LoveThatJoker: I remember having seen this game in "Kramnik: My Path to the Top" by Chessbase, in 2008/2009: it made a tremendous impression on me!
Earlier this year I started studying "Kramnik: My Life and Games" intensely, and today reached this game - situated near the end of the book on page 230.
Prior to reading Kramnik's analysis, I completed the Guess-the-Move version of this first to see how I would fare and to get more in tune with what I was about to read:
In regards to my score, <CG> rated it as <VERY GOOD> (just one tier below that of <OUTSTANDING>).
In regards to what I read, Kramnik's analysis was once again both thorougly instructive and entertaining! I've always enjoyed how Kramnik can explain things so clearly and profoundly at the same time, and thankfully it wasn't any different today.
Here is an example of what I mean: In regards to 14...Nd3! 15. Nxe6 he said,
"Without the e6 pawn my light-square bishop comes into play and, more important, my knight is excellently placed in enemy territory."
He even provided a sample game to demonstrate what would happen if Black had gone with the more restrained 14...Nb6: Gelfand vs Timman, 1990.
In conclusion, this is a magnificent game, with tremendously valuable annotations by Kramnik in both "Kramnik: My Life and Games" and "Kramnik: My Path to the Top".
Thank you, WC Kramnik! And once again, happy birthday to you!
PS. <GOTD> My Path to the Top