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|Oct-27-08|| ||PhilFeeley: Time for Hal Bond's blog from Chess Canada:
<The last 2 games have been narrow escapes for Anand. I have had some great discussions with Yasser about them. Despite these close calls, Yasser still believes that game 10 today will be the final game of the match.
"Kramnik just isn't seeing anything." This is bad news for the organizers, who have sold out the hall for games 11 and 12.
In game 8 Vladimir had a winning liquidation sequence but mishandled it. Apparently instead of 23. Rd1 he should have first played Kg2 to cover his Rook on f2. Then the liquidation leads to a winning Knight ending because the Black Knight is stuck on d8 and the h pawn becomes the White King's lunch. Yasser played several lines with Rybka and won each time. Strategically this plan was not so hard to see - but Yasser can make it sound so easy!
Yesterday in game 9 Kramnik was all over Anand. He spoke in the press conference afterward, saying that he was tired of playing into Anand's preparation "being one and a half hours behind on the clock in a worse position. Today I discovered that if I get a promising position I can play well."
Anand's drawing chances came after the Q's were traded on c7. Luckily for Anand, Vlad is still smarting after missing that mate in one in his match with Fritz. He traded Queens after noticing at the last moment that his main move under consideration, 35...f5, allowed mate on h7. He was also a bit nervous about the clock, although 35. Qc7 still left him with nearly 6 minutes to reach move 40. Yasser claims that 35...Rg8 is winning.
Anand admitted that he did not play so well, and at several moments in the game he thought he was lost. Both guys went through a lot of water - I brought 6 bottles to Anand which is double his normal intake. Kramnik won the bathroom race 14-4.
We had a sell out crowd for the game, which was a real pain. They were noisy. Parents brought their kids, who simply could not sit still. Plenty of coughing, footsteps, whispers, etc. After 40 moves were reached there followed a boisterous exodus of about one third of the audience. Cell phones went off on move 20 and after move 40. On the second occasion the perpetrator was escorted out.
So - what does this mean for game 10 today? I think Kramnik has some small momentum from his past 2 games and his chances to crack Vishy are at least 40%. Almost no one here agrees with me.>
|Oct-27-08|| ||mckmck: what about Qc7.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Mateo: White threatens 26.a5 Nd7 27.Bc4.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||DEEPERGRAY: I thin vish earlier should have just traded white square bishops and kept the position simple|
|Oct-27-08|| ||GM Renier Gonzalez: This is a hard position to play as black|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Marmot PFL: Looks like c5 may fall (or sacrificed) so black can get play on c file.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||PinnedPiece: Time at move 25...Be6
|Oct-27-08|| ||Open Defence: yup, now Kramnik can shut Anand into the boot of the car and step on the gas|
|Oct-27-08|| ||MarkThornton: After <26. Reb1>, does passive defence with <26...Rc7> hold for Black?|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: 25..Be6 26.Rb1,Kh8! 27.a5,Nd7 |
|Oct-27-08|| ||whiteshark: Some elephant should move to be file now|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Open Defence: wrong rook ? is the relay wrong ? White's still good I think|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: < Open Defence: yup, now Kramnik can shut Anand into the boot of the car and step on the gas>|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Mateo: As <Becerra> already said, 26.Reb1! to impede Nc4 as well as Bc4.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||tamar: <Open Defence: yup, now Kramnik can shut Anand into the boot of the car and step on the gas>|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: Anand's time....boo hoo!|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Boerboel Guy: I think that Kramnik is going to give him the "slow squeeze" now.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||GM Renier Gonzalez: Reb1 was better to leave the a1 rook behind the a pawn in case you have to push it later|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Domdaniel: Now a5 is a real threat, with rook penetration at b7 following and the Be6 hard to defend.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: Rab8?|
|Oct-27-08|| ||YouRang: Yeah, I don't know why Kramnik didn't bring the e-rook into the q-side attack. :-p|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Mateo: 26...Rab8 defending b7 in case of 27.a5.|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Rodrigo Gutierrez: White is clearly better, but I still don't see anything decisive for him. Kramnik was also clearly better yesterday...|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Woody Wood Pusher: how about Bb3!? close up that file!|
|Oct-27-08|| ||Eyal: Maybe 26...f5 can give some counterplay for Black? one tacatical point is that in the line 27.a5 f4 28.axb6 axb6 White can't play 29.Qxa8 - as he could have if he had played 26.R<e>b1.|
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