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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
London Chess Classic (2016), London ENG, rd 9, Dec-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Fianchetto Defense (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Dec-18-16  activechess55:

Kramnik is one of the few players, who accept IPs and hanging pawn centers without compunction. And defends them rather well.

Dec-19-16  Beholder: <And defends them rather well.>

Kramnik is one of the greatest defenders in contemporary chess for sure, but this particular game is hardly a good example.

Dec-19-16  Ulhumbrus: 11...h6 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity as does 12 h3.

Instead of 12 h3, 12 Ne5 offers an exchange of pieces. With the hanging pawns Black will want to avoid exchanges and this suggests that White can take ground by offering them.

Instead of 21 Be5, 21 Bh4 pins the N on f6. If Tarrasch is right to say that a player should make it his first business to remove any pin because all of his pieces must be able to move freely, this suggests that a player should take any opportunity to inflict a pin on his opponent.

Sep-17-18  Monocle: <Ulhumbrus: 11...h6 disturbs the king side pawns without necessity as does 12 h3.>

Foolish former world champions, playing h3 and h6 all the time, when even a patzer like Ulhumbrus can tell you it's practically throwing the game away!

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  perfidious: One can well imagine what <uluseless> thinks of the Tartakower QGD for Black, what with that dreadful move ...h6 adopted by numerous top players and all.
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