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Vladimir Kramnik vs Magnus Carlsen
World Blitz Championship (2009) (blitz), Moscow RUS, rd 23, Nov-17
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Hedgehog Defense (A30)  ·  0-1



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Nov-17-09  shintaro go: Unsound sacrifice
Nov-18-09  AgentRgent: <shintaro go: Unsound sacrifice> I'm not so sure. 4 pawns for the knight should be plenty of compensation. However, I think Kramnik would have been better off getting the queens off with 24. Qxd6. With Black's weak pawns and exposed king, I think White has at least a draw, under normal time controls, but I'll admit that kind of an endgame is a complete crapshoot in Blitz.
Nov-18-09  Shams: It's almost hard to think Kramnik could make an unsound sacrifice. Very interesting game. I suspect <Agent> is right and Kramnik holds comfortably with white in a long game, although it's hard to see him making much of the QPM. Carlsen would make a lot of hay from his unchallenged Bc5.

29.Qb8 would be nice, protecting b2 on a square with check-in-hand. But it loses trivially to ...Ng4 30.Rf1 Re2 31. Qxd8 Nxf2 .

Nov-18-09  Atking: Why not 29.Be6 <Shams>? (30.Rd7+ is one threat); Else 29...QxQ 30.fxQ RxB 31.exNf6+ wins a piece back with 2 pawns up.
Nov-19-09  AgentRgent: <Atking: Why not 29.Be6> Nice find, but after <29...QxQ 30.fxQ> 30...Ba5 looks better; although white still likely holds.
Feb-05-11  fab4: Yeah 29.Be6 is a good find and white looks ok to me after it. So 29.Qc3 is just a blunder then throwing away the game?
Feb-27-15  bennyvsfischer: Qc3??
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