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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-16
Russian Game: Modern Attack. Center Variation (C43)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-16-12  JimmyRockHound: Yes - that Bb2 saves the day.
Jul-16-12  Ulhumbrus: Perhaps Kramnik is willing to take a draw by repetition after 22 Bg2+ Qd1+ 23 Bf1 Qh5. Not 22 Qg2?? Bc6 and if 23 Qxc6 Qh2 mate
Jul-16-12  talisman: good morning...♕d8?
Jul-16-12  tarek1: It looks like Kramnik has to take the draw or play a pawn down endgame
Jul-16-12  Ulhumbrus: If Black can escape with a draw this suggests that 16 Qxb7 may have been not the best move
Jul-16-12
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  benveniste: I think Qxb7 was sound. But at move 19, Naiditsch needed to play something like Bb2 to bring his queen rook into the game.
Jul-16-12  cormier: draw possibility very high
Jul-16-12  Marmot PFL: Black has Bd7 and Qh2+ Kf1 Bh3+ but that might just be helping white escape. Instead a draw seems like a fair result.
Jul-16-12  OBIT: Assuming this does end in a repetition, that's four draws for Naiditsch, although he certainly has been going for wins.
Jul-16-12  Marmot PFL: < benveniste:> I think white was worried about c6 cutting off his queen.
Jul-16-12
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  tpstar: <chessgames.com> Thanks for the live broadcast. =)

An interesting fighting draw, sharper than usual for Kramnik.

Jul-16-12  Blunderdome: Leko - Caruana?
Jul-16-12  cormier: ...may be ...f6
Jul-16-12  Blunderdome: <benveniste: I think Qxb7 was sound. But at move 19, Naiditsch needed to play something like Bb2 to bring his queen rook into the game.>

That might allow a Bxg3 sac, though. With the Queen on e4 there's the threat of Ba3+ Kg8 and Qxd1# if the bishop leaves his d6-post.

Jul-16-12  Marmot PFL: A good fighting game, and maybe important for Petroff Defense theory.
Jul-16-12  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 16 Qxb7 White attacks the b7 pawn by 16 Rb1. Then on 16...Bc6 17 Bd5 Bxd5 18 Qxd5 Qxc2 19 Qxb7 Re8 20 Bg5 Black's rooks are disconnected and White has the better of it.
Jul-16-12  Ulhumbrus: Here is a link to the live games displayed on the TWIC website: http://twiclive.com/silverlive.htm
Jul-16-12  haydn20: < Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 16 Qxb7 White attacks the b7 pawn by 16 Rb1. Then on 16...Bc6 17 Bd5 Bxd5 18 Qxd5 Qxc2 19 Qxb7 Re8 20 Bg5 Black's rooks are disconnected and White has the better of it. > It seems here that 18...hg 19. hg Bxg3! still works.
Jul-16-12
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Jul-16-12  Ulhumbrus: <<haydn20: < Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 16 Qxb7 White attacks the b7 pawn by 16 Rb1. Then on 16...Bc6 17 Bd5 Bxd5 18 Qxd5 Qxc2 19 Qxb7 Re8 20 Bg5 Black's rooks are disconnected and White has the better of it. > It seems here that 18...hg 19. hg Bxg3! still works.>> On 20 Qg2! Bd6 21 Qxg6 fxg6 22 Rxb7 White has the better of it.
Jul-16-12
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  Eyal: 16.Rb1 Bc6 17.Bd5? Bxd5 18.Qxd5 hxg3 19.hxg3 Bxg3! 20.Qg2 Bh2+! is much better for Black (Houdini's main line goes 21.Kf1 Qa6+ 22.Re2 Re8 23.Be3 c6 with eval of close to -1.5). White's best 17th move in this line is apparently d5, but this shouldn't be enough for more than equality.

Btw, in the line above 20.fxg3 loses to 20...Qxg3+ 21.Kf1 Rh2 22.Be3 (22.Re2 Rxe2 23.Kxe2 Re8+) 22...Re8 23.Rxb7 Kg8! and there's no good defence against 24...Qh3+ 25.Kg1 Re6.

Jul-16-12  zozon: 20 ... Bd7!!!!
21 Qa8+ Ke7
22 Qe4+ Be6
23 Bc4 Qh2+
24 Kf1 Qh1+
25 Qxh1 Bxc4
26 Kg2 Bd5+

I have seen this during the game but could not comment because someone or something invalidated my previous username.

Jul-16-12
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  whiteshark: <zozon> What about <26.Kg1> which avoids the check.


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After 26...Rxh1+ 27.Kxh1 black is ♖♙:♗ down

Jul-16-12  Ulhumbrus: <16.Rb1 Bc6 17.Bd5? Bxd5 18.Qxd5 hxg3 19.hxg3 Bxg3! 20.Qg2 Bh2+! is much better for Black (Houdini's main line goes 21.Kf1 Qa6+ 22.Re2 Re8 23.Be3 c6 with eval of close to -1.5). White's best 17th move in this line is apparently d5, but this shouldn't be enough for more than equality.> If Black is able to sacrifice his bishop on g3, this suggests 16 Ba3 preparing the capture Bxd6+ before Black can make the sacrifice
Jul-16-12  Boomie: <whiteshark: <zozon> What about <26.Kg1> which avoids the check.>

Also 22...Kf8 repeats the position.

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