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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Corus Group A (2010), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-30
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Jaenisch Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Feb-01-10  Eyal: Position after 19.c4!:

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A nice tactical point is that after 19…Nxc4? 20.Bxc4 Qxc4 21.Nd2:

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Black loses a piece because he has no good square for the queen. If, say, 21…Qc6 or a6 then 22.Nxe4 f5 23.Qb3+ and the white queen escapes the pin with the check; and on all the squares that prevent a check on b3, the black queen can be attacked after 22.Nxe4 f5 by the knight (22…Qa4/b5/d5 23.Nc3) or the white queen (22…Qc2 23.Qc3/d2).

Feb-01-10  Eyal: A couple of interesting points of comparison between the computer analysis and Anand's post-game comments: in case of 25.Bxc7, computers were recommending 25...Re4 with good compensation for Black; Anand says he was afraid of 25...h5 26.Ne3 Rxe3 27.fxe3 Rxc7 28.Qxc7 Bd6 29.Qxc6 Bh2+ 30.Kxh2 Qxc6 and White's advantage isn't clear; he seems to be missing the tactical shot 29.Bxh5! Bxc7 30.Bxg6 Bxg6 and White has too many pawns for them to all be safely blockaded.

In case of 35…Rcd8, he seems quite certain that White's advantage is overwhelming after the direct 36.Qxb3 (rather than 36.Nf5) 36...Qxh6 37.Be6.

Feb-01-10  Hesam7: <VaselineTopLove: <Hesam> Dennis Monokroussos gave the winning line here after 40...Qe4 -

<40...Qe4 offers a moment's excitement before grim reality sets back in. 41.Nf7+ Kg8 42.e6 Qf4+ 43.Qg3 Rh1+ There's the excitement... 44.Kxh1 Qxg3 45.d6 ...and here comes the grim reality. Black has nothing in his power to stop the d-pawn's advance, and fishing for perpetual doesn't work either: 45...Qxa3 46.d7 Qc1+ 47.Kh2 Qf4+ 48.Kg1 Qe3+ 49.Kf1 Qf4+ 50.Bf3 Qc4+ 51.Kf2 Qh4+ 52.Kg1 Qd4+ 53.Kh2 Qf4+ 54.g3 Qd2+ 55.Bg2 and done.]>>

That is a beautiful line. While 40. ... Qe4 does not save the game it was Kramnik's last practical chance to complicate things and maybe escape with a draw.

Feb-01-10  Hesam7: One point from the opening is the fact that Rybka does not like 18. ... Bf8. In fact after 18. Qe3:

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its top line @ depth 20 is:

18. ... Bf5 19. Ne5 c5 20. Bf3 Qb3 21. Bd1 Qd5 22. Bh5 cxd4 23. cxd4 Nc4 24. Qg3 Nxe5 25. Rxe5 (+0.09)

Feb-01-10  Eyal: One clear advantage of 18...Bf5 over Bf8 is that it doesn't allow an immediate 19.c4 as in the game, because the bishop isn't left hanging anymore on e4 after the exchanges on c4; might very well be the first critical moment of the game and Kramnik's first mistake.
Feb-01-10  Hesam7: <Eyal: One clear advantage of 18...Bf5 over Bf8 is that it doesn't allow an immediate 19.c4 as in the game, because the bishop isn't left hanging anymore on e4 after the exchanges on c4>

Also Black gets to play ... c5 which finally justifies ... Rac8.

I must say this line of Petroff (which has become the main line thanks to Kramnik's continued efforts) strongly reminds me of Grunfeld.

Feb-02-10  Ulhumbrus: Commenting on the position reached after 35 Bg4 Anand said at the press conference that on 35...Rcd8 36 Qxb3 Qxh6 37 Be6 White would have had an overwhelming position unless Black returned the exchange by 37...Rxe6 38 dxe6 leaving White a pawn ahead.
Feb-03-10  Hesam7: This was posted at Kramnik's page:

<polarmis: As mentioned by <percyblakeney> on the Corus thread, Kramnik comments on his openings at Chesspro. Apart from the general comments about getting nothing (or worse) from the openings he says: - But what happened against Anand?

- I was simply tired and mixed everything up. Of course I'd analysed it, but I mixed it up.

- 19...Bf8 - the wrong square?

- No, before that. 17...Na5 is already a mistake. The position was practically resignable by move 20... It was a bit stupid, because I'd analysed it all but suddenly forgot. Usually my memory doesn't let me down. But in any case I'll have to work on my openings as the store of ideas I had after Bonn is beginning to dry up.>

After 17. Qc1:

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again 17. ... Na5 is not among Rybka's top five candidate moves. Its preferred move @ depth 20 is 17. ... h6 with the following line:

17. ... h6 18. Qb2 Bd6 19. Be3 Na5 20. Nd2 Bf5 21. c4 Qe6 22. c5 Bf8 23. Qb5 b6 (+0.08)

Feb-03-10  Hesam7: I think the 'tabiya' arising after 15. ... Rac8,

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is very hard to prepare for Black since White has a huge number of plausible possible candidate moves. So the 'width' of your analysis tree is pretty thick here. Petroff players here could shed a light how they think about this position (I know at least <acirce> does play this).

Feb-27-10  notyetagm: A *tremendous* win by Anand.
Mar-06-10  aazqua: Kramnik and Anand will both be viewed by history as very strong players who bridged the Kasparov and Carlsen eras. No one will confuse the difference in level between the first two and the second two.
Mar-06-10  VaselineTopLove: <No one will confuse the difference in level between the first two and the second two.>

Are you suggesting that Kramnik and Anand are inferior to Carlsen? I think that's an unsound assertion.

