2016 Tal Memorial – Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Vladimir Kramnik

This is a round 3 game from the 2016 Tal Memorial Chess Tournament between Ian Nepomniachtchi and former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik opts for a Hedgehog system in this Symmetrical English opening. White’s play is direct, investing a bishop for knight to grab a pawn right out of the opening phase. Black however exerts queenside pressure and makes it difficult for white to hold on to the material plus. Both players played quickly through the opening, and middlegame phase. It was in an equal endgame where the real battle began. What would be the most important factor in the endgame, and who would crack first under pressure?

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