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Vladimir Kramnik vs Jaan Ehlvest
Novgorod (1995), Novgorod RUS, rd 9, Jun-05
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Rosenthal Variation (D21)  ·  0-1



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  chancho: Kramnik discovers to his horror that he'll get mated in two moves.
Dec-29-07  syracrophy: Anyways, his attack was out of gas
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  whiteshark: The piece sacrifice looks odd. A better way was <14.exd7+ Qxd7 15. Rxd3 Qg4 16. Qd2 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 Bxe4 18. Rd4 Bxf3 19. gxf3 Qg2 20. Re4+ Be7 21. Rf1 Qxf3 22. Re3 Qb7 23. Bd6 Rd8=>
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  WorstPlayerEver: Maybe Kramnik did not notice 16. Ng5 Kg8 17. Qb3 fails at 17... Rc4. I missed it too ^^
Mar-15-21  epiced: I don't really get the move 10 for white. Was it a setup for something? I don't see it putting pressure as well. Am I missing something?
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  perfidious: Perhaps the variation noted by <WPE>, which beats back White's attack.
Apr-07-21  tympsa: This could be the worst game Kramnik ever played. First he sacs the piece for nothing ( to ruin black castling ? ), then he drives his queen into nasty trap and then he leaves his rook en prise ( but Ehlvest even does not care to take it ) and he let Ehlvest to mate him . It is even hard to believe that this is grandmaster game. It looks more like 1600 amateur .
Apr-07-21  SChesshevsky: Kramnik might've went for the speculative win in this last rounder due to the tourney situation.

Appears Kasparov won it easily but Kramnik needed a last round win for chance to catch Ivanchuk for 2nd. I think.

Figuring might have good chances against Ehlvest, Kramnik looked ready to mix it up. And did get some compensation for the piece. Two pawns with one passed and a somewhat exposed black king.

But once the passed was well blocked which made the rooks look dumb, think Kramnik knew had nothing and the gamble didn't payoff. Not much resistance thereafter.

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