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Michael Adams vs Vladimir Kramnik
Dortmund Sparkassen (2000), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-10
Sicilian Defense: Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attack. Fianchetto Variation (B31)  ·  1-0



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Jul-03-04  jaime gallegos: 46...Bxh4 ???
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  offramp: This was Kramnik's first loss in 82 games covering 18 months. Unlike other such long unbeaten runs, by Tal and Capablanca for instance, I think that Kramnik's run was entirely against GMs. See
Mar-13-06  s4life: I don't think Capablanca was a GM
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  Sneaky: Capablanca was one of the original five grandmasters!
Mar-13-06  s4life: But he was no GM, the title created by FIDE.... there was no FIDE at the time, and offramp's post is comparing apples to oranges in that respect
Mar-13-06  MrMojoRisin: It is my understanding that sometime in the 1920s or 1930s there was a big tournament where the top 5 finishers were awarded the title GM.
Mar-13-06  stephenw: <offramp> could you elaborate more on what the criteria for those 82 games is. heres a loss from kramnik at the hands of Van Wely from March of that year Kramnik vs Van Wely, 2000
Mar-13-06  stinky2: <stephenw> Game against Van Wely was in a rapid blindfold event.
Jun-06-06  notyetagm: <jaime gallegos: 46...Bxh4 ???>

That's what's so funny about chess. Sometimes even the world's strongest player's will play howlers like 46 ... ♗xh4??.

Jun-06-06  notyetagm: Kramnik must have been in time trouble or something to miss the simple <zwischenzug> 47 ♗xc5!.
Mar-15-08  Everett: <notyetagm>, yet if he captures first on d4, White's knight will be very happy with the indefensible f5 square. White seems better here, though not winning, as in the game continuation.
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  plang: Played in round 4 at Dortmund; Kramnik and Anand tied for first with 6-3 each with one loss a point ahead of Adams, Akopian and Leko. 13 Ng4 was a new move; 13 Kh1 had been played previously. White would have maintained a small edge after 33..Nxc2 34 Bxc5..Qd7 35 Qc3..Rxf2 36 Rxf2..Nd4. Adams did not consider 36 Ng5..Nxg5 37 Bxc5..Rxf2 38 Bxe7..Nf3+ 39 Kg3..Rxf1 40 gxf which he described as "good for White but a bit messy" (36 b4 was another promising alternative). Adams was critical of 37..axb?! (creating a passed pawn for White) recommending 37..Nd4 or 37..Rf7 instead. After the weakening 39..g5? Black may already be lost; preferable was 39..Qd6 40 Ne1.

Adams on 46..Bxh4?: "I couldn't tell if this was a miscalculation or a desperate gamble but the move does lose a piece."

Had Kramnik instead played 46..exd Adams still considered the position to be close to winning after 47 Nf5..Qe5 48 Rc2..c4 49 bxc..h4 50 cxb..hxg+ 51 Kg2..Rh7 52 bxc.

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