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Ding Liren vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Championship Candidates (2018), Berlin GER, rd 13, Mar-26
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Looks as if both players suffered from a simultaneous bout of pessimism after reaching the time control and disliked their chances.
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  offramp: There is a superb passage of play towards the end of this hard-fought game.

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Winning a pawn because after
37...Nxd6, 38.Rxe5
wins back the knight.

But wait!

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Skewering the rooks and winning the exchange. So Black wins...

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Pins the bishop. So White will retain that extra pawn. But...
...forks the rooks and wins the exchange. Very good - Black wins. But...

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Gets out of the fork, and after
41.Rh5+, the other rook is taken hors prise.

But now they had passed move 40 the players decided to play a few more moves and call it a day.

Great tactical vision. Kramnik has been playing very lively chess, playing moves like ...f5 and ...g5.

Mar-26-18  Ulhumbrus: The hedgehog formation together with the fianchetto of the king's bishop was tried in the game V Musil vs Karpov, 1975

In that game Musil tried a sacrifice on b5 in order to pre-empt the threat of ...f5 but it failed.

20 exf5 looks like a tactical error allowing a combination. Kramnik is able to draw White's king on to the square g2 where he can be forked.

Instead of 30...Nf6xg4, 30...Ne5xg4 threatens ...Rxe7 placing more pressure on the N on e4

The computer evaluations suggest that Kramnik's advantage persisted but was not enough to win.

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