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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Gelfand - Kramnik Candidates Semifinal (1994), Sanghi Nagar IND, rd 8, Aug-05
English Opening: Symmetrical. Fianchetto Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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Mar-04-10  SetNoEscapeOn: If 55...Bc5 to defend the d4 pawn, then Rxh7! seems to be the point. The inevitable bishop ending is hopeless for black; zugswang cannot be avoided.
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  Eggman: Did Kramnik purposefully gambit a pawn with 5...e6, or did he simply blunder? If this was a gambit, it's been tried only one other time in the database here, and certainly isn't featured in any other game of Kramnik's.
Aug-22-10  micartouse: <Did Kramnik purposefully gambit a pawn with 5...e6, or did he simply blunder?> Looks like a blunder:

<And then ... Then, with the scores equal, in the final game Kramnik made an incomprehensible mistake on the 5th(!!) move. He had played this position countless times, he knew all the ins and outs, and ... he mixed up the obligatory order of moves, verified over decades. Gelfand won a pawn, and accurately converted it in the third time control.>

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Oct-08-20  drleper: Kramnik mentioned this game during the round 3 commentary for Norway Chess 2020, when Judit asked about "painful lessons" (this game was an example). He mixed up the move order and just lost a pawn by accident on move 5.

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