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Alexander Khalifman vs Vladimir Kramnik
Linares (2000), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-28
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E58)  ·  0-1



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Feb-20-07  nummerzwei: One has to like Kramniks defensive ability and his positional play in this game. Surely worth analysing.
Feb-20-07  Lt. Col. Majid: Instructive play - whatever instructive means I seem peeps using it:) - by Kramnik.
Jul-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Khalifman vs Kramnik, 2000.
Your score: 58 (par = 47)


Oct-08-14  SpiritedReposte: Light square invasion.
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  plang: White has had some success in the past after 17..Rxd1+; Kramniks 17..Qc6 was a relatively new idea. 19 Qe5?!..Qg6+ 20 Qg3..Qc2 would have been bad for White. Kramnik was critical of 20 Rg1?!, giving up the d0file, recommending 20 e4..Rxd1 21 Rxd1..f6 22 Qe3..Bf7 23 Bc3 with an unclear position. After 26 Bf1? White was in trouble; he would have had counterchances after 26 Bh6..Ne6 27 h5..Bxh5 28 Qxf6..Bg6 29 Rxg6..hxg 30 Rxg6. 28 Rhg3? lost quickly though White would have still been much worse after the stronger 28 Qxf6..Rf8 29 Qc3..Nd4.

Played in the first round; Kramnik went on to share first place with Kasparov both with an undefeated +2.

This variation of the Nimzo Indian has a long history. Conventional wisdom was that Whites kingside chances with the open g-file are dangerous. It is impressive how Kramnik neutralizes Whites attack with one strond positional move after another.

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