20 October 2008

Kramnik-Anand: Game 5

The game has started.

World Chess Championship, Bonn 2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.O-O Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Rg8

A change from game 3. Anand plays this move earlier.

16.Bf4 Bd6

One would expect that Kramnik put some time into exploring this position during the "rest day," but it appears he has gone into his first think. Nogal on the playchess server suggests that Kramnik is bluffing with the clock.


It is 6:20am PDT; 3:20pm in Bonn


6:24am PDT

Was Kramnik prepared for this line? Does he have a surprise in store? Will Anand win the match because his preparation was deeper, more extensive, of by a stroke of luck covered the lines that they played?

The game clocks at playchess (not official) show that Anand has used just over seven minutes, while Kramnik, who is thinking, is closing in on thirty minutes.

6:37am PDT; 3:37pm in Bonn

Some observers think that 18.Ne5 should be played.

6:43am PDT

Hiarcs 12 likes 18.Rfd1

Susan Polgar says that Kramnik must spend a lot of time thinking here because the game has reached a critical position, and White is clearly worse in some lines.

6:52am PDT; 3:52pm in Bonn

Kramnik has used forty-five minutes

7:06am PDT

Hiarcs 12 now likes 18.Rfc1, but then it reverted back to favoring Rfd1 while I was typing this. Some observers at playchess are reporting that Rybka likes 18.a4.

7:08am PDT

18.Rfc1 was played a moment ago

18...f4 19.Bh4 Be7

Anand has used almost twenty minutes


7:28am PDT

Susan Polgar said that Kramnik had to exchange on e7, and while I was asking about this move in the comments of her blog, Kramnik played it, and Polgar added it as one of several possibilities.

If I had one of those humongous televisions instead of a standard computer monitor, I could have all these windows visible at once. There are limits to multitasking even when the OS supports it.

7:40am PDT

HiarcsX on playchess reported that Hiarcs has 0.03. I communicated to this user that my version of Hiarcs has 0.28.

As it happens, HiarcsX is the company that develops Hiarcs, and there are 170 versions since 12. I have the latest commercially available version for PCs, but 12.1 is available for Mac.

20...Bxh4 21.Nxh4 Ke7

7:52am PDT; 4:52pm in Bonn

Anand has used almost forty minutes; Kramnik has forty-five minutes remaining to get to move 40.

HiarcsX reported that 20...Qd6 was safer for Anand, then a few moments later reported that 21...Ke7! rendered the evaluation almost even.

My version of Hiarcs 12, running on a 32 bit P-IV with lots of other programs running likes 22.b4 0.68

After Two Hours

Kramnik is thinking about his twenty-second move and has used twice as much time as Anand.

8:04am PDT

Another email comes in from Barack Obama asking for money.

8:05am PDT

22.Ra3 just played


8:19am PDT

23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Ra1

8:22am PDT

24...Qc5 25.Qg4

Still a long ways to move 40. Kramnik is under half and hour remaining; Anand has just about an hour.

8:33am PDT; 5:33pm in Bonn

25...Qe5 26.Nf3

8:38am PDT

Kramnik is playing for an endgame. Anand might be in trouble.

The fantasy begins: Kramnik evens the score playing the same opening that gave him his first loss in this match. It appeared to the clock watchers that Anand was well prepared for this line, but the board trumps the clock until they reach zero.


8:42am PDT

27.Re1 Rc5 28.b4 Rc3


Did Kramnik blunder again? He should have played 29.Nd2


After Three Hours

Unless Kramnik sees somthing the engines miss, he's in trouble.

He doesn't.

30.Rd1 Nf6 31.Rxd4 Nxg4 32.Rd7+ Kf6 33.Rxb7 Rc1+ 34.Bf1 Ne3 35.fxe3 fxe3 0-1

Kramnik is down 3 1/2- 1 1/2

9:03am PDT; 6:03pm in Bonn

1 comment:

  1. Hip hip hooray for Anand!

    I dont know it is because of the play of Anand but it seems to me that Kramnik isn't playing like he normally does. I wonder if mister draw is out of form.