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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tal Memorial (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 2, Nov-11
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-12-07  whiteshark: Where did Gelfand missed the win ?
Nov-12-07  chessmoron: I don't quite feel Kramnik was any way or form in trouble here. Kramnik knows what he's doing even though the computer doesn't quite like what he moves.

This is a quite unusual draw and it's very interesting.

Nov-12-07  whiteshark: <24. h4> was a kind of time wastings as for the following moves it was not necessary.

The difference is that after <24. Kg2>

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<e5 25. Bc1 Nxb4 26. Qc5 Qd3>

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there is <27. Qe7 Rf8 28. Qxb4 Rcd8>

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and now <29. Ra2> or <29. Ra3>

Maybe not winning but good for white. And needless to say possible improvements all over.... :D

Nov-12-07  Bobak Zahmat: Can someone perhaps tell me what's wrong about the move 29.Ra1? Why didn't Gelfand play this move? I can't see the solution.
Nov-12-07  chessmoron:

I would appreciate if someone can translate into English for Kramnik's analysis on this "strange" game.

Jan-11-11  Fezzik: 14...Ba3 should equalise according to Kramnik. He didn't see a way for White to improve. He said that 14...Bb4 was a miscalculation.

White's best chance was with 24.Kg2! as Whiteshark, Kramnik and Gelfand all pointed out.

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