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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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Jan-20-19  Caissanist: Anand is too polite to ever flat-out insult his opponent publicly but he came about as close as he ever does in the interview after the game, berating himself for being too "groggy" to get a win more quickly: .
Jan-21-19  Everett: Opening looks like a failure for Kramnik
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  Count Wedgemore: The g4-Kh1 idea (moves 14&15) was highly speculative. Such reckless moves are not something Kramnik wouldn't play some years ago if he hadn't calculated it to perfection. So it quickly backfired, and he was already much worse, until Anand surprisingly gave him an opportunity to bail out by exchanging queens (19...Qd5? is a serious mistake, Black has his queen beautifully positioned in the a8-h1 diagonal, with tactical threats opening up against White's weak king position), but then Kramnik started to go wrong again by several inaccurate moves which eventually gave Vishy the upper hand. A flawed game, by both players.
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  OrangeTulip: Phenomenal play by Anand!
Jan-21-19  DrGridlock: Not clear where 14 g4 comes from. It certainly is an odd little more. Computers hate it, and it violates quite a few opening conventions (in addition to immediately dropping a pawn). Not sure we'll ever see another venture down the 14 g4 path in this opening!
Jan-21-19  fabelhaft: From move 48 it was a very nice finish by Anand, even if he was highly critical of many of his own moves before that point.
Jan-22-19  anjumskhan: Conclusion : GP is still relevant today, and Black can still win, Kramnik is irrelevant now after beating Kasparov.

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