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Vladimir Kramnik vs Joel Lautier
Belgrade Investbank (1995), Belgrade SRB, rd 9, Nov-24
English Opening: Symmetrical. Four Knights Variation (A35)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-07  Shadout Mapes: Incredible endgame play. Kramnik uses his lead in development to seize the initiative, not giving black any time to breathe. The plan of g4-f4-g5-gxh6-Rxh6 followed by 26.Rh3! forcing a won endgame with equal material and an outside passed pawn is incredibly well-conceived and executed. The advance of the h pawn on moves 35-40 is comical.
Aug-16-13  benicio: Very interesting endgame play, buy I don´t know what Kramnik would played if Lautier was played 20...,hxg5 21.fxg5 and then 21...,b6. I think white wouldn´t had a passed h pawn, and it would be difficult for white to win the endgame.
Jul-09-15  SpiritedReposte: A very audacious h-pawn.
Mar-26-21  I like ya cut g: <benivio> That is exactly what I thought. 20... b6 creates a pawn island on h6 which Kramnik successfully attacks. Because of that I would rate 20... b6 would almost be the desicive mistake. After 20... hxg5 21. fxg5 b6 22. h4 g6! Black should be able to hold a draw even though all black pawns are on the same color of his bishop but I think he could fix that with b7-b6 then Bc8-b7.
Mar-26-21  Whitehat1963: Simple, logical, precise, and difficult to execute correctly over the board.

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