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Vladimir Kramnik vs Sergei Tiviakov
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 2, Aug-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1-0



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A couple of quotes by Kramnik regarding this game - taken from "Kramnik: My Life and Games":

"15...c4 is the most logical. 15...Rac8 does not yield any dividends in view of Rfe1 followed by Bf1 etc., and it is not clear what Black can do next. Before my reply I thought for a long time, and in the end I decided first to make a few prophylactic moves on the queenside, and only after this to prepare the typical advance e3-e4."

"24. Ng4!? looks very strong, since it is extremely undesirable for Black to allow the Knight to go to e5, 24...f6? fails for tactical reasons: 25. Bxh7+ Kxh7 26. Bxf6 h5 27. Ne5."


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  plang: After a draw in the first game Kramnik won this game to clinch the match in the World Championship tournament; he went on to defeat Korchnoi and Topalov before being eliminated by Adams in the quarterfinals. Kramnik, when checking his computer database, was surprised that 12 Be2 had been played a number of times as 12..Ne4 would have been a strong reply. Kramnik described 27..Rac8?as "...Black's only and decisive mistake in the game."; instead he recommends 27..h5 28 Nh2..Nf8 29 Nf1 with a small White edge. An alternative defense 28..dxe 29 d5..Bb5 (29..Bxd5 30 Rad1 the pin on the d-file is powerful) 30 fxe..h5 31 Nh2..Ng5 32 e5..fxe 33 Bg6..Ndf7 34 Nf3 would have been no better for Black than the game.

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