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Vladimir Kramnik vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Turin Olympiad (2006), Turin ITA, rd 3, May-23
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0



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May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 6...dxc4 loses time for development. 6...Be7 or even 6...Nc6 7 Nxd4 Bc5 may be better.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 7...Nd5 loses more time. 7...Be7 gets the KB out.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 11...Bc5 places the black KB on a square where it can be forked together with the point g7 by Qc3. Kramnik will find a way to make brilliant use of this.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: 12...exd5 seems necessary, in order to keep White's N out of f5 and to avoid the combination which Kramnik plays now.
May-25-06  square dance: naiditsch played weak and kramnik punished him accordingly. 13.Nf5! was a nice move. even though my computer was running horribly slow that day, fritz 9 included, the program saw it as best after only about a minute. this game was too easy though and im not sure how much it will tell us about kramnik. i think we will get a better idea after todays game with aronian. :-)
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: The first point of Nf5 is that if Black's e6 pawn had to defend the N on d5, it cannot also keep the N out of f5.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: The point of 14 Nxg7 is that the N offers itself -for the g pawn- upon a square which can be forked. For after 14...Kxg7 15 Qc3 forks the K on g7 and the B on c5.
May-25-06  Ulhumbrus: One thing which this game teaches is what a Queen on b3 can do to a bishop on c5. She can fork that bishop and the point g7 by Qc3 eg in the event that a N offers itself on g7 and Black accepts the offer. So add one to the number of things which White can do or which Black has to avoid.
May-25-06  square dance: the white ♕ on b3 was also aiming at the b7 pawn. it made blacks game loose. fritz actually preferred 16.Qxb7. i forget the exact sequence after that, but the evals dropped from about +1.50 to +1.00 after 16.Qf3. as i noted in my previous post though, my computer was working slowly yesterday.
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  Mateo: Accurate and nice play from Kramnik. But Naiditsch weak play in the opening did not set him a difficult problem. So it is not easy to know what could be Kramnik's strength nowadays, just looking at this game. Is he a 2700 IGM or something more?

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. g3 d5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Bg2 e6 6. O-O dxc4 7. Nxd4 Nd5 <looks new.> 8. Qa4+ Nd7 9. Qxc4 N7b6 10. Qb3 Bd7 11. Nc3 Bc5 <11...Nc3 12.Qc3 Rc8 could be an improvement.> 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 <safer 12...ed.> 13. Nf5! O-O 14. Nxg7! Nf6 <14...Kg7 15.Bd5 ed 16.Qc3 > 15. Bh6 Qe7 <15...Ng4 16.Nh5! Nh6 17.Qc3 > 16. Qf3 <directed against Ng4> Bc6 17. Qf4 Kh8 <17...Bg2 18.Nf5! > 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Rac1 Bd6 20. Qh4 Ng8 21. Qxe7 Bxe7 <better 21...Ne7, but the game is lost anyway.> 22. Nxe6 Nxh6 23. Nxf8 Bxf8 24. Rxc6 <this is an easy win.> Rd8 25. Rfc1 Kg7 26. R1c2 Nf5 27. e3 a5 28. Ra6 Rd5 29. e4 Rd1+ 30. Kg2 Nd4 31. Rc7 Nb5 32. Rb7 Nd6 33. Rd7 1-0

May-25-06  Stevens: <JOHNNY YORK: How is this a draw> it isn't, white won!
May-25-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Stunning game! It looks like Kramnik is ready for World Championship match against Topalov!

By the way, I've noticed that Kramnik actually opens with 1.Nf3 in most of his games. Interesting!

See here: Repertoire Explorer: Vladimir Kramnik (white)

May-25-06  dehanne: I guess this happens when Naiditsch doesn't have Pocket Fritz up and running...
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  tamar: Kramnik's layoff has the effect of making him a blank page to many opponents.

Naiditsch played weakly, but more in accordance with how players in the past played against elite opponents.

Nowadays, 2600 players have chances based on catching their superior opponents based on computer preparations for their favorite openings.

So Kramnik's inactivity makes him harder to prepare for.

May-25-06  wharfrat: <Johnny York> I was analyzing 32...Rb1; 33.Rdd6, Bd6; 34.Rd6, Rb2 when Black wins the a-pawn and has drawing chances when I realized that 33.e5 and 34.e6 are immediately decisive. So, best seems to be 32...Rd2, but then 33.e5, Ne4; 34.Rd2 and 35.Ra5 is an easy win for White.

Hopefully this means that Kramnik's experiment with 1.e4 is now over.

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  tamar: <chancho> I've been thinking about that lately, not just in regard to Kramnik, but Kasparov, who seems quite avid a kibitzer for someone supposed to be retired...

The hidden danger for someone like Topalov is that to play a lot does may be in the long run hard to sustain, because your main competitors and the whole world can focus on your flaws with their machines.

The work level increases tremendously because now after MTEL Topalov must scour his own games for errors as much as prepare for Kramnik.

So the match may not be as one-sided as the ratings might indicate.

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  chancho: Two great posts <tamar>. Thanks for sharing your insights.
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  Gypsy: <CRWynn: I'm not sure it's opening prep, Gypsy - 7...Nd5? was such a bad novelty, it's hard to imagine Kramnik preparing for it. ...> Opening prep comes in different forms. Within a couple of moves Naidich was like Bambi on ice. At the same time -- to stretch the cultural reference even more -- Kramnik ran circles around him like like Stumper.

In a way, reminiscent of Kamsky vs Topalov, 2006 -- a cat and a mouse game.

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  thegoodanarchist: A beautiful game by a true champion, VK.
Dec-31-06  Dr.Lecter: why not Kxg7?
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  technical draw: For the New year I wish that all that ask a question about a move would put in the move number so we can all know where to look. Tks and happy New year to all.
Apr-22-08  Whitehat1963: Take an interesting look at this one here:

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  whiteshark: Where went black wrong ? <put in the move number>!
Jun-15-10  sethoflagos: <whiteshark> A late answer to your question, but black's 6th move has transposed to a variant of the sharp 5. ... c5 line of the Open Catalan 5. Nf3 (E04) that favours white and therefore his first error was earlier.

The best you can say of 4. ... cxd4 is that it has a poor history. e6 is usually played here, but dxc4 may be even better. His next two moves are about as good as he can make under the circumstances, but I think Kramlik must have seen the Catalan transposition and his 6. 0-0 is inspired (lesser mortals go straight for Nxd4).

Black has won after 7. Nxd4, but not with 7. ... Nd5. He needs to find Qb6. He should also be grateful Kramnik didn't find 7. Qxd4 which is very strong.

Sep-22-10  Hesam7: <Dr.Lecter: why not Kxg7?>

After 14. ... Kxg7 15. Bxd5 exd5 16. Qc3+:

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White regains the piece, moreover the dark squares around the king are weakened so the bishop on c1 will become a menace.

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