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Vladimir Kramnik vs Evgeny Bareev
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0

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Jan-06-04  rags: 46 Bf6 !!
Jul-01-04  acirce: Yes, this was an amazing positional masterpiece by Kramnik all the way through, and with the beautiful 46.Bf6! as the worthy final.
Jul-01-04  sumant: what if gf6?
Jul-01-04  crafty: 46...gxf6 47. exf6 ♖c8 48. ♖xc8 ♔xc8 49. ♔g5 ♘d4 50. h6   (eval 1.31; depth 19 ply; 1000M nodes)
Jul-02-04  acirce: It will be a winning pawn endgame to White thanks to the fact that he has the waiting move a2-a3! later (putting Black in zugzwang) and that is why he didn't play it at say move 42, very impressive.

(Craftys line and 50..Nf3+ 51.Kh5 Ne5 52.h7 Ng6 53.Kh6 Kd7 54.Kg7 e5 55.h8=Q Nxh8 56.Kxh8 Ke6 57.Kg7 e4 58.a3 winning. Very striking.)

Dec-14-04  Hesam7: very nice analysis from <acirce> thx. Your game collection contains really nice masterppieces.
May-07-05  aw1988: Bf6!! is absolutely amazing, typical of Kramnik's amazing foresight and ability.
Oct-13-05  HardBoys: Yes, if 28...Raf8, which looks odd,
but the knight could go to d5 then,
since the other rook would prevent
the h6 threat. Of course Kramnik
would not play g5 then, maybe not
even Rd6. In this scenario, he would
look to play f4-f5!
If it's not one thing, it's another...
Apr-29-07
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  Honza Cervenka: Nice game which somewhat resembles Anand vs Ponomariov, 2006
Jun-24-08
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  Mateo: Yes, this is one of Kramnik best games (so far). One wonders when Bareev went wrong. Maybe 33...Kc8 was too passive. At first glance, 33...Rh8 offers better prospects. I am not even sure, White could find a forced way to win like in the game actually played.
Mar-29-09  notyetagm: Kramnik vs Bareev, 2003

46 ?


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46 ♗g5-f6!!


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Sep-08-10  I play the Fred: 64/74 on guess the move.

It's weird; I felt like I played this one a lot better than my previous one, yet I scored over par on the last one.

Jan-19-11
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  wordfunph: Kramnik-Bareev Wijk aan Zee 2003:

Russian GM Peter Svidler later described Kramnik as the greatest positional chess player in the world!

Jul-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Kramnik vs Bareev, 2003.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF KRAMNIK.
Your score: 86 (par = 75)

LTJ

Jul-01-14  Sourav: Why can't black play 29....Nc8? If the white rook on d6 retreats (and it should), black simply returns his Knight to e7. As a result, white cannot make any headway.
Jul-01-14  Shams: <Sourav> 29...Nc8 30.Rxe6 Kd7 31.Rg6
Jul-01-14  Albertan: <Sourav: Why can't black play> <29....Nc8? If the white rook on d6> <retreats (and it should), black simply> <returns his Knight to e7. As a result,> <white cannot make any headway.>

Black will lose a pawn if he were to play 29...Nc8? as shown in this variation:

30.Rd4 Ne7 31.Rdf4 Kd7 32.Rxf7 Rxf7 33.Rxf7.

Jul-02-14  Sourav: Thank you Shams! Thank you Albertan! I definitely need to sharpen my calculation skills!!
Nov-22-18
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  hoodrobin: A couple of positional errors by Bareev in the opening.
Aug-14-20
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  plang: 13 Ne4 is a sideline that Kramnik felt was not quite as harmless as it looked and also avoided Bareev's thorough knowledge of the main line 13 Kb1. 20 g4 was new; 20 Re1 had been played previously. Kramnik was sceptical of 21..Kd7?! recommending instead 21..0-0-0 22 Kc2..Rd7 with a small White edge. 22..Bd8?! was a loss of time; 22..Rhd8 would have been better. 29..Nd5 30 Bd2..a5 31 g5..hxg 32 Bxg5..a4 33 h6 would have been powerful for White.

Kramnik after 32 Rd1:
"It looks as if White has gone completely wrong here: he has broken up his pawn structure. Black has a well-protected knight on f5 and no weaknesses. But the trouble is that the d-file is of very little use to him and that the knight is cut off from the game and has practically no squares."

Note that in the final position White cannot be in a hurry to exchange rooks ie.: if 48..Rc8 White should not play 49 Rxc8?..Kxc8 50 Kxg6..Kd7 and White cannot break through but instead, as MxDonald points out, 49 Rd7+..Rc7 50 Rd3!..Kc8 51 Rd8+..Kb7 52 Kxg6..Rc8 53 Rd6!..Nxd6 54 exd..Ra8 55 d7..Kc7 56 d8(Q)..Rxd8 57 Bxd8+..Kxd8 58 Kf6..Kd7 59 f4 and White wins.

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