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Vladimir Kramnik vs Jan Timman
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-28
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I fail to understand why Black didn't play 12...Rc8 here rather than 12...Bc5?!
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  keypusher: Some comments from Karsten and Mueller's Fundamental Chess Endings.

After 37....Kg7:

<Or: 37....Rxe2 38. Rd8 ; 37....Ra4 38. Rh8 d3+ 39. Ke3 dxe2 40. Kxe2 Rxa7 41. Rh7+ .>

After 40. Kd5! Ra1:

<40....Kh7 41. Kc5 Kg7 42. Kb6 Rb4+ 43. Ka5 Rb7 (43....Rb3 44. Rb8+) 44. Ka6 (Ribli in [ChessBase Magazine] 69).>

After 41. Kxd4 1-0, the authors comment: <Without the pawns on d4, f6 and e2, [the ending] is drawn, because the White's king has no shelter.>

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  plang: Kramnik had played 12 b3 twice before; in his win against Hjartarsson at Clichy 1995 and in his draw against Polgar at Tilburg 1997. 12 Na5 was an improvement that made a difficult endgame for Black even tougher to defend. Kramnik felt that 21 f4! with the idea of developing his rook to f3 was the only move to give White serious winning chances. 25 Rb3? would have only led to a draw after 25..Rxb3 26 axb..Kf8 27 Kd2..Ke7 28 Kc3..a5!. Passive defense with 25..Rb7? 26 Ra5..Rd7 27 Kd2..Kf8 28 Kd3..Ke7 29 Kd4..Ke6 30 g4 would have won a pawn under more advantageous conditions than the game continuation. Kramnik recommended 27 g6! as the best defense after which Whites winning chances are significantly less than the game continuation. 36..Kg7 would have been a tougher defense avoiding the zugzwang that Kramnik set up with 38 Kf5. Timman resigned because of: 41..Ra4+ 42 Kc5..Ra2 43 e4..Ra1 44 Kb6..Rb1+ 45 Kc6..Rc1+ 46 Kd6..Rd1+ 47 Ke6..Ra1 48 Rd8..Ra6+ 49 Rd6..Rxa7 50 Rd7+..Rxd7 51 Kxd7..f5 52 e5!.

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