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Vladimir Kramnik vs Wei Yi
Tata Steel (2018), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-13
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Classical Variation. Modern Defense (D78)  ·  1-0


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  offramp: Go on Krammers. You can win this!
Jan-13-18  John Abraham: Kramnik's face suits the rook body very well.
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  cormier: i kinda like the way Kram is often playing the opening ...
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  offramp: A superb display from Krammers.
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  ChessHigherCat: <John Abraham: Kramnik's face suits the rook body very well.>

He looks like the Orwellian version of the Statue of Liberty in drag

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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: A superb display from Krammers.>

I remember back when he went by "Kramnik". Seems like a long time ago.

Jan-13-18  Robyn Hode: He should have traded bishops instead of the knight move.
Jan-13-18  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Well it seems that the talk may have already started about one of us "Old Farts" Winning TATA STEEL! There are 3 persons OVER 40 Anand 48, ♔ramnik 42, & Svidler at 41 Who knows? At this point ANYBODY could WIN of course. At this level of play...The guy who gets on a hot streak could end up in front of MAGNUS in November! Lotsa rounds left! ACME KING KRUSHER!
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  HeMateMe: what a feel for positional chess. The game looks a dead draw after 15 moves. Carlsen wins the same way.
Jan-13-18  Sularus: good job, vlad!
Jan-13-18  ColdSong: So I had good reasons to be worried for the young chinese.Still a lot of work.The lad will be to the highest level only when he'll be able to draw safely with black against Kramnik.
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  chancho: Vlad is a great player.
His place in history is secure.
And he can still whoop ass on them young'ns.
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  cormier: 1) +0.08 (47 ply) 18...Bg4 19.Rc5 Rac8 20.Rfc1 Rxc5 21.Rxc5 f6 22.b3 b6 23.Rc1 Rc8 24.Rxc8+ Bxc8 25.Bd5 Bd7 26.e3 Ke8 27.h4 h6 28.e4 e6 29.Bxe6 Bxe6 30.Nxe6 Nxe4+ 31.Kf3 Nd6 32.Nd4 Kd7 33.g4 a5 34.Ke3 Ke7 35.h5 gxh5 36.gxh5 Kf7 37.Kf3 Ke7 38.Kg4 Kf7 39.Nf5 Nxf5 40.Kxf5 b5 41.Kg4 Ke6 42.a3 a4 43.bxa4 bxa4

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

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  cormier: 1) +0.08 (45 ply) 17...Bg4 18.Rc5 Rac8 19.Rfc1 Rxc5 20.Rxc5 <b6> 21.Rc2 Kf8 22.h3 Bf5 23.Nxf5 Nxf5 24.Kf2 Nd4 25.Rd2 Ne6 26.Rxd8+ Nxd8 27.Ke3 Ke8 28.Be4 Kd7 29.g4 Kd6 30.a3 a5 31.h4 Ne6 32.Bd3 Kd5 33.f5 Nc5 34.fxg6 fxg6 35.Bb1 Ke5 36.Ba2 Ne6 37.Bc4 Nd4 38.Bd3 h5 39.gxh5 gxh5 40.b4 axb4 41.axb4

60.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8

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  Richard Taylor: <ChessHigherCat: <John Abraham: Kramnik's face suits the rook body very well.>

He looks like the Orwellian version of the Statue of Liberty in drag> !

Do you mean:

1) that he looks (or looked ) like the statue depicted that is or was like an "Orwellian statue" as in the scene depicted or imagined, being in drag, this implies some form of catastrophic decline of change or disaster.

2) of the versions somewhere or at some time in a (movie or some such thing) there; one was an Orwellian version?

In what way, for example in 2) was this version Orwellian? This may mean that the one in drag was inside a movie of Orwellian overtones, so to speak.

in 1) what about "being in drag" (of the Statue of Liberty) which is depicted as something quite different in Dr Strangelove (I have to concede I only discovered this via Wikipedia). Did this drag-version you allude to disturbing or positive?

Of course these questions are quite inane. But your quip remains amusing. Why it is evades me, but a lot of things evade me.

I assume that, as usual in the case of a winner, the winner was seen as a face or head dancing on or with a rook in an absurd and pathetic jig of triumph.

I didn't view this game live so I can't imagine very well how Kramnik would look with his head oscillating on (or waving side to side with) the body of a cartoonish R.

Why the head or image of a head is attached to a rook I have no idea. There are surely many many other ways, more dignified, to signal that one of other of the players has attained the full point.

There is also the possibility that you inferred and failed to type, meaning to indeed type that he looked (or when you wrote the above), looks, like 'an' Orwellian Statue of Liberty....

There is a further question. Are you, or were you, implying that the Stat of Lib is inherently 'Orwellian'? How then do you describe or explicate the (now almost clichaic term) "Orwellian"?

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  ChessHigherCat: <Richard Taylor> Yes, precisely.
Jan-14-18  WorstPlayerEver: Completely equal position. Wei only has to play 24... Rc2+

Instead he starts to make incomprehensible moves and gives Kramnik an attack.

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: No matter how many mistakes Black made in the endgame, Kramnik still did an amazing job of finding the tiniest chances and making them mean something.
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  Richard Taylor: <ChessHigherCat> For your answer you get an A+ pass.
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  Richard Taylor: Playing games like that with White I am always terrified I will put my king and R in a place they can be forked.

The other thing is. How to stop Black getting to my second rank or causing difficulties as I try to advance.

Kramnik did well to make something from what was probably a quite equal position.

Those kind of middle to end games can be more nerve wracking than a complex position with pieces all over the place attacking things and so on.

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  Richard Taylor: Black seems to have gone down a line that isn't very good for him as Kramnik starts the end game stage with pressure from his B on g2, and he can get onto the c file quicker. Black's pieces are more awkwardly placed.

But it still takes skill to win those types of games. Tarrasch and later Capablanca, Fischer etc were good at that sort of thing. Of course it is harder for a younger player to be patient in the type of position arising.

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