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Vladimir Kramnik vs Wesley So
Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2018) (rapid), Paris FRA, rd 4, Jun-21
English Opening: Symmetrical. Symmetrical Variation (A36)  ·  0-1



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Jun-21-18  GreenLantern: What happened? <30. Nc6??>
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  WorstPlayerEver: Soup with a Fork ork ork ork
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  ChemMac: <GreenLantern> Krammik was quite lost at that point.
Jun-21-18  Junbalansag: The last move is a apparently a blunder!
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  lunchwithgina: The position after 22. Nb5 could make a good Wednesday or Thursday puzzle. I recognized the game crisis at 22. Nb5; alas, I failed to find 22...Qe2, even knowing there had to be a shot in this position.
Jun-23-18  Olsonist: Blundering in a lost position results in a lost position.
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  tpstar: After 22 ... Qe2:

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The threat is 23 ... Ne3+ winning the Queen, so Stockfish suggests 23. Kg1. 23. Qd3?? is out due to 23 ... Qxd3 24. Rxd3 Ne1+ (or even 23 ... Ne1+!), and 23. Qd7? is out due to 23 ... Ne3+ 24. Kg1 Qxd1+ trading Queens with check, or 24. Kh1 Qf3+ mates, or 24. Kh3? Qh5#.

Black's opening set-up is similar to the Staunton English for White, and in this case both sides got an Isolated Queen Pawn (IQP).

Jun-23-18  JPi: To much noise about Kramnik's final mistake. So played all the game very logically and get an advantage from a better strategy.
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  Penguincw: I assume touch move rule isn't an issue here.

While Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006 is probably Kramnik's most famous blunder, I'd say this one is "less expectant".

The mate in one he missed was along a diagonal, which is harder to see. Mates are also harder to see than simply hanging a piece, because 30...Qxa8 is one move, and 35.Qh7# 1-0 is one move, plus you have to realize that's checkmate and not simply check. Here, the knight simply moves away, exposing the white queen along a straight line.

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  patzer2: Instead of 22. Nb5? Qe2! ∓ (-0.93 @ 37 ply, Stockfish 8), White could've done better with 22. Ne4 = (0.00 @ 36 ply, Stockfish 8).

The fact that the best alternative 30. Bd4 Re6 -+ (-1.85 @ 33 ply, Stockfish 8) is highly unpleasant for White might account for the blunder 30. Nc6??, allowing 30...Qxa8 -+ (mate in nine).

Mistakes are much easier to make in very bad or lost positions.

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