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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
Dortmund Sparkassen (2007), Dortmund, GER, rd 1, Jun-23
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Schallopp Defense (D12)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-23-07  cornflake: I still don't see a clear win here for Kramnik. Anand can hold this I think.
Jun-23-07  Tacticstudent: oh... now it's a draw =)!
Jun-23-07  Pawsome: <THE pawn: Kramnik should have kept the tension, no?> Yes. Now a draw is likely.
Jun-23-07  weisyschwarz: It looks like a draw. The heat has gone down.
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  MarkThornton: 34. Qc3 surprised me. I thought 34. Qb7 was far more unpleasant for Black. Now I'd have thought that 34...Qd6 35. Qd4 Qe6 probably holds the position for Black.
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  Gypsy: <MarkThornton: 31. h4 b6 32. Bxd5 exd5 33. Qc6 <Qe6> 34. Qxe6 fxe6 is interesting. ...> 35.f4 is probably mandatory here, lest 35...e5 turns the tables.
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  SCUBA diver: Balck wants to go Q-b5 and Q-c4. ...
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  MarkThornton: 34...Qd7 is more accurate than my suggestion of 34...Qd6. Now if 35. Qd4 Qc6! seizes the c-file. I think we'll see a draw agreed soon.
Jun-23-07  Knight13: Because he thought it was good to exchange now.
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  Mateo: At first sight, 33.Bxd5 is surprising but not so much. The result was likely a draw, even with the Bishops, unless someone saw something convincing to breakthrough.
Jun-23-07  cornflake: Anybody see a winning plan here for Kramnik? I don't.
Jun-23-07  lasherus: congrats to all those who predicted a draw.
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  chancho: Draw official.
Jun-23-07  Tacticstudent: <cornflake> same here.
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  Gypsy: <MarkThornton: ... I think we'll see a draw agreed soon.> Prophetic words.
Jun-23-07  THE pawn: I hate when Kramnik does that.
Jun-23-07  Hesam7: <> will you switch to another game or it is over for today??
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  MarkThornton: If Black plays 35....f6, he controls all the squares from a5 to h5, and all the squares from c4 to c8. That is quite a barrier! It's not surprising that White offered a draw.
Jun-23-07  Marmot PFL: Not many games left. They may have all been drawn by now.
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  Calli: Key was the defense pointed out by <Gypsy> 24.Bxe4 Bb4! and if 25.Bxb4 Qxb4 26.Qc8+ Kh7 27.Qxb7 Qe1+ 28.Kg2 f5! 29.Qc7 Ng4 30.Qf4 e5! 31.Qf3 Nxh2! 32.Kxh2 fxe4 33.Qg2

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Kramnik must have looked at that line and thought "very funny, Anand, very funny..."

Premium Chessgames Member Thanks for coming by today--we'll be doing it again tomorrow, same time. See you then.
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  Gypsy: <Calli> Thx for the credit. <Eyal> and <MarkThornton> had much to do with getting the variation right.
Jun-24-07  rookattack: anand has drawn with black against kramnik for the first time this year. his earlier two meetings with black against the world champion at corus and amber endedin defeat
Jun-24-07  Ulhumbrus: One might say that inviting 6 Nh4 is the price Black pays in order to be able to get his QB out. Otherwise he could afford the luxury of spending a tempo on 5...h6 clearing the square for the QB.

One alternative to 6...Bg6 is 6...Ne4 eg 7 Nxf5 exf5, although this displaces the e pawn defending the d5 pawn. Then on 8 Qb3 Qd7 White lacks a N on f3 able to attack the Black Q by Ne5.

After 14...Nxc5 White has the bishop pair, an asset which after 27 Qxc3 has typically become transformed into another asset, that of a powerful Bishop against a Knight.

Black's N is almost equal to White's KB in value as long as it is able to occupy the central post d5. For whatever reason Kramnik does not play e4 to force the Black N out of d5, but exchanges his B for the N by 33 Bxd5 after which the game is soon agreed drawn.

Sep-12-07  fromoort: <Ulhumbrus>And after 7...exf5, Black has nice control of the e4 square.
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