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Fabiano Caruana vs Vladimir Kramnik
Zurich Chess Challenge (2015), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Feb-18
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-18-15  lost in space: Kramnick with his 5th draw in his 5th and last (classical) game in this tournament.

Caruana with his second attempt recently with the italian opening - the second time a draw.

Seems draw was the aim

Feb-18-15  RookFile: This one isn't Kramnik's fault. White chose a tame approach.
Feb-20-15  jerseybob: RookFile: White chose a "Tame" approach? What exactly seems tame to you, the fact that he played 3.Bc4 instead of the Ruy? White makes an honest effort to win this game, and black has to dig down deep to hold the draw.
Feb-23-15  RookFile: Well, both players certainly played accurate chess. I reviewed about half of the game, one more after another lined right up with Stockfish's analysis. 8. Bxe6 was an important moment - black certainly welcomes a trade of white's pride and joy for black's problem piece. However, white had no choice because 8. Bc2 Ng4 9. 0-0 Bxf2+ 10. Rxf3 Ne3 would give black the advantage.

You have a point in that there are no easy answers. It's not like beating Kramnik against the Ruy Lopez Berlin defense is an easy matter.

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