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Vladimir Kramnik vs Mateusz Bartel
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012), Dortmund GER, rd 3, Jul-15
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Closed Sicilian (A25)  ·  1-0



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Jul-15-12  Marmot PFL: Black can still try Ra7 after the knight moves. Nc5 Ra7 a4 holds though and white's king is faster
Jul-15-12  LIFE Master AJ: Black is lost after 37... Kramnik will grind him down, I think.
Jul-15-12  Marmot PFL: Poor Meyer got his queen trapped by Ponomariov.
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  eternaloptimist: <Ulhumbrus> I agree that Kramnik should advance his f♙ once the time is right to do it since it is the ♙ on the ♔side that doesn't have a ♙ in front of it on the same file. This will ease the creation of a passed ♙ b/c Bartel doesn't have a ♙ that can block its progress.
Jul-15-12  JoergWalter: <LMAJ> good to have you here.
Jul-15-12  Ulhumbrus: 40 Kd3 heads possibly for d4 in case Black's King should nead for d6 to dislodge white's knight on c5 and with white's king on d4, the move ...Nb4 won't be check. Besides, from d4 the white king may go to c5.
Jul-15-12  Marmot PFL: Spoke too soon, the Q escaped. Pono's attack looks unstoppable though.
Jul-15-12  Marmot PFL: Just advance the king side pawns now that black's pieces are on the other side.
Jul-15-12  Ulhumbrus: I am off for now. My present guess is that Kramnik will win, partly because he has an extra pawn and partly because he is Kramnik.
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  blazerdoodle: Good day and thanks.
Jul-15-12  Open Defence: not sure if Bartel is the type to be a stubborn defender but this is the position that Kramnik loves
Jul-15-12  karnak64: <Ulhumbrus> thanks for your commentary. Very helpful.
Jul-15-12  Karpova: If you start a tournament with 0/2, a long and tiresome defense in a pawn-down endgame against Kramnik is probably what you need to regain confidence.
Jul-15-12  Eyal: Looks like 42...Ra8 might shorten Bartel's suffering - it allows 43.Nb7! with the threat of Kc5, and also a4 becomes stronger, since Black doesn't have Ra5.
Jul-15-12  Karpova: Leko - Gustafsson 1-0
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks to everybody for participating in today's live broadcast. Come back tomorrow for round 4 of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund.
Jul-15-12  Beholder: Kramnik's passed pawns always pass, as they say.
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  eternaloptimist: Kramnik did a nice job of creating a passed a♙ in this game & getting the victory!
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  blazerdoodle: I say thanks to those who can see more deeply, even if you are incorrect, because even some of the notes that were worked out and show wrong were good for me, for I fear at my lowly level, I need that explanation.

It's like knowing someone who knows wines. I'll drink anything, but sometimes, being around someone who can explain the subtlty's, even though you know you like it and know it's better, you don't always know why, just that it is. That's chess.

Jul-15-12  Open Defence: Van Persie can learn from Kramnik's pawns....
Jul-15-12  I Love You: GM Bartel is lost again, this one is so tough for him, anyway losing is not an option.
Jul-15-12  Ulhumbrus: Back again, for a moment. After 50 a6 Black may have no satisfactory answer to the threat of 51 Ra5+ Ke6 52 Nc5+ Kd6 53 Nxd7 Kxd7 54 Kc5 Kc7 55 g4 followed by f5 and the advance of the f pawn
Jul-15-12  falso contacto: Didn't know you were a futbol fan, OD.
Jul-16-12  Eyal: 50...h4 (which might have been an idea of Kf5) 51.g4+ Kxf4 52.Rf1#.
Jul-16-12  Eyal: 13.e4! was energetic play by Kramnik - new in this line, as far as I can see in the databases; it would have been strong on move 12 as well (see p.2 of the live kibitzing). It's the comp recommendation, but judging by the time Kramnik spent on his moves by this stage he probably found it at the board. Note that 13...Nb4 is bad because of 14.Nxe5!
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