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Judit Polgar vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  patzer2: Kramnik gets the better of this Pelikan Sicilian against Polgar, but the two pawn advantage in the end game is not good for more than a draw in this opposite color bishops ending.
Dec-20-03  Dick Brain: Thanks. That final fortress is especially convincing. I have always wondered whether I should take up the Sveshnikov defense.
Oct-06-05  aw1988: I prefer 15...f5, with the idea Bxf5, Be6, Rc8.
Oct-06-05  who: Why not 32.Bb5
Oct-06-05  who: Howell points out that in opposite colored bishop endings 2 connected passed pawns aren't as useful as 2 isolated ones in going for the win.
Oct-07-05  aw1988: Bb5 Rc1 should draw
Oct-07-05  who: I just think it would be an easier draw is all.
Dec-28-05  aw1988: 15...f5 would lose the exchange! !@#$%^!!!
Mar-15-06  Topzilla: Intensely played.
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  plang: The quiet, positional 9 Nd5 seems like a strange choice by Polgar; perhaps she was trying to surprise Kramnik. 13..Ne7 was new; 13..0-0 and 13..a5 had been played previously. Kramnik gradually developed an advantage that persisted into the endgame and, as Polgar pointed out, missed a win with 75..Bg1?.

The winning line was 75..Kb4 76 Kxd2..Bf2! 77 g4..hxg 78 h5..gxh 79 Bxf5..Kc4 - Polgar:"Compared to the endgame reached in the game, I still have my f-pawn, but this does not play an important part. The essential difference is that due to the attack on d5, I cannot reach the saving regrouping, 80 Be6..Bb6. From this square, the bishop is ready to stop the f-pawn with ..Bd8 if it advances or, if it stays on f4, to attack it with ..Bc1. 81 Ke2..Kd4 82 Bf7..h4 83 Be6..g3. With the bishop on g2 the game would be drawn, but I cannot get it there: 84 Kf3..Ba5 85 Bg8..Bd2 86 Bf7 (if 86 f5..Bg5 followed by ..bf6 and ..Be5, the f-pawn would just obstruct my bishop's communication with the kingside) 86..Bxf4! 87 Be6..Be5. Zugzwang again. I would have to give up the pawn or allow either ..h4-h3 or ..Ke4. 88 Kg2..Ke4. Same situation. 89 Bf7..h3+ 90 Kxh3..Kf3 and wins."

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