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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-20
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Sneaky: photo of Anand at wijk an zee --
Jan-24-03  Ashley: Thank you for putting up the picture of Anand.
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  plang: This was the tournament where Kramnik started playing 1 e4 which represented a departure from his previous practice. The position after 15..Rac8 was reached at least 4 times in classical games between these two opponents between 2003 and 2010 but this was the only one where Kramnik had White. In Kasparov-Adams Linares 2002 White played 16 c4 and went on to win; 16 h3 was an important innovation and is now considered the main line. The passed c-pawn became dangerous after 34..bxa?; better would have been 34..Qf6 35 axb..axb with equality. Kramnik missed an opportunity when he played 44 Ra8?! after which the position was quickly drawn; better was 44 Rh8! (threatening 45 Bxf7) 44..Ne6 (44..Kd6 45 Rh6) 45 f5..Nf8 46 Kd4 with good winning chances.

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