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Jacek Tomczak vs Vladimir Kramnik
Batumi Olympiad (2018), Batumi GEO, rd 4, Sep-27
Scotch Game: Mieses Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  Fusilli: Poor Tomczak,'s coverage of his victory totally ignores him!

The title of the article: <Chess Olympiad: Poland Beats Russia, Kramnik Gets Checkmated>.

There is a photo with this caption: <Kramnik (middle) got checkmated, and Dragun (left) beat Jakovenko to clinch the match.> Tomczak is not even visible in the photo.

From the text:

<A rare case of checkmate on the board, Vladimir Kramnik's loss today was crucial for Poland's victory over Russia...>

<While Ian Nepomniachtchi had beaten Wojtaszek (and a quick draw between Sergey Karjakin and Jan-Krzysztof Duda), it was the 14th world champion Vladimir Kramnik who ended up as the weakest link.

He spoiled a promising middlegame position a pawn up, got under a killing attack by missing the triangulation Qc3-b4-h4 and even got checkmated on the board. The last time that had happened was when he famously missed a mate in one against Deep Fritz, now 12 years ago. Incidentally, in both games the mating move was Qh7#.>

If it wasn't for the fact that the game is posted, with the players' names as its header (as it is standard), we would have no idea who Kramnik lost to!

Very unfair to Tomczak. How did manage to produce such a blunder? If I were Tomczak I'd be livid over this.

Sep-28-18  whiteshark: <Scotch on the rocks> Daniel ♔ analyses the game: (~16 mins)


Sep-28-18  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 24 dpa

1. - / + (-0.84): 13...Qf5 14.Bxc4 dxc4 15.0-0 Nc2 16.Nd2 Nxa1 17.Qa4 Qd7 18.Rxa1 c3 19.bxc3 Be7 20.Re1 0-0 21.Nf3 Qd5 22.Nd4 Rfe8 23.Nxc6 Bc5 24.c4 Qf3 25.Be3 Re6 26.Nd4 Bxd4 27.Bxd4 Qd3 28.Rd1 Ra6 29.Rxd3 Rxa4 30.Rc3 Rd8 31.Be3 h6 32.Kg2 Kh7 33.Rb3 Rxc4 34.Bxa7 Re4 35.Rb7 Rxe5 36.Rxc7

2. = / + (-0.70): 13...Qg6 14.Bxc4 dxc4 15.0-0 Nc2 16.h5 Qf5 17.Nd2 Nxa1 18.Qa4 Qd7 19.Rxa1 c3 20.bxc3 Be7 21.Re1 0-0 22.Nf3 Qd5 23.Kg2 Rad8 24.Be3 Rd7 25.Bxa7 Rfd8 26.Be3 Rb8 27.c4 Qe6 28.h6 g6

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  HeMateMe: I don't think I've ever seen Kramnik get blown out so badly, in what didn't seem to be that complicated of a position.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli: Poor Tomczak,'s coverage of his victory totally ignores him!>

Not sure what all the fuss is about; after all, as noted in the article, this is not even the first time in his career at top level that Kramnik has been mated on the board! (laughs)

In all seriousness, who can say, really what motivates some attempts at journalism?

Sep-29-18  Viktorerro: A brave move indeed, that 32...Kg6.
Its like bing zapped in a black hole.
You remember nothing, time freezes over in total darkness. But Mike Tomczak the QB lobs the touchdown over.
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  HeMateMe: I KNEW I'd heard that name before...
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: One aspect of the Scotch that appeals to me consists of how bizarre the games can become. Consider the position after 26.Rh2. If someone showed you the game up to that point, would you guess that a pair of Grandmasters played those moves, one of them a former World Champion?
Sep-30-18  Mayankk: Does 27 ... Rd4 keep this game in balance or is it lost already?
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  beatgiant: <Mayankk>
27...Rd4 28. Qf8#.

Stockfish claims 25...Qa2 was the big mistake, where 25...Bd4 would have been better. That would have prevented 26. Qb4 because 25...Bd4 26. Qb4 <Qxe5> threatening ...Qxg3+ and also ...Bxf2+.

Sep-30-18  jabinjikanza: Good game tomczak.kramnik is a nut to crack.especially in tourney like that.

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