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Vladimir Kramnik vs David Navara
Cez Chess Trophy Rapid (2008) (rapid), Prague CZE, rd 1, May-14
Catalan Opening: Open Defense (E04)  ·  1-0



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Vladimir Kramnik vs David Navara (2008)

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May-15-08  notyetagm: White to play: 33 ?

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Here Kramnik (White) plays a very instructive <PETITE COMBINAISON>.

The White e5-queen and White c8-rook threaten to mate the Black h7-king on h8. How is Black meeting this threat to the h8-square? By <BLOCKING> the diagonal a1-h8 of the White e5-queen at f6.

The White e5-queen is also threatening to capture both the Black f6-knight and the f6-square, again resulting in mate on h8. How is Black meeting this threat to the Black f6-knight/f6-square? By <DEFENDING> the f6-square with the Black c6-queen.

So the <BEAUTIFULLY CENTRALIZED> White e5-queen is threatening both the h8-square and the f6-square. <<<If the Black f6-knight meets the threat to the h8-square by <BLOCKING> and the Black c6-queen meets the threat to the f6-square by <DEFENDING>, then which Black piece or pawn is meeting the threat of the White g2-bishop capturing Black d5-pawn? <NONE>!>>>

Position after 33 ♗g2xd5! 1-0

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Since both the Black f6-knight and Black c6-queen are busy meeting other threats by <BLOCKING> and <DEFENDING>, respectively, neither of them actually <DEFENDS> the Black d5-pawn. That is, Kramnik's 33 ♗g2xd5! tactical shot is an classic expolitation of <OVERWORKED> pieces.

May-15-08  humangraymatter: The game was an example of domination of Kramnik over his opponent.Navara had to give exchange in order to release pressure but at the end this combination decided soon. If black plays 33...Qa6 I guess white has 34.Rc1 and two threats :35.Rc6 and 35.Rcc8 there is no defence
May-15-08  mindkontrolle: ruthless play be Kramnik
May-15-08  Aleksandar Li: Vladimir is sharp as a raiser! Excellent!
May-15-08  dehanne: <Vladimir is sharp as a raiser!> Well, that's putting it a bit bluntly.
May-15-08  KarAkter: Very impressive play by Kramnik.14...Qc7 is not happiest choice for black,probably 14...Qe7 was better.
May-17-08  Hesam7: Cool picture!
May-19-08  General Akpufni: I wonder why Navara goes to the pretense of wanting to hold on to the c4 pawn by b5 only to give in to a4 which completely messes up his queenside. His game looks downhill from there on. A logical follow up seems to be the ugly c6 which I am sure some fate from Kramnik would have fallen on him which is my question. What is the concrete follow up to blacks 11. ... c6 instead of bxa4?
May-20-08  JohnBoy: I agree with <General>. If 11...c6 then 12.Nc6 Nc6 13.ab5 gets the piece back. But black can play 12...Rc6 and the comp is not so evident. Is there a less blunt route to white superiority?

Maybe just 11...c6 12.Nc3 and the whole black q side is log-jammed.

Jul-02-08  zoat22: <notyetagm> I think that the combination can be explained in simpler terms than you did, and, I also believe that it very straightforward... You know, I never thought that knowing the names of all the terminology such as <pinning> etc. really helps that much, although it does help you recognize patterns...
Sep-07-10  Fezzik: It turns out that 8...b5 is a main idea for Black. Avrukh, in "GM Repertoire: 1.d4 vol. one", states that Black's mistake wasn't 8...b5, but 10...ba4?! Instead, he recommends 10...c6 11.Nc3 and follows Mateuta-Sigalas, 2005 where White expanded on the K-side with eventual e4, f4, g4 (by move 15).
Apr-12-11  General Akpufni: To Johnboy and Fezzik: Thank you Johnboy for the line with white continuing Nc6. I had not considered that. However Nc6 is a blunder to Rc6 of which the follow up Bc6 Nc6 ab5 Nd4 and black is clearly better. c6 Nc3 Qb6 e4, bllack seems to hold. Thank you Fezzik for the reference.

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