Wednesday, October 15, 2008

#381 Kramnik-Anand : Another Draw

Anand surprised with 1.d4 and Kramnik, thankfully, chose a Nimzo-Indian over a Slav. Here is the PGN with a few notes :

[Event "World Championship"]

[Site "Bonn"]
[Date "2008.10.15"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E25"]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "2008.10.14"]
[EventType "match"]
[EventRounds "12"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[SourceDate "2008.10.15"]

{E25 Nimzo-Indian Defense Saemisch Variation} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4.
f3 d5 (4... c5 {is the main alternative.}) 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. cxd5 Nxd5
8. dxc5 f5 9. Qc2 Nd7 10. e4 fxe4 11. fxe4 N5f6 12. c6 bxc6 13. Nf3 Qa5 {Black
may be a little better because of his more active Q & lead in K-side
development.} 14. Bd2 {Otherwise there would be a trade of light-squared Bs.}
Ba6 $146 ({This varies from the} 14... O-O 15. Bd3 Ba6 16. c4 Qc7 17. Bc3 Ng4
18. e5 Ndxe5 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 $11 {of Gilman - Lepsenyi : correspondence 1966})
15. c4 Qc5 16. Bd3 Ng4 17. Bb4 Qe3+ 18. Qe2 O-O-O 19. Qxe3 Nxe3 20. Kf2 Ng4+ ({Not} 20... Nxc4 $2 21. Bxc4 Bxc4 22. Rhc1 Nb6 23. Ne5 Bb5 24. Nxc6 $1 $16) 21.Kg3 Ndf6 (21... Nge5 $142 $11) 22. Bb1 $14 h5 23. h3 h4+ 24. Nxh4 Ne5 25. Nf3 Nh5+ 26. Kf2 Nxf3 27. Kxf3 e5 28. Rc1 Nf4 29. Ra2 Nd3 30. Rc3 Nf4 31. Bc2 Ne6 32. Kg3 Rd4 1/2-1/2

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