15 October 2008

Anand-Kramnik: Game 2

Anand opened with 1.d4! Kramnik answered with the Nimzo-Indian Defense.

I'm following the game on the playchess server and at ChessWorld. I may buy a ticket to watch Friday's game through FOIDOS and report on that technology then.

The game:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 f5 9.Qc2 Nd7

10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 N5f6 12.c5
12.Nf3 Rau-Mayr, corr 1985 is the most recent game in the ChessBase online database. One click access is possible through ChessBase software.

12...bxc6 13.Nf3 Qa5

One game in database: Gilman-Lepsenyi, corr 1966, 0-1
The novelty

15.c4 Qc5 16.Bd3 Ng4 17.Bb4 Qe3+ 18.Qe2 O-O-O 19.Qxe3 Nxe3 20.Kf2 Ng4+ 21.Kg3

Develop the king!!

This discovered attack against the bishop appears to force Kramnik to give up a pawn a few moves later. Hiarcs 12's evaluation alters half a pawn towards White as a consequence--from +0.43 to +0.95.

22.Bb1 h5 23.h3 h4+
Temporarily decoys the knight from controlling e5 at the cost of a pawn. Also increases the scope of the h8 rook.

24.Nxh4 Ne5 25.Nf3 Nh5+ 26.Kf2 Nxf3 27.Kxf3 e5 28.Rc1 Nf4

I'm not certain that Kramnik has compensation for the pawn, but its hard to find a way for Anand to make progress.

29.Ra2 Nd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Bc2 Ne6 32.Kg3 Rd4 ½–½


  1. Hmmmmmmmm, one would expect white to stand better because of the bishop pair and the extra pawn. I guess a patzer like me would still be found trying to win this game.

  2. I guess time pressure was a factor: two amd a half minutes to make eight more moves in a complicated position.