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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand
Chess Olympiad (1992), Manila PHI, rd 14, Jun-24
Sicilian Defense: Kramnik Variation (B40)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-12-06  CobraChuk: The Indian Cobra is hard to attack...
Feb-12-06  Udit Narayan: I never knew there was a line named after Kramnik.
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  patzer2: So this is the Kramnik variation. It used to be that 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 (B40) was called the French Variation of the Sicilian, as for example when it was played in Marshall vs Mieses, 1899.

I suppose Kramnik's innovations and improvements in the system warrant the name change, even if he didn't invent the opening.

In any event, both players in this game obviously know their way around it, and it concludes in a peaceful draw with no obvious mistakes.

Apr-12-06  mvbrooks: It seems to me that the key variation in the Kramnik is the early c4 by white. 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 and it looks like you'd often be on your way to 3. d4 and the Taimanov.
Nov-28-11  Hesam7: I think nobody can dispute the fact that White has a big advantage after 17. f3:

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The question is what is the best way of maintaining and enhancing this advantage? The game gives me the impression that the exchanges (specially the knights) very much helped Black. Any ideas?

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