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Artur Yusupov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Moscow PCA-Intel GP (1995) (rapid), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Apr-29
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  0-1

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Jan-30-03  refutor: 6. ... Bd3?! is fascinating and since Kramnik played it, I imagine it's not immediately losing ;) i guess it's just a matter of how you want to give back the pawn?
Nov-04-03  clifford: the stats for this move are phenomenal for black
Apr-29-05  sharkbenjamin: See N Sulava vs A Mirzoev comments.
Aug-26-07  Monkey King: Bd3 still seems a bit odd to me, white has control of the center, and better piece development, also I don't think you can judge this move based on 9 games.
Aug-26-07  Paladin88doug: <refutor: 6. ... Bd3?! is fascinating and since Kramnik played it, I imagine it's not immediately losing ;) i guess it's just a matter of how you want to give back the pawn? >

I don't think there is anything odd about this move, and I don't think it deserves a ?! either. It was the first move that called out to me, and It is pretty obvious. He is taking White out of normal attacking lines with the light-squared bishop. He also gives back the pawn that normally costs Black serious complications to hold onto. This plan is based on equalizing and beginning a fresh battle in the middlegame. Plus, this line solves his problem of what to do with his queen bishop, which sometimes doesn't have a perfect home. I find sometimes that once the queen rook is moved towards the center files, the bishop can return to c8 and do fine. This move truthfully deserves no comment marks at all, as it is perfectly logical, or maybe a !?. But the idea is set clear...Black has a half-open d-file, and with e6 can complete development with ease. There are three different plans that all scored wins for Black, but I think I would prefer Kramnik's choice of Nbd7 as in this game. One of the other games chose h6 first, and I can't remember the other.

Aug-09-08  arnaud1959: See also comments I have added to N Sulava vs A Mirzoev, 2001
Oct-13-09  freeman8201: 6...Bd3 hmm? I wonder why it never pick up.
Dec-01-17
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  FSR: I knew that 6...Bd3 was a playable but rare move, but hadn't realized that it had been played at such an august level.
Apr-28-20  konstantin71: Maybe 6... Bd3 is really good choice for an Armageddon blitz game.

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