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Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk
Las Palmas (1996), Las Palmas, Canary Islands ESP, rd 9, Dec-20
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation (A15)  ·  1-0

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May-07-05  aw1988: <Interesting Kramnik games by acirce>

<acirce found it, I like it.
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Lol.

Jul-13-05  Giearth: I like it too. :)
Aug-29-05  pantlko: good game by kramnik
Oct-10-05  danielpi: Wow- he really doesn't resign until the bitter end, does he?
Oct-10-05  DCP23: Ivanchuk resigns about as late in the game as I do on ICC ;)
Feb-09-06
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  plang: Kramnik says that Ivanchuk could have put up stronger resistance at move 31 but that the position would still have been lost. He gives the line 31..Ke7 32 Ne4...fe 33 fe...Bd5
34 Nc5...Bg2
35 Kg5...Bf1
36 a4...Be2
37 a5...Bf1
38 b3...Be2
39 c4...Bd1
40 b4...Be2
41 Na6...Bc4
42 Nc5 and wins

This is not so obvious to me. If white pushes the a pawn, black gives up the bishop for it plays...Ke6, wins the e pawn and then should be able to exchange or win whites b pawn which would draw. If white instead plays Kg6 then ...h4 is awkward for him. Maybe there is a win here but it is not as obvious as he makes it seem. "And wins" is an overused phrase in GM analysis.

Mar-02-06  grandmasterNo.1: kramnkik doesn't play better chess than me!
Mar-02-06  Jim Bartle: Get over it, Alexei.
Nov-21-06  madlydeeply: How about a different plan on move 13 for black, ...h5, ....h4, ....Rag1. Doesn't black's attack come quicker gaining tempos by harassing the white queen with pawns? Was Chucky playing it safe against Kramnik?
Nov-21-06  madlydeeply: well, by looking at the other ten games or so from this position in the database, the open d file, pressure against e5 and the c4 bishop's quicker access to an offensive post, d5, leads to an equally quick white offensive that could lead to exchanges leaving white with a better endgame...so black doesn't have a great advantage in tempo... in fact white still has a developmental advantage it appears....thanks mad...your welcome.
Mar-12-07  Vollmer: I have to agree with 'plang' . When was the last time you heard a GM say "Ya, I crushed him because <move> was a poor choice." or the even rarer "Wow , I can't believe I played <move> and 'lost the thread' strategically." ? Sure would be nice if Kramnik and the other top players would get together after a game and give a little analysis with substance . I am sure ego frequently gets in the way . It is tough to analyze one's losses .

In this game the race is on after 13.O-O . And so of course we go 5 moves before a pawn is advanced and its White who plays 19.f3 . Only on 21...h5 does Ivanchuck remember a basic rule of opposite wing castling : If the center is more or less static a player is compelled to begin a pawn advance and attack on the opponent's King . But lets get back to 13.0-0 . At this point White's best piece is the Bishop . If Black is to delay the pawn storm he needs to neutralize the White Bishop . I can't find a way to do that before playing g5 and f6 (instead of Qf6 followed by Bg4 resulting in a piece attack and not a pawn storm ). So after 13...g5 14.Rad1-f6 Black's pawns are mobilizing for a storm and White is still playing in a static center . If White continues this strategy Black's pawns threaten to advance toward the King on the g and h files (15.Bd5-h5) . At that point the initiative has passed to Black . It will take some hours of analysis to see where that leads . I suspect it gives Black a better game than the actual text .

Mar-13-07  Vollmer: Well, so far :
13...g5!
14.Rad1-Kb8
15.Bd5-f6
16.Nd2-Na5!
17.Qe3-c6
18.Bd3-Nxb3 <This move by Black is attributed to CM9000> 19.Nxb3 Continued tomorrow

As we can see , not only has Black been brewing storm clouds on White's Kingside but he has also liquidated the pesky White Bishop !

Mar-14-07  Vollmer: Were it not for Black being able to double the Rooks on the dfile , White would have been able to play 19.axb3(...Rd7 then Rhd8) .

19...h6 and now , since the White Knight is pinned to the a pawn and play will now continue on White's Kingside , I would say Black is better at this point .

Nov-22-07  Karpova: duplicate: Kramnik vs Ivanchuk, 1996

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