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Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Kramnik and the Modern Reti - Part 4

Opening: A04, A05, A07:

Player(s): Kramnik, Svidler, Ghaem Maghami, Aronian, Harikrishna

Throughout his career, Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has been known for his deep opening preparation. With White Kramnik came up as a 1.Nf3 player, but in truth, it was just the move order designed to avoid some openings (The Benko, the Benoni etc.) the young Kramnik found annoying to face. In reality, Vladimir was 1.d4 player of a classical mold. Just look at his handling of the White side of the Kings Indian and the Grunfeld, and you will see a full-fledged strategy of occupying the center with pawns. The passage of time brought another change. Kramnik returned to his old flame, 1.Nf3, but this time he's not doing it just for the move order purposes. Suddenly, it's the full-fledged Reti and even the Kings Indian Attack! 
Vladimir Kramnik has the utmost confidence in his ability to outplay his opponents in complex positions. His expertise in the Reti covers a wide area of possible pawn structures, many of which are of a 'color reversed' variety. A characteristic example of that is the Svidler game in Video #4, along with some unusual transpositions to different openings in other games.

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