Friday, October 24, 2008

Anand - Kramnik 2008 World Championship Game 8: Draw !

The 8th game of the Anand vs Kramnik 2008 World Championship ended in a draw. Kramnik now is trailing Anand with 2.5- 5.5. There is 4 game left and Kramnik have to at least win 2 game and draw the others to tie the match and play the tie break. Anand mean while only need to win a game more or at least draw two game to reach 6.5 points to win outright!

Kramnik - Anand [D39]
2008 World Championship (8), 24.10.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qa5 9.Bb5+ another line is 9.Bxf6 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Qxc3+ 11.Kf1 gxf6! [ 11...Qxc4?! 12.Kg1 Nd7 (12...gxf6 13.Rc1!) 13.Rc1 ] 9...Bd7 10.Bxf6 Bxb5 is this a novelty? Fritz opening book suggest 10...gxf6 and 10...Bxc3+

11.Ndxb5 gxf6 12.0–0 Nc6 13.a3 Bxc3 14.Nxc3 Rg8 15.f4 Rd8 16.Qe1 Qb6+ 17.Rf2
if 17.Kh1? Qxb2 and white is a pawn down 17...Rd3 18.Qe2 Qd4 19.Re1 a6 20.Kh1 Kf8 21.Ref1 Rg6 22.g3 Kg7 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Nxd1 Kh8 Can anyone explain what is the idea behind this move?

25. Nc3 Rg8
eeemmm.... now i understand the idea behind 24...Kh8. Black want to transfer his rook to d file because the rook can't break white kingside from g6.... so controling the open d file seems a good idea. 26.Kg2 Rd8 27.Qh5 Kg7 28.Qg4+ Kh8 29.Qh5 Kg7 both player are down to 20 minutes ++ so they repeat moves to reach the first time control 30.Qg4+ Kh8 31.Qh4 Kg7 32.e5 !? After trailing 3 points down with 5 game left, Kramnik have to do something especially with the white piece if he want to at least force the match into a tie break! 32...f5 i like this move compare to open the position with 32...fxe5. 32...f5 close the kingside and white rook is prevented from helping his queen to attck black king! 33.Qf6+ Kg8 34.Qg5+ Kh8 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Re2 Qc4 37.Qg5+ Kh8 38.Qf6+ Kg8 39.Qg5+ Kh8 40.g4 fxg4 41.Qf6+ Kg8 42.f5 ½–½

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