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Vladimir Kramnik vs Michael Adams
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-15
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  1-0

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Jan-10-07
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  Mateo: A very fine technical game. Adams seemed to hold the game until he played, for some unclear reason, 24...Bxd3?!. Then the pressure was increasing. The Queen ending was lost. White has a central passed pawn already on the 4th rank meanwhile Black's queenside majority cannot advance so far. At the same time, the White Queen is much better placed than Black's one.

45.d6! was nice. If 45...Qxd6 46.Qe4+ and 46.Qxb4 with an easy win. The same after 49.a6!. If 49...Qxd7 50.Qb1+ and 51.Qxb3.

Jan-10-07  euripides: <45.d6! was nice. If 45...Qxd6 46.Qe4+ and 46.Qxb4> 45.d6 is indeed very striking. After 45.d6 Qxd6 46.Qe4+ g6 (or Kg8, but not Qg6) 47.Qxb4 Qxb4 there is indeed an easy win, but not for White. I think Kramnik's idea must be to play 47.Qb7 in these lines, after which his queen is perfectly placed and he is winning the pawn race.
Jan-10-07
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  Mateo: <euripides> I made a confusion between the two variations. Yes 45...Qxd6 46.Qe4+ followed by 47.Qb7 is an easy win for White.
Sep-28-14
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  plang: The standard plan in this variation is 8 Bc3 and 9 Nbd2; Kramnik's alternative 8 0-0 and 9 Qc2 caused a transposition to the Closed Catalan. 12..c5 was a new idea; several moves had been played previously including 12..dxc winning a pawn though Kramnik was clearly confident of White's chances with this gambit. 19..Rfc8 would not have been good for Black; eg. 20 Rxc7..Rxc7 21 Bxf6..Bxf6 22 e4..Bc3 23 Qe3..d4 24 Nxd4..Bxd4 25 Rxd4..Rc1+ 26 Qxc1..Qxd4 27 Bf1..Bb7 28 Qc7 and wins. Kramnik didn't like 30..Qd7?! recommending instead 30..Bxd4 31 Qxd4..Nc7 32 a5..Qd6 and Black will likely hold. A better defense was 33..bxa 34 bxa..Qd8 35 Qc3 although White would be clearly better here; instead after 33..Qd8? Black was close to being lost. Losing for Black would have been 43..Qd3 44 Qxf7..Qe4+ 45 Qf3..Qxb4 46 Qd3+..Kh8 47 d6.. Qa5 48 d7..Qd8 49 Qd5..b4 50 Qe6. A clever trap (that Kramnik did not fall for) was 48 d8(Q)?..Qxf2+ 49 Kh3..Qf1+ 50 Kg4?..f5+ 51 Kh5..Qe2+ 52 Qxe2..g6#.

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