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Predrag Nikolic vs Vladimir Kramnik
Melody Amber Blind 7th (1998) (blindfold), Monte Carlo, rd 3, Mar-15
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  0-1

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Feb-14-07  notyetagm: Position after 19 ... ♘cb4:


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From GM Neil McDonald's excellent "Starting Out: Queen's Gambit Declined", page 140:

<It is a truism that a weakness is only a weakness if it can be attacked. Judged from a static point of view,the c6-pawn is one of the most ugly creatures you can meet on a chessboard: the dreaded backward pawn on an open file. But here, nestling behind the knight on c4, it is inviolable and can even take pride in being the linchpin that holds the pawns on b5 and d5 together.>

Dec-03-07  notyetagm: An outstanding blindfold masterpiece by Kramnik.
Dec-22-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Shield backward pawn on open file with piece

P Nikolic vs Kramnik, 1998

Position after 19 ... ♘b6-c4:


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Jun-28-08  ravel5184: Good heavens <notyetagm>! 8 collections containing this game, all of them yours! Now I know why you can have all those collections with only so many games in the database!

P.S. I left a message for you at your forum.

Apr-23-19  hdcc: I played through this game and arrived at Black's 35th move. After some thought, I found the correct finish of Rxd1, which is a testament to how the daily puzzles here help one's chess - not just by enabling one to find better moves, but by altering how one looks at the game. Anyway, it would make a good Monday puzzle; the pun could be "Blind but not folding".
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