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Vladimir Kramnik vs Loek van Wely
14th Amber Tournament: Rapid (2005) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 11, Mar-31
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-05  Phoenix: Kramnik kills his own beloved Svesh in brutal fashion. Looks like Sveshnikov players finally have to fight for their lives at the elite top for the first time in years.
Mar-31-05  Strategic Joker: I think white's mistake was being blinded by materialism , problably if he handt been on this pawn snath expedition things shouldnt have been this bad , ill analyze this position and bring you some notes later on ^_^
Mar-31-05  admiralnemo: <SK> uh, <I think white's mistake was being blinded by> i think you mean black's mistake...
Mar-31-05  Kangaroo: Yes, very much true about the opening. Kramnik became an expert after his hillarious game with Ponomarev (see Ponomariov vs Kramnik, 2005 ) who sacrificed a rook and should have won the game as white.
Mar-31-05  admiralnemo: uh, i think <i> meant <SJ>, sorry. It's not Strategic Koker...whatever a Koker is...
Mar-31-05  guitar2001: Phoenix: Kramnik kills his own beloved Svesh in brutal fashion. Looks like Sveshnikov players finally have to fight for their lives at the elite top for the first time in years.

Huh? Dude, it was a rapid game. Calm down.

Mar-31-05  acirce: <who sacrificed a rook and should have won the game as white.> Should? At no point in that game was White winning.
Mar-31-05  maoam: I suppose Kramnik's powerful novelty 20.f4! was prepared for the Brissago match, and it works wonderfully against van Wely. In their previous encounter (Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2005) Kramnik used (according to Bareev) only the eight best variation. I wonder how highly this line ranks in his preparation...
Mar-31-05  Strategic Joker: LoL yes i meant blacks mistake sorry went blind there myself ^_^
Mar-31-05  Phoenix: <guitar2001> I am calm. Black has been having some troubles in this line for a couple of tournaments now, and not just in rapid games. As an 1.e4 player, I've been waiting for the opportunity to quit my 3.Bb5 lines for years. Die, Svesh, Die!


Mar-31-05  Strategic Joker: Phoenix what are u having problems against can you post maybe i can help ?
Mar-31-05  Hesam7: <Phoenix> Nigel Short is also very skeptic about Sveshnikov variation.
Apr-01-05  aragorn69: When White plays 16.Ra2, who would gess it's going soon to make its way to h2 ?!?... White has four pawns and a piece to move before the way to the h-file can become free... and he manages it in a mere seven moves !!

On a side note, one difference between Kramnik's treatment of the opening as Black (vs.Ponomariov, link above) and Van Wely's is that Vlady played 19.-Bf6 (instead of 19.-Bg5 which facilitates the anyway thematic 20.f4 break).

Apr-06-05  Lipsome: very brutal game...another one to show people who say he is boring
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