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Vladimir Kramnik vs Hikaru Nakamura
Zurich Chess Challenge (2015), Zurich SUI, rd 3, Feb-16
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-15-15  SirRuthless: Strong positional sacrifice by Nakamura to get active defense rather than suffering in a pawn down endgame which did not suit his style. Kramnik may not have found the best way to apply pressure but the harmony of black's setup was more than enough today. A mature draw for the tournament co-leader.
Feb-15-15  Ulhumbrus: Following the move 23...Bc6 in one sequence the computer analysis suggests a reason for placing White's queen on b6 and then playing the paradoxical looking a5 before playing the pawn advance b4-b5. That reason is that in reply to the capture ...axb5 the thrust a5-a6! undermines Black's bishop while in reply to the pawn advance b5-b5 the capture ...Bxb5 undermines the b7 pawn.
Feb-15-15  The Rocket: <Kramnik may not have found the best way to apply pressure >

I don't think there was any.

Feb-15-15  RookFile: Good game by Naka. I think Kramnik's whole game here was just a giant trap, but Naka was able to find the right moves.
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  tpstar: An instructive video on Rook and Pawn endgames by

At 6:40 he mentions the ideal Kingside Pawn formation like Kramnik has at the final position.

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