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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-30
Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation (B07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-30-05  vonKrolock: Let drawers draw!

<8...e6> Lékó vs Beliavski, Ubeda 1997 continued : 9. h4 Nc6
10. Bh2 Bd7
11. O-O-O Qe7
12. Qe3 a6
13. g4 Nf6
14. f3 O-O-O
15. Kb1 Kb8, etc, 1/2-1/2 in 45 moves

<9.0-0-0> Smells like novelty, but it ocurred in a lesser known game Neulinger vs Poropat, Faaker See 2003, whith the sequence 9...Nc6
10. Kb1 Qe7
11. d5 Ne5
12. Nd4 a6
13. Be2 Nxg3
14. hxg3 Bd7 etc and eventually drawn too

< 11.hg > The Draw offer is tempting: Black will have also to Castle long, and White have anyway clearer prospects of lasting pressure over 'h6', using moreover 'h5' as a safe basis...

Jan-31-05  arjunkakar: my opinion of kramnik has suffered a blow with this. moro is fine - he is a lower player playing black. but kramnik??? what a loser.
Jan-31-05  Where is my mind: #3 playing #5 .Moro's not that low.
<vonKrolock>'s post succintly explains the result.
Jan-31-05  euripides: I suppose you could say they primed the canvas.
Jan-31-05  aw1988: I guess they both realized they could no longer win the tournament, so they decided just to grab a quick draw.
Feb-01-05  acirce: <Oh yes, the Virus. With players coming in from all over the world, somebody was bound to import a bug that loved this climate and spread with great enthusiasm from player to player, from visitor to visitor. Hardly anyone was spared. Each day someone did not appear in the press room, and players would turn up redeyed and haggard. During the last round Vladimir Kramnik was in influenza mode and had no fight left in him.>

<Kramnik-Morozevich was an unsurprising eleven-move draw. The classical chess world champion had obviously caught the bug and feeling miserable. Alexander Morozevich had been in a similar state all throught the tournament, not due to a viral attack but for a monumental lack of form. He was glad to get a quick draw with the black pieces, pack his bags and head for the hills.>

I can't believe how low Chessbase has sunk. Now they have even joined the big conspiracy designed to fool the world that Kramnik is sick!?

Feb-01-05  JohnBoy: <csmath> - what sort of relationship is there between Kramnik and Moro? Give me the soap-opera details! (serious - I'm a gossip w-word today and know nothing of this... gad, I can't believe they bleep out w h o r e)
Feb-01-05  Akavall: <acirce> Maybe Kramnik really was sick, just a flu, this sure is possible.

<Struck by the flu: Vladimir Kramnik before the last round in Wijk> also from

Feb-04-05  OverDjinn: Yes, the motivations for this draw were obviously not concerning the position which is anything but drawish.
Feb-04-05  maoam: <Akavall>

I think you'll find that <acirce> was being sarcastic. Look at his avatar and history of posts supporting Kramnik.

Feb-04-05  Clubfoot: Chessbase wasn't trying to make excuses for the world champion. A lot of the players were sick as dogs throughout Corus, especially Grischuk during the first three rounds. And Moro probably just wanted to get lost after a kidney stone of a tournament.
Apr-03-05  Dionyseus: What a great and deep game, I'm adding it to my collection.
Aug-31-05  Arquetipal: Kramnik said after this game:

Im very exhausted because of the Mini-Match i played with Leko, so leave me alone, im too tired"

Sep-04-05  yoozum: How on Earth is this game on of Moro's notable games?
Sep-04-05  aw1988: Because of idiots who have this under 'draw with each opening', 'kramnik draw champion', 'drawnik the drawnie drawer', etc.
Sep-04-05  tiburon92: OMG
8 and 9 move draws? and these guys gets an appearance fee? the organizer and the spectators got robbed
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  BishopofBlunder: I see no reason not to offer (and accept) a draw here. I mean once White's Queen Bishop and Black's King Knight are off the board, there is little purpose in playing on.
Sep-04-05  dac1990: This gets my vote for the most exciting game ever. NOT.
Sep-05-05  yoozum: I remember that Kramnik mentioned in an interview that he was sick by the end of the tournament and was perfectly content to end the game there.
Sep-05-05  iron maiden: Morozevich apparently wasn't feeling well either. But hey--these guys are here to entertain us, why should we care about their health?
Oct-01-05  Ratta: Eh? Is this a joke?
Why is this draw in 11 one of best Moro's games?
Oct-02-05  Athenea: Kramnik played a noce short draw.

Some people hate this short draw, but hey this its Kramnik style!!!

he loves short draws, so its good for Kramnik, cause he keeps his style!!

Oct-22-05  alexandrovm: a draw in the eyes of Kramnik. Maybe he was sick as I read here by some kibitzers.
Oct-24-05  gazzawhite: Calculating the CHicken Factor according to Mig Greengard's formula:

I calculate Kramnik's Chicken Factor to be at least 68, which is well into Chicken Supreme range.

Jan-13-06  Conde de Montecristo: These draws should be not longer tolerated.
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