2 Lessons To Learn From Vladimir Kramnik(Preparation for Telangana state under-15 preparation)

Oct 17, 2016, 11:08 AM |

Hi telengana state under-15 chess players,

 My name is tarun I am member of superkidschess academy(http://superkidschess.com/) my rating is 1819 and I am a professnional chess player.I am interested to teach my chess skills to Telangana under15 state particpant for their preparation.

Today I will teach 2 lessons from Vladimir Kramnik.

Vladimir Kramnik is one of the greatest chess players of our time. His positional playing style and fabulous endgame technique are quite unique and his games make great studying material for those who want to improve these aspects of the game. Kramnik’s contribution to the opening theoryshould not go unnoticed either; if the Berlin variation is so popular today it is because of its revival back in the year 2000 when he employed it to neutralize Kasparov’s 1.e4 during the match for the world title, which he won.

Not only this, but Kramnik is also one of the biggest specialists on the Catalan/ Reti systems and his ideas have developed and enriched the theory of these openings. Kramnik is also quite strong on the attack. Contrary to the (wrong) opinion among chess aficionados who have Kramnik for a “boring player to watch”, it’s quite the opposite. If his positions demand attack, he won’t ignore it. He has produced several attacking games with beautiful Tal-like combinations.

However, it may be that it takes certain level of positional chess understanding in order to fully appreciate Kramnik’s games. In this article we are going to look into the sharpest version of Kramnik’s style and if you thought in the past that Kramnik was boring, our challenge is to change your mind. In the following games you’ll see how from a seemingly modest fianchetto Kramnik is able to take over the initiative and create powerful attacks against the king.

Lesson 1: Reti Opening

It is when Kramnik plays Open tournaments that he gets more creative. It is easy to understand that in closed tournaments against well-known opponents of similar strength is natural to be cautious, but his games at Opens, League games or Olympiads are quite a different thing. The following game against the GM Aleksander Mista played in the Qatar Open is one good example.

Kramnik begins with 1.Nf3 (his all-time favorite 1st move) followed by a fianchetto and castle, leaving all options open for later. He will decide which pawn to advance depending on his opponent’s setup. Mista played in a classical way, but after a few natural moves he found himself in trouble. The attack came so silent that it was unnoticed until it was too late. See the details here:

Lesson 2: Grunfeld defense - an interesting pawn sacrifice

In the following game Kramnik, with the white pieces, is facing the rising American star Daniel Naroditsky, a very talented player with a rating over 2600. Once again Kramnik went for 1.Nf3 and soon the game transposed into one of the main lines of the Fianchetto variation of the Grunfeld defense.Kramnik’s play is quite instructive; he first sacrifices a pawn which grants him the bishop pair, but, more importantly, his opponent loses the fianchetto bishop, which leaves his king permanently weak. However, white’s attack is not evident at all and it takes a lot of subtle maneuvering to put black under pressure. See the full game here:

Hope you enjoy these 2 lessons from kramnik.All the best for telangana state under 15. From http://superkidschess.com/