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Stelios Halkias vs Vladimir Kramnik
Qatar Masters (2014), Doha QAT, rd 1, Nov-26
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Anderssen Variation Cordel Line (C51)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-26-14  goodevans: Well played, Mr Halkias. You had the advantage going into the endgame. I, for one, won't criticize you for cashing that in for a draw against such a lofty opponent.
Nov-26-14  MNW: <goodevans> It must not be a coincidence that your name is the same as the opening! This must have been a huge surprise for Kramnik; An Evan's Gambit at this level of play, in this century!? Brilliant! I applaud Halkias for his bravery as well as his play; He really outplayed Kramnik for most of the game. I do not blame him for taking the draw, though; Knowing Kramnik, he would have been extremely stubborn and it probably would have ended in a draw despite Halkias' advantage.
Nov-26-14  ptrckmackay: I'm surprised Kramnik plays this open instead of the Russian Superfinal, he really wanted to get his first medal last year and came within an inch from it before losing to Nepomniachtchi in the last round. This year he would have had great chances for his first top three finish in the national Championship, especially considering that it is rather weak this year with Karjakin, Svidler and Morozevich as the only top players.
Nov-26-14  Strelets: Μπράβο, Στέλιο!
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  Penguincw: I'm kinda surprised Kramnik didn't play 3...Nf6 (perhaps trying to avoid the Fried Liver Attack). Almost always when playing black, in a double king pawn opening, as soon as one plays Bc4 or Bb5, he seems to followup with Nf6. Or maybe not...

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  PawnSac: <Strelets: Μπράβο, Στέλιο!>

Bravo to Stelios!

Nov-26-14  Pulo y Gata: <I, for one, won't criticize you for cashing that in for a draw against such a lofty opponent.>

Lack of ambition. He might not get the chance to play Kramnik again. He was winning but was content to draw. Caissa would be enraged.

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  OhioChessFan: I'm kind of with <Pulo> to the degree I think taking the draw was premature, although I don't think this is close to winning. But a Pawn up, no tactical shots available for Black, he'd have had to work hard to lose this, why not play on a little?
Nov-26-14  Pulo y Gata: The stuff <a teenager from Norway> lives by. We have more to learn from a youth.
Nov-26-14  SimonWebbsTiger: A funny thing is Halkias doesn't live too far away from Nigel Short - one never shy to play the Evans!
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