Wednesday, October 22, 2008

World Chess Championship Round 6

WCC R06: Anand wins again, score now 4.5:1.5
21.10.2008 – "This is a major tragedy in the making," said one of the official commentators, Dr. Helmut Pfleger, to the audience. After yesterday's loss with the white pieces Vladimir Kramnik was confronted again with a new idea by Anand. In spite of imaginative defence he found himself in an endgame where Anand could successfully press for victory. Illustrated report with Aronian's take.

Game six: Anand wins in 35 moves
Levon Aronian: My take on game six

It's really hard to comment on such game. I was expecting Kramnik to go berserk, but today's game was sad to watch. Instead of trying to complicate matters at any cost Kramnik went for a solid Nimzo, where he in fact decided to pick Anand's favorite line. It did not seem very wise, and yes, we saw a good novelty played by Anand. In a slightly better position for Anand, Kramnik went for a forced line, where he sacrificed a pawn for initiative. Unfortunatelly for Kramnik he did not find the best moves, and the rest was a matter of technique.

Will Kramnik now be able to play his real chess when the pressure is gone? Spassky in his 72 match with Fischer played his best chess when he was losing with a more or less similar margin. Lets hope so.

Anand,V (2783) - Kramnik,V (2772) [E34]
WCh Bonn GER (6), 21.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.Bd2 0-0 9.h3 b6 10.g4 Qa5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qd5 14.Qxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 Nf6 16.Rg1 Rac8 17.Bg2 Ne7 18.Bb4 c5 19.dxc5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Ne4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nd3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Bc1 f5 27.Kd1 Rc8 28.f3 Nd6 29.Ke1 a5 30.e3 e5 31.gxf5 e4 32.fxe4 Nxe4 33.Bd2 a4 34.Nf2 Nd6 35.Rg4 Nc4 36.e4 Nf6 37.Rg3 Nxb2 38.e5 Nd5 39.f6 Kf7 40.Ne4 Nc4 41.fxg7 Kg8 42.Rd3 Ndb6 43.Bh6 Nxe5 44.Nf6+ Kf7 45.Rc3 Rxc3 46.g8Q+ Kxf6 47.Bg7+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

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