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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Sicilian Defense: Classical. Fianchetto Variation (B58)  ·  0-1



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Mar-13-07  Jafar219: 12...a4!!is very deep positional move by Kramnik.Just great!
Dec-31-07  KingG: Yes, this is a very nice game indeed. Kramnik sacrifices a pawn and then exchanges queens to get strong, Benko-style, pressure on the Queen-side.

It's not even clear to me where exactly Adams goes wrong. Perhaps he should have immediately grabbed the pawn with 12.Qxb7, so that his light-squared bishop still has some hopes of activating itself with a timely e5. But clearly Black still retains strong pressure and can use his own light-squared bishop to attack White's Queen-side. Still, this would seem preferable to the game continuation.

Probably this whole Qb4 idea is dubious anyway. Black plans to play on the Queen-side, so for White to open lines there doesn't seem like a good idea.

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  plang: 10 Qb4?! is a theoretical line and the gambit 11..Be6 had been played before. It appears that black gets good compensation after 12 Qxb7..Nd7. If this is true then 10 Qb4 doesn't make much sense. Perhaps 10 Qd3 is more logical. 12 Nd5 was a new move. 15..Qb8 sacrificed another pawn and forced the exchange of queens. Kramnik mentioned 15..a3 as a reasonable alternative that could also have given black good chances. 17..a3!? could have been answered with the exchange sacrifice 18 b3 muddying the waters. If 18 Bxd6..Rxc2 19 Rad1..Rxa2 20 Bc7..Re8 21 d6..Bd7 22 Bd5..Rc2 leads to a solid advantage for black. 22 Re3 would have been a better defense. After 22 Rfe1?..Rc1! whate was lost.
Dec-29-17  rainingpieces: 15...Qb8 is an instructive move, not defending passively but attacking queen and eyeing b2
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