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Vladimir Kramnik vs Sergey Karjakin
World Championship Candidates (2014), Khanty-Mansiysk RUS, rd 2, Mar-14
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Central Variation. Alekhine System (D20)  ·  1-0



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Mar-14-14  naufallabs: Maybe if karjakin not accept queen gambit i think he can draw
Mar-14-14  patcheck: What happens if after 23. Rxc6 black answers 23. ... Nxe3 (instead of 23. bxc6) ?

I think white should'nt play 24. fxe3 because of 24. ... Qxe3 + followed by 25. ... bxc6.

So white best answer seems to me : 24. Nxe4 bxc6 (24. ... Nxf1 ? 25. Qxb3) and now white has two answers : 25. fxe3 or 25. Qxe3. I think 25. fxe3 is better to avoid exchange queens being down an exchange.

But I think that this continuation could be better for black.

And also black could play this way : 23. ... Nxe3 24. Nxe4 Qd3 !? and white has three main continuation I believe : 25. fxe3 / 25 .Qxe3 / 25. R6c1.

So, what do chessgame viewers and computers think about this line ?

Mar-14-14  Refused: <visayanbraindoctor: I meant in general R vs minor piece sac on a Bishop three square. It was a bishop Kramnik took. Not a Knight. <think his repertoire is weak> It was Grischuk who first mentioned this in public, and if he was not being sarcastic, he was most probably referring to Kramnik's Blacks.

<Refused: what he played in that situation against Ivanchuk.>

Ivanchuk actually opened with d4. >

Ah, I knew it was pirc, but I did not remember it started with 1.d4

Kramnik also tried the Pirc or Modern defense against Grischuk in the candidates cycle before that in a must win situation, that might have also been influenced by the fact it was just a blitz game. Though, Kramnik really seems to struggle a bit getting fihgting positions as black. In his younger years he used to play the sicilian quite frequently, but I really can't remember when he last played a sicilian on top level. In that respect Svidler seems a bit better equipped, because he has a wider arsenal of openings. Kramnik is ofc still the better player.

Mar-14-14  fgh: <Kramnik has nothing <useful> if he needs a win with black and is confronted with 1.e4

You can check out last year's candidates tournament, what he played in that situation against Ivanchuk.>

Ivanchuk played 1. d4.

Anyway, I too find it disappointing that Kramnik has nothing aggressive against 1. e4. Although Kramnik has experimented a lot in recent years, he has not experimented with replies to 1. e4. Why not try the Classical French?

Mar-14-14  Fanques Fair: Very nice game. Kramnik can still bite hard .
Mar-14-14  Fanques Fair: It seems 9-... N4d5 could be a better try, to blocade the d4 pawn.
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  cro777: A theoretically important novelty. Kramnik prepared it one year ago (for the 2013 Candidates).

Kramnik: "9.a3 will open a new direction in the theory of this opening".

Queen's Gambit Accepted: 3.e4 Nf6, 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Be3

(This variation leads to sharp play. The alternative 7.Ne2 leads to the more quiet play).

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Be3 Nb4 8. Be4 f5

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Here, the main line is <9.exf6>. White doesn't continue with the central pawns now that with 8...f5 he has gained a concession from Black (king's weakness), and piece play can become prevalent.

In this game Kramnik introduced <9.a3>, a very interesting new idea which he had already prepared for last year's Candidates' Tournament.

Karjakin said that he had been outplayed basically from the start. Kramnik praised the opponent for finding several computer moves in a row.

Mar-14-14  Ezzy: To answer Makavelli11's question regarding why houdini prefers the excellent 26 Ra1! - it is because it threatens 27 Bd2 and if 27...Qxd4 then 28 Qa3 is a monster move threatening 29 Qxa7+ Kf8 30 Qa8+ Nxa8 31 Rxa8 MATE!!

Kramnik missed this very strong idea of
26 Ra1! and swinging the queen over to a3.

