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Peter Svidler vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tal Memorial (2011), Moscow RUS, rd 9, Nov-25
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Agincourt Variation (A13)  ·  1-0



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Nov-25-11  Marmot PFL: Kramnik took the risks and Svidler took the point. That's why there are so many draws.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Good game, with a lot of intricate tactical trickery, twists and turns. One might think that a Rook would have a chance vs. 2 Knights when it has a lot of open files to invade, but in the end the outside passed pawn proved the difference.
Nov-25-11  Shams: <Marmot> Well said.
Nov-26-11  Hesam7: Kramnik loses from a very sharp position in time trouble. In fact as late as the 31st move Black could have aimed for an advantage as follows:

31. ... c4! 32. Nd2 c3 33. bxc3 bxc3 34. Nb3 Qa8 (34. ... c2? 35. Rc5) 35. Ra2 Red8 36. Re2 h5!

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Nov-26-11  roninmb: "Houdini" and "Fire" believe that 31...Rxf3 instead of Qa8 leads to draw : 32.Qxf3 Re2+ 33.Kg1 Re1+ 34.Kg2 Re2+...
31...c4 would give some small advantage but of no significance whatsoever .
Nov-26-11  checkmateyourmove: <marmot pfl> i agree 100 percent, but makes for fun chess anyways!
Nov-27-11  Ratt Boy: 41. White to move, for a good Monday puzzle.
Nov-28-11  Hesam7: <roninmb: 31...c4 would give some small advantage but of no significance whatsoever .>

I disagree it is not easy to defend White from the diagram I have posted earlier. At the very least it seems White will lose the a7-pawn with nothing in return.

Nov-28-11  bronkenstein: `My games with Kramnik are like waiting on a bus - no victory for 7 years and then suddenly 2 in a row!` Peter in press conf.

PS the bus has arrived :

PPS the game is in fact an excellent creative (and very aggressive) effort by Kramnik , unfortunately it will remain in the shadow of his bad form and experimenting throughout the tournament.

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  WTHarvey: White mates in 3.

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