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Vladimir Kramnik vs Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest
Tal Memorial (1995), Riga LAT, rd 10, Apr-22
Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System. Lilienthal Variation (D44)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-14-05  BabyJ: Many (all?) of the games in this
particular collection appear to be
examples of prepared opening novelties.
Is that by intent? Of course, the games
are good, and I suppose opening
preparation 20 moves long is par for
the course for players at this level anyway.
Mar-30-06  Hobgoblin: <acirce> I really enjoy this collection of Kramnik games very much and thank you for putting the collection together. It was Kramnik who first taught me the little sequence 7.e5 h6. 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Qa5 12.exf6

I expect it is well known already but I like it very much. And as witnessed in this game can lead to a very promising position.In fact the entire game was played with supreme skill by GM Kramnik and is a joy to play through time and time again.

Mar-31-06  acirce: <Hobgoblin> You're welcome. It was a while since I updated it.

The Botvinnik Semi-Slav is immensely complex and on top level requires very deep preparation from either side not to be killed. Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 is an example of Kramnik himself being a victim of this. Of course nowadays the line isn't nearly as popular.

Apr-01-06  Hobgoblin: <acirce> Thank you again for the reference to this game. It appears from the comments that it raised a certain degree of controversy concerning preparation and the use of computers. As you rightly said the system is complex but rather enjoyable to play, well certainly via the thinking of others anyway! Acirce would you happen to know where I might find the first time the system was played I imaging it may well feature Botvinnik. Has the system lost its popularity because it has been busted by analysis or simply because it is so very complex that players are reluctant to enter the possibilities without knowing the system adequately enough? As always Acirce your comments are extremely welcome. Thank you so much.
Apr-01-06  suenteus po 147: GOTD: "Ehlvest has left the building."
Apr-01-06  Jim Bartle: Drawmasters don't play the Botvinnik variation. Concerning preparation, in his book Shirov plays a 41-move draw that he says was pure home preparation, so the lines are highly analyzed.

Oops, I guess I contradicted myself.

Aug-31-08  seagull1756: This game won a brilliancy prize, by the way...
Sep-01-08  seagull1756: what happens if black plays 21...Rd7 instead?
Sep-01-08  seagull1756: for some time I thought 22.Bf4 would be good enough in reply to that, but the only move 22...Qa6! sorts it out for black... Any ideas, anyone?
Sep-02-08  seagull1756: got it: if 21...Rd7 then 22.Qa8 Kc7 23.Bf4 Kb6 24.Rd7 Bd7 25.Qd8+ and white's position seems to be overwhelming.
Feb-16-09  computer chess guy: Better was 18. .. ♕c7 19. ♕xe5+ ♕e5 20. ♕xe5+ ♘xe5 as recommended by Ftacnik, but White can still win back the material and emerge with a better position after 21. ♖he1! ♖d8 22. ♗g4 ♖xd1+ 23. ♗xd1 ♗d6 24. f4.
Aug-05-09  ROADDOG: SeanGGodley did a nice vid of this game on youtube with commentary and variations.
Apr-27-12  LoveThatJoker: "21. ?" White to play and win, would make a heck of a Sunday puzzle!


Premium Chessgames Member
  Zhbugnoimt: Why not 21.Rhe1? I am missing something but what?
Sep-25-16  kramnikstudent: Kramnik analyzes this game
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