Saturday, June 23, 2007
World Champion (Kramnik) versus World No.1(Anand)!
Photo from chessvibes.com
That is my title : World Champion Vladimir Kramnik versus World No.1 Player -Viswanathan Anand . It could be too early for both giant to meet in the first round but i believe every chess fan would eager to watch the encounter.
Kramnik won the World title from Topalov last year in the famous toiletgate controversy in Elista. Veselin Topalov, through his manager Silvio Danialov, has cast suspicion on the behaviour of Vladimir Kramnik, who is leading 3-1 in their world championship match. The Bulgarian team has examined the video recordings from the rest rooms and notes that Kramnik is visiting the bathroom, which has no video surveillance, unreasonably often.
Full story here http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=3377
Anand also didn't escape from controversy, his top spot in FIDE rating where taken by Topalov in the 1st list April rating release by FIDE . Everybody expect the Indian would become the world number one on FIDE charts after he won the Morelia-Linares tournament in Spain early this year. But the FIDE list showed Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria still on the top, 13 points ahead of Anand, without including the points earned or lost in the Morelia-Linares tournament. This made chaos among chess fan especially Anand fans. FIDE at last, amend the April rating after a strong complaint from Anand fans all over the world!
Full story here http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=3771
Tonight both player will meet each other in the 1st round of Super-GM tournament in Dortmund. This is a Category 20 event which includes the world's top ranked player, Viswanathan Anand, and other stars like Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand and 16-year-old Magnus Carlsen.
GM_Kramnik (2772) - *GM_Anand (2786)
Round 1, Dortmund 2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 [This is black direct and logical response. Since white can’t generate any real short term threats against d5 and b7, the bishop is simply well placed on f5, where it frustrates White’s smooth development. 4...e6 5.Bd3 dxc4 6.Bxc4 c5 will transpose into Queen Gambit Accepted. Anand follow a fimiliar opening Kramnik used succesfully in games 9 Topalov vs Kramnik in World Championship Elista, 2006.] 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Be2 [7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.a3 Was Topalov succesfull novelty in The 9th game in WCh Elista 2006.] 7...Nbd7 8.0-0 [8.Rb1 and; 8.a3 was played by Topalov in game 9 and 11 Elista, World Championship 2006.] 8...Bd6 9.g3 0-0 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Qc2 Qe7 12.Bd2 dxc4 13.Bxc4 c5 14.dxc5 Nxc5 15.Rfd1 Rac8 16.Be1 a6 17.Rac1 Rc7 18.Qb1 Rfc8 19.Bf1 Ncd7 20.Bg2 Ne5 21.Ne4 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Rxc1 23.Qxc1 Nxe4 24.Bxe4 Bb4 25.Qc8+ Kh7 26.Bc3 Bxc3 27.Qxc3 Capablanca 's Theorem mention that queen and knight are better than queen and bishop. How far is that true is argueable. John Watson in his book Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy concluded that majority cases in this type of ending resulting in a draw except in case where one side have an obvious advantage. 27...Ng4 28.Bf3 Nf6 29.Qc8 Nd5 30.a3 a5 31.h4 b6 32.Qc6 Qd8 33.Bxd5 exd5 34.Qc3 Qd7 35.Kg2 1/2-1/2