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Arkadij Naiditsch vs Vladimir Kramnik
"The Woods of Arkadij are Dead" (game of the day Oct-19-2015)
Dortmund Sparkassen (2009), Dortmund GER, rd 4, Jul-05
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Staunton Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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Jul-06-09  acirce: The "funny" thing is that if Naiditsch had played at his normal level, it would probably have been another "boring draw" and the usual bunch would have attacked Kramnik for his lack of fighting spirit.

But personally I typically prefer a well-played draw in 27 to a decisive game in 27 where one of the players basically self-destructed. The reason this was an exception was just that I was rooting for Kramnik. Not to take anything away from Kramnik, who must have played more or less perfectly, and I would certainly have lost my way in the complications... but his task wasn't extremely hard. Pretty instructive game though.

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  keypusher: <bane><pulsar> I was greatly assisted by Shredder in coming up with those lines. :-) Though I did spend some time trying to figure things out for myself beforehand. I remember being satisfied that 24. Nxh5 Nxh5 won for Black, but I certainly did not see, e.g., 28....Nh1+ on my own.
Jul-06-09  WhiteRook48: Kramnik really switched from "win with white, draw with black."
Jul-07-09  Raginmund: great, great....
nice game from the best ever...
till now I am not understanding why the game is 0-1.
. Well just one more masterpiece.

Kramnik always!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul-10-09  totololo: If a game should receive a prize for showing how NOT to play an opening this game deserves it.

Arkadi Naiditsch did everything to illustrate the theme....

Was the game SOLD???

Jul-13-09  Bob726: Only black win of Dortmund this year!
Oct-10-09  Setian: Grande Kramnik.
Volverá ...
En realidad, ya está volviendo...
Para ganarlo todo.
Drawnik ya no existirá.
Nov-09-09  AnalyzeThis: <parisattack: I thought I was replaying a Marshall game.>

Well said. Marshall pioneered this type of opening play with black in the Petrov.

Oct-18-11  Fezzik: 21.Nd4 Rh4 22.Be3 would have been far more resilient. Black may have had an advantage, but proving it would have been difficult even for Kramnik.
Aug-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2009.
Your score: 48 (par = 30)


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  offramp: The pun is based on a line by William Yeats. Yeats was a friend of Aleister Crowley.
Oct-19-15  FairyPromotion: I submitted the pun, but I've read this suggestion by User: Shams in S Kose vs Naiditsch, 2004 (kibitz #2).

P.S: <offramp>, I've done the same for your suggestion in B Avrukh vs Navara, 2008 (kibitz #2), using your pun for IMHO a better game, B Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012. =)

Oct-19-15  waustad: We'll see what pairings hold tomorrow in the European Club Championship. Either Kramnik or Aronian probably plays Markus Ragger who is yet again within a whisper of the 2700 live mark. At least that will be a game that is broadcast. A draw might not be a surprise since the rest of the team has a much bigger elo advantage than they do over Ragger.
Oct-19-15  Shams: <FairyPromotion> Can we split the point? I'll never submit a pun they'll use.

Odd, I almost referenced this poem again today.

Oct-19-15  Shams: A chess reference in the poem!

<But O, sick children of the world, Of all the many changing things
In dreary dancing past us whirled,
To the cracked tune that Chronos sings,
Words alone are certain good.>

Oct-19-15  FairyPromotion: <Shams>, the point is completely yours to share. I'll be glad with as much credit as you'll see fit. ;)

Funny, me too yesterday checked the game Naiditsch vs A Korobov, 2010, and went on to read the poem again. :)

Oct-19-15  Sularus: can't play this while logged in. apparently chrome stopped support for NPAPI.
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  offramp: <FairyPromotion:...P.S: <offramp>, I've done the same for your suggestion in B Avrukh vs Navara, 2008 (kibitz #2), using your pun for IMHO a better game, B Avrukh vs Eljanov, 2012. =)>

Thanks! I'm flattered.

Today's pun, and some recent ones, have been very good. But some of the best are drowned in the democracy of the Pun Voting Booth, where very clever puns are voted out of existence in a very "The Weakest Link" sort of way.

Sometimes a really good pun gets though owing to a fatwah from GM Daniel Freeman.

I submitted <The Ascent of f6> for this game, K McGeoch vs P Isherwood, 2012, a game that revolves around a pawn in f6. The pun is on the name Isherwood. But the chances of that getting any votes is tiny. Who has heard of Christopher Isherwood? I certainly haven't because Me No Leika!

TODAY'S PUN however is a great one - no matter how you pronounce it. Great pun for a great game. Well done to whoever wants the credit. (Does that make any sense?)

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  offramp: One of the best things about Kramnik is that when provoked he is a demon at tactics. He is firstly a good human being, secondly a great chess thinker and then a - I've lost my train of thought.

But Kramnik is, I think, a slightly underrated World Chess Champion. Like the great champions he has had equally good results before and after his tenure.

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  thegoodanarchist: <The Song of the Happy Shepherd> begins like so:

The woods of Arcady are dead,
And over is their antique joy;
Of old the world on dreaming fed;
Grey Truth is now her painted toy;

for more go to

The poem is very sad.

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  kevin86: black will mate soonest.
Oct-19-15  FairyPromotion: <offramp> Sadly, obscurity is the enemy of many great puns.
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  Check It Out: Exciting game, great pun! The quality on these GOTDs has been pretty good lately.
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  playground player: It's fun to see how the guns and tanks pile up around e5! Looks like a pretty big battle is in the works.
Oct-27-20  amateur05: Attacking Petroff. Very rare to see.
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