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Vladimir Kramnik vs Peter Svidler
Russian Championship Superfinal (2013), Nizhny Novgorod RUS, rd 2, Oct-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-06-13  csmath: 14. ...Bxd4

is a new move in the position but this is nothing radical and the position is already in equal territory.

18. ...Nc6!

[black easily stears the game into draw with opposite color bishops.]

19. Rc4

[19. Rc7 Bxe4, 20. f3 Bd5, 21. a3 e5! with easy draw. The move in the game let white keep microscopic advantage that cannot be extended in any practical way although Kramnik kept on poking queenside until there was quite obvious there was nothing to play for.]

One game for the theory but it will not be anything important for white players. It occurs to me that current "version" of Kramnik is two-fold. Against lower rated players he plays swashbuckling style while against "more dangerous" opponents he plays toward small positional advantages.

Oct-12-13  RubinSteinitz: Svidler is strong enough that he should not have played for a draw as it appears he did. I knew the game was drawn the second the queens came off and especially with the opposite colored bishops later on. What's the glamor in that? IMHO Svidler has no reason to be afraid of Kramnik.
Oct-12-13  Sihlous: Svidler is very strong but suggesting he play for a win as black against Kramnik is...overly optimistic. He's in a great position to win this tournament and not losing to Kramnik was an important step.
Oct-12-13  RubinSteinitz: <Sihlous> You may be right. Especially in light of some of the fighting games that Kramnik has played of late such as this one against a lesser rated player Fridman who is no goof off:

Kramnik vs D Fridman, 2013

Kramnik showed everyone what he is made of in this wildly imaginative game!

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