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Vladimir Kramnik vs Boris Gelfand
16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007) (blindfold), Monaco, rd 8, Mar-25
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1-0

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Mar-25-07  sharkbenjamin: Incredible! I truly believe we are seeing someone peak in playing strenght in this event!
Mar-25-07  acirce: Perhaps, but it sure isn't Kramnik. He is lucky to be +1 in the rapid event, and blindfold is so far from serious chess that it doesn't really have to mean a lot. Rapid is at least closer.
Mar-25-07  child in time: <acirce: ...and blindfold is so far from serious chess that it doesn't really have to mean a lot. Rapid is at least closer.> I disagree. In blindfold there is 10secs more increment and they should be able to play blind without problems after all the time spent playing.
Mar-25-07
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  chancho: This is a very good blindfold game.

Radjabov vs Vallejo-Pons, 2007

Mar-25-07  sheaf: incredible game indeed, according to gelfand he didnt make any obvious mistakes here, indeed if there were errors they were too deep to be spotted without proper study, kramniks king walk is indeed instructive. gelfand quotes <‘Incredible how he played this. I can only think of Fischer or Karpov who could do this. Most grandmasters wouldn’t even manage this with sight of the board.’>

Mar-25-07  notyetagm: From www.amberchess.com:

<The rest of the game is recommended study material for anyone who wants to work on his or her endgame technique. Or as Gelfand put it, ‘Incredible how he played this. I can only think of Fischer or Karpov who could do this. Most grandmasters wouldn’t even manage this with sight of the board.’>

Great praise from Gelfand for Kramnik's stupendous endgame play in this game. No one played endgames better than Karpov.

Mar-25-07  notyetagm: <sharkbenjamin: Incredible! I truly believe we are seeing someone peak in playing strenght in this event!>

Then how come Kramnik is only +1 in rapid, versus +7 in blindfold.

Kramnik is just much better than the others at blindfold chess, just like Anand is much better at rapid chess.

Mar-25-07  chessmoron: According to Gelfand his game against Karpov, the same rook ending as today.

Gelfand vs Karpov, 1991

Now that Kramnik is a bit wobbly in rapid...Aronian (which he drew) and Leko (which he won) will have separate matches against him after Amber.

Mar-25-07  notyetagm: <chessmoron: ... Now that Kramnik is a bit wobbly in rapid...Aronian (which he drew) and Leko (which he won) will have separate matches against him after Amber.>

Yes, Kramnik almost seems to be two different players with his incredible +7 blindfold versus his average +1 rapid.

Anyone know what the biggest difference between the blindfold and rapid performance at Amber is? Right now for Kramnik blind - rapid = +7 - +1 = 6, which is pretty damn big.

Mar-25-07  euripides: <chessmoron> I think Gelfand was referring to the rapid game, Gelfand vs Kramnik, 2007
Mar-25-07  chessmoron: I don't want to post alone. So dark. =)
Mar-25-07
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  chancho: Kramnik won two games in rapid. (Leko and Van Wely)
Mar-26-07  AdrianP: Maybe Kramnik's style lends itself well to blindfold (e.g. playing typical positions without loads of pieces on the board).
Mar-26-07  Atking: Very strange indeed... Put Black king in h8 and the pawn (even) in h7 and you got color renversed the rapid game between the same players !? So much importance of King's position in Rooks ending
Mar-27-07  KamikazeAttack: Gelfand on Kramnik:

‘Incredible how he played this. I can only think of Fischer or Karpov who could do this. Most grandmasters wouldn’t even manage this with sight of the board.’

Mar-27-07  Timex: <Gelfand on Kramnik:

‘Incredible how he played this. I can only think of Fischer or Karpov who could do this. Most grandmasters wouldn’t even manage this with sight of the board.’>

Personally, I think gelfand messed up a lot.

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