Anand Fights Back...3-3

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By Arvind Aaron

Friday belonged to Viswanathan Anand, for he accepted the sacrifice that Vladimir Kramnik came up with and went on to score a full point by springing up a novelty in the 17th move in game five. Levelling the scores at 2.5-2.5, Anand coolled off with a draw in game six after Kramnik showed great match experience to vary and drop the Berlin variation for the Arkhangelsk variation and draw with black with ease.

Anand is back in the match and is also back as the favourite after hitting back. Strangely both players lost once and with the white pieces unlike in classical chess where white wins due to the advantage of making the first move.

The free day provided changes in the openings from both players with Anand choosing a different variation in the queen's gambit accepted and Kramnik changing a Ruy Lopez variation.

Kramnik's bishop sacrifice has been played four times before. It offers good compensation not a guaranteed win. White's 21st move was a culprit in many ways since it offer black two pieces for a rook. After this, the game was over in principal and Kramnik was playing only for tricks which did not happen.

Kramnik won the Braingames Match against Kasparov last November but remained undefeated. This defeat could hurt him and increase his risk with both colours and aid the possibility of several decisive games. And more decisive games in the match is only going to favour white. Kramnik's big risk in game five was a surprise and his hope for stretching the lead only failed and that too miserably.

The score is 3:3 with four games remaining to be played.

The moves:

GM V.Kramnik-GM V.Anand, match game five, rapid chess, queen's gambit accepted, D27: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 e6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.Qe2 b5 9.a4 Bb7 10.axb5 axb5 11.Rxa8 Qxa8 12.Nc3 b4 13.Nb5 Qb8 14.e4 cxd4 15.Nbxd4 Bd6 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Nxe6 h6 18.Nxg7+ Kf7 19.Nf5 Bxe4 20.Nxh6+ Kg7 21.h3 Rxh6 22.Bxh6+ Kxh6 23.Rd1 Bxf3 24.Qxf3 Be5
25.Qe3+ Kg7 26.Qg5+ Kf7 27.Qf5 Nf8 28.b3 Bc3 29.g3 Qe5 30.Qxe5 Bxe5 31.f4 Bc3 32.Kg2 Ne4 33.g4 Nd2 34.f5 Nxb3 35.g5 Nc5 36.Kf3 b3 37.h4 b2 38.h5 Bd2 39.Rb1 Bc1 40.Ke2 Ne4 41.Kd3 Nd2 42.Rxb2 Bxb2 43.Kxd2 Kg7 44.Kd3 Bc1 45.g6 Nd7 46.Ke4 Nf6+ 47.Ke5 Nxh5 48.Ke6 Bb2 0-1.

GM V.Anand-GM V.Kramnik, match game six, rapid chess, Ruy Lopez, Arkhangelsk variation, C78: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Bb7 8.d3 0-0 9.axb5 axb5 10.Rxa8 Bxa8 11.Nc3 b4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 d6 14.c3 bxc3 15.bxc3 Ne7 16.Bxa8 Qxa8 17.d4 exd4 18.cxd4 Bb6 19.Qc2 h6 20.Re1 Re8 21.Bd2 Ng6 22.h3 d5 23.e5 Nf8 Draw. Time left:15.48/15.48.