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Alexei Fedorov vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-22
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-16-04  uzeromay: Is it ironic that Fedorov plays Bishop's opening but ends up exchanging both bishops for knights? Does White have winning chances at any points during this game? Here, Federov escapes with a draw, but wasn't so lucky against Shirov later that year Alex Fedorov vs Shirov, 2001.
Jul-05-06  KingG: It's a shame Fedorov ddin't try the King's Gambit against Kramnik.
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  plang: 7..Nf8 seems very patient to me; I'm sure many players would play 7..0-0. 10..h6 was new; 10..Qc7 had been played in the draw Hecht-Hess Germany 1982. Perhaps 18 c4 would have been an improvement. Kramnik sacrificed a pawn with 18..d5 and would have had full compensation after 23..Nf4:ie. 24 Qg4..c5 25 25 Be3..Nd5 26 Rd1..Nc3 27 Rxd8..Qxd8 28 Bxh6..Qd1!. Interesting complications would have resulted from 24 Nf5..cxd 25 Nxh6+..Kh8 26 Nf7+..Kg8 27 Nxd8..Qxd8 28 cxd..Nf4 29 Qg4..Qxd4 30 Rd1..Qf6. White would have kept some edge after 29 Kf1 followed by Nf3; instead after 29 a5?! Black had sufficient counterplay against the weak b-pawn and the game ended in a draw.

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