Anand Beats Kramnik                                    Calendar | Cd's | Subscribe | Catalogue

By Arvind Aaron

After two hair raising blitz tie-break games, the two champions were separated after their 5-5 draw in the rapid chess match. Anand won the first and drew the second to win the historic match triumph 1.5-0.5.

Anand received the jacket presented to the winner for his fourth title in five years. He won in 1997, 1998, 2000 and now 2001. It was sponsored by Landesbank Rheinland Pfalz and was part of the Mainz Chess Classic.

It was a historic triumph for Anand in a historic match. Both players received pen sets and also appearance fees which are not disclosed. Anand played the first blitz game brilliantly and caught white's opening mistake in the second to play positively and brilliantly in the second to make a draw. The blitz games were by far the most exciting affairs.

Kramnik may have dominated the rapid games but he was not recognisable in the blitz tie-break.

The moves:

GM V.Kramnik-GM V.Anand, rapid match, game nine, 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 cxd4 8.exd4 Nc6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Bf4 Na5 12.Bc2 b5 13.d5 exd5 14.Qd3 Nc6 15.Bc7 Qd7 16.Ne5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 g6 18.a4 Bb7 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qxb5 Qxb5 21.Nxb5 Rxa1 22.Rxa1 Rc8 23.Bd3 Nd7 24.Bc3 Nc5 25.Bf1 Ba6 26.Nd4 Draw. Time left: 08.10/07.35.

GM V.Anand-GM V.Kramnik, rapid match, game ten, Petroff's defence, C42: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c4 Nf6 10.Nc3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nxd4 12.Qd1 Ne6 13.Bf5 dxc4 14.Qa4+ c6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Qxc4 0-0 17.Qxe6+ Rf7 18.Be3 Qd6 19.Qxd6 Draw. Time left: 14.48/16.45.

GM V.Anand-GM V.Kramnik, tie-break, five minute plus five seconds per move, game one, Sicilian defence, B33: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.Qe2 Bb4 8.Bd2 0-0 9.a3 Be7 10.0-0-0 d6 11.g4 a6 12.g5 Nd7 13.h4 Qc7 14.f4 b5 15.Kb1 b4 16.axb4 Nxb4 17.f5 Rb8 18.Bf4 exf5 19.exf5 Ne5 20.Bh3 Re8 21.g6 hxg6 22.Bxe5 dxe5 23.fxg6 fxg6 24.h5 Bf5 25.hxg6 Bxh3 26.Rxh3 Bg5 27.Ne4 Bf4 28.Nbc5 1-0.

GM V.Kramnik-GM V.Anand, tie-break, five minute plus five seconds per move, game two, queen's gambit, 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.e4 Bb7 10.d5 c4 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.Bc2 Bd6 13.b3 Ne5 14.Nbd2 c3 15.Nb1 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 b4 17.a3 a5 18.Qh3 e5 19.axb4 axb4 20.Rxa8 Bxa8 21.Qe6+ Qe7 22.Qc8+ Qd8 23.Qa6 0-0 24.Rd1
Ng4 25.Qxd6 Qh4 26.Qc5 Qxh2+ 27.Kf1 Rxf2+ 28.Qxf2 Nxf2 29.Kxf2 Qh4+ 30.Kf3 Qh5+ 31.Ke3 Qg5+ 32.Kf2 Qh4+ 33.Kf3 h5 34.Rf1 Qg4+ 35.Ke3 Qxg2 36.Bd3 Qg3+ 37.Ke2 Qg4+ 38.Ke3 Qg3+ Draw agreed. Time left: 0.15/2.37.