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Vladimir Kramnik vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Dortmund Sparkassen (2009), Dortmund GER, rd 10, Jul-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0



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Jul-12-09  sallom89: I just woke up and saw the window with a Kramnik dancing rook, is it a dream? hahahaha Kramnik haters CRY :P!
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  Chessical: Naiditsch seems to finally have tipped into a loss after <38...Rc2>; eventually Kramnik's determination told.
Jul-12-09  zanshin: <kamalakanta: <zanshin> Quite a few...but he gains a lot of experience...>

For a player who once had a rating of 2700, I have to say that his play here was a little disappointing - or am I stating the obvious?

Jul-12-09  ounos: Kramnik got his mojo back :)
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  kamalakanta: <zanshin: <kamalakanta: <zanshin> Quite a few...but he gains a lot of experience...>

For a player who once had a rating of 2700, I have to say that his play here was a little disappointing - or am I stating the obvious?>

It's cool.

Players go through all kinds of things: spectacular ascents, plateaus, dips and slumps. Luckily, they also stage comebacks.

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  kamalakanta: It must be quite an experience playing against a player of Kramnik's strength! Talk about a master class! They don't teach that in any college course!
Jul-12-09  whiskeyrebel: Kramnik had a great tournament and has clearly rejuvenated his game.I hope it leads to some reflection on the part of some of the juvenile clowns posting on this site who hate him so much.
Jul-12-09  zanshin: <kamalakanta> Yes, and he's only .. what .. 24? He's young and will have better tournaments.
Jul-12-09  outplayer: 38...Rc2 is an oversight. I like 38...Qa3 here which I think would hold the game by a thin knife.
Jul-12-09  fgh: <acirce: Winnik wins as always!>

Hahahaha, that's awesome.

Jul-12-09  Raginmund: die, die, die kramnik's haters!!!!!!
The only win for Black pieces was with kramnik's petroff... novelties, spectaculars moves...
Kramnik, as always, wins.
. Kramnik forever!!!!!!!!
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  kamalakanta: Long live Winnik!
Jul-12-09  whatthefat: Fascinating struggle. I really liked the way Kramnik used the d4 square throughout this game. At times it was used as a knight outpost to create threats (15.Qh5), at others the knight was used to block lines (34.Nd4), and at others it was an ideal square for the rook to operate from (19.Rd4 - again serving as a blocker against Black's queen). There seemed to be a constant tenuous harmony between White's pieces in this game, as though at any moment they might become overworked, but Black was continually caught off-balance by new threats.
Jul-12-09  visayanbraindoctor: Once Kramnik the ruthless King hunter gets his sights on your King, the hunt, even if commencing from an objectively equal position, tends to end in check mate. Kramnik is so good in creating constant threats over the board, and the attack just keeps on coming until the harassed King lies down and dies.
Jul-13-09  visayanbraindoctor: Kramnik's Queen movements are a marvel of purpose and economy. After the exchange sac line, we have this position:

27. Qxe6+

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It's not clear but it's already possible that Kramnik here visualized a position where he has activated his Knight by planting it on the d4 square, from where it can actively attack Black's King. He does this by maneuvering his Queen to the 4th rank, from where it can support the Knight at d4. This is all done in a most proficient manner.

27. Qxe6+ Kb7 28. Re1 Rg6 29. Qf7+ Rc7 30. Qf4 Rc4 31. Qf8 Rc8 32. Qe7+ Rc7 33. Qh4 Qc4

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Here Kramnik now controls the d4 square. He then plants his Knight there, where it becomes a monster more powerful than a Rook.

34. Nd4

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Without computers, visually there does not seem to be a clear Black plan except to try and Queen his Queenside pawns. Naiditsch was probably thinking that grabbing the a2-pawn by Qxa2 would help in this.

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Kramnik naturally ignores this and just concentrates on bringing his pieces to positions where they can attack the Black King. Specifically Kramnik maneuvers again to plant his Knight on a more attacking square on c5 via b3. He starts by maneuvering his Queen to the 3rd rank from where it can support his Knight on b3.

35. Qe4+ Kb6 36. Qe3 Kb7 37. Qf3+ Kb6

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Now comes 38. Nb3

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Naiditsch finally blunders with 38...Rc2; after this Kramnik once again maneuvers his Queen to occupy the d4 square where it can both support his Knight on c5 and use the open d-file to deliver checks on d6, d7, or d8.

