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Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund Sparkassen (2006), Dortmund GER, rd 2, Jul-30
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. McDonnell Defense (D20)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-30-06  Marmot PFL: < ltsiros > I don't get it. Your line looks very good and I'm surprised Aronian didn't try it.
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  chancho: All of today's games at Dortmund were drawn.
Jul-30-06  suenteus po 147: <> Thanks so much for covering two live games today!
Jul-30-06  s4life: <ltsiros: 42. ... h5 blundered the game away. Now white wins with the following line, for example: +1.60 43. f5+ gxf5 44. gxh5 Kf6 45. h6 Kg6 46. Ke5 c5 47. bxc5 bxc5 48. h7 Kxh7 49. Kxf5 c4 50. Kf4 c3 51. Ke3>

The more I look at it the more convinced I am... What an oversight by Aronian!

Jul-30-06  Sydro: <ltsiros> In your line what if 45...c5+ ?
Jul-30-06  Marmot PFL: Thanks also to for coverage of two GM events today.
Jul-30-06  maxfrank: <Marmot, s4life> doesn't B play 44...Kxf5, grab K side Ps after which W can't win with a RP when B comes back? Haven't done all the counting, as I'm trusting K and A.
Jul-30-06  s4life: I think 45.. c5+, 46. bxc5, bxc5, 47.Ke4 returning to the main line.
Jul-30-06  Marmot PFL: <Sydro> That must be black's saving chance. Use the c pawn to divert the king, save the f pawn. Both sides queen with probable draw.
Jul-30-06  Offield: <In your line what if 45...c5+ ?> Yep, this draws. No missed win, folks, sorry.
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Jul-30-06  Marmot PFL: If white plays that line out he queens first and can win black's a pawn with queen. But with whites a pawn on 3rd rank the position is drawn.
Jul-30-06  NOKRO: It seems to me that this game is about to be decided conclusively in the endgame phase of the game. They played the opening, middlegame, where is the endgame?
Jul-30-06  crwynn: <s4life: I think 45.. c5+, 46. bxc5, bxc5, 47.Ke4 returning to the main line.>

Returning to the main line all right, but with an extra tempo for Black (Kd4-e4-e5 instead of Kd4-e5). Surely that's enough for Black to draw - e.g. 47.Ke4 Kg6 48.Ke5 c4 49.Kd4 Kxh6 50.Kxc4 Kh5 51.Kd4 Kh4 52.Ke5 Kxh3 53.Kxf5 and White will win the a-pawn, but black will meet Kxa7 by ...Kc7 or ...Kc8, with a draw.

Jul-30-06  Marmot PFL: Opening classification seems incorrect. Should be Queens Gambit Accepted (D20).
Jul-30-06  Ulhumbrus: 39 g4 keeps Black's N out of f5
Jul-30-06  maxfrank: <Marmot et al.> My earlier comment was incorrect; however, it looks like 43 f5+ gxf5 44 gxh5 Kf6 45 h6 c5+? loses after 46bxc5 bxc5+ [47Ke4 is illegal] 47Kxc5 and the W K has plenty of time to catch the fP and promote the aP eventually. Further, 45 ... Kg6 46Ke5 Kxh6 47Kxf5 seems to win. The best I can see is 47 ...Kh5 48Ke6 Kh4 49Kd6 c5 50bc bc 51 Kxc5 Kxa6 52 Kb5 and pushes aP. B can't get to c7 to defend at the right time. Thus, it looks like 43f5+ Kf6 is necessary, after which, e.g. 44Ke4 hxg4 45hxg4 gxf5 46 gxf5 and now c5 should draw.
Jul-30-06  positionalgenius: Good fightng game from both players-Kramnik is playing like himself again.
Jul-30-06  MTal: <ltsiros: 42. ... h5 blundered the game away. Now white wins with the following line, for example: +1.60 43. f5+ gxf5 44. gxh5 Kf6 45. h6>

The only problem is, Fritz 9 then plays 45...c5+ 46.bxc5 bxc5+ 47.Kxc5 and only then 47...Kg6, and dead draw.

I am not much of a Kramnik fan, to put it conservatively, but he is probably the best endgame player among the active crop.

Jul-31-06  PinkPanther: My hat is off to Kramnik, he's had black the first two rounds and in both games white hasn't even gotten a sniff of an advantage.
Jul-31-06  Grega: If Kramnik retreats Queen back to D7 at 25. move does he faces difficulties against 2 rooks or what?
Jul-31-06  Grega: I would prefer Kramnik's position then.
I stil remember masterful triumph Bacrot vs Anand, 2006

What a joy in a queen vs. 2 rooks ending !

Jul-31-06  samikd: <chessgames.gom> This is a Queen's gambit accepted, not a Meran for God's sake
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Printer's Error

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When he had written "now".'

Jan-22-07  positionalgenius: A really nice draw,a great fighting game.
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