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Vladimir Kramnik vs Judit Polgar
"Qwned" (game of the day Oct-03-2021)
Vienna Millenium (1996), Vienna AUT, rd 6, Aug-14
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack Sokolov's Line (E97)  ·  1-0



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Nov-20-03  PinkPanther: Positional domination by Kramnik, ending with a queen sacrifice.
Oct-13-04  OneArmedScissor: why 41. ...Be7???
Why not 41. ...Bxh4???
Oct-13-04  clocked: 41....Bxh4? 42.Rf7 Nf6 43.Qxh4
Nov-25-07  amuralid: The first 9. b4 that Kramnik played in the database. John Cox in his <starting out: 1. d4!> writes about the position after 9. b4: <It's worth looking at this position for a moment. The structure more or less demands that White play on the queenside and Black on the kingside, and we can assume that White will want to break with c5 and Black with ... f5. In that context the text is a very natural move, yet until the mid-1990's, although known, it went practically ignored. Instead White would move his f3 knight either to e1 or d2, preparing to bring this piece to the queenside and meet ... f5 with f3. A race ensued: sometimes White got the bear, and sometimes, especially if any one of White's next twenty moves or so was the least bit inaccurate, the bear got him. Many thousands of games were played along those lines.

The text was seen to have two drawbacks. First it allowed Black to play ... a5. White does not want to play b5, which would enable Black to play ... b6, preventing any opening of lines with c5, and batten down the hatches on the queenside for ever. However, since a3 is not possible, that means Black will succeed in the White b-pawn for his a-pawn, and that in turn will take the c5 break off the agenda for some time and will leave the White a-pawn a little sad, isolated on an open file (although there have always been those who felt the opening of queenside lines was more important than these structural considerations). Second, and perhaps more important, 9.b4 allowed 9... Nh5. It was felt that ...Nf4 had to be prevented with 10. g3, and then Black played 10... f5 at a time when it was not possible to answer this with f3.

Then, in the middle of the 1990's, came Vladimir Kramnik, who demonstrated that neither of these is anything like the problem which it had been thought to be, and ever since 9. b4 has been the undisputed main battleground of the King's Indian, and one from which most of the top-level warriors on the Black side have now fled (including, most significantly of all, Garry Kasparov, whose subsequent never-quite-solved problem against d4 was a big factor in him losing the world title to Kramnik). Rajdabov is perhaps the last top-flight player who is still willing to do battle here.>

Jun-11-12  LoveThatJoker: As it relates to Kramnik defeating the Queen of Chess, GM Judith Polgar, and ending the game with an obvious yet still impressive Queen sacrifice; all I have to say is:

Game of the Day: QWNED


Jun-11-12  visayanbraindoctor: This seems to be Kramnik's first win against the KID using the bayonet.

<Then, in the middle of the 1990's, came Vladimir Kramnik, who demonstrated that neither of these is anything like the problem which it had been thought to be, and ever since 9. b4 has been the undisputed main battleground of the King's Indian>

More like a slaughterhouse than a battleground.

Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1997 1-0 move 32

Kramnik vs Shirov, 1997 1-0 move 36

Kramnik vs A Giri, 2011 1-0 move 35

Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2012 1-0 move 29

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  OhioChessFan: Excellent pun.
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  offramp: Yes, a very good pun!
Oct-03-21  goodevans: 15.Ne6 was an amazing move. Who'd have thought that the P on e6 couldn't just have been picked off?

And there it just sat getting in Black's way a bit until a couple of dozen moves or so later it was able to support the devastating 43.Rf7.

Of course, White was already much better by move 15 and Ne6 may not even have been objectively the best move but it's psychological impact...

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  offramp: Perhaps the pun would be better for a game with a promotion, where P becomes a Q.
Oct-03-21  Ironmanth: Nice game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there this weekend.
Oct-03-21  saturn2: I remember some Old Benoni games by Boleslavsky with Nf3 Ng5 Ne6. Black took (he had to) the knight by Bxe6 and even got the pawn e6 afterwards. but he had lost the Bc8 which is an important piece in the King Indian etc.
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  WTHarvey: White mates in 2.

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44. ?

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  HeMateMe: I don't think Judit ever did beat VK in a game of classical chess. Not sure about 30 minute chess or some other variant.

Gerry Kasparov: "Vladimir Kramnik is the world's best defensive chess player."

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  fredthebear: Those who've solved Fred Reinfeld's classic 1001 checkmates should get this puzzle quickly.

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