Anand and Kramnik draw their 9th game of the World Championship 2008 last night. Anand now is leading the match with 6 - 3 and only need half point ( one draw ) from the remaining 3 games to confirm the title whereas Kramnik need to won all his remaining games ( Game 10,11,12) to level the score and play the tie breaker . For me, Anand is now "one hand holding the trophy"!
GM Anand (2783) vs GM Kramnik (2772)
World Championship, Round 9, 26.10.2008
Will Anand continue with 1.d4 as his white's 1st move as in all his games in this match so far or will he "surprise" Kramnik with his usual 1.e4? One thechinal note : Today game will start about 30 minutes late then previous games because the change for Day Light Saving- which takes place on the last Sunday of October.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4
The anti Moscow Variation. White sacrifiece a pawn for active development. 6...dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Anand wisely not choose 10.0-0 which played succesfully by Topalov who beat Kramnik with his famous novelty 12.Nxf7 which Kramnik surely have studied it intensively. 10...Nbd7 11.Rd1 Bb4 12.Ne5 Qe7 probably a novelty. Fritz opening book suggest 12...Rg8 13.0–0 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 0–0
I'm watching two live game simultenously - Anand - Kramnik - World Championship and Liverpool-Chelsea -English Premier League ...actually IM Malcom Pien did the same also !
15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.f4
38... a4!? a nice try by Kramnik . Other option doesn't promised much for e.g 38...Bb6 39.Rd6 Bc7 40.Rxe6 Rxe6 41.Bxe6 39.Rxc7 axb3 40.Rf2 Rb8 41.Rb2 h5 black can get back his piece with 41...Rc2 42.Rxc2 bxc2 43.Bf1 Rb1 44.Rxc2 Rxf1+ 45.Kg2 Rd1 46.Rc6 Re1 47.Kf2 Re4 48.Rc7 but now although black is a pawn up, there's nothing much to play because black king have problem to past the second rank . 42.Kg2 h4 43.Rc6 hxg3 44.hxg3 Rg8 45.Rxe6 Rxc4 46.Rxb3 f4 47.Re2 fxg3 48.Rxg3 1/2-1/2 Draw