by National Life Master Loal Davis
Is he bluffing?
Maybe – but who is going to call Kramnik on his pointed aggressive stabs, especially when the King is involved?
Dortmund 2013 / Round 6
Kramnik,Wladimir (2784) – Fridman,Daniel (2629)
1.c4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.b3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0–0 6.0–0 c5 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.e3 b6 9.Nc3 dxc4 10.bxc4 Qd3 11.Ne1 Qd7 12.Qe2 Bb7 13.f4 Rfd8 14.Rd1 Nb4 15.d3 Bxg2 16.Nxg2 a6 17.a3 Nc6 18.g4 Ne8 19.f5 Nd6 20.f6 ?!
20. ….. Bxf6 21.Rxf6 gxf6 22.Nf4 Ne5 23.Nh5 Qe7 24.Rf1 Nd7 25.Qg2 h6
Expanding on the Queenside with 25. ….. b5 could well activate Black’s forces instead of playing total defense on the Kingside.
26.h4 Kf8 27.Qg3 Ke8 28.Qf4
White is looking fairly good here.
28. ….. Qf8
28. ….. Rdb8 and preparing to run appears better.
29. ….. exd5 30.Bxf6 Ne5 31.Qxe5+ Kd7 32.Bg7 Re8 33.Nf6+ Kc7 34.Qa1
Black’s Queen is caught; running to e7 allows a Royal Fork on d5.
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