Kramnik Can't Finish....4-4

Anand Escapes With Two Draws                                 Calendar | Cd's | Subscribe | Catalogue

By Arvind Aaron

Anand survived after making two tactical mistakes in game seven and made a resourceful draw to keep the scores tied at 4-4 after eight games in the best of ten Mainz Chess Classic's LRP Landesbank Rheinland Pfalz event.

Play from both sides was affected by plenty of tension as the quality for this rapid match dipped. Anand struggled but posed all the possible hurdles for Kramnik and made a draw after dropping two pawns on move 17 and 29.

In the eighth game, Anand lost a pawn in a knight ending but once again did what he showed earlier on by keeping his king and knight active to make a draw.

The score is 4-4 and in case of a 5-5 tie on Sunday, the players will enter blitz tie-break games. Anand is missing tactics and Kramnik is unable to convert advantageous positions.

The moves:
GM V.Anand-GM V.Kramnik, rapid match, game seven, Sicilian defence, B33:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Qb6 5.Nb3 Nf6 6.Nc3 e6 7.a3 Be7 8.f4 d6 9.Qf3 a6 10.Bd3 0-0 11.g4 Nd7 12.Be3 Qc7 13.g5 b5 14.h4 b4 15.Ne2 bxa3 16.bxa3 Rb8 17.0-0 Nce5 18.fxe5 Nxe5 19.Qg3 Nxd3 20.cxd3 Rxb3 21.Rfc1 Qd7 22.Nf4 Bb7 23.Rcb1 Qb5 24.Rxb3 Qxb3 25.Qe1 Qa4 26.Qd1 Qd7 27.Qg4 d5 28.Nh5 Qd6 29.e5 Qxe5 30.Qd4 Qxd4 31.Bxd4 f6 32.Rc1 Rf7 33.gxf6 gxf6 34.Rb1 Bxa3 35.Nxf6+ Kf8 36.Rb3 Bd6 37.Rb6 e5 38.Rxd6 exd4 39.Nxd5 Bxd5 40.Rxd5 Rf4 41.h5 Kg7 42.Kg2 Kf6 43.Kg3 Rf5 44.Rxd4 Kg5 45.Rd6 a5 46.h6 Draw. Time left: 11.43/00.37.

GM V.Kramnik-GM V.Anand, rapid match, game eight, 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.dxc5 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bxc5 9.Be2 Nc6 10.Nbd2 0-0 11.b3 Rd8 12.Bb2 Bd7 13.Nc4 Be8 14.Nfe5 Rxd1+ 15.Rxd1 Rd8 16.Rxd8 Nxd8 17.Bf3 Be7 18.Nb6 Bc5 19.Bd4 Bxd4 20.exd4 Kf8 21.Kf1 Bb5+ 22.Ke1 Ne8 23.a4 Bc6 24.Bxc6 bxc6 25.Nbd7+ Ke7 26.Nb8 Nc7 27.Nexc6+ Nxc6 28.Nxc6+ Kd6 29.Nb4 e5 30.dxe5+ Kxe5 31.Kd2 Kd4 32.Nc2+ Kc5 33.g3 g6 34.Kd3 Nd5 35.Ne3 Nb4+ 36.Kc3 f5
37.Nc2 Nd5+ 38.Kd3 h6 39.f4 h5 40.Kd2 h4 41.gxh4 Nxf4 42.Ne1 Draw. Time left: 02.19/07.50.