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Vladimir Kramnik vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Gashimov Memorial (2017), Shamkir AZE, rd 6, Apr-27
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  PawnSac: and white can play Kf2 and Bf3 in only 2 moves. i think black plan may be to get Rd8 so he can threaten c5-c4 and a3
Apr-27-17  not not: R c8 seems nice and a or c pawn will push. White pawns are paralyzed on kingside. Kramnik going down, alas. I wish he played Carlsen for title, he is great at matches.
Apr-27-17  BOSTER: g4 is the try.
Apr-27-17  Marmot PFL: with time getting low chances are some mistake will decide the outcome. not easy to defend or to break through.
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  PawnSac: wow.. white's f pawn push idea seems to be a loser. big mistake dropping the b pawn it appears
Apr-27-17  Marmot PFL: two pawns down now looks like curtains for white
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  PawnSac: ..a2 looks winning by a margin
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Even if it turns out that Mamedyarov has calculated everything and has the game under complete control, it seems that Kramnik has found the best way to complicate and perhaps give himself a chance to swindle his way out of trouble.
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  offramp: This is a great game. It has many of the best things about modern chess. Kramnik is showing how extremely hard he is to beat.
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  PawnSac: yea but Shak just needs to keep a clear head to win
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  tamar: I hope Ljubo lets Kramnik and Shakrir explain this game. It is making me dizzy.
Apr-27-17  Marmot PFL: Could reach R+N vs R but if black can keep a pawn that's an easy win.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: If 64.Bxd1,Rb1; 65.Rxa2,Rxd1 and that Nc7 holds Black's position together. 64.Ra8+ is a cute try.
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  tamar: Oh man, I wanted to see a dancing shark.
Apr-27-17  Absentee: <tamar: Oh man, I wanted to see a dancing shark.>

Really? Careful what you wish for...

Apr-27-17  Marmot PFL: Attention please - Mr. Kramnik is ill and will not be attending the press conference.
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  technical draw: Did Kramnik ever have drawing chances towards the end? There will be a lot to analyze there.
Apr-27-17  paavoh: What a high-tension game, thanks to both players!!
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  offramp: <paavoh: What a high-tension game, thanks to both players!!>

Yes, a superb game. Beating Kramnik is never easy, especially with Black. It takes prolonged will-to-win, which Mamedyarov obviously has.

Apr-27-17  suenteus po 147: <Mr. Kramnik is ill and will not be attending the press conference.> Since one can't be healthy and lose a chess game, this is to be expected.
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32...Kf8!!. At least I think it is !!. It must be a good move!

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  chancho: Yep, Mamed is jumping for joy:


Not so much.

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  HeMateMe: terrific endgame work. What if VK plays 51. Nxp? What's the trap?
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  chancho: 51.Nxc4 d2 52.Nxd2 Nd3+.
Apr-28-17  Nerwal: The fact that Mamedyarov allowed 19. ♗b5 and Kramnik didn't play it is very strange (this is almost strategically winning for White). Positionally everything is clear so there must be some tactical difficulties involved but I am not sure what they are.
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