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Vladimir Kramnik vs Maxim Sorokin
URS-ch Young Masters (1991), Kherson (Ukraine)
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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Apr-02-05  fgh: Very instructive game by Kramnik. The sequence of the moves 9. Nb5!, 10.Bf4, 11. Qb3!, 12. Rac1!! and 13. h4 is very impressive and clever. All those moves have been played with the object of attacking the c7 pawn, the d5 pawn after Nfd4 and also with the object of occupying the d4 square with a knight, allowing white to blockade the d5 pawn and also creating some pressure on weak white squares. 13. h4! Is also a very instructive move since it avoids any counterplay on the kingside by black. The final mating net isn't the most incredible in the whole world but it's still quite pretty.
Apr-02-05  Mating Net: Nice analysis <fgh>. I think it's rather curious that White's light squared Bishop develops with 4.Bg2 and then stays there throughout the entire game. It doesn't make any other moves.
Apr-03-05  fgh: Thanks <Mating Net>. It's true that the white squared bishop stayed on g2 during the whole game, but there is a good quote about that:

<"The threat is stronger than the execution." - Nimzowitsch>

Sep-03-05  danielpi: <fgh> Instructive quote. After reading "My System"- and that quote particularly- I wouldn't always cash in on my advantages. I found that if I let my opponent dangle for awhile, I could often increase the payoff later.

That said, I don't think it applies to this situation, since the bishop on g2 isn't really threatening anything. It's exerting some pressure, but that is not a threat. It's pressure. And not very important pressure, I should add. It's sort of a silly piece in this game, methinks. Not bad, though. Exerts pressure, and has some defensive value... anyway, 1-0

Sep-04-05  Queens Gambit: Nice game.
Aug-18-11  foldyflops: What about 35.Be4? It seems to eventually lead to checkmate.

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