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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
Zurich Chess Challenge (2013), Zuerich SUI, rd 6, Mar-01
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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Mar-01-13  harish22: Extraordinary preparation by Anand. Right from 9.Kh1. But i am puzzled by Anand's and Gelfand's losses to Caruna. do not get the point of anand's exchange sac. Also the Caruna-Gelfand game is a mystery. A 2750 + GM playing with 3 pawns vs 4 pawns on the same side, loses all 3 pawns for just one. Very fishy.
Mar-01-13  Whitehat1963: Go ahead and call me stupid, but I don't see the finish. How does white win?
Mar-01-13  Eyal: Kramnik tried to create a sharp and unbalanced game, as he did in his 3 previous games in this tournament as well - he avoided the exchange of bishops on move 11, he avoided forcing a draw on move 20 with Nxh3 (21.gxh3 Qd7 22.Rac1 Qxh3+ 23.Kg1 Qg4+ and perpetual check), and he avoided the exchange of queens on move 21, at which point it backfired badly.
Mar-01-13  Whitehat1963: What's the finish?
Mar-01-13  Shams: <Whitehat1963> I think White's a-pawn is pretty fast. 27...Qe6 28.a6; 27...Qa4 28.Ra1; 27...Qxb2 28.Rxb2 Ra8 29.Bb6 ∆ Nd2-b3-c5 all look good. White's Be3 is fighting Black's rooks very well.
Mar-01-13  Eyal: After 27...Qxb2 28.Rxb2 Ra8 White can even play immediately 29.a6 and then a7; also 27...Qxa5 loses to a knight fork on c4.
Mar-01-13  Shams: <Eyal> Yes of course, a6-a7 straightaway.
Mar-01-13  LucB: <Hesam7>

<Also Anand did not show up after he lost to Caruana either ...>

He showed up for a bit but didn't stay long..

Mar-02-13  csmath: <I don't see how the win is anything special, Anand played a normal game and Kramnik foolishly blundered. >

I don't say it is special. It is a trap. Queen is on d5 exactly for the reason to attack pawn on d3 while it looks it is there for the exchange. And Kramnik walked into the trap naively chasing pawn on b2.

Yes, it is funny, it is error but it did happen few times already to various guys playing with Anand. So it is a nice skill to set up traps like that.

To me it is entertaining, as you know I am no Kramnik fan. :-)

<In fact if you watch Anand's commentary after the game it is quite clear that he was aiming not to be worse more than anything else before Kramnik blundered.>

Another thing for you to notice - Anand is one of the most modest people. He never claims supremacy, he never prepares excuses, and he never comes across as arrogant. This is a big difference between him and the guy you are used to favor. :-)

On the other hand I like Anand precisely because of his personality.

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  Richard Taylor: Nice combo by Anand
Mar-02-13  cunctatorg: A great game by Anand; his handling of the position was superb!
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  HeMateMe: First there was Fischer Fear, now we have Vishy Fear, people walk into quiet traps against him, because of his rep of being hard to get winning positions against.
Mar-02-13  Ulhumbrus: Analysis given by the Houdini computer on the official website indicates that after Kramnik had dropped two pieces for a rook he made a still greater mistake by 23....Qxb2? taking White's b pawn but allowing White to keep a strong passed a pawn.

This suggests that after Kramnik realised that he had made the first blunder he was upset and made an even greater mistake.

Here is Houdini's analysis of the move 23...Qa8 instead, where Black does not take the b2 pawn but instead captures White's a pawn:

1.12 ... Qa8 24.Qxe2 Rxa5 25.Rc1 Ra1 26.Qe1 Rxc1 27.Qxc1 Qb7 28.Qc3 Re6 29.b4 Qc6 30.Qb3 Re8 31.b5 Qe6 32.Qc3 Qd7 33.Kg1

Mar-02-13  anandrulez: This game reminds me of 2 strong players playing each other when they are old not prime
Mar-02-13  csmath: Look at the losses of Kramnik against Anand. Anand plays like a snake all the time. Sometimes it is small traps, sometimes they are quite elaborate. He is a tactical player in his heart but years of tournament chess turned him into skilled positional player. He still sees little things very well and that is why he plays fast so easy. I am not a particular fan of his chess but I love the elegance of it.

Kramnik on the other hand does have a tendency to walk into small tactics blindly. I mean we all have our share of blunders but Kramnik makes you believe he sees everything and then he gets into pothole so easily.

Mar-02-13  anandrulez: I think Vishy is a practical player who maximizes his advantage and yes looks for tactical traps . Kasparov Carlson Kramnik are more maximizes and Miro once said the same. This game along with Sofia and 1 more Bushy win has been just plain blinded . Not sure it's correct to consider their head to head strength
Mar-03-13  latvalatvian: Anand seems to understand the basics of chess.
Mar-03-13  Caissanist: Anand seems to win an awful lot of games where his opponent "did not play up to his usual level". I suspect we are seeing a master of chess psychology at work.
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  perfidious: <notyetagm: Wow, so did Kramnik just miss how strong the <REMOVAL OF THE GUARD> shot 22 Rc6xa6! was???>

Must be he allowed it, hoping Anand would overlook the idea and give you another reason to gloat over a strong grandmaster's error.

Take a lesson from Anand sometime, per this snippet from the post above by <csmath>:

<Another thing for you to notice - Anand is one of the most modest people. He never claims supremacy, he never prepares excuses, and he never comes across as arrogant....>

Mar-04-13  Chessinfinite: Nice game by Anand. It looks like he always had things under control or under a watchful eye.Kramnik tried to play open, tactically and got burnt against Anand, who is not the most pleasant of opponents for Kramnik.

I even read reports such as in Chessbase, where they seem to imply that it was Anand who had to be careful, and even was being outplayed?..Who outplayed whom here? Really, chessbase is a piece of Cr^& journalism as Anand rightly pointed out sometime back. They shoud just stick to inviting GMs for their videos.How many more times does one have to get burnt to get the picture ? Whatever...

Mar-05-13  jimzak: I think 18-...Nh5 was the turning point of the game,the knight in f6 was guarding the important d5,18...h6 deserved consideration, the tempo lost here was correctly utilised by white.
Mar-07-13  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 9...a5 is 9...f6 freeing the knight on d7 as quickly as possible
Mar-11-13  fgh: <FadeThePublic: Immediately after the game he ran up to his room, possibly to cry, when he wins he talks like his opponents (who show up with class) are not there and didnt know what was going on while he was crushing them with all these variations NO?,lol.>

Troll of the year award.

Mar-12-13  iamsheaf: Before Bonn Kramnik was leading in head to head against Anand 6-4. Since Bonn 2008, Anand won five games against Kramnik and losing only once. Anand also has a plus against Topalov now. he was -1 before Sofia 2010.

On the other hand, he hadn't lost a single game since 1993 to Gelfand till he lost game 7 of WCC 2012.

Feb-20-16  RookFile: 5. Bxc6 has logic to it. White tries to transfer the game more or less into a Ruy Lopez exchange variation, where the loss of tempo may be compensated by black's bishop on c5 being slightly misplaced for these Ruy Lopez exchange games.
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