Critical Move #4

It was Kramnik's turn today to miss the winning move and qualification to the final round. He still have a chance tomorrow though in the rapid games tiebreaks. In a 125 move game, Vachier-Lagrave blundered and gave Kramnik a winning position, but then Kramnik missed the winning move in the following position and reached a drawn R+N vs. R ending.

Instead of 62. Ke4, can you find the winning move? Have to warn you, that's a tough sequence of moves!


  • 3 years ago


    Yes, it's possible there are other winning moves, but I think the puzzle allows only one line.

  • 3 years ago


    I thought that in the commentary room they were noting that 66.Nf6 should also be winning because then the king gets to h5 and then the pawn runs.  I think the main move to see (and the one that everyone has pointed out that the two players missed during the game) is 65.Ke4!

  • 3 years ago


    kasparov facebook status right

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