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Vladimir Kramnik vs Anish Giri
Norway Chess (2017), Stavanger NOR, rd 9, Jun-16
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0



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Jun-16-17  abstract: Wow.. Super fast
Jun-16-17  Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations and analysis suggest that Giri does gain the upper hand from the opening but that 10...Bd6? instead of 10...Qc7! passes the advantage to White. The difference is that the black queen from c7 is able to support the move 12...Nc6 after the moves 11 a3 a5 12 Bb5+. With Black's bishop on d6 instead of his queen on c7, Giri is not able to play 11...Nc6 and has to give up the right to castle by 11...Kf8, and this passes the advantage to White.
Jun-16-17  Fanques Fair: Strange variation ...
Jun-16-17  Gregor Fenrir: As of today, in classical games Vladimir Kramnik beat Anish Giri 7 to 0, with 7 draws.
Jun-16-17  Whitehat1963: What's the finish?
Jun-16-17  Nerwal: <What's the finish?>

There is no finish per se, Black's position is just unplayable and beyond any kind of repair. In many lines ♘xf7 is a key idea.

Jun-16-17  morfishine: Gawd, what a mess, clearly this is just a positional opening oversight by an unprepared Giri, which is rare, not to take anything away from Kramnik who will kill you in a second, if you give him the slightest weakness to exploit


Jun-16-17  JPi: Kramnik could always be a very dangerous opponent. Strangely enough he played "A la carlsen" the opening phase seemingly a passive approach to win in 20 moves!
Jun-16-17  JPi: 16.e4! the stone of arch of a beautiful concept.
Jun-16-17  cormier: -0.29 10... Nc6 11. a3 a5 12. Bb5 Qc7 13. Ng4 Be7 14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15. Nc5 O-O 16. Ba4 Ba6 17. Re1 Rfd8 18. Qg4 Qd6 19. Qg3 Be7 20. Qxd6 Rxd6 21. axb4 axb4

-0.26 10... Qc7 11. e4 Nxe4 12. f3 Nf6 13. a3 a5 14. Bb5+ Bc6 15. Nxc6 Nxc6 16. axb4 axb4 17. Bf4 Bd6 18. Bxd6 Qxd6 19. Nxc3 Rxa1 20. Qxa1 O-O 21. Ne2 Ne7 22. Bd3 Rb8 23. Qb2 Qc7 24. Ra1 Nf5 25. Ra6

Stockfish 8 depth 22

Jun-16-17  cormier: 0.44 15. Qd3 h5 16. f3 Ra7 17. e4 Qb6 18. Kh1 Rb7 19. Ba4 h4 20. axb4 axb4 21. Bf4 Nh5 22. Be3 Nf6 23. exd5 Nxd5 24. Bf2 Qc7 25. Qe4 Nf6 26. Qe1 h3 27. g3 Nd5

Stockfish 8 depth 21

Jun-16-17  cormier: 1.14 16. axb4 Bxb4 17. f3 Kg7 18. e4 Nfd7 19. exd5 Qxd5 20. Rd1 Nxe5 21. dxe5 Qb7 22. Ba4 Bc5+ 23. Kh1 Rc8 24. Bg5 Be7 25. Qe3 Nc6 26. Bf6+ Kg8 27. Qe4 Bxf6 28. exf6 Qc7 29. f4 Rab8 30. Rd3 Nb4 31. Rd7

Stockfish 8 depth 21

Jun-16-17  cormier: 1.56 16... bxa3 17. Bh6+ Kg8 18. exd5 exd5 19. Qf3 Ne4 20. Qf4 f5 21. Ba4 Qc7 22. Rfe1 Bxe5 23. Qxe5 Qxe5 24. dxe5 Na6 25. f3 Nb4 26. fxe4 Nxc2 27. Bc6 Rd8 28. Bxd5+ Rxd5 29. exd5 Nxe1 30. Rxa3 Kf7 31. Rxa5 Rc8 32. Ra7+ Kg8 33. d6

Stockfish 8 depth 20

Jun-16-17  cormier: 2.48 18... Nf6 19. axb4 Nfd7 20. bxa5 Nxe5 21. dxe5 Bc5+ 22. Kh1 Nc6 23. a6 Qb6 24. b4 Bxb4 25. Bg5+ Kf8 26. Rfb1 Nd4 27. Qe3 Bc5 28. Bf6 Nxb5 29. Qh6+ Ke8 30. Bxh8 Rxa6 31. Qxh7

