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Vladimir Kramnik vs Vasyl Ivanchuk
Dortmund Sparkassen (1995), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-14
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0



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Jan-05-06  Bobak Zahmat: Black's game is stuck in the middle of the board, which makes it diffucult to save the game. Look the White's King side pawn! They look like an army!
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  Mateo: This ending is fascinating, since move 41. The position is really a complicated one. There Kramnik took a difficult decision 41.Rxc6!?. But I am not sure it was the right decision. It worked but when you study carefully what happened, you see that all Black's problems arised from the fact that his King could not cross the back rank with the White Rook on the 7th and two connected passed pawns. So you have mating nets in many variations. The point is: could Ivanchuk avoid this kind of set up? The answer is yes. Instead of the natural 44...Rb3+ (?!), 44...Kf8! may give somes drawing prospects. I give some variations behind but there are many others, of course. 48.g4!! was a beautiful move and a sign given to all the chess community at the time: the man who played this move is a genius and would be a tough pretender to the crown. You know what happened some years later.

44.f5 Rb3+?! <44...Nxe5? 45.Re6+ . 44...Kf8! .> 45.Kf4 Rxa3 46.Rg7+ Ke8 <46...Kd8 47.e6 Nf6 (47...Nf8 48.e7+ . 47...Nb8 48.Rg8+ . 47...Nb6 48.f6 . 47...Nc5 48.Ke5 ) 48.Rf7 Ng4 (48...Ng8 49.Rf8+ . 48...Ne8 49.Rd7+ Kc8 50.Rd1 followed by 51.e7) 49.e5 Rf3+ 50.Kg5! (50.Kxf3? Nxe5+ 51.Ke4 Nxf7 52.exf7 Ke7 ) Re3 (50...Nxe5 51.f6! ) 51.Kxh5 Nxe5 52.f6! Nxf7 53.exf7 Re8 54.fxe8+ Kxe8 55.Kg6 a3 56.Kg7 .> 47.e6 Nf6 <47...Nb8 48.Rg8+ . 47...Nb6 48.f6 . 47...Nc5 48.Ke5 . 47...Nf8 48.Rxc7 .> 48.g4!! <48.e5? Nd5+ 49.Ke4 Nc3+ 50.Kd4 Ne2+ . 48.Rf7? Ra1! 49.Rxf6 a3=.> Ra1 <48...hxg4 49.Ke5 Nxe4 (49...Nh5 50.Rg8 ) 50.Kxe4 g3 51.f6 . 48...Nxg4 49.e5 Re3 50.f6 Nxf6 51.Kxe3 .> 49.e5! Nd5+ <49...Nxg4 50.f6 Rf1 51.Kg5 Nxf6 52.exf6 .> 50.Ke4 <50...Nc3+ 51.Kd4 Nb5+ 52.Kc4 .> 1-0

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  Honza Cervenka: <Mateo> 48.g4 is really beautiful move but 48.Rxc7 would have won probably too. For example, 48...Rb3 49.Ra7 a3 50.Ra5 (here 50.g4 is possible too) with next 51.e5 or 48...Ra1 49.Rc4 Ke7 50.Kg5 Re1 51.Rxa5 Nxe4+ 52.Kxh5 Nxg3+ 53.Kg6 look quite convincingly.
Feb-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Phenonmenal game by Kramnik!

An Endgame Masterpiece.


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