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Jean-Luc Costa vs Vladimir Kramnik
European Team Championship (1992), Debrecen HUN, rd 1, Nov-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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Oct-22-05  KingG: What was the idea behind 20.♔e2 ? What's wrong with the obvious 20.0-0 ? And then 26.♘b3??, a horrible blunder, although he was in a bad position anyway. 26.♘e2 or 26.♖d1 at least doesn't lose on the spot.

There are two Costa-Kramnik games in the Semi-Slav from the 1992 olimpiad, and in both games Costa's play is shocking! According to his profile, his highest rating is above 2400, so he's at least an IM, so you would expect better than this.

Oct-22-05  KingG: Oops, this game isn't from the Olimpiad, it is from 1992, though. Still, shocking play.
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  Mateo: <KingG: What was the idea behind 20.e2 ? What's wrong with the obvious 20.0-0 ? And then 26.Nb3??, a horrible blunder, although he was in a bad position anyway. 26.Ne2 or 26.Rd1 at least doesn't lose on the spot.> Nothing wrong with 20.0-0, although Black would be slightly better.

It is true that 26.Nb3 loses after 26...Rc2 27.Rd1 Bc7 28.Nd4 Rxb2. But 26.Ne2 Bxb2 loses a pawn and after 26.Rd1 Bxd4 27.exd4 Qxd4+, White loses too.

The losing move is 25.g3 as after the simple 25...Be5 White loses material in every variation. But White had already a difficult position.

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