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Battles Before Bonn: Two all time greats
Compiled by SetNoEscapeOn
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I'm creating this collection ahead of the Kramnik - Anand world championship match. I'm going to try and include all of the decisive classical games between the two, as well as the most interesting draws.

The highest level
Anand vs Kramnik, 2004 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Position trumps material
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A04) Reti Opening, 108 moves, 0-1

Amazing calculation.
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(A14) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Accuracy
Kramnik vs Anand, 1996 
(D85) Grunfeld, 101 moves, 1-0

25...c5!!
Kramnik vs Anand, 1997 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Too much for the queen
Anand vs Kramnik, 1998 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Complete, classic mastery
Kramnik vs Anand, 1999 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

Human, all too human: the second to last mistake.
Kramnik vs Anand, 2000 
(A17) English, 65 moves, 1-0

Very smooth win by Kramnik
Kramnik vs Anand, 2001 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Not his best, Vishy picks up a free point
Anand vs Kramnik, 2005 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 20 moves, 1-0

Simple, strong play by the world champion
Kramnik vs Anand, 2007 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 53 moves, 1-0

Their first real struggle
Kramnik vs Anand, 1993 
(A17) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Good defense while down the exchange
Kramnik vs Anand, 1997 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Diffusion of an attack with tactics, exchange sacrifice
Anand vs Kramnik, 1998 
(B33) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hand to hand combat
Anand vs Kramnik, 1999 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Very sharp
Anand vs Kramnik, 1998 
(B33) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tactics and calculation made to look easy
Anand vs Kramnik, 2000 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kramnik presses, Anand defends
Kramnik vs Anand, 2003 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Incredible final position
Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

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