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Vladimir Kramnik vs Sam Shankland
Tata Steel Masters (2019), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-27
English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General (A11)  ·  0-1



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Jan-28-19  zanzibar: Ouch!


Kramnik's suicide is finally over

Svidler: "At least this is kind of consisent. Not taking on a6 and then making a draw - that's wasting our time. Not taking on a6 and then actually losing - that shows proper commitment!"



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  ajk68: <Not taking on a6>

I believe the the line here is 49. Bxa6 Rxa6 50. Rxb3

Jan-29-19  DrGridlock: Do not go gentle into that good night.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Jan-29-19  zanzibar: A nice poetic moment...

Vlad, we hardly knew ya!

(CG- please bug off, I'm not "posting too much" - thank you very much!)

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  fabelhaft: Ke2, the king returns home. Almost.
Mar-10-19  Kirth Gersen: "Not taking on a6 and then losing, that shows proper commitment!"

Poor Svidler must have been torn between his personal regard for Kramnik and the increasing impossibility of defending his play in Wijk 2019.

And he made the right choice. Friendship is temporary, dry witticisms are forever.

Mar-10-19  mckmac: <Kirth Gersen: .. he made the right choice. Friendship is temporary, dry witticisms are forever.> Heh.

"An ounce of mother wit is worth a pound of clergy."

-John Adams

Mar-10-19  Kirth Gersen: John Adams was a fine fellow, not so big on slavery like most of the "Founding Fathers" were. Glad to hear he has an apropos quote ;)

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