A nice game though by Kramnik and a confident start to the tournament.

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  cro777: The move 9.а3 has never been played on a top level before.

However, there's one game with this move. In the game Michal Jancharski (2335) - Michal Bartel (2273) at the 115th YMCA Masters (Warsaw, Poland 2013) Bartel played 9.a3.

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Karjakin noted he understood Kramnik was prepared for 9...fxe4, however, he still decided to go on with the most principle continuation.

In the aforementioned game Bartel opted for 9...N4d5.

Mar-14-14  Kaspablanca: Kramnik at his best.
Mar-14-14  Whitehat1963: Sorry, but Kramnik just kicked his butt. He was in control the entire way.
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  Check It Out: Kramnik probably scours all the YMCA tournaments for such great novelties.
Mar-14-14  Petrosianic: <Kramnik has nothing <useful> if he needs a win with black and is confronted with 1.e4

You can check out last year's candidates tournament, what he played in that situation against Ivanchuk.>

Yep. He used to have the Sveshnikov. Not sure what happened to that.

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  Check It Out: Fascinating game. Kramnik played with some imagination here.
Mar-15-14  Capoue: what wrong with 24..., Nxe3?
It looks the most natural.
Mar-15-14  positionalgenius: What a game!
Mar-15-14  RookFile: Nice game by Kramnik!
Mar-16-14  SChesshevsky: < cro777: The move 9.à3 has never been played on a top level before. However, there's one game with this move. In the game Michal Jancharski (2335) - Michal Bartel (2273) at the 115th YMCA Masters (Warsaw, Poland 2013) Bartel played 9.a3.>

Thanks for the info. It would seem 9...N4d5 is adequate and maybe better than the game continuation.

I didn't see Jancharski-Bartel 2013 on the site. How did that line play out for the next half-dozen or so moves?

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  cro777: <SChesshevsky: I didn't see Jancharski-Bartel 2013 on the site. How did that line play out for the next half-dozen or so moves?>

Jancharski - Bartel (YMCA Masters Tournament, Warsaw, Poland 2013)

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Be3 Nb4 8. Be4 f5 9. a3 <The main move here is 9.exf6. In one game 9.Nf3 has also been tried>

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9...N4d5 <Karjakin thought 9...fxe4 was the most principled answer> 10. Bd3 Nxe3 11. fxe3 e6 12. Nf3 g5 13. Nc3 g4 14. Nd2 c5 15. Nc4 cxd4 16. Nxb6 Qxb6 17. Bb5+ Kf7 18. exd4 Bh6 19. Qd3 a6 20. Bc4 Qxb2 21. O-O Kg7 22. Ra2 Qb6 23. Kh1 Rd8 24. d5 Qe3 25. Qxe3 Bxe3 26. dxe6 Bd4 27. e7 Re8 28. Nd5 Be6 29. Rd2 Bxe5 30. Re2 Draw

Mar-17-14  Eduardo Bermudez: Game of the highest category !!
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  Natalia Pogonina: Annotations by GM Arkadij Naiditsch:
Mar-19-14  haydn20: < Natalia Pogonina: Annotations by GM Arkadij Naiditsch> Thanks for the link! I certainly did not realize the import of the innovation 9. a3!--it really puts all Black's plans into question. Also, some of the fantasy lines after 23. Rxc6! are quite beautiful, and I would never have found them. Finally, AN gives Karjakin great credit for fine defensive play in a nearly hopeless cause. What a difference a tempo can make!
Apr-03-14  Ulhumbrus: After 9 a3 is it necessary for Black to accept a pawn? After 9...Nb4-d5 both of White's bishops are attacked

10...e6 obstructs Black's QB. Instead of this 10...Be6 ( threatening 11...Bc4) 11 b3 Bd7 prepares to develop the bishop on to the square b5

Feb-20-16  Turtle3: awesome game!!!!!
Feb-20-16  morfishine: This one's a Beaut, first class all the way, don't know how I missed it
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