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Vladimir Kramnik vs Aleksey Dreev
Linares (1997), Linares ESP, rd 9, Feb-14
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0

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Oct-22-05  KingG: Nice game by Kramnik, he keeps up the pressure throughout.
Oct-22-05  Unicornio: A 2740 player beating a 2650 in a common game, i dont see nothing special here.

Oct-22-05  Open Defence: <Unicorno> it is a nice game because it show cases Kramnik's style of constant pressure a la Karpov....

a player gets to be 2740 because he beats players @ 2650

Oct-22-05  KingG: <Open Defence> Exactly! Just because there are no spectacular moves doesn't mean this isn't a nice game. I enjoy sacrificial games as much as anyone else, but i also appreciate Karpov-like positional games like this one.
Oct-23-05  Unicornio: You are right, a player gets 2740 beating 2650, it was a silly coment of myself, but i mean, i know better games of Kramnik, and it maybe because my preferences that i dont like too much positional games.
Jun-01-06
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  plang: The idea of 9 c5 and 10 e4 is interesting; giving black the d5 square but gaining a lot of space. It requires a lot of talent and experience to be able to know when it is beneficial to break chess "rules". Endgame played sharply and impressively by Kramnik. 44 Rf7 allowing ..cb is not obvious but his evaluation proved accurate. His patience in the rook ending, calmly bringing his King to the center is instructive.
Oct-17-06  Jafar219: This is true positional masterpiece!
Just perfect!

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