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Vladimir Kramnik vs Zhong Zhang
Corus Group A (2004), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-17
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  1-0



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Jan-17-04  Kenkaku: This is an amazing ending. When I watched it live I thought for sure it was drawn at certain points.
Jan-17-04  Benjamin Lau: Would 66...Kf6 be any better? Zhong Zhang probably shouldn't have exchanged queens immediately with 42...Qa6. Kramnik is an amazing endgame player. I've seen him draw non queen endgames where he's down two pawns.
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  technical draw: I think ZZ's mistake was not getting rid of white's bishop when he had the chance (like at move 45).
Jan-18-04  Hidden Skillz: lol the end game was crazy.. kramnik simply outplayed him for the position..
Jan-18-04  Calli: 28...Rd1? overworks the queen and 29.Nb5! forces BxN.
Jan-19-04  Gunnar Abelido: has anybody noticed white's dark colored bishop keeps on moving back to a1 and b2 like a pendulum.
Jan-19-04  euripides: If 66...Kf6 then 67 Be8 and if the knight moves then the h pawn falls; otherwise Bxg6 and Ke6 will follow.
Jan-20-04  Hidden Skillz: yes gunnar..kramnik did dat i think cos he had his pieces in good position n didnt wanna mess up his position..
Jan-22-04  TrueFiendish: He had no positive plan at that point and was waiting for his opponent to go wrong.
Jan-25-04  KwanYew23: Wow,simply amazing.It is a King journey bear fruits!!!
Feb-03-04  AzN1337c0d3r: 68 ... Nxh4 would have drawn the game
Feb-08-04  MoonlitKnight: Kramnik may be a boring middlegame tactician, but he sure knows his endgame!
Feb-08-04  PinkPanther: <Moonlitknight>
When you're as dull as he is in the opening and middlegame you've gotta to be good in the endgame. He's gotta make his money somewhere...and the endgame is that place.
Feb-09-04  MoonlitKnight: I know. I'm still no fan of his.
Feb-18-04  crafty: 68...♘xh4 69. f6 ♔f4 70. f7 ♘g6 71. ♗a4 h4 72. ♗c2   (eval 5.20; depth 19 ply; 500M nodes)
May-28-04  Helloween: Crafty clearly does not understand this ending: After 68...Nxh4 69.f6 Kf4 70.f7 Ng6 71.Ba4 h4 72.Bc2 Nf8 6.Ke7 h3 7.Kxf8 h2 the ending of ♔+♕+♗ vs ♔+♕ is drawn, as is the variation 71.Ke6 h4! 72.Bc8(72.Kf6 Ne5) h3 73.Kf6 h2.
May-19-05  aw1988: <acirce> This surely belongs in "Interesting Kramnik games".
Mar-17-07  Vollmer: How about 30...Qe7 . Knights vs Bishops after 31.Rxd8 Qxd8 32.Qxb5 . Probably still a win for White .
Oct-09-14  SpiritedReposte: <Zhong Zhang's Zugzwang>

Try saying that three times fast.

Oct-10-14  tonsillolith: Why is <14. Rad1> preferable to <14. Rfd1>? He thereafter promptly shifts his rooks to <c1> & <d1>, where I would have expected them anyway. I'm guessing it has something to do with Black's moves...
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  ChessCoachClark: This game is included in CHESS EXPLAINED: The English Opening (Franco; 2006).
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  plang: Kramnik has used 4 Qc2, sometimes referred to as the Anti-Nimzo Indian a number of times. At Dortmund 2000 Anand had tried 10..a5 against Kramnik but White obtained a good position and went on to win. 12 d4 transposed to a position that could arise from the Classical Nimzo Indian (4 Qc2). 30 Rxd8+..Qxd8 31 cxb..Qd5 was possible with some advantage but Kramnik thought he would have better chances with the rook and two pawns against two knights that resulted from his little combination. White missed 42 Qd4! when after 42..Qxd4 43 exd..Bxd5 44 dxc..Be6 45 c6..Nb6 46 Rd8 Kf6 47 c7..Nc8 48 f4 he will decisively bring his king to the queenside. Kramnik thought that the knight would have had greater mobility had Black played 57..Ne6. Kramnik thought he missed a win with 64 Kd5!..Nf8 65 Kc6..Ng6 66 Kd6..Nf8 67 h4!..gxh 68 gxh..Ng6 69 h5..Nf8 70 Bc8..Nh7 71 Bb7..Nf8 72 Bd5..Nh7 73 Kd7..Kg7 74 Ke7..Nf6 75 Bf3..Ng4 76 e4..Nh2 77 exf. Black was lost after 68..Nh8?; the logical 68..Nxh4 would have drawn without much difficulty.
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  perfidious: <plang....12 d4 transposed to a position that could arise from the Classical Nimzo Indian (4 Qc2)....>

Knew this middlegame setup looked familiar, from one of my games here: A Shaw vs G Quattrocchi, 1998.

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  plang: I played some correspondence chess when I was in college; partially to avoid my studies (I was not a good student).

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