39. Qe3+ Kb7 40. e6 Rxf2 41. Qe4+ Kb6 42. Qd4+

Now potential lines involving Nf5, Queen checks, and an advancing e-pawn create an unstoppable mating attack.

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Notice all throughout the little single-square sidesteps that Kramnik does with his Queen so as to gain tempi in order to travel her to her next-destination squares. They are as delicately precise as a surgeon's scalpel in making mincemeat of the Black King.

Jul-13-09  Sokrates: Once again: Congratulations to Mr Kramnik for a very impressive play. He really deserves to win this tournament.
Jul-13-09  zanshin: <visayanbraindoctor> I think you did an excellent analysis of this game.

Just for fun, I wanted to see what Rybka 3 suggested for Black's move 38:

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[+1.36] d=18 38...Qa3 39.e6 Rgg7 40.Rd1 Qb4 41.Qe3 Kb7 42.Rd8 Rc6 43.Qe5 Rgc7 44.e7 Qxe7 45.Na5 Kb6 46.Nxc6 Qxe5 47.Nxe5 a5 48.Rd6 Kc5 49.Ra6 a4 50.f4 Kd5 51.Nf3 Rc3 52.Kg1 a3 53.f5 b4 (0:11.46) 105273kN

<They are as delicately precise as a surgeon's scalpel in making mincemeat of the Black King.>

Well you would know, wouldn't you? ;-)

Jul-14-09  visayanbraindoctor: Glad you liked my humble 'annotations' <zanshin>. This game is more impressive than what many kibitzers make it out to be. Personally, approximately equal open Queen positions like this have always been the most difficult for me to play; I always get dizzy trying to figure out all the squares where both Queens can land. Kramnik apparently went through it like a breeze, without making a single outright error; and cooked up a harmonious but devastating mating attack with initially uncoordinated pieces. The way he made his Queen dance around supporting his Knight into an attack was almost magical.

Out of 42 moves by White, 17 were with the Queen. Out of the last 18 moves, 14 were by the White Queen!

Jul-14-09  visayanbraindoctor: 17 moves by the White Queen.

You are the dancing queen, young and sweet only 17. (",)

Jul-14-09  Discerning King: Great Job!!.. Kramnik.. 24.Rxd7!! and 28.Re1!!!
Jul-14-09  KamikazeAttack: Good job our brain doc, I actually prefer this win to his win over Carlsen. U described the action on the board so well. so I won't even try.
Jul-14-09  visayanbraindoctor: <KamikazeAttack: I actually prefer this win to his win over Carlsen.>

Same here. This was a far more difficult game to win IMO. Approximately equal open Queen positions are possibly the most difficult for the human chess eye to evaluate and play. These positions often look like scenes from a computer's dreamscape. I posted those thoughts of mine because the talk (conscious or unconscious) of Kramnik beating a hapless Naiditsch seems to be growing. I was troubled that this wonderful masterpiece is getting buried in that talk so that chess pundits of the future will keep on referring to it as "Oh that's the beat-down Kramnik administered to a hapless Naiditsch in the last round of Dortmund 2009". As a chess game, it's a quite remarkable example of how to play open Queen positions.

Jul-14-09  KamikazeAttack: <As a chess game, it's a quite remarkable example of how to play open Queen positions.>

How many times have we read asinine comments suggesting that Kramnik is only good in queen-less positions?

Nov-08-09  Saul.Richman: A beautiful game by Kramnik especially the "illogical" 38 Nb3 he writes "the knight is so well positioned it is hard to even start considering removing it from there"

In Kramnik's own words in his 7 (SEVEN) pages of analysis of this victory in New in Chess:

" play was close to perfection"

Having had this as my coffee-top game whilst recovering from Surgery, I can only agree!!

For me, the critical point was Naiditsch's decision to run for the hills on the Queen side and give up the f7 pawn. If 25 ... Ke8 26. Rd1 Rc8 27. Ng5 Qc7 white has a draw with Ne6: or can try Ne4 but I don't believe he can win by force.

But would you be brave enough to try 25 ... Ke8 against Kramnik??

Great game!

Dec-12-11  geigermuller: Ok. This maybe basic, but why not 11....; QxC3+?
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