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Gillan Bwalya vs Vladimir Kramnik
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 2, Aug-12
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Main Line (E12)  ·  0-1



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  harrylime: After 16.. Kramniks' better but the way he handles it thereafter is just beautiful.. love the way his QN swings from Qside across the board and then back again..Def a game worthy of study.. I like the way he kept pressure on the d4 square too..
Aug-12-13  actinia: I agree, great game. What bad luck to have to play Kramnik in your first round.
Aug-12-13  Namawiz: Bad luck indeed.
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  JCigan: On the contrary, I bet Bwalya was thrilled to get to play Kramnik in such a prestigious event! He only recently became an IM and did not have a serious chance of going far in this tournament, but this young star got to play an all-time great and that's a memorable experience by any standard.
Aug-12-13  newton296: <JCigan: On the contrary, I bet Bwalya was thrilled to get to play Kramnik in such a prestigious event! He only recently became an IM and did not have a serious chance of going far in this tournament, but this young star got to play an all-time great and that's a memorable experience by any standard.>

yep, I think this is about the best spin he can put on it!

Aug-12-13  Kasempa Chansa: We all start from some where and Bwalya has done more than a great job in this tournament. I can't wait to give him a hero's welcome when he's back to Zambia!

He deserves a better rating by FIDE looking at his calibre and his ability to make Kramnik sweat!

Aug-12-13  csmath: Sometimes it is very easy to achieve equality with QID for well prepared players. As a matter of fact QID is the best opening for a type of player Kramnik is against weaker players. Excellent choice. White should not have allowed c4 since he had b3 move before that happened.

Having all these pawns coming down was a sure recipe for disaster again Kramnik.

31. b3?

is a nice try to provoke black playing 31. ... c3? trying to fix the pawns but Kramnik is too good to allow that.

This was an easy positional win by superior player. Bwalya has not that many opportunity to play strong opponents so he can certainly be excused for this game.

Aug-12-13  Blunderdome: Bwalya doesn't have a FIDE rating. Since he has a title, I'm guessing this is due to his Federation not paying dues? Does this mean his games with Kramnik are not rated?

Aug-12-13  kupton: A super GM vs. a Master. The result was not a shock.
Aug-12-13  twinlark: <Blunderdome>

Bwalya does have a rating of 2341 which you can find if you use the advanced search function in the FIDE database:

He's listed in the middle of a bunch of FMs rated 2341 (for this month anyway), but his rating is not published, presumably because Zambia has not paid its FIDE dues. Although it's easy to work out what his rating is if you know how, the result of his absence of a published rating is that it does not show up on his player card. There may be other ramifications also, but I'm not that au fait with FIDE regs to be able to say.

However, in answer to your question, I'm sure Kramnik will receive a couple of rating points for defeating Bwalya, and once Bwalya's rating is published, assuming Zambia pays its dues one day, his rating will reflect these two losses. indicates that Kramnik won 0.8 rating points for each win, which is the amount Bwalya will eventually lose.

Not a high price to pay for the privilege of playing one of the game's all time greats.

Aug-14-13  Blunderdome: <twinlark> Thanks!
Aug-14-13  T.Tinio Phan Nhot: <A super GM vs. a Master. The result was not a shock.>

What is shocking is how a super-sized goldfish gobbled up a fairly-sized crocodile, if we go by how Philippines calls this reptilian animal dwelling in the marshes and rivers of the wilds.

Oh my bad, it is 'buwaya', the right term. Sorry. Well then, if that is the case, the 'buwaya' could also refer to this animal dwelling in the halls of Philippine Congress and Senate - doing nothing but indiscriminately feeding off the gov't largesse.

Aug-14-13  torrefan: How sure are you that it was a crocodile and not a mere towel?

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