Mar-06-10  Bondsamir: I recognise Kramnik as the strongest player on earth and in the whole solar system but I don't understand why he makes rooky mistakes every time he plays Anand and I recognise Anand as Huge super class talent.
Mar-07-10  Mr. Bojangles: <Bondsamir: I recognise Kramnik as the strongest player on earth>

What is the basis of your recognition?

Mar-07-10  Bondsamir: <Mr. Bojangles:>.
in my records he's the only one who managed to utterly defeat Carlsen at least twice since 2008.
Mar-07-10  Mr. Bojangles: <Bondsamir: <Mr. Bojangles:>. in my records he's the only one who managed to utterly defeat Carlsen at least twice since 2008.>

Carlsen is now the yardstick to measure strength?

Who the hell is Carlsen anywway? Just one of the strongest players in chess .... no more, no less.

'Strongest player on earth' is chimerical:)

Mar-15-10  SetNoEscapeOn: Kramnik is the best player because he beats Carlsen, but he loses to Anand because he's scared. Very strange.
Mar-15-10  suplexer: ''SetNoEscapeOn: Kramnik is the best player because he beats Carlsen, but he loses to Anand because he's scared. Very strange. ''

Kramnik loses to Anand because when they play Anand makes better moves than him. Having a good plus score against rated number 1 doesnt make you the best. If that is true Boris Gulko was the best player in the world, as he has heavy plus record against Kasparov.

Apr-17-10  Eric Farley: If Capablanca and Alekhine were alive today and brought themselves up to speed they'd be ruling the roost. All these mugs -- Anand, Kramnik, Carlsen, Topalov, and the like are a bunch of mediocre players.
Jun-05-10  Atking: Just realizing how cleverly deep is 17.Qc1!? On 17...h6 <Hesam7> suggested an interesting 18.Qb2. A good square for that Queen but I will wait a bit more to decide which side this queen should go. What about 18.Bd1 (This square is just opened) 18...Bd6 (18...b5 19.a4! b4 20.c4 Qf5 21.RxBe4! QxR 22.Bc2 Qe2 23.Ra2! is even more difficult for Black) 19.Qe3 Na5 20.Ne5! Bxg2 21.Qg3 Be4 22.Bg4! then:

a) f5?! 23.RxBe4!

b) Rca8 looks clever but the light square bishop is on gold. 23.Bxh6 BxNe5 24.dxB Qxe5 25.QxQ RxQ 26.Bf4 Ree8 27.Bxc7 Nc4 28.Bd7 Re7 29.Rad1 Pretty unbalanced in favor of White. If greedy Black tooks the pawn. 29...Nxa3 30.Rd4 f5 31.Bxf5 RxB 32.BxB Nb5 33.Bbd5+ Kh7 34.Rh4+ Kg6 35.Rg4+ already you imagine an help mate. e.g Kf6 36.h4 Nxc3 37.Re6+ Kf5 38.Rg5+ Kf4 39.Bg2! & Re3! then Bh3-Rf5 mate and if f5 is covered Be6/d7-Rg4 mate. Like a Reti rhapsody

c) Rcd8 is the most natural 23.Bxh6 BxNe5 24.dxB Qxe5 25.QxQ RxQ 26.Bf4 Ree8 27.Bxc7 (as b ine) 27...Nb3 (27...Rd5 28.f3!) 28.BxR NxR 29.Bf5 Bc6 30.RxR+ BxR In this open position B is stronger than a N. Black should defend but its task is more difficult than white'one.

With the help of a friend chess program thing looks more easy...

Jun-06-10  Atking: Suddenly I have a doubt... White should have better than just an easy ending here. I think it possible to improve white's chance in my previous analysis. 22.Bh5 First! weakening a bit the King side 22...g6 23.Re2! (The move I fail to see yesterday) 23...BxN 24.dxe and Black position is more difficult that it appears at first sight 24...Rcd8 (Of course not 24...g5? 25.Bxg5! hxB 26.Qxg5+ Kh7 27.Qh4 Rg8+ 28.Bg4+ Kg7 29.BxR) 25.Rae1 Bd3 (25...Bf5?! 26.e6!) 26.Rd1 Nc4 (To stop Re3 xBd3 &Bxg6) 27.Bxh6 The point h8 is weak ! 27...Rxe5 28.Bf3 Qe6 29.Bg4! Now it's clearly stronger 29...f5 30.RxR NxR 31.Be2 or 29...Qd5 30.Bf4 RxR 31.BxR BxB 32.RxQd5 RxR 33.Qg2! A difficult move threatening Qe4! (White should care to Nd2 So Bxc7? Rd1+; Kh2 Nd2) In my opinion this position White should be able to win. The dark squares are difficult to defend. Indeed 16.h3 proves to be more useful than 17...h6.
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  GrahamClayton: Anand now has a record of +4, =12, -0 against Kramnik with Petroff's Defence.
Jul-16-10  Kinghunt: <suplexer: [...] Having a good plus score against rated number 1 doesnt make you the best. If that is true Boris Gulko was the best player in the world, as he has heavy plus record against Kasparov.>

Well, to be fair, 2 of his three wins against Kasparov were from the very early 1980s, before Kasparov could lay claim to the title of being #1 and before he dramatically increased his strength in his matches with Karpov. I wouldn't count a game against a sub-2600 Kasparov who had not yet cracked the top 10 as at all meaningful.

May-11-17  Saniyat24: Who said Russian Game was a dull opening line? What a beautiful game...superbly played by both players...
Apr-19-19  PJs Studio: This game was one WILD fight by two ultra powerful GM’s. I’m studying the petroff from both sides... but wondering where Kramnik went “wrong”. Pfff!
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