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Magnus Carlsen vs Vladimir Kramnik
"Kram for the Exam" (game of the day Mar-26-2009)
Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) (blindfold), Nice FRA, rd 10, Mar-25
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation (E32)  ·  0-1



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Mar-26-09  Woody Wood Pusher: I've always said there is a big difference between 'smooth' and 'with bits'.

This game proves it.

Hopefully Magnus will get the smooth orange juice tomorrow and recover some ground.

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  Richard Taylor: I don't think Kramnik l played well against Anand - his preference is for more subtle and complex "positional games - whereas Anand seems to be a mainly tactical genius - of course he instinctively, and consciously, understands strategy. These things are relative.

This game - being a Rapid Blindfold is not significant. It is an interesting and ingenious game though.

But I have seen games by Kramnik that are quite wonderfully complex and "tactical" - here he is playing Blindfold perhaps thus the choice of the deceptive d6 etc rather than d5 or c5 (easier to visualise, unusual compared to the "traditional" c5?)

Carlsen is a great player but seems best in relatively straightforward positions but he can play beautiful games -

but how anyone can play without sight of the board is beyond me... (I have seen a Master play a blindfold simul and I know how it can be done - but it is beyond my abilities - of course, however, these players are GMs because they can visualise so much better than patzers such as myself ..BUT!?!!)

I also was feel that Blindfold is somehow not really chess...

So I just go past anything (or most things) with "blindfold" in it or called blindfold ... it just seems too freakish for me...but that is my prejudice!

Mar-26-09  TheaN: Didn't get 15....Bxf2†! at first, and that IS crucial as it is the hallmark of 13....f5!?

If <16.Rxf2>, Black must continue with <16....Qxf2†>, where Bxb1 does not work due to Qg3!. Now play will continue either:

<17.Qxf2 Nxf2> up an exchange, if <18.Kxf2 Bxb1 > and White is way worse. Or <17.Kh1 Qe1† 18.Ng1 Nf2† 19.Kh2 Bxb1> and White's position falls apart completely. Nice combo by Kramnik here. And that's actually the only point missing in the kibitzing: we are talking about blindfold, you know.

Mar-26-09  percyblakeney: <People who claim Carlsen as the next best blindfold player in the world should take a look at this game>

You can't evaluate a player just by looking at his worst game :-) Carlsen has played well in the blindfold section both this and the previous year but didn't seem to be awake here. Kramnik finished the game very nicely though.

Mar-26-09  NewLine: This game is even not bad enough to deserve a GOTD title...

p.s. People who make any conclusion out of this game are clearly blindfolded...

Mar-26-09  JuliusCaesar: Carlsen is only 18 and clearly still has gaps in his chess knowledge. Yesterday's disaster is a good example of that. When Kramnik played Bb6, he's basically ruling out d5 from White. Yet no alarm bells go off in Magnus's brain and he plays d5 anyway. It would appear that this dark-square mating mechanism, familiar to most club players who play the Benoni (Qh4, Ng4 and B on a7-g1 diagonal), was not part of Magnus's chessic DNA. Otherwise he would've played Qg3 and bitten the bullet. It was a lesson he won't forget.
To Kramnik, with his Russian/Soviet chess background, this game was like stealing candy from kids. I'm betting he couldn't believe his luck.
Mar-26-09  Jim Bartle: "people who call him drawmnik or whatever need to stare at this game until they feel ashamed of themselves."

That's really not practical. Other people would need to bring them food every few hours for days and days.

Mar-26-09  donehung: This is the kramnik i like to see.
Mar-26-09  newton296: why didn't kramnik play like this against anand when it counted .

great combo starting with ...Bxf2!! ...Bxf2!! is also the move that makes the prior move ...f5 make sense .

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  keypusher: <newton296 why didn't kramnik play like this against anand when it counted .>

At the risk of being unoriginal, because Anand wouldn't let him.

Mar-26-09  atahualpa yupanqui: White-Black

CMX agree 13-15
CMX disagree 3-1
agreement pct 81%-94%
total error 8.71 - 1.45

some annotation of chessmaster 11th against blunder

14:exf5 (-2,41) Isolates own pawn at d5. Leads to 14...Bxf5 15.Bxf5 Rxf5 16.Qg3 Qxg3 17.Nxg3 Rxf2 18.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 19.Kh1 Bxg3 20.hxg3 Nf6 21.Bf4 Nfxd5 22.Nxd5 Nxd5 23.Rd1 Nb4, which wins a queen, a rook, two bishops, a knight, and a pawn for a queen, a rook, a bishop, two knights, and three pawns. Better is Qg3, leading to 14...Qxg3 15.Nxg3 fxe4 16.Ngxe4 Ne5 17.b3 Bg4 18.h3 Bh5 19.Ng3 Bd4 20.Bd2 Bf7, which wins a queen and a pawn for a queen and a pawn.

