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Magnus Carlsen vs Vladimir Kramnik
Qatar Masters (2015), Doha QAT, rd 9, Dec-29
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-29-15  kamagong24: these two might as well be trust endorsers
Dec-29-15  Marmot PFL: Typical GM draw. No reason for Carlsen to try to win. At worst he plays a tiebreak match.
Dec-29-15  fisayo123: And therein lies the flaw in Kramnik's repertoire vs 1.e4.
Dec-29-15  Appaz: Kramnik were a little more than 4 minutes down on the clock, while Carlsen had earned two and a half minute after these 30 moves.

Does any competent kibitzer know if there were any new moves at all in this game?

Dec-29-15  Ulhumbrus: Kramnik defends successfully a variation of the Berlin defence. If White has some advantage Kramnik does not allow it to increase to a dangerous extent.
Dec-29-15
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  perfidious: <Appaz> I qualify as hopelessly incompetent--does that answer your question?
Dec-29-15  zanzibar: <Appaz> I'm competent enough with SCID, and using it's Tree Window and <MillBase (1075)> find 7 games reaching the position after 20.Be5.

Two of them being Carlsen--Anand (2013,2014). Grischuk and Leko show up as Black in a couple of games, etc.

Kramnik's 20...Bxe5 is new, every other game played 20...Ne6 (continuing the wandering knight theme). Stockfish 6 likes 20...Bxe5, by a hair at 28-ply.

All the games end in a draw, mostly by about move 30.

Dec-29-15
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  hoodrobin: A well drawn position!
Dec-30-15  blackdranzer: @fishy
it was magnus who chose the most boring line here..
and yes kramnik does not play 1...c5
Dec-30-15  Chay208: The draw decide alredy when they play the Berlin, I Expecting from kramnik to play Smthing more aggressive like sicilian.. Is kramnik afride to lose to carlsen?!?
Dec-30-15  RookFile: So Kramnik has nothing to prove to anybody. If he even still plays chess it's for whatever goals he has for himself. Getting a solid draw with black against the current champion is no disgrace.
Dec-31-15  qkxwsm: agrees
Jan-01-16  mrbasso: And why did Carlsen, the total coward, not try to win the tournament outright and played a wimpy 5.Re1?
Feb-07-16
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  chancho: Shirov vs Caruana, 2014

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