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Vladimir Kramnik vs Arkadij Naiditsch
Dortmund Sparkassen (2015), Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jun-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41)  ·  0-1



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Jun-27-15  apexin: Kramnik lost his way in middlegame tactics. This opening variation is very old but i see some new ideas in this game.
Jun-27-15  raphi45: Beautiful dancing knight for Naiditsch
Jun-27-15  MindCtrol9: If I28.d7 what is the problem?
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  Penguincw: I heard Kramnik spent like half an hour on 17.d5.

Anyway, this is the 2nd straight year where he lost in R1 of Dortmund, with white, to a German.

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  perfidious: <penguin....this is the 2nd straight year where (Kramnik) lost in R1 of Dortmund, with white, to a German.>

What of it? Does losing to one of the German players carry some sort of obloquy?

Jun-27-15  greed and death: <perfidious: Does losing to one of the German players carry some sort of obloquy?>

If it does, you've really gotta pity all of Lasker's poor victims.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After all these centuries, the Semi-Tarrasch still has not become boring. I don't know much about the line, but Black's 15...e5 looks interesting. Perhaps White could have tried 11.Bd3, with the eventual vacating sacrifice of d4-d5 and e4-e5.
Jun-28-15  apexin: <MindCtrol9> i think black can play 28... Nc2 attacking the queen and then Nd4 to threaten Nxf3 and stop white promoting to a queen.

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