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Gustafsson, Jan (2629) - Kramnik, Vladimir (2799) [E92]
Dortmund (2) 2012

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6
The King's Indian Defence.
5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5








   
7. Be3
If 7. O-O then 7...exd4!? is interesting, 8. Nxd4 Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Kh1 Nh5 11. g4 Nf6 12. Be3 h5 13. g5 Nfd7 14. Qd2 Qe7 with counterplay in Gelfand, B - Radjabov, T, World Blitz Championship, Astana 2012.
7...c6
And here 7...exd4!? deserves serious attention, 8. Nxd4 Re8 9. f3 c6 10. Bf2 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. O-O Nc6 13. c5 Re5 14. a3 Qf8 15. b4 Bd7 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. Bd4 Re6 with counterplay in Carlsen, M - Grischuk, A, Tal Memorial Blitz. Moscow 2012. Or 12. c5 Nbd7! 13. c6 Ne5 14. cxb7 Bxb7 15. O-O Nc4, Sjugirov, S - Grischuk, A, Russian Chess Championship Super Final, Moscow 2012.








   
8. O-O
8. d5!? is better, 8...Ng4 (8...Na6 9. Nd2 Ne8 10. O-O f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 c5, 1/2 Gustafsson,J - Kotronias,V, Kallithea 2003) 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bh4 Na6 (10...c5 11. O-O Nh6 12. a3 Na6 13. Ne1 Qe7 14. Nd3 g5 15. Bg3 f5 16. f3 f4 17. Bf2 Rf6 18. b4 b6 19. bxc5 bxc5 20. Rb1, and White has a small advantage, Kramnik,V - Van Wely,L, Wijk aan Zee 2010) 11. O-O c5 12. Ne1 Nh6 13. Nc2 Kh8 with a slight edge to White in Gustafsson,J - Nikolaidis,I, Fuerth 2002.
8...exd4 9. Nxd4 Re8 10. f3 d5!
A strong break in the centre.








   
11. cxd5 Nxd5! 12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. Rc1
Or 13. Qb3 Nc6 14. Rad1 Nxd4 (14...Be5!) 15. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 16. Rxd4 Qf6 17. Rd2 Qf4 18. Qxd5 Qe3+ (18...Be6!?) 19. Rf2 Be6 20. Qd3 Qb6 21. Qb5 Qe3 (21...Bxa2) 22. Qd3 (22. Bf1) 22...Qb6 23. Qb5, Gustafsson,J - Kotronias,V, Kemer 2007.








   
13...a5!?
A good novelty. After 13...Nc6 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. Rxc6 Bb7 16. Rc1 dxe4 17. Qxd8 Raxd8 18. f4 Bd4 19. Kf2 White obtained a slight edge in Gustafsson,J - Maze,S, Aix-les-Bains 2011.
14. Qb3
White could try 14. Rc2 or 14. Rc5.
14...a4 15. Qxd5 Qxd5 16. exd5 a3 17. b3?!
White could take the pawn with 17. bxa3.
17...Nc6 18. Nc2








   
18...Rxe3!
A nice sacrifice.
19. Nxe3 Nb4 20. Rc4?!
Better is 20. Kf2 or 20. Rc7 Bd4 21. Re7 Nxd5 22. Re8+ Kg7 23. Kh1 Nxe3 24. Rc1 Nd5 25. Rcxc8 Rxc8 26. Rxc8 Nc3 27. Rxc3 Bxc3 with equality.
20...Nxa2








   
21. Ra4?
Better is 21. Nc2 Nc3 22. Bd3 a2 23. Ra1 Kf8 24. Kf1 Bd7 25. Rc7 Bb5 26. Bxb5 Nxb5 27. Rxb7 Nd6 28. Rc7.
21...Rxa4 22. bxa4 Bd4 23. Kf2?!
More stubborn is 23. Bc4 Bxe3+ 24. Kh1 Nb4 25. Ra1 Bc5 26. Rxa3 Nxd5 27. Rb3 Ne7 or 23. Kh1 Nb4 24. Bc4 Bxe3 25. Ra1 Bc5.
23...Nb4 24. Rc1








   
24...a2!
And Black wins.
25. Rxc8+ Kg7 26. Rc1 Nxd5 27. Rd1 Nxe3
White resigned. 0-1










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Gustafsson, Jan (2629) - Kramnik, Vladimir (2799) [E92]
Dortmund (2) 2012

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 c6 8. O-O exd4 9. Nxd4 Re8 10. f3 d5 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. Rc1 a5 14. Qb3 a4 15. Qxd5 Qxd5 16. exd5 a3 17. b3 Nc6 18. Nc2 Rxe3 19. Nxe3 Nb4 20. Rc4 Nxa2 21. Ra4 Rxa4 22. bxa4 Bd4 23. Kf2 Nb4 24. Rc1 a2 25. Rxc8+ Kg7 26. Rc1 Nxd5 27. Rd1 Nxe3 0-1


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