Mateo: A very sharp variation of the Slav in which Kramnik outplayed his strong opponent, both from the tactical point of view and from the strategic point of view. Impressive.
22. Nxa5! was correct. But not Black's reply 22...c5?. Instead of 22...c5?, 22...bxa4+ 23.Kxb4 Qxa5+ 24.Ka3 was correct. The only explanation for the move actually played is that Hodgson thought Kramnik needed to move his Knight. But then came...
23. Bxb5! Rxa5. If 23...Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Rxa5 25.Rd7+ Kf8 26.Qg3, White wins as Black has no good reply against the double threat 27.Qxg7+ and 27.Qb8+.
24. Rhf1 Qh5. If 25...Qg5 26.h4! Qh5 (The Black Queen must stay on his 4th rank, otherwise the White Queen takes the c5 pawn with check) 27.g4 Qe5 28.Qxe5, White wins as in the game.
25. g4! Qe5 26. Qxe5 fxe5, the ending is an easy win for White. The two connected pased pawns on the a and b file are rolling stones!