17:Qg5 (-4,47): Leads to 17...Bd4 18.Bf4 Qxg5 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Bxg5 Be3 21.Be7 Rxf1+ 22.Rxf1 Ne5 23.Bh4 Nbd3 24.b3 Re8 25.Bg3, which wins a queen, a rook, and a pawn for a queen, a rook, and a bishop. Better is Qe4, leading to 17...Bc5 18.Qxh7+ Qxh7 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Rxf8 Rxf8 21.hxg4 Rf1+ 22.Kh2 Bxg4 23.a3 Nd3 24.b4 Be3 25.Bb2 Rf2, which wins a queen, a rook, a knight, and a pawn for a queen, a rook, a bishop, and a pawn

17 Bc5 (-3,02): Hangs the queen. Leads to 18.Rg1 Qxg5 19.Bxg5 Bxg1 20.Kxg1 Ne5 21.a3 Nbd3 22.Bc2 h6 23.Bh4 g5 24.Bg3 Nxb2 25.Re1, which wins a queen, a rook, and a pawn for a queen and a bishop. Better is Bd4, leading to 18.Bf4 Qxg5 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Bxg5 Be3 21.Be7 Rxf1+ 22.Rxf1 Ne5 23.Bh4 Nbd3 24.b3 Re8 25.Bg3, which wins a queen, a rook, and a bishop for a queen, a rook, and a pawn. This was black's only significant error, but the game remained within reach of either player. White eventually resigned.

18:Rxf8 (-9,39) Uh-oh! Leads to 18...Rxf8 19.Ng1 Rf1 20.Bxh7+ Kh8 21.Bd2 Qxg5 22.Bxg5 Rxa1 23.Bb1 Nxa2 24.Nge2 Bf5 25.hxg4 Nxc3, which wins a queen, a rook, a knight, and a pawn for a queen, two rooks, a knight, and a pawn. Much better is Rg1, leading to 18...Qxg5 19.Bxg5 Bxg1 20.Kxg1 Ne5 21.a3 Nbd3 22.Bc2 h6 23.Bh4 g5 24.Bg3 Nxb2 25.Re1, which wins a queen and a bishop for a queen, a rook, and a pawn. This was white's key blunder. White was never able to recover and eventually resigned.

Mar-26-09  grebenarov: Great game! I also wonder why isn't Kramnik such an attacking player when he plays classical chess. (He pulls out both his knights at the very opening to attack here.) IMO he is very confident playing blind.
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  kevin86: A really neat game of the day-including the fact that the ink is still wet on the transcript.

Do "blindfold" players write their moves in braille? -LOL

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  playground player: It's just too bad Shirov's title match never came off...
Mar-26-09  deadmau5: Carlsen still rules!
Mar-26-09  notyetagm: <whatthefat: Good lord, this reminds me of a Nimzo disaster I had in a tournament a while back. Only, I had full sight of the board...>


Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: Kramnik is so clever
Mar-26-09  PinnedPiece: Kramnik: This guy is dangerous as a chess opponent. Any remarks to the contrary are uninformed, bad judgement, or weak attempt at humor....(T'WIT, tha's what i think)


Love it.

(NOTE: This kibitz presents a golden opportunity for Kramnik supporter bashers. Can you spot it?)

Mar-29-09  notyetagm: Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2009

You know Carlsen has played a poor game when two of his moves end up in my "do not!" game collections. :-)

Game Collection: Do not activate the opponent's pieces! 9 d4-d5?! opens the a7-g1 diagonal to f2-sq for Black b6-bishop

Game Collection: Do not let the opponent have active pieces! 14 Qf4-g3! trades off active Black h4-queen for worse endgame

Game Collection: Do not open lines for your opponent! 14 e4xf5?? simply opens the f-file for the Black f8-rook to use

Apr-13-15  Cactusjuice: Both of them didn't know kramnik's queen was in vulnerable? How silly two dumb current & former world champions lol
Apr-13-15  fgh: <Cactusjuice: Both of them didn't know kramnik's queen was in vulnerable? How silly two dumb current & former world champions lol>

Obvious troll is obvious.

Nov-06-20  George Wallace: Kramnik plays like Tal here. Like Paul Morphy.
Nov-07-20  carpovius: Harmony blindfold!
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  Messiah: Poor Wonderchild! :D
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  Williebob: I have a strange feeling that <Messiah> is going to be all over the coming WCC match.
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