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Vladimir Kramnik vs Rainer Buhmann
"French Tango" (game of the day Jul-18-2016)
Dortmund Sparkassen (2016), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-12
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jul-13-16  Eduardo Leon: Such beauty. Congrats to both players for creating this work of art.
Jul-13-16
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  guenther42: What a creative and multi-layered struggle over the board. Such games are reserved to only the most willing and able--and both players were up to the task! A really special game, one of the most exciting draws you'll ever see. Great analysis by Grandmaster Jan Gustafson!
Jul-13-16  Marmot PFL: Was this a brilliancy or just a super-GM trying to bluff a weaker player? Either way it only half succeeds.
Jul-15-16  Keyser Soze: I wish to see Kramnik on this "Tal mood" more often. What a slug fest.
Jul-17-16  Fanques Fair: Good that Kramnik is playing 1-e4 again after a decade or so.

Exciting game !

I wonder if 34-Rff8 was better. After all, Black´s king is naked on the middle of the board and his kinght can´t develop or even can´t be defended.

Jul-17-16  tonsillolith: When Drawnik wants a draw, no one can stop him.
Jul-18-16
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  Phony Benoni: There might be better puns, but they don't matter today. The play's the thing in this game.

I guess we all have our Inner Nezhmetdinovs.

Jul-18-16  Imran Iskandar: This was eventually going to be Game of the Day, but I would have imagined that the pun will make use of Buhmann's first name.
Jul-18-16  thathwamasi: <tonsillolith: When Drawnik wants a draw, no one can stop him.> hahaha best...

Even playing like Tal gets Kramnik a draw....

Jokes apart, the game is fantastic... However, isn't black better after white's Queen sac?

Jul-18-16  RookedFileFan: Ok, I don't get it. How is the final position a draw?
Jul-18-16  thathwamasi: <RookedFileFan: Ok, I don't get it. How is the final position a draw?> - The final position is incorrect. It ends with the three fold
Jul-18-16
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  offramp: 25.Ra2! that's a world champion move! It's easy to get carried away. Some people see an opening like the French or the Caro-Kann and think, "I'm gonna blast this out of the water!"

But it can't be done without some assistance from the opponent.

Here Kramnik tries very hard to Tsara Bomba his opponent but Buhmann keeps his head brilliantly and salvages a very well-earned ˝ a point.

Jul-18-16  j4jishnu: Oh! What a game. Shall this be quoted as the Second Version of 23th. Century Chess? What a game, indeed!
Jul-18-16  thathwamasi: <offramp: 25.Ra2! that's a world champion move! It's easy to get carried away. Some people see an opening like the French or the Caro-Kann and think, "I'm gonna blast this out of the water!" But it can't be done without some assistance from the opponent.

Here Kramnik tries very hard to Tsara Bomba his opponent but Buhmann keeps his head brilliantly and salvages a very well-earned ˝ a point.> - Absolutely. The level of play was certainly at a champion level from Kramnik. I was just wondering if by any chance Buhmann missed a win, or at least a better end game after Kram sac'd his queen....

Jul-18-16
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  kevin86: This has to be a misteak! Why is Kram giving up rook for nothing? Did he have an important meeting or something?
Jul-18-16
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  Ron: I'm old enough to remember chess in the 1990s, and Kramnik had an aggressive-yet sound-style with the White pieces back then. Here, though, he played more aggressively than when he did in the '90s.
Jul-18-16  RandomVisitor: After 13...c4


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Komodo-10-64bit:

<+1.00/36 14.Bxc4 dxc4 15.Rhg1 fxg4 16.Rxg4> Rf7 17.d5 Ndxe5 18.fxe5 Nxe5 19.Nxe5 Qxe5 20.d6 Bf6 21.Bxb6 Qf5 22.Rxc4 Bd7 23.Qd3 Rb8 24.Be3 Qxd3 25.Rxd3 Kf8 26.b3 Ke8 27.Bg5 Be5 28.Rc5 Rf5 29.Ne4 Rc8 30.Rxc8+ Bxc8 31.c4 Rf1+ 32.Kc2 Bd7 33.Bd2 Rh1 34.Nc5 a5 35.Bc3 Bxc3 36.Kxc3 Rxh4 37.b4 axb4+ 38.Kxb4 Rh1 39.a4 Rb1+

Jul-19-16  RandomVisitor: Another look after 13...c4


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<+1.11/43 14.Bxc4! dxc4 15.Rhg1> Nb4 16.d5 Bc5 17.dxe6 Bxe3 18.Qxe3 Nc5 19.gxf5 Rxf5 20.a3 Nbd3+ 21.cxd3 cxd3 22.e7 Qxe7 23.b4 Ne6 24.Qxd3 Nxf4 25.Qe4 Rb8 26.Rd6 g6 27.Rgd1 Bb7 28.Qc4+ Qf7 29.Qxf7+ Rxf7 30.Ng5 Re7 31.R1d4 Ng2 32.Rxb6 Ne3 33.Kd2 Rxe5 34.Nge4 Nf1+ 35.Kc1 Re7 36.Nc5 Rc8 37.Kb2 Bc6 38.Nxa6 Ne3 39.Rb8 Rxb8 40.Nxb8 Bh1 41.Na6 Kf7 42.Nc5 Kf6 43.Rf4+ Ke5 44.Nd3+ Kd6 45.a4

Jul-21-16  RandomVisitor: After 14.gxf5 white cannot force much


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+0.28/46 14...cxd3 15.fxe6 <Ndxe5> 16.Nxe5 Bxe6 17.cxd3 Rac8 18.Kb1 Bf6 19.Rc1 Qd6 20.h5 Ne7 21.Bf2 Nf5 22.Rhe1 Rfe8 23.Ne2 Bf7 24.Ng3 Be6 25.Rg1 Rxc1+ 26.Rxc1 Rc8 27.Rxc8+ Bxc8 28.Qc2 Bd7 29.Ne2 h6 30.Qb3 Bc8 31.Qd1 Ne7 32.Ng1 Qe6 33.Qf3 Nf5 34.Qg2 Ne7 35.Ne2 Qh3 36.Qxh3 Bxh3 37.Kc2 Be6 38.Nc3 Nf5 39.b4 b5 40.a4 bxa4 41.Nxa4 Bf7

Sep-05-16
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  offramp: Hang on one cotton-picking minute... The title, "French Tango", means NOTHING. The tango is EXCLUSIVELY Argentinian. The French have never laid any claim to that great dance, nor would they need to, because the French have fealty over the world's greatest and hardest dance: the cancan.

Of course, no obvious chess pun can be made from cancan.

Sep-05-16
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  MissScarlett: Then how do you explain <The Last Tango in Paris>, where, I understand, Maria Schneider took it up the Buhmann?
Sep-05-16
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: Then how do you explain <The Last Tango in Paris>, where, I understand, Maria Schneider took it up the Buhmann?>

That was the orange drink.

Sep-05-16
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  MissScarlett: Yeah, running out of soda pop would be a pain in the arse. I always make sure I've got a few cancans in the fridge.
Nov-16-16
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  OhioChessFan:


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If 14. Bxc4 is the best move there, I have to conclude for the millionth time I know nothing about chess.

Nov-16-16  john barleycorn: <OhioChessFan:

...

If 14. Bxc4 is the best move there, I have to conclude for the millionth time I know nothing about chess.>

Nothing wrong with being right a million times. :-)

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