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Loek van Wely vs Vladimir Kramnik
Biel Interzonal (1993), Biel SUI, rd 1, Jul-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System (D44)  ·  1-0



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  Joshka: After 18...Rh4 isn't there a way to take the rook and hold on? Was this novelty credited to Kramnik or his team?
Aug-23-05  Queens Gambit: Nice game of Van Wely
Nov-11-09  David2009: <Aug-23-05 Joshka: After 18...Rh4 isn't there a way to take the rook and hold on? Was this novelty credited to Kramnik or his team?>

After 19 gxh4 Rg8! it is awkward for White.

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Black is threatening Rxg2+ mate in two in main line. 20 f3?? also allows Rxg2+ which leaves only 20 Re1 to create a flight square. Black then plays 20 ...Qxb2! attacking the Na3 and if 21 Nxc4 Rxg2+ 22 Kxg2 Ne3++ 23 Kg1 (or Kg3) Qg7+ etc.

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  Chessdreamer: Oll-Topalov, Biel izt 1993 [currently not in the db] varied with 19...Nf4:

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[Event "Biel izt"]
[Site "Biel"]
[Date "1993.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Oll, Lembit"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2595"]
[BlackElo "2670"]
[ECO "D44"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 c5 13.d5 Nxf6 14.Bg2 Be7 15.O-O Nxd5 16.Bxe7 Kxe7 17.Nxb5 Qb6 18.Na3 Rh4 19.Qd2 Nf4 20.Nxc4 Qc7 21.f3 Nxg2 22.Qg5+ Kf8 23.gxh4 Nf4 24.Kh1 Rd8 25.Ne5 Rd5 26.Rae1 Nd3 27.Qh6+ 1-0

May-08-16  Howard: The story goes that Kramnik played rather quickly up until his novelty of 18...Rh4. But he quickly erred just 1-2 moves later, and then he went down quickly.
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