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Jan Smeets vs Vladimir Kramnik
Tata Steel Group A (2011), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-26
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-26-11  arnaud1959: This time Kramnik didn't try the Pirc against Smeets.
Jan-26-11  KingG: I think the Pirc would have lost a lot of the surprise element. There were good reasons for wanting to play a Berlin endgame against Smeets, but unfortunately for Kramnik he didn't comply. In hindsight, perhaps a Sicilian would have been a better choice.
Jan-26-11  Marmot PFL: Smeets beat Nepomniatchi, who beat Carlsen, who beat Nakamura, who last time beat Kramnik. Therefore Kramnik was happy to draw. He usually is with black.
Jan-27-11  Eyal: This line looks like one of the most sterile in existence - it makes the Exchange French looks exciting by comparison. 13...c6 is a novelty, btw, varying from some cutting-edge 19th century theory (Steinitz vs Zukertort, 1886, Swiderski vs W Meiners, 1899).
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  perfidious: Meiners' TN in the latter game is unlikely to be repeated, one would think.

Even the wretched Berlin Wall would have been an improvement over this game-and that's saying a great deal.

Jan-27-11  Akavall: <KingG><There were good reasons for wanting to play a Berlin endgame against Smeets, but unfortunately for Kramnik he didn't comply.>

Probably Kramnik over-looked that Smeets had that possibility; it seems to lead to an easy draw for white.

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