Anand Loses Concentration As...
Kramnik Draws First Blood In Game Three
By Arvind Aaron
An unusual blunder by Anand on move 24 in game three ended what seemed to be a white advantage into a defeat in 27 moves. Kramnik not only defended, but went on to win with
the Berlin variation of the Ruy Lopez as black as he took a 2.5-1.5 lead after day two.
It was sad for Anand since it was his fifth wedding anniversary on Wednesday. A harmless invertion of moves led to a decisive loss and surrendering the lead.
In game four, Kramnik had the upperhand but was down on time to the last 90 seconds before to took a wise decision of repeating the position and drawing it to keep his 2.5-1.5 lead.
Strangely, none of the games are yet to live up to the expectations of the quality these two world champions of our time are capable of producing.
GM V.Anand-GM V.Kramnik, match game three, Ruy Lopez, Berlin variation, C67: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 h6 10.h3 Bd7 11.b3 Kc8 12.Bb2 b6 13.Rad1 Ne7 14.Rd2 c5 15.Rfd1 Be6 16.Ne2 g5 17.h4 g4 18.Nh2 h5 19.Rd8+ Kb7 20.Rxa8
Kxa8 21.Rd8+ Kb7 22.Nf4 Ng6 23.g3 c4 24.bxc4 Nxf4 25.gxf4 g3 26.Nf1 gxf2+ 27.Kh2 Bxc4 0-1. Time left: 7.07/07.52.
GM V.Kramnik-GM V.Anand, match game four, queen's gambit accepted, D27: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 a6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bxc4 e6 6.0-0 c5 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Nc3 cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Bg5 0-0 11.Qd2 h6 12.Bf4 Re8 13.Rad1 Bf8 14.Ne5 Ne7 15.Qd3 Ned5 16.Bc1 b5 17.Qg3 Bb7 18.Bxh6 Nxc3 19.bxc3 Ne4 20.Qg4 Nf6 21.Qg5 Qe7 22.Rd3 Ne4 23.Qg4 Nf6 24.Qg5 Ne4 25.Qg4 Nf6 Draw. Time left: 01.30/9.19.
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