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Boris Gelfand vs Vladimir Kramnik
20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) (rapid), Monaco MNC, rd 5, Mar-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Simagin Variation (E46)  ·  0-1



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Mar-17-11  Ulhumbrus: Instead of 12 0-0, 12 Qc2 plays to castle on the Queen side, as in the game Nimzowitsch vs J Bernstein, 1923

30 g4 exposes White's King to attack and Kramnik exacts a high penalty for it.

Mar-17-11  fab4: Impressive game by an under pressure Krammnik. You could tell he only wanted a win here. Wish he would play with this intensity more often !

21..Ne4! was nice.And a message to Gelfand that Vlad was after his blood lol..

Gelfand wanted the draw and an indication of this are his moves around 26.

30.g4 is weakening as <Ulhumbrus> says..tho black is better by now anyway.Just looking superficially maybe 30.Na2 is better.. intending Nb4 and bringing the queen back into the game..

Anyway.. onto the star move of the game..

35..f5!! Love this. Bit of a cliche I know but this is the key to the soul of Gelfand's king. Gelfand probably expecting Nd4. Vlad on the scent of blood and it's irresistible.

Mar-17-11  Nezhmetdinov: Yes, this is a beautiful game and wonderful to see Kramnik work his knights so hard
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  Penguincw: That knight on f2 is very dangerous.
Mar-17-11  fab4: <Penguincw: That knight on f2 is very dangerous.>

lol If you say so Penguin.

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  Penguincw: < fab4: <Penguincw: That knight on f2 is very dangerous.>

lol If you say so Penguin.>

It's true.First of all,look how close it is to the white king.It's also within checking distance (g4).It's also supporting the black queen to give check on h3 or h1 which would leave white with one reply.Lastly,it blocks the white queen from coming closer to the white king.So in summary,that knight on f2,is dangerous.

Mar-17-11  apexin: Great game by VK.

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