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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Vlad to the Bone" (game of the day Nov-06-2005)
European Club Cup (1996), Berlin GER, rd 2, Sep-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation. Shabalov Attack (D45)  ·  0-1



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  plang: This is one of my favorite Kramnik games. The final combination is breathtaking. It is a shame he no longer plays with this energy.
Feb-25-07  beginner64: What is the problem for white after:
27. Bxf3 exf3
28. Nd4
Feb-26-07  Albertan: Gelfand played Rxc5 a move too early. Instead of 25.Rxc5? he should have played 25.Qxa7 and after 25...d3 26.Rxc5 Nxc5 27.Qxc5 Rc8 28.Nd4 Rxc5 29.Nxe6 he would have had equality.
Feb-26-07  positionalbrilliancy: <beginner64: What is the problem for white after: 27. Bxf3 exf3 28. Nd4> Well assuming you mean 27. Bxc3 exc3 28. Nd4, black can play 28...cxb2+ now if 29. Rxb2 Rxb2 threatening mate
30. Nxe6 Rb1+
31. Kh1 R8b2#
if 29. Kh2 Rxa3!!
30. Kxa3 forced since it is double check
30...Qa6+ with mate in two.

Someone with a comp. might want to check this though.

Feb-26-07  beginner64: <positionalbrilliancy: Assuming you meant 27. Bxc3, dxc3. 28. Nd4..... Rxa3!! ... Qa6+>

Yes, thats what I meant.

Thanks I had missed Qa6+ with mate in two.

Aug-05-08  Hector Maluy: I think that 19)Qxb5 was not a good idea.
What do you think?
Oct-25-08  Andrijadj: Ok vlad,play the next black game vs anand like this one and you will probably win...At least you can go down with honor:)
Jan-07-09  sergeidave: <I think that 19)Qxb5 was not a good idea. What do you think?>
Are there any other alternatives? I think at that point White is under considerable trouble already. :)
Feb-02-09  KamikazeAttack: Interesting combination attack...
Jun-17-09  you vs yourself: What a game!
Jun-28-09  visayanbraindoctor: Is this game a candidate for the appellation "Vlad's Immortal"? Somehow, the final attack, so smoothly economical and aesthetically beautiful reminds one of Rubinstein's Immortal against Rotlewi.
May-12-10  aazqua: Great principled game by Kramnik. In fact, I'd say this is one of the most instructional games I've seen. The end is flashy of course, but it's the late opening and middlegame where Kramnik really establishes his advantage. Beautiful play.
Aug-15-10  sevenseaman: Every attacking piece is 'en prise' but of no avail.
Aug-19-10  fetonzio: lol vlad to the bone, awful
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Petrocephalon: ***

<9.a3 seems like a wasted tempo. Doesn't black want to play Bxc3 anyway?> <Presumably Nxd5 would be positionally incorrect...> to answer my own questions, on reflection 9.a3 has the merit of supporting a possible Bb4, and is probably a perfectly respectable alternative move.>

FWIW, I believe that <9. Rg1> has become the main line, as played in this game: Kasparov vs X3D Fritz, 2003.

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  Peligroso Patzer: A few additional observations re: White's choices on move #9:

<MCO-15> on page 474, in col. 33 gives only <9. g5> (with no alternatives even mentioned in any footnote), but White scores only <49%> with this move (according to ChessBase, Big Database 2010). Kasparov's <9. Rg1> scores <61%> (ibid.), but <9. a3> (as used unsuccessfully by Gelfand here) does even better in that database (<63%>).

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  FSR: The finish reminds me a little of Oll vs J M Hodgson, 1993.
Dec-05-13  teddyo: Came across this game on a popular tactics site via the position after 26. Qc5. The idea of 26…Nc3 is obvious but it took me over 45 mins to see the line with 27…Rxb2 and 28…Qa2+!! having otherwise searched in vain for a good response to 27. Nxd4.

It's a really stunning combination and I'd love to know how quickly Vladdy saw it all.

As an aside, the machine tries the desperate 28. Qf8+ to avoid immediate mate and hoping to take on Qe6 with check…

… these machines just have no class lol.

Jan-06-14  jaga1131: Great game!!!
Dec-11-14  pedro99: Black refuses the Greek gift and offers one himself. A good game but not in the same league as Rotlewi-Rubinstein I must say. The star move was ..Bb4, moving the same piece twice and negating the force of g4. All that is left is a misplaced pawn and nowhere safe to put the White King. I wonder how long Kramnick spent on that, or was he fully prepared for it?
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  ChessCoachClark: Continuation after this Queen sacrifice leads to an Arabian Mate: 29. Rxa2 Rb1#. Excellent!
Oct-02-15  Balmo: For a moment I thought white had a miracle save available with 28. Qf8+, but alas! Black can recapture with the rook and white doesn't have time to take the free queen... Great game from Kramnik.
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  Penguincw: It's another Monday!

I think I missed last week's puzzle, so I'm definitely looking to bounce back.

And sure enough, I did, as it's back to the Monday queen sacs. 28...Qa2+ 29.Rxa2 Rb1# 0-1. I believe it's called Arabian Mate.

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  gawain: I was thinking it was White to move, which was silly. With Black to move it is a Very Monday mate in two, 28... Qa2+. 29 Rxa2 Rb1#
Oct-26-15  Sularus: queen sac, then rook mates.
gotta love moral booster mondays :)
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