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Vladimir Kramnik vs Felix Levin
Dortmund Open-A (1992), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Apr-17
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Classical Variation (A01)  ·  1-0



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  samvega: What a beautiful player Kramnik is.
Aug-30-05  Jaymthetactician: He hasnt played the Nimzo-Larsen in quite some time. I'd play 4.Nf3 to create a reversed queens indian formation. Though 4.c4 works quite well too. 4...dxc4?! helps whites development + loses an important pawn, supporting the pawn with 4...c6 looks better to me. This is a beutiful game though.
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  Mateo: Kramnik elo was 2590 and his opponent elo was 2445. Despite White's modest opening choice the difference of strengh tells in the end.

28...Qc6? was the losing move. He could resist with 28...Rb7.

After 29.Qc4, the a7 pawn cannot be defended without losing material:

1) 29...Rb7 30.Nfd4 Ne5 31.Nxc6 Nxc4 32.Ncxa7, White wins.

2) 29...Qb7 30.Nd6! Qxb1 31.Qf7+ Kh6 32.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 33.Kh2 exd6 34.Qxd7 .

3) 29...Ra8. See the game.

Aug-14-21  EvanTheTerrible: This game appears in Kramnik's recent Chessable course.

Kramnik notes how he had, two months prior, attended a lecture by Evgeny Bareev that covered prophylactic thinking and how that lecture transformed his chess entirely.

26. h3 is the move that he highlights from this game as a demonstration of what he learned from that lecture.

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