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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 6, Mar-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation (D35)  ·  1-0


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Mar-16-18  CountryGirl: Shak is cutting a swathe through the Russians. If I were Grischuk, I'd be a bit worried... :)
Mar-16-18  Justin796: Kramnik played like a newb!
Mar-16-18  CountryGirl: Vlad went off the rails on move 34. His main counterplay at that stage is the h pawn, and swapping rooks on the c file meant his rook could not support the h pawn. So Shak could have got a rook to c7 and then a7 - but while the h pawn can advance, supported by a rook, it doesn't signify. (But who likes to see an enemy rook on the seventh?)
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  ChessHigherCat: Bravo Shak, like taking candy from a baby!
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  OrangeTulip: Would be nice when Shak could follow up Kasparov, also from Azerbaijan. Some games to go...
Mar-17-18  Jambow: This is a game to like... Never followed Shak much but I like his style here at least and his results of late speak for themselves...
Mar-17-18  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 27...Nc6, 27..Rc8 seems consistent, having prepared the thrust ...Nc4+. There is no point in attacking d4 if White has it covered adequately.

31...h4 makes a target of the h pawn. An alternative is 31...Rc8 followed by ...Nc6-a4-c4

An alternative to 37...Nb2 is 37...Nb6 heading for the d5 square. However by now Black may have spoilt his game already by losing the h pawn.

Mar-17-18  Vitez: This game is now on YouTube:
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa

1. = (0.00): 34...Rxc1 35.Rxc1 Bd7 36.f3 Rh8 37.Kf2 h3 38.Kg3 h2 39.Rh1 Bc6 40.Be4 Bxe4 41.fxe4 Nc6 42.Rxh2 Rxh2 43.Kxh2 Nb4 44.Nc3 Nc6 45.Ne2 Nb4

2. = (0.08): 34...Nc4+ 35.Bxc4 Rxc4 36.Rxc4 bxc4 37.Rh1 Bxg6 38.Rxh4 Bf5 39.Ng3 Bd3 40.Rg4 Kf7 41.Ne4 Bxe4 42.Kxe4 Rb8 43.d5 exd5+ 44.Kxd5 Rb5+ 45.Kd6 Rb6+ 46.Kc7 Rb2 47.Rxc4 Rxf2 48.a4 Ke6 49.Kb6 Kxe5 50.Kxa6 Kd5 51.Kb5 Rb2+ 52.Rb4

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  morfishine: Mamedyarov is playing like Kramnik!
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  ajile: White sure made a lot of LSB moves in this opening. Seems like Black should have been able to equalize easily with all the extra tempos.
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  ajile: <Ulhumbrus: 31...h4 makes a target of the h pawn.>

Agreed inexplicable.

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  ChessHigherCat: <morfishine: Mamedyarov is playing like Kramnik!>

And Kramnik is playing like ****.

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