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Vladimir Kramnik vs Evgeny Alekseev
Tal Memorial (2008), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Aug-26
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed (A37)  ·  1-0

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Aug-26-08  vanytchouck: WannaBe >

According to Fritz 10, after 38...Rc3?? it's ... mate in 17 ;-)

I think that it's 38...Rb3 the most resistant. I'll check it with the machine.

Aug-26-08  notyetagm: <Marmot PFL: The game was lost anyway when he played 38...Rb7. Kramnik may have missed faster wins but what he played was good enough. 38...Rc3? loses very quickly after 39.Rg4 threatening Rh4+ Kg8 Rg6+ etc.>

Yes, a very nice <ENDGAME MATING ATTACK> by Kramnik.

(VAR) 38 ... ♖a3-c3? 39 ♖g6-g4


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Δ 40 ♖g4-h4+ ♔h7-g8 41 ♖b6-g6+

Aug-26-08  Aspirador: <karik>

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<LOL>

Aug-26-08  dycotiles: Dear <notyet>, <karik> seems to have forgotten some of the <CAPITAL LETTERS> so here are the missing ones, in case you need them <PQRSTUVWXYZ>
Aug-26-08  notyetagm: <Aspirador: <karik>>

<STOP> <MAKING> <FUN> <OF> <ME>

Aug-26-08  dycotiles: <notyet> Please keep up the <GOOD>, <HARD>, <WORK> and never mind the <BUFFONS> that persistently take the <MICKEY> out of <EVERYBODY>.

<CHEERS!!>

Aug-26-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <You are an UltraMegaGrandmaster (UMGM)>

You are funny, <notyet> You have created your own inimitable style. But that is not the top level.

(UMGM)do not "drop a piece like a patzer" <DAPLAP> but pale in presence of UltraMegaUberMeisterGrandmasters (UMUMGM)

Aug-26-08  Jole: <(UMGM)do not "drop a piece like a patzer" <DAPLAP> but pale in presence of UltraMegaUberMeisterGrandmasters (UMUMGM)>

That may be the top level at the moment, but I do hear that there is someone who is rising to an even higher level yet, such that FIDE will eventually have to give a new category for them: namely the UltraMegaSuperUberMeisterMegazoidHecticSickasGra- ndmasterWithACherryOnTop (UMSUMMHSGWACOT)
I tell you, it'll be a new category one day, when they find a way to make human brains have the best of what Rybka has to offer combined with the Genetics of Morphy, Anand, Kasparov and Carlsen (and with Kamsky's training regime)

Aug-26-08  Aspirador: It's debatable if Kramnik would improve his chances in Bonn by competing over the board with a cherry on top.
Aug-26-08  Jole: Aspirador: ...
Aug-27-08  Gnappo: I think this is a nice win by Kramnik. He decided to play positionally at a certain point. I liked his way to put into play the 2 Rooks and the 2 Knights against the h6 pawn. Of course Rb7 is a mistake, but other moves don't leave Alekseev in a good situation.
Aug-27-08  sicilianhugefun: kramnik should continue at this style otherwise vishy would bulldoze him
Aug-27-08  visayanbraindoctor: The Kramnik vs Alekseev Tal Memorial 2008 was a very nice game by Kramnik.

8.. h6 and 9..Rb8 by Alekseev was deliberately played inviting Kramnik to play an eventual b5, after which Black would have to misplace his knight Na5. Why? Becasue in similar positions from a King's Indian attacking pattern, black would try to lock up the queenside as much as possible in order to be able to start a Kingside pawn storm without worrying about White queenside action. Alekseev probably judged he could get his knight back quickly via the b7 square in subsequent play if Kramnik would not take the knight with his bishop. Alekseev probably thought the latter was acceptable too in spite of the resulting doubled a pawns, as a main defender of the black squares on the white Kingside would disappear (the white dark-colored bishop), which would facilitate his planned kingside attack.

In subsequent play, Kramnik did push b5 and exchanged his dark colored bishop with the a5 knight; while Aleksev sacked a pawn. In return, he gained control of the key f4 square, created a weak white d3 pawn, got a half open f ile already occupied by his rook aimed uncomfortably near Kramnik's king, and gained tempi for his attack.

Kramnik defended well. 20. Qd1 brought his offside queen back. 21. Be4 and 23. Ng3 virtually forced an exchange of bishops, eliminated his weak d3 pawn, and worsened Alekseev's bad dark-colored bishop. The maneuver 25. Nf5 (which blocked the important f file) and 26. Qf3 forced off black's most dangerous attacking piece, the queen.

