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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
13th Amber Rapid (2004) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 6, Mar-26
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1-0



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  patzer2: Anand gets an amazingly strong middle game position against Kramnik with a very subtle (which at first seems almost passive) closed sicilian opening setup. His dominating control of the b-file proves to be the difference in winning the game. Notice that if Black plays 28...Rd8?! (to prevent 29. Nxd6) that 29. Bg5! Bxg5 30. Nxg5 gives White a decisive advantage.
Apr-24-04  Gavnyce: Nice win for Anand he put kramnik under heavy pressure with a very strong attack he used his pawn advantage to get the win kramnik got locked into a kinda of defensive stance
Aug-19-04  psalcido: Anands plan is clear after black plays 11. a5 12. Rb1 a4 13. b4 axb3 e.p. !? I wonder about the soundness of the last move because it allows white to continue his plan of controlling the b-file while protecting his a3 pawn. Might have cxb4 have been better? After cxb4, black would have ended up with atleast one passed pawn on the Queenside. Further, the b4 pawn would be protected by the Knight. It appears to me that after 13. ... axb3, White's attack is pretty much final on the b file, which is ultimately the attack that allows for the Knight to take on 29. Nxd6. So my question is, is 13. ... cxb4 a mistake?
Aug-19-04  psalcido: I might also add that another questionable move occurs at 18. ... Be6. It is clear that the b8 pawn is already lost after this move. I feel that protecting this pawn in some manner to prevent the move Rxb7 (which, according to Nimzovich, as I remember, the goal of the rook on the open file is to take over the 7th or 8th row), is more important. This pulls the Knight away from defending the point b7. But, since I am so bad at calculation, would Bc8 have been any better (defending the pawn)? It would leave black still in a purely defensive position.
Jan-10-07  James Bowman: Makes you wonder if Kasparov's statement that Kramnik is the most difficult player in the world to beat is correct. Kasparov's ambiguose attacks are understood very well by Kramnik, yet Kramnik has a more difficult time with the sound direct attacks for a positionally winning advantage from Anand. This is my observation.
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  chancho: It is a rapid game and Anand is very strong in those...
Aug-03-07  alexandrovm: nasty pawn move, followed by Qe5. Simply devastating...

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