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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Dortmund Sparkassen (2000), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-13
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Nimzo-English Opening (A17)  ·  1-0


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Jun-25-05  Everett: Kramnik, with his patented Nf3, c4, Nc3, Qc2 answer to typical Nimzo development rarely scores quick wins but it certainly is effective. Here he slowly smothers Anand.

Kramnik, at his best, must remind many of Karpov.

Jun-25-05  fgh: Lol. Who does understand these crazy knight maneuvers in the endgame?
Oct-24-05  Flyboy216: <fgh: Lol. Who does understand these crazy knight maneuvers in the endgame?> All of us 2700+ rated players ;)
Nov-02-05  aw1988: <acirce>, here's one for your collection.
May-24-06  Karpova: Kramnik completely outplayed Anand just to go wrong and end up in a worse position. Anand's 38...Nf5 was a lemon overlooking the pin after 39...Bh5: loosing the exchange. This game was quite well-known at that time due to these mistakes. It's interesting but far from being a masterpiece.
Oct-11-06  anandrulez: First it was Kramnik who went into the lead, and everyone thought he was going to win. Then Anand fought back and got a position in which only he had winning chances. But in Kramnik’s most desperate time trouble the Indian superstar produced a spectacular blunder that lost him the game.

With plenty of time on his clock Anand could choose from a number of moves, e.g. simply 38...Qxg4+. Instead he played 38...Nf5??, allowing the simple 39.Qxh5 Bxh5 40.Bd3. The last move forks the rook and the knight, which is pinned after the bishop recaptured on h5. Afterwards Anand told us it wasn’t 40.Bd3 he had missed. “In fact I had checked the line 39.Bd3 Qxg4+ 40.fxg4 Nxd4 41.Bxc2 Bxc2. But I simply didn’t consider 39.Qxh5.” It was also the kind of error Kramnik couldn’t miss, even in his worst time trouble. Anand hung on for another 27 moves, coolly defending a rook + knight vs. two knights position, but in the end he had to capitulate. “That wasn’t the just outcome of this terrible game,” said a very dissatisfied Kramnik immediately after it was over. “It should have ended in a draw.” And Anand philosophised ruefully: “When you retire from chess you probably miss the excitement and the competition. What you don’t miss is the blunders.”

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Mar-25-08  positionalgenius: <anandrulez> nice post. This endgame was still rather instructive.
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  plang: Played in round 6 of Dortmund 2000; Kramnik and Anand finished in a tie for first with 6-3. After 12 d4 the game had transposed into a Classical Nimzo Indian (E32). In Timman-Karpov Hoogeveen 1999 Black played 12..c5 and White went on to win; 12..axb was new. Kramnik thought he missed an opportunity by not playing 26 Qe3..dxc 27 exf..Bxf5 28 Nc4 with close to a winning position. Instead, after 28..Nf6 Black had decent compensation for the pawn. Instead of the losing blunder 38..Nf5? Anand could have kept a small edge with 38..Qxg4 39 fxg..Nf4 40 Kf2..Be4 41 Ke3..Nxe2 42 Nxe4..Nxd4 43 Rxd4..Rxh7.
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