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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Morozevich
Amber Blindfold (2003) (blindfold), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 8, Mar-23
French Defense: Steinitz. Boleslavsky Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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Sep-23-04  clocked: White survives with 36.Rxb7!
Sep-29-04  Spassky69: Am I dreaming, another win with the black pieces against Vladimir "I'm too strong for Morozevich" Kramnik. Hmmm interesting.
Sep-29-04  clocked: <Spassky69> Kramnik deserves credit for such a pretty knight arrangement that he didn't even get to see!
Sep-29-04  RisingChamp: Morozevich defends very coolly here-Kramniks attack was looking ominous but Morozevich calmly defuses it.Cant wait for Corus Moro vs Kramnik.
Nov-06-07  notyetagm: <clocked: <Spassky69> Kramnik deserves credit for such a pretty knight arrangement that he didn't even get to see!>

Position after 33 ♘d4-f5!:

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Wow, this a -tremedous- example of the tactical principle that I call <SHIELDING YOUR KING IS A FULL-TIME JOB> (Game Collection: Shielding your king is a full-time job).

Here the Black g6-pawn must <BLOCK THE CORRIDOR>, or <SHIELD> the Black g8-king by keeping the g-file closed. With the <KILLER PAWN> White f6-pawn controlling the g7-square, White would have a crushing attack against this square if only he could bring his heavy pieces (especially his queen) into contact with this weak point near the enemy king down the half-open g-file.

But since <BLOCKING A LINE IS A FULL-TIME JOB>, the Black g6-pawn cannot also <DEFEND> neither the h5-square nor the f5-square. Hence Kramnik's excellent 32 ♘g3-h5! and 33 ♘d4-f5!, exploiting the <OVERWORKED> nature of the Black g6-pawn.

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