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Kramnik, Vladimir (2808) - Meier, Georg (2654) [C11]
42nd Olympiad, Baku (6) 2016

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e6
The French Defence.
2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 Be7 9. a3 O-O 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Qf2
The alternative is 11. Be2.









   
11...b6
The main continuation is 11...Qa5. After 12. O-O-O Nd7 13. Bd2? (13. Bd3=) 13...Qc7 14. h4 b5 15. h5 b4 16. axb4 Nxb4 Black had an advantage in Jankowicz, R - Galanov, S, corr ICCF email 2008. Or 12. Bd3 12...f6 13. exf6 Nxd3+ 14. cxd3 Bxf6 15. d4 (15. O-O Bxc3 16. bxc3 Qxc3 17. Qe2 Bd7=. Brodt, A - Nekhaev, A, corr ICCF email 2011; 15. Nd4=) 15...Bd7 16. O-O Rac8=, with equality in Broekmeulen, J - Peng, Z, Netherlands 2008.
12. b4 Nd7 13. Bd3 f6 14. Qg3 d4








   
15. O-O-O!
Great! Vladimir Kramnik sacrifices two bishiops! 15. Bxd4 is also good, but not so spectacular, 15...Nxd4 16. Nxd4 Nxe5 17. O-O-O Nxd3+ 18. Rxd3 Qc7 19. Qf3 Rb8 20. Re1 Bd6 21. g3 Re8 22. Ndb5 axb5 23. Nxb5 Bxf4+ 24. gxf4 Qe7 25. Nd6 Rd8 26. Red1, with an edge to White.
15...dxe3 16. Bxh7+! Kxh7 17. Qh3+








   
17...Kg8
If 17...Kg6 then 18. f5+ exf5 19. Nh4+ Kh7 20. Nxf5+ Kg8 21. Qg4 g5 22. Qc4+ Kh8 23. h4 g4 24. e6 Qe8 25. Qxc6, and White has a clear advantage.
18. Qxe6+ Kh8 19. Qxc6 Ra7 20. Nh4 Qe8








   
21. Nd5?!
21. e6! is stronger, 21...Nb8 22. Qxe8 Rxe8 23. f5 Nc6 24. Ng6+ Kh7 25. Rhe1 Bxe6 26. Nxe7 Rexe7 27. fxe6 Rxe6 28. Nd5, with a fine endgame for White.
21...Kh7
The aggressive 21...g5 is even somewhat better, 22. Nxe7 (22. fxg5 Bb7 23. Qe6 Bxb4 24. Qh3 Bd2+ 25. Kb1 Bxd5 26. Nf5+ Kg8 27. Nh6+=) 22...gxh4 23. Nxc8 Qxc8 24. Qf3 Qc3 25. Qh5+ Kg7, with perpetual check.
22. Nxe7
Or 22. e6 e2 23. Rd2 Nb8 24. Qxb6 Rb7 25. Qf2 Bxe6 26. Qxe2 f5 27. Qxe6 Bxh4, with counterplay.
22...Qxe7 23. Nf5








   
23...Nxe5?
A mistake. Black must play 23...Qe8! 24. e6 (24. Nd6 Qe6 25. Rhe1=) 24... Nb8 25. Qxb6 Bxe6 26. Nd6 Qa4 27. Rd3, with equality. After the text White gets a nice ending.
24. Nxe7 Nxc6 25. Nxc6 Rc7 26. Nd4 Re8 27. Rd3








   
27...Bb7?!
27...Kg6 is more stubborn, 28. Re1 Rce7 29. h3.
28. Re1 Bxg2 29. Rdxe3 Rxe3 30. Rxe3 Bd5 31. Nf5 g5 32. fxg5 fxg5 33. Re5 Bf7 34. Kb2 b5








   
35. Nd4
White plans to win the second pawn and so the game.
35...Kg6 36. Nf3 g4 37. Rg5+ Kf6 38. Rxg4
Black resigned. 1-0










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Kramnik, Vladimir (2808) - Meier, Georg (2654) [C11]
42nd Olympiad 2016/Baku (6) 2016

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 Be7 9. a3 O-O 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Qf2 b6 12. b4 Nd7 13. Bd3 f6 14. Qg3 d4 15. O-O-O dxe3 16. Bxh7+ Kxh7 17. Qh3+ Kg8 18. Qxe6+ Kh8 19. Qxc6 Ra7 20. Nh4 Qe8 21. Nd5 Kh7 22. Nxe7 Qxe7 23. Nf5 Nxe5 24. Nxe7 Nxc6 25. Nxc6 Rc7 26. Nd4 Re8 27. Rd3 Bb7 28. Re1 Bxg2 29. Rdxe3 Rxe3 30. Rxe3 Bd5 31. Nf5 g5 32. fxg5 fxg5 33. Re5 Bf7 34. Kb2 b5 35. Nd4 Kg6 36. Nf3 g4 37. Rg5+ Kf6 38. Rxg4 1-0


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