3 18... Bxe5 19. fxe4 Bxd4+ 20. Kh1 Rd8 21. Rad1 Qb6 22. Bg5+ f6 23. exd5 Rd6 24. axb4 axb4 25. dxe6 Rxe6 26. Qc4 Qc5 27. Rxd4 Qxc4 28. Bxc4 fxg5 29. Bxe6 Kxe6 30. Re1+ Kf5 31. Rxb4

Stockfish 8 depth 20

Jun-16-17  cormier: 3.78 20... Bf8 21. axb4

4.1 20... Kc7 21. axb4 Qb6 22. Qe3 g5 23. Bxg5 Bxb4 24. Ba4 Kc8 25. Nxf7 Rg8 26. Re2 Ra7 27. Ne5 Rc7 28. Kh1 Kb7 29. Nd3 Rcc8 30. Bf4 Rg6 31. h3 Nc6

5.24 20... a4 21. axb4 Bxb4 22. Bxa4 Rf8 23. Nd3 g5 24. Bg3 Nd7 25. Bc6 Qxc6 26. Nxb4 Qc8 27. Rxa8 Qxa8 28. Qe3 Qb7 29. Bd6 Rg8 30. Qxc3 g4 31. Kh1 gxf3 32. gxf3 Ke8 33. Qxd2 Nb6 34. Qh6

5.34 20... Nxb3 21. cxb3 Bf8 22. axb4 Bxb4 23. Rac1 Rf8 24. Bh6 Rg8 25. Qd3 Qc7 26. Bf4 Ra7 27. Nc6+ Nxc6 28. Bxc7+ Rxc7 29. Qe3 Na7 30. Bd3 Kc8 31. Rc2 Kb7 32. Ra1 Rgc8 33. Qf4 Nc6

Stockfish 8 depth 20

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  devere: The position after 15...g6?? would make a good Sunday problem. 16.e4!! is amazingly powerful.

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Black's best chance to survive is with 16...Kg7.

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  Richard Taylor: <Ulhumbrus: The computer evaluations and analysis suggest that Giri does gain the upper hand from the opening but that 10...Bd6? instead of 10...Qc7! passes the advantage to White. The difference is that the black queen from c7 is able to support the move 12...Nc6 after the moves 11 a3 a5 12 Bb5+. With Black's bishop on d6 instead of his queen on c7, Giri is not able to play 11...Nc6 and has to give up the right to castle by 11...Kf8, and this passes the advantage to White.>

Yes. My machine prefers 10. ... Qc7 or 10. ...Nc6. I even wonder if Giri overlooked the check on b5 as he has to move the K to f8. (Although it goes there in some lines of the French but here it looks a bit dubious.

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  Richard Taylor: Great game by Kramnik. An extraordinary Zuzwang at move 20!
Jun-17-17  RookFile: I was just looking at the Janovski vs. Lasker world championship match a few days ago. There too the opportunity for 5....c4 was there but it was declined. Despite what we might have been taught about it being a criminal move, in this situation I guess the tempo gain it gives black makes it ok.

Janowski vs Lasker, 1910

Jun-17-17  Pedro Fernandez: Honestly, I thought GM Giri was going to improve their performance. Sadly, it have not been so. This time vs. Kramnink, he presented an interesting proposal until 10.Ne5

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SF8 recommends 10...Qc7!? This is, by no means, a computer move; a GM sees with easy this move. I must confess I liked 10...Nc6, opposing to white knight on 'e5' square. IMO, 10...Bd6 makes no sense.

Jun-17-17  ajile: Weird opening for sure. Normally White plays an early c3 in the Colle System and also the other Colle type setups like the London System. But here White baits Black into playing 5..c4!? which if not adequately prepared will allow White to break open the center later with e4. Point being the ..c4 pawn can be undermined with e4 in many lines. Turns out White had plenty of counterplay in this game due to Black's unfortunate king position. Very creative but potentially dangerous play by Kramnik here gotta give him credit. But I would advise him NOT to play this against a guy like Aronian.
Jun-17-17  ajile: Note on the above post. In this game Black not only went in for 5..c4 but also extended the pawn chain to put pawns on c3 and b4. The White strategy is the same though and the pawn chain can be attacked with White's a pawn (11.a3) Lastly there are lines where the the c pawn advance does work as in games with a double stonewall. The side that can get in pushing their c pawn to their 5th rank first usually will get the advantage since both sides don't have ..e5 or e4 as a viable option.
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  tpstar: One of the most bizarre games you will ever see at the elite level.

Someone is bound to try 10 ... Qc7!? against the Colle and then we can revisit this line.

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  tamar: Giri "but here Nc3 (8Nc3) looks insane to me, how can you play like this? "

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