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Judit Polgar vs Vladimir Kramnik
Cap D'Agde FRA (2003) (rapid), rd 1, Oct-27
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-18-03  AdrianP: <Open Defence> Here's a high level game (albeit rapidplay) for your 2. f4 Sicilian collection...
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  Eggman: How do you know it's rapid play AP?
Nov-18-03  AdrianP: The Cap D'Agde tournament was rapidplay...

There's a clue in the Event field: "Cap D'Agde KO Rapid"...! ;-)

Feb-04-04  TheAussiePatzer: How is that a draw? I thought Kramnik could win this in his sleep, Rapid or not...
Feb-04-04  Catfriend: Could he, though? Even if he had a minute on his clock? It isn't so immediate to finish
Feb-04-04  skakmiv: Kramnik only needed a draw.
Feb-04-04  Catfriend: This explains that, I guess!
Feb-04-04  Cerebrate2006: the fact that black moved means, at least by the rules i know, that Kramnik offered the draw. Which makes sense since it would almost be rude for white to offer the draw in the end position. and it supports the fact that kramnik only needed a draw.
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  InspiredByMorphy: Interesting merits of the 2.f4 in the sicilian, proven by Polgar. Although not a win, there is something to be learned from the game.
Mar-23-04  seoulmama: It seems that every single one of Judit's games have been kibitzed here. I am a huge fan of her's, but still, it is amazing. Every game.
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  Domdaniel: Kramnik has a simple win in the final position, but only needed a draw to reach the next round.

According to Jacob Aagaard in his book 'Playing the French', [after 35...h5]: "A draw was agreed at this point, which is explained by the fact that Kramnik only needed a draw to qualify for the next round and there were no FIDE Rapid Chess ratings back then! Anyway, Black is definitely winning this rook endgame with his two extra pawns."

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