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Vladimir Kramnik vs Carlos Pereira dos Santos
Wch U18 (1990), Singapore, rd 2, Jun-??
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense (C07)  ·  1-0



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  Mateo: This is the kind of game one needs to study carefully to make some progress in chess. Black didn't lose because of some miscalculation. It is not easy to see what was wrong in Santos play.

After some examination, I think the losing move is 27...Kf5(?).

27...Nd5 seems to hold. After 28.Rd6 Ne7 29.Rxc6 Nxc6 30.Bc7 Kf5 31.c4 (31.b4 e5 32.Bd6 e4+ just in time) b4, Black is able to keep the queen side closed.

There is one important thing to understand in the ending with the minor pieces (without the Rooks). If White is able to play c4 and force bxc4 he has winning prospects. So Black main task is to impede such a pattern. Then one can pick up variations.

Nov-25-08  skiskichess5: Is it not white's pawn majority on the Q side that was the basis of Kramnik's plan at least as soon as he moved his K towards the centre on move 22?
Jun-18-13  Naniwazu: <skiskichess5> You are absolutely right. White's plan is to create a passed pawn on the queenside using his majority on that side of the board.

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