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Vladimir Kramnik vs Viswanathan Anand
"Bonn Fire" (game of the day Mar-26-2018)
Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008), Bonn GER, rd 5, Oct-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Blumenfeld Variation (D49)  ·  0-1


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May-10-12  BOSTER: This is well-known position describes the difference between the apperance and contents like in human as in the chess.

White pieces look excellent, but their game is lost.

In this pos. after 28...Rc3

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Kramnik got up wrong combo, where black used 30.Nf6-in between-move and back-rank weakness.

May-10-12  dragon player: I know this game. It's from the WCC-match from 2008. This was the second game in which Anand played the semi-Slav, and he won for the second time with this move:


Now mate is the threath.

35.fxe3 fxe3

white can do nothing against 36...e2.

Time to check.


Indeed, and Kramnik resigned after fxe3.


May-10-12  goodevans: <sevenseaman> Not sure which old comment you're referring to and what you mean by "to exchange Qs was defeatist".

After 29.Nxd4 Qxd4 30.Rd1 Nf6 how is white to avoid the Q exchange and still regain his piece? Or am I missing something?

May-10-12  srag: Of course I didn't see anything like the solution, but after 35)fxe3 fxe3 all was clear. "Medium" or not, I found it very beautiful!
May-10-12  zealouspawn: dzechiel, I think even if white plays 35. h3 like you suggest, the game will end quite quickly. I don't envision a "long slog"

35 h3 Rxf1+ 36 Kh2 Rxf2 where the plan of 37.. Rxg2+ followed quickly by ..f3 ..f2 and f1=Q should be decisive very quickly.

May-10-12  Amarande: Wow, surprised this was this late in the week, as I got it almost immediately.

Black needs something *now* (typical of early-week problems), as White's a and b pawns are otherwise going to be a winning advantage. The Bishop is for the moment pinned, but White can easily wriggle out of this (e.g. g3 and Kg2) if he is given any respite.

The win of a pawn by Nxh2 is too slow, and neither Nxf2 nor f3 lead to anywhere quickly, however, Ne3 comes quickly to mind. This threatens mate through RxB, and White can only prevent it by either 35 fxe3 or 35 h3 (not 35 g3 - Rxf1# by a semi-Arabian theme, the Knight also guarding g2).

If 35 fxe3 fxe3 now threatens e2, followed by rapid mate. White's only defence is 36 Rc7, offering the Rook to gain a tempo to free the Bishop. However, although then White has only lost the Exchange and a pawn and still has his outside passed pawns, the Black passed pawn is still quickly decisive: 36 ... Rxc7 37 g3 (the only try: B moves are countered with Rc1+) Rc1 (threatening e2) 38 Kg2 Rc2+ followed by e2, or, if White tries 39 Kf3, Rf2+. Either way, the e-pawn costs White his Bishop as well, and his King is too distant to support the passed pawns so the Rook wins easily.

If 35 h3 Rxf1+ 36 Kh2 Rxf2 is more than good enough, but even more elegant, 35 ... Nxf1!! and White's King is in all but a mating net; the threat is now Ng3+ followed by Rh1#. If 36 f3 Ng3+ 37 Kf2 Rf1# is also mate. Best is 36 g4, but Black has then simply won a piece, and can win pretty much as he pleases.

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  Dionysius1: My favourite kind of resolution: elegant, economic and unbeatable. Sigh!My Dad must have taught me to shave with Occam's razor when I was a pubescent.
May-10-12  M.Hassan: Just off the topic of POD:
Tomorrow is the start of World Championship Games between Anand & Gelfand. IMO it is a very important event, yet not A newsagency announced it and I listen to the New pretty frequently. Has anybody heard it from News broadcasters?. if not it is a shame for mainstream media.
May-10-12  Patriot: White is up a pawn.

What is white going to do after 34...Ne3? 35.fxe3 fxe3 and there is no way to stop 36...e2 and 37...exf1=Q. This is one of the easiest Thursday's I've seen.

May-10-12  Patriot: <...and there is no way to stop 36...e2 and 37...exf1=Q> I guess I should have said "There is no good way to prevent this" since some have pointed out the interesting (but losing) 36.Rc7?!
May-10-12  TheBish: Kramnik vs Anand, 2008

Black to play (34...?) "Medium"

I don't remember, maybe I saw this before. In any case, it didn't come to me immediately, but I solved it in under a minute.

34...Ne3! wins the bishop and more after 35. h3 Rxf1+ 36. Kh2 Rxf2 followed by 37...Rxg2.

If instead 35. fxe3 fxe3, Black is helpless against 36...e2 and 37...exf1=Q(+).

May-10-12  BOSTER: Moscow 05/11/12.

White to play and win!

Jul-17-12  scholes: A question to fellow kibitzers, would Anand had seen 34.. Ne3 while playing 28..Nc3 because if he did not see it, he would have simply ended a piece down at the end of 6-7 move long exchange forced by the white.
Jul-17-12  scholes: Correction, not a piece down but surely in a completely lost endgame if 34 .. Ne3 was not available
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  perfidious: <scholes> If Anand doesn't have 34....Ne3 at the end of this forcing sequence then his whole idea has no point, so my answer is yes.
Jul-22-14  Vinod S U: Best example for a sting in the tail game..!! 34 Ne3! excellent by vishy
Oct-01-15  Everett: <Jun-29-09 Everett: <yalie> White is not forced to allow the perpetual. 17.Bxd6 Qxd6 18.Rfd1 e5!? then white has 19.Nh4 and 20.f3 I think black is not comfortable here. White will be able to slow down the center and K-side, and still has two passers and better influence on the light squares. The white N is not easily removed without allowing telling Q-side pressure.>

Anyone with a high-level program want to take a look at my old suggestion? Wonder if it has held up over time.

Jul-29-16  tigreton: Nice sacrifice! Very original play by Anand, for instance when moving gxf6
Dec-01-16  Musjis: goodevans: <sevenseaman> Not sure which old comment you're referring to and what you mean by "to exchange Qs was defeatist". After 29.Nxd4 Qxd4 30.Rd1 Nf6 how is white to avoid the Q exchange and still regain his piece? Or am I missing something?

Perhaps the exchange could of been avoided Qe2, still defending his Rook. I'm not sure.

Mar-26-18  tgyuid: so primitive....
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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 24 done

1. = / + (-0.26): 29.Qh5 Bxf3 30.gxf3 Qg6+ 31.Qxg6 hxg6 32.Re4 d3 33.Kg2 g5 34.a5 Ra3 35.h4 gxh4 36.a6 e5 37.Re1 f5 38.Rc1 Nb8 39.a7 Rxa7 40.Bxd3 Kf6 41.Rc8 Nd7 42.b5 h3+ 43.Kxh3 e4 44.Bc2 exf3 45.Kh4 Ra1 46.Rc6+ Ke5 47.Kg5 Rg1+ 48.Kh6 Rg2

2. = / + (-0.26): 29.Qg8 Bxf3 30.gxf3 Qg6+ 31.Qxg6 hxg6 32.Re4 d3 33.Kg2 g5 34.a5 Ra3 35.h4 gxh4 36.a6 e5 37.Re1 f5 38.Rc1 Nb8 39.a7 Rxa7 40.Bxd3 Kf6 41.Rc8 Nd7 42.b5 h3+ 43.Kxh3 e4 44.Bc2 exf3 45.Kh4 Ra1 46.Rc6+ Ke5 47.Kg5 Rg1+ 48.Kh6 Rg2

May-11-18  tgyuid: it was all I xouls ov t
May-11-18  tgyuid: till the saving of t
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