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Vladimir Kramnik vs Alexander Grischuk
"Kramped" (game of the day Feb-10-2015)
Norway Chess (2014), Stavanger NOR, rd 9, Jun-13
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Modern Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-13-14  Mudphudder: Damn. Grischuk wasted no time and destroyed him from beginning to end.
Jun-13-14  csmath: 13. Be2
[Yet another "modern" exchange Grunfeld.]

In the early middlegame Grischuk successfully simplified position and white has problems to find anything to play for until:

20. f4!?
[20. a3 b6 looks more stable as Grischuk probably would not take risks with 20. ...f5]

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20. ...Qxa2
21. f5 b6
22. e5 Qb2
[All consistent as white is playing aggressively for a win and black is determined to harass pawn progress.]

27. ...Qe1+

[Here black is effectively offering a draw by repetition which should have been taken by white.]

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28. Rg3!? Qb4
29. d6!?
[Kramnik is playing on Grischuk time as the later is in time trouble but this will backfire.]

30. Qd3 Rg4?!
[dubious, 30. ...Rd4! 31. Qc2 (white cannot afford to play ending two pawns down) Rc4 and draw by repetition.]

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31. d7?!
[31. fxg6! hxg6 32. d7 and black will very hard time to save the game.]

31. ...Rd4!
[The simplest defence.]

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32. Qf3?
[Blunder. 32. fxg6 Rxd3 33. gxf7+ Kh8 34. Rxd3 Qe4 35. Rff3 Qe2 36. Kg1 Kg7 37. Rg3+ Kh6 and likely draw but this is not all so simple to see in time trouble.]

32. ...e6!
[Overlooked by Kramnik. opening diagonal and f8 rook is now fully defended by queen and king meaning white is lost.]

Here white could have easily resigned but he tried some mate threats that were easily repelled.

One more time Kramnik plays on somebody time, one more time he blunders, and one more time he skips the postgame.

Jun-13-14  csmath: Kramnik's tendency to blunder lately is here caused by his tendency to play on time of players in time trouble. That seems to be a double-sided sword with Grischuk who happens to be equally good if not better in blitz than Kramnik.
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  whiteshark: <Madphudder: <Grischuk ... destroyed him from beginning to end.>> No, he did not.
Jun-13-14  RookFile: There could have been a draw. Kramnik decided it didn't help him in the tournament. Good for him - is Kramnik becoming like Lasker in his old age? The only problem is that it has to work.
Jun-13-14  ughaibu: Old age? Well, yes, he will be thirty-nine in a couple of weeks.
Jun-16-14  Sokrates: Kramnik is still very young compared with what we call the old Lasker. Lasker was in his 50s in the 1920s, when he had fantastic results - New York 1924 as the most prominent example. Kramnik's mediocre result in this tournament shouldn't be regarded as a general tendency. He is still one of the strongest players on this planet, but - and that is is his flaw - not as brilliant as he thinks himself. If you basically think, you are better than all the rest, you get are harder stroke, when that conception suffers defeat.
Feb-10-15  FairyPromotion: When I saw the game on the main page, I thought it was Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2012. One of my favorite Kramnik games.
Feb-10-15  morfishine: Rather unusual to see Kramnik down so many pawns
Feb-10-15  pedro99: Kramnik should have taken the draw by repetition around moves 24-27 as I don't think the Black Queen would have risked putting his Queen on on h5
Feb-10-15  pedro99: too many 'Queens' must still be Monday......
Feb-10-15  goodevans: An unbelievably inappropriate pun for such an open game.
Feb-10-15  waustad: We'll get to see both of these extraordinary players at the Gashimov Memorial 2015 if all goes as planned.
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  Clement Fraud: In comparing this game with Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 , it strikes me that Kramnik's choice of 10.Rc1 is inferior, and that 10.Rb1 (as he played against Kasparov) is better: In the game versus Kasparov play continued 10.Rb1 a6 11.Rxb7 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Nc6 13.Bc4 O-O 14.0-O cxd4 15.cxd4 Bxd4 ... followed by a crushing win for Kramnik. The success he enjoyed against Kasparov (with 10.Rb1) makes me wonder why Kramnik would not repeat the line in this game; or has theory uncovered a flaw in White's strategy since the year 2000?

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