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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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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.

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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.
Jun-13-14
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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
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  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.
Jun-28-18
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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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