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Vladimir Kramnik vs Boris Gulko
Credit Suisse Masters (1995), Horgen SUI, rd 4, Oct-24
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  1-0



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Feb-23-06  Nobutitis: As near as I can tell here, the
opening after White's 9th can
most accurately be called a QGD
Hedgehog (reversed). In this Hedgehog, 'Black's' (White's) QN is at 'c6' (c3), not that uncommon,
altho it's usually seen at d7 (which
here would be d2.
The seven moves that Kramnik plays
from 13-19 do indeed confirm this
opening assessment, since all
these moves are cardinal hedgehog
maneuvering. During this same
patch, Gulko makes three retreating
moves. He's set up wrong, and can
do nothing about it. This is
evident at move 20, when Kramnik's
20 Nh4! essentially refutes his
whole setup, since Black clearly
doesn't want to play ...g6.

So or course, lemony is 19...Re7?,
and later, Gulko is really out of
it at move 25, with 25...gxf6??
(dropping a piece, by failing to pop
in ...Rxc1 first).

Kramnik's technique is impeccable
throughout, of course.

Feb-23-06  Nobutitis: For example, notice the move 9 Bf4! -
certainly not purposeless.
Notice the embarrassment of 9...d4?
10 Nb5! c5 11 Nd6!
That would leave 10...Bc5, when of
course 11 b4! could be played.

Perhaps Gulko should have considered
9...a6! (intending ...d4).

Jun-10-08  Jesspatrick: A wonderful example of the insidious play of Kramnik. He has been such a complete player for all these years.

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