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Vladimir Kramnik vs Gillan Bwalya
World Cup (2013), Tromso NOR, rd 1, Aug-11
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Aug-11-13  OneArmedScissor: Squeezed.
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  keypusher: The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.
Aug-12-13  Ulhumbrus: After 24...Bd7 Black's position looks atrocious. How does Kramnik handle his side of it? The answer is that he smashes it up by 25 d5.

After Black declines to open lines - and so to lose the game - Kramnik closes the game again with 26 d6 but with a winning positional advantage

Aug-14-13  Jaidip: I think the dyanamic centre which transforms into close which could have the shape of mobile or open but Kramanik gave justice to his space by closing it. Really Great Player understands Chess better and keeps nerve strong enough to apply it even in rapid games.
Aug-14-13  Karpova: <Jaidip: Really Great Player understands Chess better and keeps nerve strong enough to apply it even in rapid games.>

I agree with you, though this game was classical.

Aug-14-13  Isilimela: A bit early to resign ? I don't see anything immediately decisive.
Aug-21-13  PromoteToKing: Hello, Isilimela. In the final position, Kramnik's advantadge is overwhelming.

Some ways the game might end if black were to continue would be:

A) 31...Nh5(to try and trade rooks and create some sort of space for future maneuvers) 32. Nf7+ Rxf7 and white should win easily

B)31...h6(to prevent the Queen from reaching g5) 32 Ng6+ wins the rook.

C)31...Qc8 32. Qg5 Nxe4 33. Rxf8 Rxf8 34. Qh4 threatening Qxe4 and Ng6+

D)31...Qc8 32. Qg5 Rde8 33. Qh4 Kg8 34. Rdf3 Qe8 35. Nxd7 Qxd7 36. e5 wins

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