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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Morozevich
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 1, Mar-14
Gruenfeld Defense: Brinckmann Attack (D82)  ·  1-0



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Mar-14-09  sallom89: well played game between those monster blindfold players.
Mar-14-09  Woody Wood Pusher: Wow this is a really good game, especially blindfold.

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  Open Defence: blindfoldnik
Mar-14-09  Marmot PFL: Good game by Kramnik but well below Moro's usual level. 24...Kg7? could have lost immediately to 25.Rxc6 but what Kramnik played is also fine.
Mar-14-09  Andrijadj: Woody admitted that Kramnik played well...I think the world will face its end tommorow...
Mar-14-09  AuN1: kramnik would not be denied.
Mar-14-09  Jim Bartle: OK, who stole the real Woody, and when will you return him?
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  Open Defence: perhaps the real Woody is locked up by Kramnik in a toilet ?
Mar-14-09  Jim Bartle: Whew! The first time I read OD's comment I thought it said "with Kramnik." Not a pretty image.
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  Open Defence: I think being in their with Kramnik would be traumatic for Woody too hehehe
Mar-14-09  Hesam7: <Open Defence: blindfoldnik> :-)

Same opening as Karpov vs Kasparov, 1986. I am wondering how good 13.Ng5 is as compared to 13.Qe2 which was played by Karpov.

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  Eyal: For the "real" Woody see the rapid game of today: Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2009 ...

<13.Ng5> was apparently a novelty by Kramnik - the standard moves are mainly 13.Qe2 (as played by Kramnik himself recently, Kramnik vs Kamsky, 2008) as well as Nd4. Ng5 prepares e4 and also puts pressure on f7 - one idea is 14.Nxf7 Rxf7 15.Bxf7+ Kxf7 16.Qb3+ followed by Qxb7, which is probably the reason why Moro chose to defend b7 by 13...Qa6. Engines suggest that 13...e5 may be better for Black; at any rate, it leads to great complications and isn't something pleasant to face otb, certainly not in rapid blindfold.

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  Eyal: <24...Kg7? could have lost immediately to 25.Rxc6>

Yes, the idea is 25.Rxc6! (removing the guard of e7) bxc6 26.Nxf6 with a lethal threat by discovery of a queen check at e7.

Mar-14-09  sallom89: <Woody Wood Pusher: Wow this is a really good game, especially blindfold.>

now there is something weird happening here!

Mar-14-09  Hesam7: <Eyal: Engines suggest that 13...e5 may be better for Black; at any rate, it leads to great complications>

Could you post the engine analysis?

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  Eyal: Well, at 20-ply I'm getting as the main line 13...e5 14.Bg3 Rad8 15.Qf3 (15.Bxf7+ Rxf7 16.Qb3 Rdf8 - note that here the b7 pawn is protected) 15...h6 16.Nge4 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Qb4 with near equality, but it's very far from being forced; there are several alternatives along the way which get very close evaluations - for example, 13...Rad8 immediately instead of e5, 15...Rd2 instead of h6, or 16.e4 Bd7/c8 17.Nxf7 instead of Nge4.
Mar-14-09  Kaspablanca: Wow! WWP giving credit to Kramnik??, this is unbelieveable!
Mar-15-09  Hesam7: <Kramnik played with the white pieces and introduced a novelty, 13.Ng5, an innovation which when he was queried after the game he called ‘a novelty for a blindfold game’. What he meant to say was that maybe it’s not the novelty of the year, but that it’s certainly tough to deal with in a game with a slight handicap. Which proved true when Morozevich replied with 13...Qa6, a decision that Kramnik called ‘a very strange move’ as his follow-up 14.e4 immediately gave White an overwhelming position. Nevertheless Kramnik had the feeling that he had not exploited his advantage with maximum effect. He saw no better option than to go for an ending that offered him good chances. In all probability Morozevich could have put up tougher resistance, but when he failed to do so his blindfold rival and compatriot notched up an important victory. Kramnik was reluctant to give a final verdict on the game, but with a broad smile he concluded ‘In any case it was entertaining.’ It certainly was.>
Mar-15-09  newton296: Yep , even WWP has to admit this is a good game .

kramnick just seems to have a way of whooping on the grunfeld or ki defense .

Dec-12-09  M.D. Wilson: I dare say Kramnik is the best blindfold player in the world.
Dec-12-09  visayanbraindoctor: <M.D. Wilson: I dare say Kramnik is the best blindfold player in the world.>

That's undeniable. Kramnik keeps on winning the blindfold Melody Amber so many times that his winning it has become boring.

Botvinnik, Kramnik's teacher in his youth, abhorred blindfold exhibitions. So it's peculiar that Kramnik takes to blindfold chess with gusto.

Dec-13-09  M.D. Wilson: Yes, Botvinnik's view on blindfold was interesting. The Soviet chess authorities believed that blindfold chess led to various mental disorders and it was unofficially banned for a time, and after that, strongly discouraged. Well, for what it's worth, Kramnik seems pretty sane to me.

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