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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Leko
Dortmund Sparkassen (2006), Dortmund GER, rd 7, Aug-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1-0



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Aug-11-06  aw1988: Yes, I missed Kc2, apologies.
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: Hey <positionalgenius> are you here?
Aug-17-06  positionalgenius: Right here.
Aug-17-06  positionalgenius: look at it,and let me know your thoughts on the game.
Aug-17-06  positionalgenius: 21.Kxd1!!
Aug-17-06  positionalgenius: A nice,fluid win,one of Kramnik's best.
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: <positionalgenius>

Wow! :-O! I remember this game! :-) I have already seen it before! Kramnik was really inspired: the maneuver Bh4-xd8-h4-f2 to post this bishop on a dominant square. Also 27.Nb5! making the rook go to the embarrasing a8=-square! But the decisive breakthrough was 33.a5! with a passed pawn, winning a piece and the rest is just a matther of technique!

A charming ending!:-)

Aug-17-06  positionalgenius: <syracrophy>indeed.kramnik at his best.:)
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: <positionalgenius> Kramnik will win the fight for the World Champion Title! I put my bucks on him :-D
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: I'll add this game to my collection: <Ending Masterpieces>
Aug-17-06  positionalgenius: <syracrophy>Yes,it belongs there.:) Well I am optimistic about the match.Kramnik is the better player.
Aug-17-06  syracrophy: <positionalgenius> You may bet on it. He's the top of the top. LOL :-P
Aug-17-06  alicefujimori: I don't know if anyone mentioned this move before, but I think 24...Ncd4 is probably better than 24...Kf8. It not only centralizes the knight immediately, but also prevents Bc4.
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  chancho: This game was featured in Robert Byrne's NY Times chess column yesterday.
Oct-23-06  kramnikisawesome: Kramnik is the best chess player ever!! He took out kasparov, leko, and now TOPALOV!!!!!!
Jun-22-07  BlackNightmare: Kramnik plays like fritz! i havent seen to this day a masterpiece from him
Oct-17-07  notyetagm: Game Collection: Grooming passed pawns for promotion

Position after 41 b6-b7:

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Here White (Kramnik) fully supports his powerful White b7-passed pawn with -all- of his remaining pieces: the White a5-knight and the White a7-bishop.

Notice the beautiful piece coordination: the White a5-knight <DEFENDS> the White b7-passed pawn from capture by the Black d5-bishop while the White a7-bishop <CONTROLS THE PROMOTION SQUARE> on b8.

Yet another Kramnik win based on superb piece coordination and the promotion of a passed pawn.

Nov-13-07  notyetagm: <patzer2: ... However, endgames are not my forte. So you might want to ask <Honza Cervenka> or another strong endgame players what they think.>

Ask GM Jon Speelman: he is a superb endgame player.

During the famous Kramnik-Grischuk endgame at Mexico City 2007, Speelman was the first kibitzer to say that Kramnik (White) did not have an easy win. Even Kamsky (ICC handle: Talion) initially thought that the position was an easy win for White, like everyone else did, except for Speelman.

Aug-26-08  arsen387: I wonder why Kramnik thought that he has better endgame after Q trade. Position after ..Nd5

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Seems like blacks are ahead in development with no real weaknesses. But at the second glance seems like black's minor pieces have no good squares to move, while wites have plenty of options. Magic chess by Kramnik

Oct-07-08  Karpova: Vladimir Kramnik annotates this game in Zdenko Krnic's "Informant @ Chess Cafe" Column, January 2007:
Aug-23-11  DrMAL: Classic Nimzo battle (pun intended) where black opted for a 8.f3 set up instead of 8.e3 about equally common today. The position after 14...c5 has been played many times, and Kramnik opted for the more common 15.e4 having the best historical results for white. Apparently, 20.Rxd1+ makes this game unique in the CG database.

The game is very much equal and drawish until Kramnik cleverly maneuvered out a slight advantage via 30.b5 having more advanced Q-side pawns. 31...Rxc1 looked dubious compared with 31...Nf4 to counterattack the g2 pawn. After 33.a5! bxa5 34.Bxa7 white's advantage was clear.

Now 34.f5?! is too late, white is too far ahead in tempo. Black's king and knight are needed on the Q-side to defend against Na5. When it happened on move 38, black was probably lost.

38...Bxf3 to stay consistent was most stubborn possibly drawing but the b-pawn is going to cost black a piece either way, and white's two remaining pawns easily win. In end here, with one pawn left, 48.Be3 kept black's knight useless (and blocked the e-pawn). Beautiful positional play by Kramnik!

Nov-23-12  waustad: Winning an endgame with OCB and symmetrical pawns against Leko. I can just hear the "Drawnik vs Drawko" commentary from the peanut gallery. This is an exceptional result for Kramnik.
Feb-16-13  master of defence: What´s wrong with 13.Bxc7?
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  JointheArmy: <master of defence> I'm guessing 14. Nd5 threatening 15. Nxe3.

if 14. Bd6, then 15. Nxe3 Bxf8 16. Nc2+ and Nxa1

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 48. Be3 wins in 31, and becomes a B+N endgame
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