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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Advanced Chess rapid (2002) (rapid), Leon ESP, rd 3, Jun-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Main Lines (D27)  ·  1-0



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Jul-12-03  Benjamin Lau: Demonstrates the dynamic potential of the IQP. When used correctly, it serves as a battering ram in the middle game. It can even become a potential queen late in the game. The times when the IQP become bad are when it becomes either successful blockaded or when it's late in the endgame and rooks are directed at it and it becomes difficult to protect.
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  Sneaky: IM Bill Pachsall over at had a demonstration regarding the IQP where he said something astonishing:

The IQP covers such important squares in the center of the board that having one is *almost* like having an extra piece!!

I don't think even Tarrasch would have put it so strongly! And yet I agree!

Jul-13-03  fred lennox: What I understand about the iso, correct me if I'm wrong, is it favors piece mobility, that is heavy piece mobility. With it you want all your heavy pieces, except one rook exchange weakens it a bit but is ok. You don't want to exchange queens. Also, you want to exchange all the minor pieces if you can. Minor pieces makes better blockers and don't move in the same direction as pawns so without them matters are simplified. This game shows such strategy.
Jul-14-03  drukenknight: if only the same could be said for isolating the a/c pawns. Why does Vishy do that?
Jul-14-03  Benjamin Lau: <Why does Vishy do that? > If you mean why does Vishy give Kramnik an IQP, the simplest and most straightforward reason is because it's part of Queen's Gambit theory. Also, although we praise the IQP for its fighting potential, we often curse it too. See my earlier post for some of its problems.
Jul-14-03  drukenknight: no I mean why does black break up his q side pawns.
Feb-10-05  Poisonpawns: One of Kramniks best efforts and one of the best demonstrations of the positive side of the isolated pawn.
Feb-10-05  Abaduba: <fred lennox>
I learned it the oppoite way: you want to keep the minors ON because they lead to attacking chances. the guy w/out the IQP wants to keep the rooks on so s/he can double up on the pawn and eventually win it; if there are still minors around, then just one of them is enough to keep the pawn safe, so they have to go. if the pawn can be blockaded and pinned to a defending rook, then attacking it with a pawn will put you up a passed pawn. Queens can be useful for both sides: w/ the IQP she can help attacking chances, while agaisnt the IQP she keeps the enemy king from helping to defend the pawn.

Here, Kramnik trades off minors only after determining that he will be able to play d5, after which the IQP either disappears or becomes passed. Jeremy Silman's _The Amateur's Mind_ has a great chapter on pawn structure that covers this.

Feb-10-05  Hesam7: Everone who wants learn something about IQP should read GM Baburin's <Winning Pawn Structures>, it is an excellent book.
Apr-21-05  WorldChampeen: Kasparov's Advanced Chess, did not see it mentioned, Computer aid allowed!
Apr-27-06  runners: Kramnik win this game vs The World rapid Champion Anand.I like Kramnik!
May-01-06  John Abraham: Great technique from Kramnik!!
Nov-21-12  kappertjes: At first I could not see why Anand did not play 14. ... Nxb2 since this also eyes the rook. The answer is of course: 15. Bxf6 Bxf6
16. Qe4
eyeing the rook and h7. However it is not quite over: 16. g6 Qxa8
17. Nxd1
and here the natural Rxd1 loses to Qc7 with double attack on the knight+bishop and the queen (Bb7). The correct moves are either Nxd1 and Bxd1.

Now the funny or interesting thing is that after the game moves: 14. ... Ra7
15. Ne5
Anand CAN take on b2 in a whirlwind of tactics:
15. ... Nxb2
16. Nc6 Nxd1
17. Nxd8 Nxc3
18. Qb8 Ne2+
19. Kh1 Rd7
20. Qc8 Rfxd7
21. Qxa6 Nd4
and it is about equal.

Apr-28-14  Mr 1100: Does anyone still play "Advanced Chess" these days?

Or has interest in this type of play largely fizzled out?

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  offramp: Advanced Chess is as dead as Vaudeville.

I remember Karpov played it and got into raging time trouble at move 8 because he accidentally started a disk defragment.

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