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Vladimir Kramnik vs Michael Adams
Gashimov Memorial (2015), Shamkir AZE, rd 1, Apr-17
English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Neo Catalan Declined (A14)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Hey Mickey!!
You're no good!
You just sit there pushing wood!!
Hey Mickey!
Hey Mickey!!
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  MissScarlett: In press conferences, he always sits there somewhat unanimated and angular, like a ventriloquist's dummy.
Apr-17-15  starry2013: Hopefully the quality of the commentary here can improve as the tournament goes on.
Apr-17-15  MagnusVerMagnus: hopefully...
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  MissScarlett: Don't wish to luck; put <offramp> on ignore.
Apr-17-15  RookFile: This looks like a game Kramnik played on auto-pilot.
Apr-17-15  whiteshark: Looks like an <E06: Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3 > to me.
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  perfidious: <whiteshark> Same heah!
Apr-17-15  starry2013: I thought the immature teens were mainly at Chessbomb.
Apr-17-15  jphamlore: One can read exactly what Kramnik believes about chess at his website:

<Kramnik considers chess less as a sport and more as the art of carrying out a long-term plan. The harmonious interplay of his pieces and the beauty of his game are already legendary. He is always searching for creative and new solutions, particularly when he is playing.>

I would add to this Kramnik has preparation custom-tailored to particular opponents. Here today's opponent Adams loves to play the Nimzo-Indian as Black and will bring out the dark-squared bishop to b4 even against a Catalan, like this:

A Giri vs Adams, 2014

The particular move order Kramnik chooses for today's game thus deprives his opponent Adams of either Bb4 or a Queen's Indian development of the light-squared bishop to oppose Kramnik's at g2. And Kramnik can see from say the above game that Adams might allow his queenside to be weakened and eventually picked apart. The game is obviously far from lost after the opening, but Kramnik has a clear long-term plan that plays right into his strength of grinding out a win painful for his opponent.

Apr-17-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Nice break for Vlad the Vocal, getting a washed up Mickey who was a late replacement in the first round is pretty pretty, pretty good. BTW, Mickey was one of the best, but his time is gone at this level sadly.
Apr-17-15  Petrosianic: You do realize that EVERYBODY is going to play Adams, I hope. If you're saying Adams is going to lose all his games, I'd take that bet.
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  Penguincw: Kramnik has played this line before: this game followed Kramnik vs Anand, 2014 up to 13.Be3. That game was drawn, but Kramnik found a way to win this game.

24.Rfd1 is a nice move, taking advantage of the fact that both black rooks are attacked. They can both capture, but that would drop the other rook.

Apr-17-15  starry2013: Petrosianic you always get this on chess forums. People were saying So was washed up because he had a bad tournament in St Louis, same for Adams after the London Classic. Of course one tournament proves little.
Apr-17-15  Raginmund: @jphamlore
Brother you said it all... Kramnik is a name for long term plan, for subtlety ... I think this was a great game, seems like Karpov, ending a game in the opening.


Apr-17-15  morfishine: As much as I admire Kramnik, Adams is better than this...I think


Apr-18-15  Mendrys: C'mon now, Adams didn't get beaten that badly. Kramnik certainly seemed to be in control for much of the game but doesn't 28...Red8 make things much more difficult for Vlad?

At this point in his game today Giri was about to lose a piece and was totally crushed but nobody is singing silly songs about how bad he is.

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  perfidious: <Mendrys> There is one poster who has engaged in a clear anti-Giri campaign, but I can see no more of him.
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  Everett: <Apr-17-15 starry2013: I thought the immature teens were mainly at ...>

Maybe leading by example is a possible solution. Let us know when to expect mature, adult kibitzers from you.

Apr-18-15  Howard: Did Adams resign, or did his time run out ?
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  MissScarlett: Time.
Apr-20-15  Mr. V: Call it chess blindness, but I don't understand why Black didn't play 36...Rf4.
Apr-21-15  Bobby Spassky: Mr. V: Call it chess blindness, but I don't understand why Black didn't play 36...Rf4.

Pawn captures rook.

Apr-21-15  Mr. V: <Pawn captures rook.>

Ha ha oops I meant to write 36...Rg4. Sorry :)

Apr-25-15  Mr. V: So anyone willing to analyze a rook endgame here? The position a few moves before the finish looks hard to play but I hope to find some way to a concrete win or draw.
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