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Vladimir Kramnik vs Vassily Ivanchuk
World Cup (2017), Tbilisi GEO, rd 3, Sep-10
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  0-1

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Sep-10-17  Marmot PFL: Hard to say that Kramnik made any big mistakes so much as Ivanchuk just outplayed him. Kramnik's passed pawn can't be maintained and he loses a tough ending.
Sep-10-17  Nerwal: Still Kramnik made a strange impression in moves 11-21. He played in the center and the kingside with 11. ♖ae1 ♗g6 12. ♗xg6 hxg6 13. h4 and immediately after he went for three commital pawn moves on the queenside with 14. c4, 15. a3 and 17. c5 leading to an opening of the lines. The pawn structure a4 vs a3/b2 and no ♗ on c3 to hold b2 and d4 is strategically the worse thing White can get on the queenside and that's what he got by his own doing; hence the escape try with 21. b4. It's hard to believe he thought he was better there.
Sep-10-17
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  tpstar: Masterful minor piece endgame by Ivanchuk.
Sep-10-17  The Kings Domain: Fine, patience-inducing win by Chucky. I'm glad he won.
Sep-10-17  SChesshevsky: <Nerwal: ... hence the escape try with 21. b4. It's hard to believe he thought he was better there.>

Agreed, at 20...Rfc8 White's gotta feel d4, b2 and b6 could be potential major problems. With trying to figure out how to extracate the B on c7 without a big disadvantage. Seems like Kramnik almost got out of it just a pawn down with maybe some holding chances except for that d4 weakness which turns out bad. Ivanchuk's Bc3 and Nf3 setup at 47... was amazing. Seemed to basically hold everything with advantage until King enters with win. Oh, to see like a GM!

Also looks like Ivanchuk did his homework where Black seemingly gets the best on the Qside and holds off on the Kside which had to leave Kramnik with a bad taste:

Kramnik vs V Fedoseev, 2017

Sep-10-17  ambongtumbong: napakasakit at maluwang kuya Eddie..
Sep-10-17  1971: Such a well played, entertaining game. Giving back the pawn in order to advance his King was classy. Rooting for Vassily and Svidler to go deep.
Sep-10-17
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  HeMateMe: yep, chuckie gave up the worthless doubled pawn at the base of his pawn chain and broke into white's position. At the end, a passed rook pawn is harder for the Knight to defend against than other pawns.
Sep-12-17  Sularus: nice-looking position after black's
64... Ne5
Sep-12-17  Ulhumbrus: After 14...a5 White's worst placed piece appears to be his queen's knight on d2. Instead of 15 a3, 15 cxd5 Nxd5 16 Bg3 gains the square e4 for the knight on d2.
Sep-12-17
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  Clement Fraud: It is interesting to see Kramnik outplayed as white in a Caro-Kann Defense... especially if you compare this game with the one that he won against Leko in the 2004 World Championship: Kramnik vs Leko, 2004
Sep-15-17  tigreton: Ivanchuk still great!
Sep-15-17  ChessHigherCat: 20. Nxb6 loses a piece after 21. Qb5 Qxc7 (or Na7 22. Qxb6) 22. Rxc6 Qd7 23. Rxb6

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