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Vladimir Kramnik vs Hikaru Nakamura
London Chess Classic (2010), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-09
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  0-1



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Dec-09-10  AgentRgent: <whiteshark: Where is the Kramnik of the old days?> You mean the one so many dimwits were bellyaching about and calling Drawnik?
Dec-09-10  Billy Vaughan: So where's the Nakamura rook?
Dec-09-10  turbo231: Naka is no longer Drawzilla!
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  technical draw: Thanks, exciting day. 3 wins, one draw. This is turning into a contest....
Dec-09-10  JuliusDS: Would 38. h4 have done any better?
Dec-09-10  Marmot PFL: <Kramnik, coming out of the opening, had a solid edge, but then clearly lost control. He played not in his style, but in the style of Tal and Kasparov, sacrificing a knight. But such play requires extremely precise calculation, a subtle sense of dynamics and great decisiveness. Vladimir took things slowly and ended up with nothing. Then he gathered himself together, however, and put up heroic resistance…>
Dec-09-10  turbo231: Who holds the World record for most consecutive games without a defeat?
Dec-09-10  Ulhumbrus: 12 Qd2 loses a piece after 12...g5! An alternative to 12 Qd2 is 12 e3 Nxf4 13 exf4 and White may stand not so badly.
Dec-09-10  Ulhumbrus: 21 Qh6 invites 21..Qg6 exchanging Queens. An alternative is 21 Qd2 when Rh3 or f4 may follow.
Dec-09-10  ajile: My Nakamura dancing rook!

Dec-09-10  Marmot PFL: Black plays well I believe up to 26...Nb6?, allowing 27 Be5! instead of 26 Kg7 breaking the pin immediately. Now white has real threats and black is starting to run low on time trying to meet them. Unfortunately white spoils it all on move 41, after time was added. That is very unusual.
Dec-09-10  Ulhumbrus: <Marmot PFL: Black plays well I believe up to 26...Nb6?, allowing 27 Be5! instead of 26 Kg7 breaking the pin immediately. Now white has real threats and black is starting to run low on time trying to meet them. Unfortunately white spoils it all on move 41, after time was added. That is very unusual.> Here are two possible sequences if at move 41 White plays 41 Kg2 instead of 41 Rf3: (1) 41 Kg2 Re2+ 42 Kf3 Rxa2 43 Rh5 mate (2) 41 Kg2 Rh8 42 Rff5 Ne7 43 Rh5+ Rxh5 44 Rxh5 mate
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  Eyal: <Black plays well I believe up to 26...Nb6?, allowing 27 Be5! instead of 26…Kg7 breaking the pin immediately.>

After 26…Kg7, though:

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one has to spot the rather tricky line 27.Bxb7 Nxf4 28.Rxf4 Rb8! 29.Bxc8 Ne5! etc. It might have been simpler to play ...Nb6 back on move 23, instead of putting the king in a vulnerable position on the f-file with 23...Kf7.

As for <41.Kg2!> which should have given White at least good drawing chances:

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White is threatening mate with either rook on the h-file, but 41...Re2+ 42.Kf3 Ne5+ seems to be easily winning for Black (43.Kf4 Rf2+ and 44...Rxf7); however, 43.Rxe5 Rxe5 44.Kf4!! (attacking the black rook and renewing the threat of Rh7, with the g5 square covered by the king) saves White. There's also 41...Re5 42.Rxe5 Nxe5 43.Rf5 with a mate threat on h5, so that Black has to sac the knight on g4 (compare with the actual game, where the white king is on g1 and there's no mate threat, since the g3 square isn't covered). Another near-miraculous save occurs in the line 41...Re2+ 42.Kf3 Re5 43.Rh7+ Kg5 44.h4+! Nxh4+ (better is 44...Kf6 45.Rd6+ Re6 46.g5+ Ke5) 45.Rxh4 Rxd5 46.Rh5+ and 47.Rxd5.

