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Loek van Wely vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1-0



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Dec-06-05  alicefujimori: It suprises me to see that no one had any interest in this game. Just look at how the white rooks slowly doubled up on the g-file and improved his king's position while Kramnik couldn't do a single thing about it. To say that Kramnik was simply outplayed by Wan Wely in this game is definitely not over-exaggerating.
Dec-06-05  AgentRgent: Here Kramnik suffers for his attempt to avoid the rather drawish game that likely would result from 12...Qxf6. For Kramnik it seems damned if you do (play drawish) and damned if you don't.
Dec-06-05  azaris: 12...Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14. Rxd6 doesn't look drawish to me at all.
Dec-06-05  AgentRgent: After 14...Rfd8 15. Rxd8 Rxd8 White looks better, but I think black can hold due to his superior activity, even though currently down a pawn .
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  plang: 11 0-0-0 was a new move; 11 Rd1 is the most popular move. More precise would have been 18 g4..Rg8 19 h5 leaving d2 open for the queen to retreat if necessary. 21 Kb1?..f5! 22 exf..d5 23 f6..e4 24 fxe..dxe would have been powerful for Black. Van Wely was critical of 38..Qxf6?! recommending 38..Qe6 instead. Kramnik did not have to enter the bishop ending; he apparently underestimated the strength of the queenside pawns. After 43..Bg4? there was no defense but after 43..Kf8 44 Kb3..Ke8 45 Kb4..Kd8 46 c5..dxc+ 47 Kxc5..Kc7 48 Kd5 White should still win.

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