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Vladimir Kramnik vs Vadim Zvjaginsev
Tilburg Fontys (1998), Tilburg NED, rd 10, Nov-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0

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Jan-04-06  syracrophy: After 41...Qxd4 42.Qc3! Qxc3 43.bxc3 with a winning ending for white
Feb-03-11
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  plang: 8..Nbd7 would have transposed into a standard position; 8..Bg4 has been very rarely played. 10 Bf4 was new; 10 Bh4 was played in Knezevic-Taimanov Albena 1974. Kramnik thought that 13..c5?! was premature recommending 13..Re8 14 0-0..Nf8 with a small edge to White. After 16 Qb3?!..a5! Zviaginsev gained time for his queenside counterplay. 18 Nxa4? would have played into Black's hands; eg. 18..Rxa4 19 hxg..Rxd4 and if 20 Qc3? then 20..Bf6 21 Bc7..Rxd3. Kramnik was critical of 19..Bc6?! as too passive; 19..Bf6 or 19..Rc8 were alternatives. A better defense would have been 24..Rxe3 25 Qxe3..Qb8 26 Qf3 with a small advantage to White. It was not too late to admit his error and play 25..Qd6; after 25..g6? Zviaginsev was in trouble. Again, a tougher defense would have been 26..Qd8 27 Nc3 with a clear White advantage. 27 Bb5! exchanging his good bishop may not have been expected by Zviaginsev though it was now difficult for Black to maintain material equality. 28..Qa7 29 Nxd5 would not have helped. Kramnik's careless 35 Qb3? (35 Re5..Rd6 36 Qe2 was better) gave Zviaginsev the opportunity to play 35..Qc8! 36 Qd1..Rc6 which would have greatly complicated White's winning chances but Zviaginsev missed this.
Jun-06-18  Jaburu: About 27.Bb5: "My opponent underestimated this standard 'priyome'" (Kramnik). Or: "27 Bb5! exchanging his good bishop may not have been expected by Zviaginsev though it was now difficult for Black to maintain material equality" (plang).

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