Dec-09-10  Atking: This game remembered me the second game of the 92 match Fischer vs Spassky when Fischer defended accurately and should win with Black (True that game was draw). Eyal, I'm pretty sure in your last suggestion 41.Kg2!? Nakamura will play 41...Re2+ 42.Kf3 Re5 43.Rh7+ Kg5 and if 44.h4+!? Kf6 Black looks really better as White could not exchange the Rooks (N is a a very strong blocker - Indeed very well placed in g6 - and the is always this majority on queen side)
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  Eyal: <Atking> Yes, I've mentioned this line as better for Black, maybe I should have went a bit further (my main purpose was to show that Black can't force an immediate win, even though at first glance it might seem that he can, in several lines): [41.Kg2 Re2+ Kf3 Re5 43.Rh7+ Kg5 44.h4+ Kf6] 45.Rd6+ Re6 46.g5+ Ke5 47.Rxe6+ Kxe6 48.h5 and White is certainly fighting for the draw here - Sakaev on chesspro ( estimates his chances at about 50:50.
Dec-09-10  Atking: Thanks <Eyal> for that quick answer. I see your point.

But on Sakaev's comment, the translation isn't clear for me. Chances for White to draw and Black to win are 50/50?

I should go now. Sorry If I delay my answer to an eventual of your.

Dec-09-10  drnooo: curiously its Tal who holds the longest string without a defeat, and he almost beat his own record to boot: totally counter-intuitive not Capa, Not Alekhine, not Petrosian, not Botvinnik, or Fischer but the sharpest edged player in the history of this silly game. That and Spassky's unbroken 15 string with the Kings Gambit, to me are even more unbelievable than Steinitz's 25 wins in a row or how Kasparov held off Karpov when he was down five to one.
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  Eyal: <Chances for White to draw and Black to win are 50/50?> Yes, that's what he says.
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  tpstar: They pulled in just behind the bridge (1. Nf3 Nf6), he lays her down (2. c4 e6), he frowns (3. Nc3 Bb4)/"Gee my life's a funny thing (4. g3 c5), am I still too young?" (5. Bg2 0-0)/He kissed her then and there (6. 0-0 d6), she took his ring (7. d4 Bxc3), took his babies (8. bxc3 Qe7)/It took him minutes [last book move], took her nowhere (9. dxc5 dxc5)/Heaven knows (10. Ne5 Qc7), she'd have taken anything but (11. Bf4 Nh5)/ALL NIGHT (12. Qd2)/She was the young American [12. e3!? should not be overlooked Nxf4 13. exf4 =]/Young American (12 ... g5!), young American [Black has managed to stay ahead], she was the young American (13. Bxg5 Qxe5)/ALL RIGHT (14. Rad1 f6)/She wants the young American (15. Bh6 Ng7)/Scanning life through the picture window (16. Bf4 Qh5), she finds the slinky vagabond (17. Bd6 Re8)/He coughs as he passes her Ford Mustang (18. Qf4 Nd7), but Heaven forbid she'll take anything (19. g4 Qf7)/But the freak and his type all for nothing (20. Rd3 e5), he misses a step and cuts his hand (21. Qh6 Qg6)/But showing nothing (22. Qxg6 hxg6), he swoops like a song (23. Be4)/She cries "Where have all Papa's heroes gone?" [23. Bd5+ Ne6 24. f4 exf4 25. Bxf4 Nb6 ]/ALL NIGHT (23 ... Kf7)/She was the young American [23 ... Nb6 24. f3 f5 25. Bd5+ Nxd5 26. cxd5 ]/Young American (24. f4 exf4), young American (25. Bd5+ Ne6), she was the young American (26. Bxf4 Nb6)/ALL RIGHT [26 ... a5 and Black can look forward to a comfortable game ]/She wants the young American (27. Be5 Nxd5)/All the way from Washington (28. cxd5 Nf8), her bread-winner begs off the bathroom floor (29. Rxf6+ Kg8)/"We live for just these twenty years, (30. Bd6 Kg7) do we have to die for the fifty more?" (31. Rf4 g5)/ALL NIGHT (32. Rf2 b6)/He was the young American (33. Rdf3)/Young American [33. Bxf8+ Rxf8 34. Rxf8 Kxf8 ], young American (33 ... Ng6), he was the young American (34. Rf7+ Kh6)/ALL RIGHT (35. h3 Ba6)/He wants the young American (36. R2f6 Bxe2)/Do you remember your President Nixon? (37. Be7 Bc4)/Do you remember the bills you have to pay (38. Rd6 Bxd5), or even yesterday? [38 ... a5!? ]/Have you have been an un-American (39. Bxg5+ Kxg5), just you and your idol singing falsetto (40. Rxd5+ Kh4)/'Bout leather leather everywhere (41. Rf3??), and not a myth left from the ghetto [41. Kg2 Re5 42. Rxe5 Nxe5 43. Rf5 Nxg4 44. Rf4 ]/Well well well would you carry a razor (41 ... Re5), in case just in case of depression? (42. Rxe5 Nxe5)/Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors (43. Rf5 Nd3), blushing at all the afro-Sheilas (44. Kh2 Rh8)/Ain't that close to love (45. a4 Rh6), well ain't that poster love (46. Kg2 a5)/Well it ain't that Barbie doll (47. Kf3 Nb2), her heart's been broken just like you have (48. Kf4 Nxa4)/ALL NIGHT (49. c4 Nc3)/All night (50. Ke3 a4), you want the young American [50 ... Kxh3 51. Rh5+ Kxg4 52. Rxh6 ]/Young American (51. Kd3 Nd1), young American (52. Rf8 Kxh3), you want the young American (53. g5 Rd6+)/ALL RIGHT (54. Ke4 Kg4)/You want the young American (0-1) - David Bowie + Fritz 7, "Young Americans"

