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Ioannis Papaioannou vs Vladimir Kramnik
Istanbul Olympiad (2012), Istanbul TUR, rd 2, Aug-29
Catalan Opening: General (E00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-29-12  Edmontonchessclub: "Drawnik" produced an exciting game, despite the result.
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  whiteshark: From the Press conference:

PAPAIOANNOU: "Well, it was of course an interesting game. Some time ago I prepared a novelty. I was keeping it to try against some big fish so I had Kramnik today to use it. To say the truth I did not care a lot if I win or lose for he is very strong to play against.

And I was lucky today. After I played this line, suddenly he started thinking. To my mind he was not well prepared for this novelty. As a result I had a good position after the opening. Later on he showed a tremendous class, he sacrificed his queen and the position became completely unclear.

I thought that in this technical position he will somehow find a way to beat me. But on my opinion in the end he made one inaccurate move and maybe I had a slighly better position. Few moves before the end of the game I played Bc5 and he took on c5. I think he should have better played on d5 and this could have led to an unclear position. My queen on a5 is misplaced but when he took on c5 my queen was in better position and I became slightly better. Plus Vladimir was in a severe time trouble.

But I did not want to take any risk so I prefered to repeat the moves. After the game Alexey Shirov and some other players came up to me and asked why I did not continue playing for according to their opinions my position was obviously better. But I was not that sure and as I said I preferred not to take any risk. For some strange reason we have very good result in the matches against Russia."

Aug-30-12  Shams: <whiteshark> Which move was the novelty?
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  whiteshark: <Novelty of stem-game: <8. Be3>> Games Like I Papaioannou vs Kramnik, 2012 at least to this database...;)
Aug-30-12  Shams: <whiteshark> It's almost impossible to imagine that such a move, on move eight, would be unknown to Kramnik in the Catalan. Chess is so vast.
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  whiteshark: <Shams> I've found one with 8.Be3, so probably it's Kramnik who deserves the TN here for <8...Qc7> (though I doubt that both players knew the following game):

[Event "VWC1/pr12"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2008.4.11"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Gavrijski, Dimitar"]
[Black "Kazantsev, Renal Aleksandrovich"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2173"]
[BlackElo "2307"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Nc3 a6 7.Bg2 Qxc4 8.Be3 Nc6 9.O-O Ng4 10.Rc1 Nxe3 11.fxe3 Qb4 12.Na4 Rb8 13.Rf4 Qa5 14.Nb3 Qc7 15.Qf1 d5 16.e4 e5 17.Rf3 d4 18.e3 Bg4 19.exd4 Bxf3 20.Bxf3 b5 21.Nac5 Bxc5 22.Nxc5 Qa7 23.d5 Nd4 24.Bg4 Rd8 25.Kg2 O-O 26.Qd3 g6 27.Qe3 Qe7 28.Bh3 f5 29.b4 f4 30.Qe1 Qg5 31.Be6+ Kh8 32.Rc3 fxg3 33.hxg3 Rf6 34.Nd7 Nxe6 35.Nxf6 Nd4 36.Nxh7 Kxh7 37.Qh1+ Kg8 38.Qh4 Qxh4 39.gxh4 Rd6 40.a3 Rf6 41.Rc7 Kf8 42.Ra7 Nf3 43.Kh3 Nd2 44.Ra8+ Kg7 45.Ra7+ Kh6 46.Re7 Nxe4 47.Rxe5 Nd6 48.Re3 Nc4 49.Rd3 Rd6 50.Kh2 Nb6 51.Kg3 Rxd5 52.Rc3 Nc4 53.a4 Rd4 54.axb5 axb5 55.Rb3 Kh5 56.Kg2 Ne3+ 57.Rxe3 Rxb4 58.Kf3 Kxh4 59.Re1 Rb3+ 60.Ke4 b4 61.Kd5 g5 62.Kc4 Rf3 63.Kxb4 g4 64.Rh1+ Kg5 65.Rh8 g3 66.Kc5 Rf6 67.Rh1 g2 0-1

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  Stonehenge: So 12. Nb6 seems to be the novelty :)
Aug-30-12  Shams: <Stonehenge> Ok, but it's also a pretty obvious move.
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  whiteshark: Thanks <Stonehenge>! Darm, once again I've been out-searched by the 365chess-database. ;)
Aug-30-12  Jack Bauer: A man's got to know his limitations. [/dirty harry]
Aug-30-12  stanleys: 30.Rb1 seems to be a logical move - exchanging a pair of rooks and white's queen will become very active.I would have continued as white
Aug-30-12  Blunderdome: I actually thought it was black who stood slightly better after the Q sac.
Apr-29-13  sirvitsios: Bravo re man!

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