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Vladimir Kramnik vs Magnus Carlsen
Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2010) (rapid), Nice FRA, rd 8, Mar-21
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack (E97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-21-10  A Karpov Fan: Kramnik's legendary technique fails him here, ouch! Maybe Carlsen can use KID in classical now sometime, I would love to see that :-)
Mar-21-10  pjw: This game is incomplete, it actually went 90 moves before finishing in a draw.
Mar-21-10  The Rocket: "Kramnik's legendary technique fails him here"

not really, in such little time it doesnt matter if your name is kramnik even at endgames. But its still weak of him to only draw the game, he shouldnt put himself in such a situation after getting the winning position!, move faster next time vladdy!.

Mar-21-10  achieve: 46. Ra4 Bc5

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-- which position was reached in the rapid game today... Indeed like many I thought this would be an easy win, and took a few minutes to formulate a plan to exchange the light pieces, and aim for a technically won KPP v KPPPP. My plan and method hinged of course on getting the <a-pawn> on <a6>, and play the White Knight to <d4> via 'f3' following Ke2 to lift the "pin"...

I played white and rybka played black at 10-60 secs per move

47. a6 Ba7 48. Ke2 Kg5 <expected, of course, but allowing the intended piece trade by force> 49. Nf3+ Kf6 50. Nd4 Bxd4 51. Rxd4 Ra1 52. Rd7

All quite natural moves, as I am aiming to get 2 connected passers on f&g files, and push the h-pawn to trade off for the remaining g-pawn; but first give the a-pawn for Black's rook pawn (55.Rxh7 - of course Black may have a stronger defence but it's VERY hard to - if at all possible - find the best plan to annoy white as much as possible...)

Ra2+ 53. Ke3 Ra3+ 54. Kf4 Rxa6 55. Rxh7

The lion's share of the work has now been done, and a technical win remains. Still not easy to convert this but at top junior level you expect this to be an "ABC": keep creating a tempo and thus overburdening the defending rook and threatening to push back the Black King toward the edge of the board; its own back rank, and fall off...

g5+ 56. Kg3 Ra2 57. h4 Kg6 58. Rh8 gxh4+ 59. Rxh4 Kf5 60. f3 Ke5 61. Rh5+ Kd6

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This is now a formality at top level, but humans make mistakes, so still accuracy required.

This is the remainder of the execution in moving up the pawns, pushing back the Black King, and of course stay alert for stalemate traps and other swindles/tricks...

62. f4 Ke6 63. Kh3 Kf6 64. g4 Ra4 65. Kg3 Ra3+ 66. Kh4 Ra4 67. f5 Rd4 68. Rh6+ Kg7 69. Rb6 Kf7 70. Kg5 Rd7 71. Rb5 Kg8 72. f6 Ra7 73. Kg6 Rg7+ 74. Kf5 Ra7 75. g5 Kh7 76. g6+ Kh6 77. Re5 Rb7 78. g7 Rb8 79. Re4 Rb5+ 80. Ke6 Rb8 81. Rg4 Rb6+ 82. Kd7 Rb7+ 83. Kc6 Rb8 84. g8=Q Rxg8 85. Rxg8 Kh7 1-0

In retrospect I think this was a surprising let-off by Kramnik, and he surely (as is already confirmed) must have been too low on time to formulate a plan to simplify to a won endgame.

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  HeMateMe: I like White's 10. B-a3 to immediately open up the queenside. I've lost too many KIDs when I couldn't activate the pawns, while black was moving his pawns on the other side.
Mar-21-10  Atking: Kramnik took a net advantage from the opening. 13...Bh6 (Normally to Nd2) weaks e5 then as soon as Nd7 moves to f6 to pressure e4, c5 breaks. This strategy to keep Nf3 on this natural square as long as possible and simply b4-c5 to xd6 looks indeed very effective vs KI.
Mar-21-10  dagwood2005: Don't crown Carlsen just yet, folks.
Mar-22-10  The Rocket: "b4-c5 to xd6 looks indeed very effective vs KI."

yes its the hole idea against the opening, white has to be active otherwise he could be crushed on the kingside.

Its a very hard opening to play because you cant go totally wild as black, often the queenside has to be given as much attention, and yet to much focus on the queenside plan and black has no counterplay:) so you have to have the exact balance between defence and attack to succesfully play this opening on both colours.

Mar-23-10  hcgflynn: what is wrong with 42. qxd1?
Mar-23-10  polarmis: <hcgflynn: what is wrong with 42. qxd1?>

42...Qxf2+ and perpetual check.

Mar-23-10  Hesam7: Has anyone looked at 25. Bxe5+ dxe5 26. Nxe5 ?
Jan-03-12  LIFE Master AJ: [Event "Amber-rapid 19th"]
[Site "Nice"]
[Date "2010.03.21"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E97"]
[WhiteElo "2790"]
[BlackElo "2813"]
[PlyCount "180"]
[EventDate "2010.03.13"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "FRA"]
[EventCategory "20"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2010.05.04"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 a5 10. Ba3 Nd7 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Bb4 Ra8 13. a4 Bh6 14. a5 f5 15. Bd3 Kh8 16. Re1 Nf6 17. c5 fxe4 18. cxd6 cxd6 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. Bxe4 Bf5 21. Rb1 Qd7 22. h3 Rac8 23. Qb3 Rf7 24. Bc3 Bxe4 25. Rxe4 Qf5 26. Rbe1 Rc5 27. Bxe5+ dxe5 28. Rxe5 Qf6 29. Re6 Qf4 30. Rxe7 Rxe7 31. Rxe7 Rc1+ 32. Ne1 Bf8 33. Qb2+ Kg8 34. Re8 Rd1 35. Qxb7 Qf7 36. Qc8 Kg7 37. Qc3+ Kg8 38. Re5 Qf4 39. Qb3 Bc5 40. d6+ Kg7 41. Re7+ Kh6 42. Qc2 Rc1 43. Re4 Rxc2 44. Rxf4 Rc1 45. Kf1 Bxd6 46. Ra4 Bc5 47. Ke2 Ba7 48. Ra2 Kg5 49. Nd3 Rc4 50. Rb2 Ra4 51. Rb5+ Kf6 52. Nb4 Ke6 53. f4 Kd6 54. g4 Ra3 55. Nd3 Ra2+ 56. Kf3 Ra3 57. Ke2 Ra2+ 58. Ke1 Bd4 59. f5 gxf5 60. Rxf5 Rxa5 61. Rxa5 Bc3+ 62. Ke2 Bxa5 63. Kf3 Ke6 64. Ke4 Kf6 65. h4 Bc7 66. Nf4 Ba5 67. g5+ Kf7 68. Kf5 Bd2 69. Nd5 Kg7 70. h5 Kf7 71. Nf6 Kg7 72. Ne4 Bc1 73. Nf6 Bd2 74. Ne8+ Kg8 75. Kf6 Bf4 76. Kf5 Bc1 77. Nc7 Kf7 78. Nd5 Kg7 79. Nc3 Be3 80. Ne4 Bc1 81. h6+ Kh8 82. Ke6 Kg8 83. Ke7 Bxg5+ 84. Nxg5 Kh8 85. Kf6 Kg8 86. Nf7 Kf8 87. Ne5 Kg8 88. Ke7 Kh8 89. Ke6 Kg8 90. Nf7 Kf8 1/2-1/2

Jan-03-12  LIFE Master AJ: According to several sources, this game went 90 moves ... why was it shortened here?
Jan-03-12  LIFE Master AJ:

If you look at the second link, there is a chart there that CLEARLY shows that the game went 90 moves!!!

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