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  HeMateMe: I'm glad someone still listens to Simon and Garfunkel.
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  HeMateMe: The sac looked weak, from the get go. Have any engines found a good line that kramnik missed?
Dec-10-10  Oxnard: So Mura beats Kramnik with knight-odds. So what?
Dec-10-10  anandrulez: Thats second lost position for Kramnik vs Hikaru .
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  Eyal: Position after 13...Qxe5:

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White has at least two important alternatives to 14.Rad1 here:

- 14.f4 Qc7 (14...Qf5 15.e4 Qg6 16.f5) 15.f5 f6 (15...exf5 16.Bf6 Nxf6 17.Qg5+ with perpetual at least) 16.Bh4 with an unclear position.

- 14.g4 Ng7 (14...Nf6? 15.f4; 14...f6? 15.Bh6 Ng7 16.Bf4 trapping the queen) 15.Bd8 (this is really computer-stuff - White is threatening to trap the black queen with f4) Nc6 (15...Nd7 16.f4 Qb8 17.Be7 again threatening to trap the queen by Bd6) 16.f4 Rxd8 (16...Qb8 17.Bxc6 bxc6 18.Rab1 Bb7 19.Bf6 followed by 20.f5 with a winning attack) 17.Qxd8+ Nxd8 18.fxe5 Bd7:

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Here Black has some problems in developing his Q-side, as well as with the knight on g7; during the live London commentary, GM Gordon suggested 19.Rfd1 Bc6 20.Bf3 (so as to improve the pawn structure in case Black exchanges bishops), but Black still seems to be better - he has the ideas of h5 to release the knight, as well as Ba4 & Nc6, attacking the pawn on e5.

Later in the game, Kramnik played very well from move 24 to move 40 and almost managed to save it; however, in chess one bad move is enough to spoil everything, and that's what happened on move 41 - right <after> the time control, strangely enough.

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  whiteshark: <AgentRgent: <You mean the one so many dimwits were bellyaching about and calling Drawnik?>> I meant the player who grind out so many <white> victories by accumulating smallest advantages. ;D
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