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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Vladimir Kramnik’s Advice on Analysing Chess Positions

As I was listening to Kramnik discussing the current positions from current Wejk An Zee Tournament on the Russian site, something caught my attention. Kramnik was only using computer engine to evaluate the position and he was hiding the (dockable?) portion of the UI that shows best move for each side. I tried analysing my game in this mode, and I realized that I think much harder on the position, and I actually know I am not making any gross mistakes in my calculation. Thank you, Mr. former World Champion!

image There was a time when Kramnik did not use computer to analyse a chess position …


  1. Hi, can you please explain how he did that? I've tried to do this in Chessbase 10, but the engine lines still show, no matter how much I minimize the engine window...thanks!

  2. I don't know which software he was using, but I think he had one where the engine panel could be detached from the main window, and moved into lower right corner of the screen. Hope this makes sense...

    1. With Chessbase you can undock the engine window and if you move it to the bottom right of the screen you can make it so only the evaluation is showing, and the variations and current move being searched are off screen.

  3. Hi, I just came across this great chess blog.

    Thanks for your post on Kramnik's advice. It's probably good to consider that even grandmasters with inherent understanding of why computers suggest certain moves do not simply take them at face value. Especially when many of my amateur peers feel that computer lines are analysis.

    Related to your Dec 27 King Race excellent post.

    I think the key squares for Black are f4 & h4. If Black can control one or both White's King doesn't look like he has much future behind the pawns.

    So I see something like:

    Basically Black controlling f4 and then running the King back , exchanging but getting connected pawns on the f&g files hopefully against a white h pawn then letting tempo move Whites King back. Maybe

    1...e5 2. h4 Kb3 3. Kd5 f6 4. Ke4 Kc4 5. g3 Kc5 6. f4 exf4 7. gxf4 Kd6 as winning for Black.

    I thought maybe White could hold by his King trying to keep the Black King from getting back and then let the pawns reduce and still have position but could not find a line that held for White.

    Can you follow up on Dec 27 King Race if you get a chance? Thanks!

  4. @ChessClues - glad you liked the posts. Regarding the king race post: The position can really go either way (White Win, Black Win, draw). To me - it seems in your variation - 1 ... e5! is the only way to save the game for Black, but then 4. Ke4 is a mistake (Ke6 is better with draw). In the game Black actually lost after 1... Kb2 because White took all his pawns, so 1... e5 is a way to make it difficult for White to take all pawns at once. Key idea: if White goes after g7 pawn, then f6-f5 and e5-e4 creates Black's own passer. Hope this makes sense :)


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