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Vladimir Kramnik vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
European Club Cup (2015), Skopje MKD, rd 3, Oct-20
Indian Game: Przepiorka Variation (A49)  ·  1-0


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Oct-20-15  EhsanBalani: Why didn't White take the c-pawn in the 40th move?
Oct-20-15  kamagong24: i think its because black's c-pawn somehow serves white's defense, like if 40. Rxc5, the c-file will be open for black's rook, white's rook will be tied up on the c-file because once black's R attacks white's B it has no better square to go while protecting the a-pawn...
Oct-20-15  Nerwal: Yes, the c pawn limits Black's counterplay. Also White has better things to do than to take a useless pawn; After 40. ♖xc5 Black can activate the king with 40... ♔f8 or 40... ♔f6, whereas after 40. ♖g8+ the king has to go the wrong way because 40... ♔f6 fails to 41. ♖b8 ♗c6 (otherwise ♖b7 kills) 42. ♖b6.
Oct-21-15  CountryGirl: That little 'stutter' move with the c pawn on moves 6 and 7 looks unusual!
Oct-22-15  SChesshevsky: Kramnik looked like he was really on his game.

Seemed really observant after 6...b6, that Black might have white square weakness especially on a8 diagonal, so 7. c4 after 6. c3 probably worth the tempo. Kramnik's next few moves also increased the pressure on those squares.

His idea appeared to turn out correct as c6 (then c5) and the QB probably were some trouble for Black until the end.

I thought that 27. e3 allowing 28. Be2 and 36. Re8 were also great examples of top GM play.

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  thegoodanarchist: Kramnik has been winning a lot lately. He as moved up from #9 to #5 now on the live rating list.
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