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Kramnik beats Radjabov and is still in the fight for first place


Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik won his 11th round game at the Candidates Tournament. This win puts him a half point behind Magnus Carlsen, who drew quickly with Alexander Grischuk.

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Vladimir Kramnik is showing great chess in London. He managed to get superior positions in almost all of his games. His play did not bring him nothing more than draws in the first half of the event, but starting from round 8, he has won 3 out of 4 games. Today, he took advantage of Radjabov’s bad shape to take the full point. The Azerbaijani remains in the cellar of the standings.

The ex-world champion used a fianchetto variation to go into a strategical battle. Radjabov managed to keep the balance until move 28, but then got greedy and took a pawn that should not have been captured. Kramnik quickly simplified to a clearly superior endgame and the Azerbaijani resigned on move 37. The Russian has three more opportunities to close the half point gap with the leader.

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