Kramnik-Kaidanov: Ragozin Spell With Two Kays

Kramnik-Kaidanov: Ragozin Spell With Two Kays

NM GreenLaser
Apr 24, 2010, 12:00 AM |
1 | Opening Theory

Vladimir Kramnik was born June 25, 1975. This Russian grandmaster defeated Garry Kasparov in a match in 2000 and became the Classical World Champion. He defended his title in 2004 by drawing a match against Peter Leko. In 2006, Kramnik defeated FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov. This unified the title for the first time since 1993. In 2007, Viswanathan Anand won the World Championship Tournament. Anand retained the title against Kramnik in 2008.

Gregory Kaidanov was born October 11, 1959 in Berdychiv, Ukraine. He became a grandmaster in 1988. In 1991, he moved from Kaliningrad, Russia to Lexington, Kentucky. Since then, he has been a chess teacher. In 1992, he won the World Open and the US Open. He has won other tournaments, such as the Aeroflot Open in 2002.

In the following game, Kramnik plays the Queen's Gambit. Kaidanov uses the Ragozin Variation. Kramnik offers a pawn and Kaidanov accepts. Both kings remain uncastled. Black's queen rook and bishop are still bystanders at home when the game concludes. In such a position, White's queen is superior to Black's pair of rooks.

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