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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Grischuk
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 1, Mar-10
Indian Game: Kingside Fianchetto (A48)  ·  1-0


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  HeMateMe: kramnik is so amazingly accurate, the sign of a world champion.
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  Marmot PFL: Grischuk's time management is as bad as ever. With 8 minutes left he was only at move 20.
Mar-10-18  dehanne: The Giri effect.
Mar-10-18  Fanques Fair: Grishuk played well in the middle game but very bad on the endgame. His bishop shouldn´t have left the long diagonal. Also he should have played Ne6 at the first opportunity. It was easy for Kramnik.
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  Richard Taylor: 21....Rg5 looks dubious.
Mar-10-18  Rama: Channeling Richard Reti with the reinforced fianchetto, and Aron Nimzovitch with explosive centralization 35. Qd4. Very smooth, very sure-footed.
Mar-10-18  CountryGirl: A masterful game. I liked the touches of Reti, eg bishop on b2 and Queen on a1, rooks doubled on d file... It was killer the way he returned the exchange, too.
Mar-10-18  positionalgenius: Really, really smooth game here from Kramnik. Very interesting that he's playing in the country where he lost the title in the match to Anand (2008) with the opportunity to play a title match in the place where he gained it initially (London).
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  cormier: seeing 39.Rc7 was penetrating and occupying the 7th rank won the game for Kramnik, i hope he play's against Carlsen .....
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <cormier>--this means that white should have not been given the time for 39 Rc7 by attacking the bishop and gaining a tempo with 38 Rc2. The Computer recommends 37..Ne6, which I assume would allow black to answer 38 Rc2 with Nd4.
Mar-10-18  JPi: Again the great Kramnik. If Vladimir Kramnik can keep such level of play we will see him at the world championship! Yes a masterful game!
Mar-10-18  JPi: I don't know about the Giri effect... but I doubt Black should go to complication from a strategical inferior position. Massive exchange by 17...Ne4 seems to me better. Whatever a Kramnik's memorable game.
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 33 dpa
1. = (0.20): <37...Ne6> 38.Bc4 Rb8 39.Bxe6 fxe6 40.Rc2 Be8 41.Rc4 a4 42.bxa4 Ra8 43.Nd1 Bxa4 44.Nc3 Be8 45.a4 e5 46.f3 Kf7 47.Kf2 Bd7 48.Ke3 h6 49.Ke4 Ra5 50.Kd3 Be6 51.Rb4 Bd7 52.Kd2 Ra8 53.Ke3 Ra5 54.Nb5 Kf6 55.g3

and d 32 dpa
2. + / = (0.27): <<37...Rc8>> 38.f3 Nf5 39.Nxf5 gxf5 40.Kf2 Kg7 41.Ke3 Rb8 42.Bd1 Kf6 43.Rc2 Bd7 44.g4 fxg4 45.fxg4 Rb4 46.Rf2+ Kg7 47.Rf4 e5 48.Re4 f6 49.Rc4 f5 50.gxf5 Bxf5 51.a3 Rb7 52.Rc5 Be6 53.Rxe5

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  cormier: yes <Gregor Samsa Mendel> ...

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Analysis by Houdini 4:

<38...Nd4 39.Rd2 Nxe2+ 40.Rxe2> a4 41.b4 Rd8 42.Rc2 Be4 43.Rc3 Rd2 44.f3 Bb1 45.a3 Kg7 46.Nc4 Ra2 47.b5 Bf5 48.b6 Ra1+ 49.Kf2 Rb1 50.g4 Be6 51.Rc2 Bxc4 52.Rxc4 Rxb6 53.Rxa4 Kf6 54.Ra7 h5 55.a4 hxg4 56.fxg4 Rb2+ 57.Kf3 Rb3+ 58.Kg2 Rb2+ 59.Kg3 Rb3+ 60.Kf2 Rh3 = (0.04) Depth: 27

Mar-11-18  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations suggest that after 40...a4 White's passed a pawn becomes almighty. On the other hand 40 Ra7 threatens to take Black's a pawn and this suggests that 39 Rc7 threatens 40 Ra7. This suggests in turn that 38 Rc2 threatens 39 Rc7, and this suggests in turn that 37 Rd2 threatens 38 Rc2 .

All this suggests that 37 Rd2!! threatens a brilliant manoeuvre, namely, Rd2-c2-c7-a7, a manoeuvre which wins the game after 37...Rb8 fails to answer the threat.

In that case one alternative to 37...Rb8 is 37...Ne6 trying to keep White's rook out of the c7 square.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: I suspect that Grischuk was in his customary time trouble here, which is why he failed to spot Kramnik’s winning rook maneuver.
Mar-12-18  Fanques Fair: 37-..., Ne6 ! , 38- Rc2 , Rc8 ! , 39- Ba6, Rc7 , and Black is defending. If White then tries to make a passer with 40-a3, Be4 , 41- Rxc7, Nxc7, 42-Bc4, Bc6 and White seems to have only a slight advantage.

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Mar-13-18  jabinjikanza: Once a world champion always a champion.i bet kramnik Will definitely going to play Magnus in world champion ship duo
Mar-13-18  Petrosianic: How much have you bet on him?
Mar-26-18  PJs Studio: I’m pretty sure 31...Bc6 is bad because I looks like the best move and Black Didn’t play it(!) hah!
Apr-04-18  RookFile: Richard Reti would have loved this.
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