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Anatoly Karpov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Las Palmas (1996), Las Palmas, Canary Islands ESP, rd 10, Dec-21
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-22-12  Hesam7: 29. ... Qg6? is a blunder after which White is winning had he played 30. Be3!

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30. ... Rxe3? 31. Qxe3 Nxg4 32. Qxa7 Kg8 33. Rf3! (33. a4?? Rh1+ 34. Kxh1 Qh5+ 25. Kg1 Qh2#) 33. ... Rh4 34. Rd1

30. ... Kg7 31. g5 Nd7 (31. ... Ne4 32. Qe5+ Kg8 33. Rac1 and 31. ... Nh5 32. Bd4+ Rxd4 33. Qe5+ also lose) 32. Qf4

30. ... Qxg4 31. Qxg4 Nxg4 32. Bxa7 Kg6 33. Rf4 f5 34. Rd4 Rg3 35. a4

The last 10 moves of the game (starting with 29. ... Qg6?) are of very low quality (I guess both players were short on time). Other blunders include: 30. Qc7? after which the game would have been equal had Kramnik played 30. ... Nxg4. After 30. ... Kg8? White has a large advantage but with 31. ... Rh4? Karpov is winning again. But he gives it away with 33. Qxg3? (the winning move was 33. Qb8+).

Jul-22-12  Hesam7: Kramnik might have missed a win (or something very close to a win) as well. 27. ... Rhg8!

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White seems to be in real trouble, my engine came up with the following line:

28. fxg4 Nxg4 29. Be3 Nxh2 30. Qxh2 Rxg2+ 31. Qxg2 Rg8 32. Qxg8+ Kxg8 33. Rac1 Be4 34. Rc3 Qe2!! (I believe this is the only move that wins) 35. Bf2 f5 36. Rg3+ Kf7 37. Bd4 Qh5

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White won't survive this for very long.

Oct-20-12  bauernfresser: Look into the positions after 13..Qh4, 16..g5!, 25..g4. And enjoy. A fantastic mix of strategy and tactics. Kramnik transforms a tame struggle-for-equality type of opening into pure creative chaos.
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  dernier loup de T: GM Dolmatov showed that Karpov missed the win a last time by 33.Qb8+!! instead of 33. Qxg3?...

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