Kramnik beat Anand in game 10 to maintain his small hope of winning the match. He need to won both his remaining game ( game 11 and 12) to play the tie break. However a win is a win and i'm sure Kramnik confidence is highly boost after his first win in this match!
GM Vladimir Kramnik (2772) - GM Viswanathan Anand (2783) [D39]
World Champiuonship 2008 ,Game 10, 24.10.2008
The game start around 10 pm . What 1st move will Kramnik choose to play tonight? 1.e4? 1.d4? or 1.Nf3? I bet he will surprises Anand in this must win situation with 1.e4 ! Lets wait and see ...
1.d4 Wrong guess. Kramnik stay with 1.d4 1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 popularly known as the Kasparov Variation becuse Garry Kasparov used it frquently in his World Championship Match against Anatoly Karpov in 1985 4...c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0–0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.0–0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6 14.Rfd1 Qc5 15.e4 Bc4 16.Qa4 Nb6 17.Qb4 Qh5 18.Re1
According to GM Gregory Kaidanov on Internet Chess Club (ICC) broadcast, this move is a novelty. I think white has a very-very slight advantage due to his bishop pairs but the advantage is far from permanent because black should have the opportunity to exchange pieces later. 18...c5 Anand took nearly 15 minutes to reply against Kramnik novelty. 19.Qa5 Rfc8 20.Be3 Be2Black is planning to exchange white bishop on g2 with ...Bf3 21.Bf4 e5 22.Be3 Bg4 23.Qa6 f6 24.a4 Qf7 It seems that Kramnik is enjoying the position. He has the bishop pairs and all his piece = ecxcept his bishop on g2 is active. Black in contras is not properly coordinated. I think Anand is having a first serious problem in this match! 25.Bf1 Be6 Anand have about 14 minutes for his remaining 15 moves to reach the first time control and..his position is difficult-a first win for Kramnik !? 26.Rab1 c4 ?! Fritz 11 condem Anand last move. The computer suggest 27.a5 Nd7 28.Rb7 penetrating black position! 27.a5 Na4 28.Rb7 Qe8 29.Qd6 thretening 30...Re7 to win the e6 bishop 1-0 Anand Resign!!! So early ? Probably his time trouble is the reason. Anand know that he is losing so he prevent from resigning in totally hopeless position and take early rest to recover for next two game.