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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
World Blitz Cup (2007), Moscow RUS, rd 11, Nov-21
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Knight Variation (A15)  ·  1-0


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  notyetagm: <Topista: why didn't anand accept the bishop sac?>

White (Kramnik) would reinforce the <PIN> on the <COMPLETELY PINNED> Black c6-knight with ♘f3-e5 and ♘c3-d1 to unmask the White d1-rook.

The Black c6-knight would then be attacked three times while White can <DEFEND> it only twice. So White regains his piece and profits a pawn, and that 2-1 queenside majority created by the extra pawn is an almost certain win with Kramnik's unsurpassed technique.

Nov-23-07  Topista: You gave me the answer I almost guessed.Thanks a lot for being kind <notyetgm>.
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  notyetagm: <Topista: You gave me the answer I almost guessed.Thanks a lot for being kind <notyetgm>.>

You're welcome.

And my post should read "♘c3-d1 to unmask the White c1-rook", not the White d1-rook.

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  notyetagm: The point of Kramnik's stupendous tactical shot 13 ♗e2xa6!! is shown in a variation whose final position is given below.

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White (Kramnik) regains his sacrificed bishop because the <COMPLETELY PINNED> Black c6-knight is now <EN PRISE>. The <PIN> by the White a4-queen has been <REINFORCED> -twice- and the Black c6-knight can no longer be sufficiently defended, mainly because the light-square Black f5-bishop has been locked out by the Black e6-pawn.

Kramnik thus regains his piece, with an extra pawn as profit. And Kramnik with that healthy 2-1 queenside majority means a highly likely White win.

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  notyetagm: White to play: 19 ?

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Kramnik's tactical exhibition continues with the star move 19 ♖c1-c6!.

Position after 19 ♖c1-c6!:

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The point of this -wicked- <ZWISCHENZUG> is to force the Black d6-queen onto the d7-square so that the upcoming ♘f3-e5 will <GAIN TIME (TEMPO)> on the Black d7-queen.

That is, instead of playing the obvious move 19 ♖c1-c8+, Kramnik first throws in the <ZWISCHENZUG> 19 ♖c1-c6! to force the Black queen onto the d7-square and only -then- plays his rook onto c8 with 20 ♖c6-c8+.

Consider the following analysis by Fritz 6 Light:

1. (5.41): 19.Rc1-c6 f7-f6 20.Rc6xd6 Be7xd6 21.Na4-c5 Kf8-f7 22.Nf3-h4 Bf5-g4 23.b2-b4 g7-g5

2. (2.63): 19.Rc1-c8+ Be7-d8 20.Rf1-c1 Kf8-e7 21.Nf3-e5 Bf5-g6 22.Na4-c5 Ke7-f6 23.b2-b4 Bg6-f5

It shows that Kramnik's <ZWISCHENZUG> 19 ♖c1-c6! is almost 3(!) pawns stronger than the obvious and second-best 19 ♖c1-c8+.

Position after 21 ♘f3-e5 1-0, <gaining time> on Black d7-queen:

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This <ZWISCHENZUG> 19 ♖c1-c6! by Kramnik is a perfect example of one of Weteschnik's sayings: <<<<<Whenever you want to move a piece you should check whether you can gain a tempo with that piece>>>>>.

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  notyetagm: I am no Kramnik fanatic but in this blitz(!) game Kramnik plays both one of the best <PINNING> combinations of the year (13 ♗e2xa6!!) -and- one of the most powerful <ZWISCHENZUG> of the year (19 ♖c1-c6!).

It is almost unthinkable that Anand would have to turn down his king in just 21(!) moves, but such is the ferocity of Kramnik's tactical play.

Very impressive.

Nov-25-07  sanyas: Good eye, that Kramnik.
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  notyetagm: <sanyas: Good eye, that Kramnik.>

One of the best tactical games I've seen all year, from Mr. Positional Chess(!).

Nov-25-07  Red October: tactics with a positional aim as well
Nov-28-07  M.D. Wilson: Well, Fischer said tactics flow from a superior position. Kramnik proved him right.
Dec-08-07  Brown: Thank goodness Fischer knew it, since all the players since Morphy had it figured out.
Dec-09-07  parisattack: <blazerdoodle: Go Kramnik!
I like Annand too.
Go Annand!>
LOL! Me, too, too. I like Anand (the man; gentleman, great ambassador for chess) but K3 I think just a bit too strong for him - at least at the moment...But a year is a long time.
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  notyetagm: According to GM Ray Keene's chess column, Anand thought he was setting a deep trap by allowing 13 ♗e2xa6!!. So, yes, Anand -did- see this brilliant idea of 13 ♗e2xa6!!, to answer a question I had when the game was played.

Anand thought that the response 13 ... ♖c8-a8, <PINNING> the White a6-bishop to the White a4-queen, was winning for Black but totally underestimated the strength of Kramnik's <PIN-BREAKING> response 14 ♗a6xb7!.

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  notyetagm: What a stupendous game this is by Kramnik! Wow.
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  notyetagm: <Whenver you want to move a piece, you should check whether you can gain a tempo with that piece.> -- Weteshchnik, "Understanding Chess Tactics", page 157

Kramnik's 19 ♖c1-c6! is one of the best examples of this principle that I have ever seen.

Jan-01-08  vanderyacht: Why not 15...Nd7, allowing black to castle?
Jan-01-08  beatgiant: <vanderyacht>
15...Nd7 looks like a better defense. White might reply 16. Nxa4 0-0 17. Nc5 Nb6 18. b4, followed by pushing the queenside pawns. Black will probably have to give a minor piece for White's passers eventually. Then White will have a winning material advantage, but I don't see an immediate crush as in the game.
Feb-23-08  positionalgenius: Ouch!
Mar-09-08  zoat22: <blazerdoodle> cmon, learn to spell anand's name, its not that hard.
Apr-11-08  Whitehat1963: Brilliant exchange on Kramnik's part in the Opening of the Day. And a good puzzle after 12...Nc6.
Jul-08-08  yalie: <topista>, <notyetgm> you guys may like this game (albeit much lower rated than these heavyweights) where the sac is actually accepted:

John Bick vs A Inigo, 2007

I think the position after 12..Nc6 occurred other times before .. so this is likely strong home prep from Kramnik.

Jul-18-08  Onizuka: yalie

Home preparation is part of chess.

Kramnik is certainly preparing other suprises for Anand. And they will have the same effect and will lead to this kind of beautifull massacres.

And this game shows Kramnik is a very good blitz player.

Maybe not such a good idea for Anand and his team to hope there will be a tiebreak. The players will both have this last game in mind and it will be desastrous four Anand.

Jan-17-09  freeman8201: This game follows the same line Ruslan Ponomariov palyed as White and won. The Black player played 16...Bd3
Dec-03-10  sevenseaman: A tactical masterclass! Why doesn't Vladmir always play like this. Here he makes Anand look like a novice.
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  piltdown man: A beautiful performance.
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