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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-19-08  ongyj: Kramnik makes a draw with the Petroff's defence look effortless again =) What happens if Black chooses to continue pressure White's f2 pawn by introducing the Bishop?
Jan-19-08  cannibal: <ongyj: What happens if Black chooses to continue pressure White's f2 pawn by introducing the Bishop? >

I think that's the point of 37.Rd1.
On the next move he can just go Rc1, forcing the exchange of a pair of rooks, and then sit still with rook back to f1. (And if Be7 right away, then even Nd4)

Jan-19-08  ongyj: <Cannibal> Thanks.
Jan-19-08  Gouki: I think the Petrov's defense should be renamed Kramnik's defense since Kramnik has never seemed to lose a game by playing this opening with black these past years :D

anyway, Kramnik to win Corus!

Jan-19-08  minasina: *** This was LIVE commentary with Maksim Notkin (in Russian) (“Translated”: The board is not functioning at the translated page)
Jan-20-08  shintaro go: Funny Ivanchuk chose to play Main Line Petroff..What's up with him? Does he plan to win at least one game?
Jan-20-08  percyblakeney: Looking at all games in this database, Kramnik has +1 -7 =48 with the Petrov 1999-2008 (+4 -9 =56 for the whole career). Of the seven losses only three were classical chess, and all of them came in his worst year 2005.

Apart from those three games, Kramnik's only loss with the Petrov this century is against Ivanchuk, in the World Blitz Cup 2007, and how that came to be is impossible to find out since the game wasn't recorded beyond move 18...

Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2007

Jan-20-08  shintaro go: And that the lone win with the Petrov came no less than in the 2004 WC match against Leko. A grind out of Queen vs Rooks ending.

Leko vs Kramnik, 2004

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  whiteshark: "Vassily Ivanchuk and Vladimiar Kramnik followed “an interesting Petroff” - Ivanchuk, which has been seen many times in recent Corus tournaments. The Ukrainian enjoyed a slight advantage in the middlegame, but Kramnik played very precisely with <27...h6!>, equalizing. After a few further exchanges, a draw was agreed."

from Corus Report of round 7

Jan-20-08  acirce: Ivanchuk has obviously not spent enough time on If he had, he would know that the Petroff is by definition boring.

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