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Yu Yangyi vs Vladimir Kramnik
"While My Qatar Gently Weeps" (game of the day Dec-19-2015)
Qatar Masters (2014), Doha QAT, rd 9, Dec-04
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0
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Dec-04-14  coolconundrum: Wow, what a blowout. I can't help but think we should've seen this line a bit more in the WC match.
Dec-04-14  notyetagm: Y Yu vs Kramnik, 2014

Damn, he beat Kramnik in just 33 moves!

Dec-04-14  Maatalkko: Should Kramnik have played 19...c5 instead of 19...f5?
Dec-04-14
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  chancho: Kramnik sitting at the board thinking about how he will spend his 25 grand, when suddenly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfM...

Not so fast, son!

Dec-04-14  notyetagm: Y Yu vs Kramnik, 2014

<Maatalkko: Should Kramnik have played 19...c5 instead of 19...f5?>

Engines say 19 ... c6-c5 was the best move in the position. 19 ... f6-f5? was just too weakening.

And why would Kramnik make a move like that if he only needed a draw? That's the kind of move you have to make when you need to play for a win with Black.

Dec-04-14  annihilator: I can't believe Kramnik missed 21. Qc3
Dec-04-14  notyetagm: Y Yu vs Kramnik, 2014

21 ?


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21 ♕d2-c3! <double attack: c6 & e5>


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<annihilator: I can't believe Kramnik missed 21. Qc3>

Dec-04-14  fisayo123: All credit to Yu for finishing the job, but it has to be said this is a very poor game by Kramnik. He's older these days but still.
Dec-04-14  notyetagm: <fisayo123: All credit to Yu for finishing the job, but it has to be said this is a very poor game by Kramnik. He's older these days but still.>

Yes, this effort by Kramnik is clearly not going to be included in his Best Games collection. :-)

Dec-04-14
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  bubuli55: GM Kramnik played a game within a game. First of all, I don't think he respected Yu's game. Or maybe anybody else's for that matter after his last 2 wins. He wanted to create a Kside attack but ...

IDK.

It's just frustrating for a chessbookie player :)

Dec-04-14
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  Gilmoy: Kramnik tired of the same ole a7-b6-c7-c5 Berlin wedge? <15..b5> might be otherwise playable, but with half-open a, it gives the Na5 too much teeth.

Black might weasel out with c5-b4 -- so <18.b4!> is a clever prophylaxis. White doesn't need it to reinforce Na5 because he wants to recapture with the Ra1 anyways, then triple on weak a7.

<19..f5> offers pawns for complications: it hangs e5, and the inevitable <21.Qc3> is now a fork. This matters: <22.Nxc6> Rfc8 <pin> 23.Nxe5 with <mutual threat>.

Dec-04-14
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  kevin86: kramnik looked like a shadow of himself.
Dec-04-14
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  chancho: Age can be argued, but Kramnik did defeat two youngsters in Giri and Saleh.

It just turned out that he got pulverized by Yangyi.

Maybe 9 rounds in nine days played a factor in this loss.

Dec-04-14  notyetagm: Y Yu vs Kramnik, 2014

23 ♘a5xc6!


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23 ... ♖f8-c8 24 ♘c6xe5! <pin-breaking: equal or stronger threat>


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<Gilmoy: ... This matters: <22.Nxc6> Rfc8 <pin> 23.Nxe5 with <mutual threat>.>

Dec-04-14  visayanbraindoctor: Kramnik seemed to have missed a simple fork when he played f5?

He might have been conditioned to believe that his e5 pawn was well protected. In fact, it was protected by the f6 pawn which disappeared when he moved it to f5, leaving the e5 pawn vulnerable. He could still have protected the e5 pawn by capturing with his rook (Rxf5), but he completely misses it again. I think it's actually a missed tactic probably secondary from a lack of focus or concentration.

It's hard to imagine the master that produced what must be an endgame classic yesterday against Salem playing like this today. Yet it's not surprising. Kramnik's play has been getting quite inconsistent in the past few years; times when he plays as brilliantly as in his prime, but the previously rare error-filled games becoming more frequent. At his best today, he is still the Ferrari racer zooming up the smooth racetrack, only that the mudholes he is hitting are becoming more frequent in proportion to the lapses in focus that comes along with age (or perhaps from an aching back in his particular case).

Dec-04-14  notyetagm: <visayanbraindoctor: ... At his best today, he is still the Ferrari racer zooming up the smooth racetrack, only that the mudholes he is hitting are becoming more frequent in proportion to the lapses in focus that comes along with age (or perhaps from an aching back in his particular case).>

This is *exactly* why I think Kasparov retired when he did: he could not bear to lose like Kramnik did today as he got older and made more mistakes.

Dec-04-14  Mudphudder: Sweet victory for Yu. I know many people will argue that Kramnik is past his prime (as he very well may be) but he couldn't be that far off from his A-game considering some of his wins in this tournament alone....esp how he stopped Giri stone cold in his 6-game winning streak!
Dec-04-14
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  Garech: Fantastic win for Yangyi Yu - great way to put the icing on a brilliant performance. This kid is definitely one to watch!

-Garech

Dec-04-14  BUNA: A very strange game by Kramnik. He needed just a draw and choose the Berlin, but then suddenly exposed himself with 15.. b5?! and 19..f5?

So once again Kramnik's main weakness was exposed. In my view he frequently tends to underestimate the chances of lower rated opponents in equal positions. Hybris. Perhaps Petrosian was the only champion who didn't suffer at all from this malady.

Dec-04-14  SirRuthless: Kramnik probably thought he would get the endgame but he gets an anti-berlin instead. If he knew Yu would go for this perhaps we get a Russian game instead. A total and complete demolition Ra8 was painful.
Dec-04-14  kia0708: Kramnik was put to the sword.
Dec-04-14  dehanne: Guess Kramnik skipped the press conference today?
Dec-04-14
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  tamar: Kramnik was prepared for everything except the Y Yu Dirty Rat Variation
Dec-04-14
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  chancho: Who hasn't experienced that rush of exhilaration, that moment of triumph, only to see someone breeze by you, smile, and take it all away?

Yep, Kramnik got smoked badly.

Dec-04-14  notyetagm: <tamar: Kramnik was prepared for everything except the Y Yu Dirty Rat Variation >

Wow, that was terrible.

:-)

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