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Vladimir Kramnik vs Jeroen Piket
Hoogovens Group A (1998), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-16
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Oct-22-05  KingG: Well played opening from Kramnik, but Piket makes a couple of bad mistakes that made his position worse. First 21. ...Qb7?!, allowing 22.Bf3!, putting the Queen in an awkward situation. And then 23. ...Be5? losing the queen for insufficient compensation after 24.Rcc1!, due to the Bishop hanging on e5.
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  plang: Anand had played 14..Re8 in game 5 of his match with Karpov played shortly before this tournament. He had drawn with patient defense. 14..h6?! was new though it seems illogical to create this weakness before it is required to do so. Kramnik was critical of 15..Re8 recommending 15..exd; Timman recommended 15..Bb7. After Kramnik's clever bishop maneuver 15 Bd2 and 17 Ba5! white already held a clear advantage. Piket's drawing chances after 23..Bf5 24 Rxe6..Qxc7 25 Rxa6 would not have been great but the queen sacrifice he played was probably worse. 30 g6?! allowed 31 f4 and 32 f5 opening Black's kingside after which Kramnik won fairly quickly.
Mar-24-23  tonsillolith: Why not <48. Kh4 Rg4#>?

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