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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (1999), Linares ESP, rd 13, Mar-09
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-02-12
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  plang: The history of the Four Knights goes back to the 19th century but the gambit with 6 Nxe5 is a recent development. 7 Nd3!? was introduced in Movsesian-Lalic 1998 Elista Olympiad but the older 7 Nf3 certainly looks stronger. After Kramnik's 9..d5! the continuation 10 exd?!..Bd6 is very dangerous for White. Adams was already willing to settle for a slight inferiority with 16 Nxd4 rather than risk the materialistic 16 exf!?..Bg4!? with a strong attack for Black. Kramnik recommended 20 f4; instead after 20 Qf3?..g5 Black had a clear edge. An example of the danger in the position for White would have been 26..Bc4 27 Bd7? (27 g3 was necessary)..Rxe1+ 28 Rxe1..Rxe1+ 29 Bxe1..Bf4 and White's a & b pawns are doomed. Perhaps 32..dxe would have been a better aatempt to maintain Black's edge. White had to avoid the trap 55 Bb6?..Bc1 56 Kc2..bf4! and wins.
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