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Vladimir Kramnik vs Jeroen Piket
7th Euwe Memorial (1993), Amsterdam NED, rd 6, May-13
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation (A16)  ·  1-0



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Jul-29-04  gmann: To me, 27. ...Re5 at first looked like a blunder. A closer look, though, shows that it is necessary (forced perhaps?), in order to block the pawn's advance on the e-file blowing open what remains of Black's King-side defenses. The fact that White's King is covered by a measely pawn is likely what kept Black from resigning on the spot.
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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Qg4 was probably a mistake. Piket overlooked or underestimated 27.Qa1. 26...Qh4 would have been better.
Jul-29-04  gmann: 26...Qg4 doesn't look like much of a mistake to me. Were Kramnik to agree to trade Queens allowing Black's knight to take g4, Black would then try for Nxd3 threatening a smothered mate on f2.
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  Mateo: 26...Qg4? was a losing move in a somewhat better position for Black. As <Honza Cervenka> pointed, better was 26...Qh4, even if White wins back a pawn after 27.Nh3 Nh5 (27...Re7? 28.Bxf6 Bxf6 29.Rf4 ) 29.Rxf7 Kg8 30.Rf2 Bxb2 31.Rxb2.

27...Re5 was not forced but after 27...Nh5 28.Bxg7 Nxg7 29.Rxf7 Rg8 30.Bh3 Qg5 31.Qd4 Qd8, White has a big edge The Knight is pinned and the Rook is tied to its defence.

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