Alekseev probably thought he could counter this maneuver by 25.. Rbd8 and 27.. Rd3, with a very active rook and control of the open d file, and a nice white hole for his knight on f4. Note that Kramnik's maneuver allowed Black to control the d3 square because 27. Nxf3 unprotected it. In the position after 27.. Rd3, black's attack has been dissipated, but he still retains the initiative (he is forking white's knight and a3 pawn) and has serious threats to white's weak pawns.

In this position, IMO most players in the world would not have been able to win with white. Kramnik not only survived Black's attack earlier, but found an impressive way to win.

Instead of defending his queenside pawns passively, which could have have allowed Black to tie him up in a bind (especially in time pressure), Kramnik hatched the highly imaginative idea of directly attacking the black king. Technically, the large number of pieces left would classify the position as a queenless middlegame, and Kramnik treated it as such, and not as an endgame. Excellent positional judgment.

This decision is already shown in the move 29. Kh1. Kramnik made room for his rook to occupy the open g file (30. Rg1) to directly target black's king. Then 31. b6 allowed white to suddenly activate his queenrook which was watching passively from the other side of the board. 33. Ng2 34. Nge3 35. Ng4 (still completely ignoring black's rook gobbling up his a3 pawn and the advancing black passed a pawn) allowed him to activate his knight to directly attack the black kingside without loss of tempo. Black essentially just collapsed psychologically, positionally, and tactically after these hammer blows (29. Kh1, 30. Rg1, 31. b6, 32. Rxb6, 33. Ng2, 34. Nge3, 35. Ng4, 36. Ngxh6, 37. Rgxg6). Note the way Kramnik crushed the black kingside with these purposeful moves, which included 4 consecutive knight moves. They are very pleasing to replay, and give the impression of one smooth concerted harmonious movement.

Aug-27-08  SetNoEscapeOn: It was a good game. As far as the final moves- if you ask Kramnik, they are no big deal at all. The top guys would all usually find that in blindfold bullet.

And OK, <notyetagm> is mesmerized by simple tactics. Fine. There are worse sins...

Aug-28-08  notyetagm: <tamar: ... but pale in presence of UltraMegaUberMeisterGrandmasters (UMUMGM)>

ROFLMAO

Aug-28-08  notyetagm: <Jole: <(UMGM)do not "drop a piece like a patzer" <DAPLAP> but pale in presence of UltraMegaUberMeisterGrandmasters (UMUMGM)> That may be the top level at the moment, but I do hear that there is someone who is rising to an even higher level yet, such that FIDE will eventually have to give a new category for them: namely the UltraMegaSuperUberMeisterMegazoidHecticSickasGra- - ndmasterWithACherryOnTop (UMSUMMHSGWACOT)>

You can shorten <UMSUMMHSGWACOT> to just 6 letters: C-A-R-L-S-E-N.

Aug-28-08  firefly3: <karik & co.> The ironic thing is that if <notyet> really bothered you, you would just ignore him. Since you clearly haven't done this, it only stands to reason that you are mean to him for your own enjoyment and amusement. This certainly doesn't reflect well on one's character.
Aug-28-08  notyetagm: <SetNoEscapeOn: ... And OK, <notyetagm> is mesmerized by simple tactics. Fine. There are worse sins...>

Simple tactics? Almost every tactic I examine was missed by a GM in OTB play!

Tactics are -always- simple when someone tells you "White to play and win". But the tactics I cover are missed by GMs when they have no one standing over their shoulder to tell them that their opponent has just blundered.

Aug-28-08  Shams: <Simple tactics? Almost every tactic I examine was missed by a GM in OTB play!>

ask 100 GMs if they miss simple tactics and you will get 100 responses of "yes".

Aug-28-08  Shams: after 8.b4 can someone tell me what happens if black takes twice? I'm missing it.
Aug-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: <Shams: 8.b4> cxb4 9.axb4 Nxb4 10.Ba3 N(a6,c6) 11.N(b5,e4) recovers the pawn (or gives Black more rope). The database shows +3=0-0 in games where Black took the pawn, and about 10 others where Black declined it, usually 8..O-O. Alekseev's 8..h6 diverges.

My initial guess was that White offers a pawn to get a reversed Benko, which is probably known to be not-fun for Black.

Aug-29-08  notyetagm: <Shams: <Simple tactics? Almost every tactic I examine was missed by a GM in OTB play!>

ask 100 GMs if they miss simple tactics and you will get 100 responses of "yes".>

Yes, both Larsen(!) and King missed a simple <KNIGHT FORK> combination in D King vs Larsen, 1990, just off the top of my head.

Aug-31-08  Ulhumbrus: 13 Qa4 sets Black a problem by threatening b5. 13..Nc8 clears e7 for the Nc6 and defends the a7 pawn eg after 14 b5 Nc6-e7
Apr-24-09  WhiteRook48: 39 Rh6+!!
Jun-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: Very nice game, with a great analysis from <visayanbraindoctor>.
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