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Default Kr-Tp, game 12

Both players have performed quite a bit
of piece dancing, perhaps Topa more so.

Anyway, wouldn't 24.h3 or even 22.h3
buy Kramnik some decisive time for
pressing on the queen side?

Now, after 24.h3 or 22.h3, if Topa
played g4, Kramnik responds with h4.
Then Topa may insist on g-7-g5 but
it does not work too fast. Kramnik did
his rook dance for what? He could have
insert this pawn move.

Please enlighten me if I am wrong.

Wlod

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Default Kr-Tp, game 12


Wlodzimierz Holsztynski (wlod) wrote:

Anyway, wouldn't 24.h3 or even 22.h3
buy Kramnik some decisive time for
pressing on the queen side?


Wlod



Topalov had, virtually, two ideas for attack and Kramnik had to take
them both into account

a) g4 blocking first the h2-pawn and then attacking along
h file as he did in the game... which indeed would have been blocked by
your h3 first and if g4 then h5 blocking ( for a while since g5 is
following)

b) f4 push and if so your h3 only weakens White ( "dont push the pawns
of the side where you are attacked principle", you only help the attack
of your opponent becoming faster and stronger, see Kramnik's 31. h4?
move in the game 8 and Topas h6-g5 and then 37..g3! to Kramnik's 37 f3
which would have not been possible if the h2 pawn had been in its
place)

for instance 22.h3?! Qd7! ( removing the Q from the "pin" on the e-file
and now thereatening not only f4 but also the new weakness h3 in case
of White playing Bg2xe4 in some variations)

23 Rab1 ( to continue your idea ) f4 24. exf4 gxf4 25.g4 (25.Rh2 fxg3
26.fxg3 Rf2) Rce8
26Qa6 f3 27.Bf1 Rf4 28 Qxc6 Rxg4+ !

if
23 Kh2 (defending h3 and thus allowing Bxe4 in some varations) g4 24.h4
g5 ( White has only weakened his castle and got his King along the h
fire line)

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