing Black to defend with ... Nd7. For example, 30 ... Ke8 31. Bg6+ Ke7 32. Qe5+ Kd7 33. Qc7+ Ke6 34. Qxb6+:

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I trust most posters could figure it out from here. =)

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