Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Anand - Kramnik 2008 World Championship Match : Game 2 LIVE ! - ANAND START WITH 1.d4!!!!!

Tonight i will follow the 2d game of the 2008 World Championship Match Anand - Kramnik. I'll made my personal comment and analysis with the help of my two "loyal" helper - Fritz and Rybka :) and some of my chess books. I welcomed any comment , suggestion etc. and you can do that by typing it at this blog shoutbox ( on right side of this blog). Another important note is please click REFRESH to update this article and one more...pray that i will not fall asleep before the game end :)

Anand - Kramnik
2008 World Championship, Game 2

1.d4 the first shock by Anand! He is always a 1.e4 player but tonight he choose to open with 1.d4 for his first white game of the match! 1... Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 The Nimzo Indian. Kramnik recently played Slav or Semi Slav variation but in the past he has play the Nimzo also, so i think Kramnik is still in familiar territory 4.f3 a seldom move played by strong GMs. 4.Qc2 and 4.e3 The Rubeinstein is the main chooise by top players but of course Anand will try his best to prevent Kramnik to feel at "home" by not choosing the main line. 4... d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5

an anti-positional move but sometimes necessary especially when you consider black possible pressure against the d4 pawn. 8.e4? will lose two pawns for nothing eg..8...Nxc3 9.Qd3 cxd4 8...f5 Anand himself play 8...Qa5 as black against Dreev in Madras, 1991 ( 17 years ago!) 9.Qc2 Nd7 10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 N5f6 12.c6 bxc6 13.Nf3 Qa5 14.Bd2 Ba6 15.c4 Qc5 16.Bd3

Visually white position look uncomfortable especially thinking about where white's king want to reside. Both White kingside and queen side is exposed ..however Fritz evaluate the position as equal!

16...Ng4 17.Bb4 Qe3+ 18.Qe2 former US champion - Joel Benjamin commented in ICC that he prefer black in this position 18...0-0-0 19. Qxe3 Nxe3 20.Kf2 Ng4+ 21.Kg3 Ndf6
Macauley Peterson - ICC famous chess journalist mentioned in ICC that Anand admit that he has work with Magnus Carslen for the match against Kramnik!
22. Bb1 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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