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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Svidler
Dortmund Sparkassen (1998), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jun-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-06  acirce: Just added this impressive Kramnik win to my game collection. The whole game was conducted very well by White, but 19.h3! is the key move, allowing the transition into an opposite-colored bishops ending pawn down but that's still winning (or close to winning at the very least).

Nice pawn chain g3-d6 at move 26 and a pretty finish (30..Kxf7 31.d7).

Jun-12-06  KingG: Beautiful game by Kramnik. The pawn sac with 19.h3!, to create a strong passed pawn, was brilliant. Very nice finish as well.
Sep-20-08  notyetagm: <acirce: ... Nice pawn chain g3-d6 at move 26>

26 d5-d6

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The Black g7-bishop might as well not even be on the board in this position.

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  plang: Played in the second round; Svidler bounced back and finished in a tie for first with Kramnik and Adams at 6-3. Kramnik had lloked closely at 10..Qa5+ in preparation for his match with Shirov a few months earlier. Svidler had recently won a game against beliavsky at Madrid 1998 where Beliavsky had played 12 Bc3. 15 0-0..Bg4 led to an easy equality for Black in Schneider-Huzman 1989 Ukrainian Championship. 15 f4! had been prepared by Kramnik and his second Sakaev. 15..Ng4?! worked out poorly; 15..Nd7 has been played several times since this game though White has scored well against it. Kramnik recommended 18..Rd8 although still with a solid advantage for White. Svidler's 18..e5?! underestimated the powerful pawn sacrifice 19 h3!.
Apr-22-12  MarkFinan: Why did black not play d3+ when he had the opportunity, It opens up the a1-h8 diagnal grabbing whites a1 rook?? Instead black gives white unstoppable passed pawns..
Like someone above said, that Bishop may well as not be on the board, so why not exchange It for a rook when given the chance??
Apr-22-12  Shams: <MarkFinan> I don't see a move where ...d4-d3 is check and the long diagonal is open.
Apr-22-12  MarkFinan: Iv'e just played this game on GTM <Shams>, and i came and posted the comment here Immediately after, so It must be?? Either that or I've lost the plot again ;).. And not just one opportunity to play that move either, there was 2 or 3....(eh??)

Yeh, whites king was on e2 with a rook on a1, and d3 would have checked the king opening the a1-h8 diagonal for the Bishop to grab the Rook (I even forgot how to spell diagonal in my last post, so maybe I'm a little tired here :))..

Instead of going back through the game, I'll take your word for It.. Have you played this game on GTM yet, I scored 46 which is over par?

Jun-08-13  csmath: This game has been Kramnik's preparation and Svidler got caught in it.

16. ... Qa5 is the crucial error but the whole variation with 8. ... Nc6 is not appealing even though there still might be some fight in it.

What is interesting is that (when already in lost position) Svidler poorly calculated backrank tactics, similar to recent loss to Nakamura.

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