Anand changed the previous history of this match playing 1.e4, Vladimir Kramnik accepted the challenge and went for a comlicated sicialian defense. In the end, Anand achieved a very little advantage and Kramink offered a draw that closed the match.
Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [B96]
WCh Bonn GER (11), 29.10.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.f5 Qc5 10.Qd3 Nc6 11.Nb3 Qe5 12.0-0-0 exf5 13.Qe3 Bg7 14.Rd5 Qe7 15.Qg3 Rg8 16.Qf4 fxe4 17.Nxe4 f5 18.Nxd6+ Kf8 19.Nxc8 Rxc8 20.Kb1 Qe1+ 21.Nc1 Ne7 22.Qd2 Qxd2 23.Rxd2 Bh6 24.Rf2 Be3 draw
The Russian Championship ended with three players in the first place: P. Svidler, D. Jakovenko and Evgeny Alekseev; so a playoff was necessary to decide the next Russian Chess King.
Now the playoff is finished and the GM Peter Svidler is the new monarch. Before the last match D. Jakovenko was the leader and his opponent was Svidler. And after a very aggresive anti-marshall Svidler won a brilliant game.
Svidler,P (2738) – Jakovenko,D (2709) [C84]
ch-RUS Playoff Moscow RUS (6), 28.10.2008
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9.c3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Re1 h6 13.Nh4 Kh7 14.Nf5 Bxf5 15.exf5 Nc6 16.g4 Kg8 17.h4 Nh7 18.Bd5 Rc8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qf3 Nb8 21.g5 hxg5 22.Ne4 Nd7 23.hxg5 Nxg5 24.Bxg5 Bxg5 25.Ra6 Qe7 26.Ra7 Rfd8 27.Qh5 Bh6 28.Kh1 Kh8 29.Rg1 Nf6 30.Nxf6 Qxa7 31.Ng4 Kh7 32.Nxh6 gxh6 33.f6 Rg8 34.Be4+ Rg6 35.Rxg6 1-0.
The tenth game of the match that will decide the next World Chess Champion ended with the first vistory of the challenger.
After 29 moves, Vladimir Kramink won with white pieces against Anand’s Nimzoindian.
Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783) [E21]
WCh Bonn GER (10), 27.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Bg2 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.0-0 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6 14.Rfd1 Qc5 15.e4 Bc4 16.Qa4 Nb6 17.Qb4 Qh5 18.Re1 c5 19.Qa5 Rfc8 20.Be3 Be2 21.Bf4 e5 22.Be3 Bg4 23.Qa6 f6 24.a4 Qf7 25.Bf1 Be6 26.Rab1 c4 27.a5 Na4 28.Rb7 Qe8 29.Qd6 1-0
Even though Kramink had a sensible advantage he couldn’t materialize it, and we were witness of another draw. Now Anand has 5.5 points and he needs only one point to retain his title.
Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783) [D37]
WCh Bonn GER (8), 24.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qa5 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxf6 Bxb5 11.Ndxb5 gxf6 12.0-0 Nc6 13.a3 Bxc3 14.Nxc3 Rg8 15.f4 Rd8 16.Qe1 Qb6+ 17.Rf2 Rd3 18.Qe2 Qd4 19.Re1 a6 20.Kh1 Kf8 21.Ref1 Rg6 22.g3 Kg7 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Nxd1 Kh8 25.Nc3 Rg8 26.Kg2 Rd8 27.Qh5 Kg7 28.Qg4+ Kh8 29.Qh5 Kg7 30.Qg4+ Kh8 31.Qh4 Kg7 32.e5 f5 33.Qf6+ Kg8 34.Qg5+ Kh8 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Re2 Qc4 37.Qg5+ Kh8 38.Qf6+ Kg8 39.Qg5+ Kh8 draw
Anand payed 1.d4 and Kramink played a semi-slav again. Did we see this before? And as happened before Anand had got a clear advantage, but agreed to drawn.
Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [D19]
WCh Bonn GER (7), 23.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Bg6 10.e4 0-0 11.Bd3 Bh5 12.e5 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qe3 Re8 15.Ne1 Bg6 16.Bxg6 hxg6 17.Nd3 Qb6 18.Nxb4 Qxb4 19.b3 Rac8 20.Ba3 Qc3 21.Rac1 Qxe3 22.fxe3 f6 23.Bd6 g5 24.h3 Kf7 25.Kf2 Kg6 26.Ke2 fxe5 27.dxe5 b6 28.b4 Rc4 29.Rxc4 dxc4 30.Rc1 Rc8 31.g4 a5 32.b5 c3 33.Rc2 Kf7 34.Kd3 Nc5+ 35.Bxc5 Rxc5 36.Rxc3 Rxc3+ 37.Kxc3 draw
After six rounds Anand’s advantage seems too much for Kramnik. The actual World Champion played an interesting novelty in the Nimzoindian defense chosen by Kramnik and won with white pieces a sharp endgame.
Now the score is 4.5 : 1.5 and nothing seems to revert this situation.
Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E34]
WCh Bonn GER (6), 21.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.Bd2 0-0 9.h3 b6 10.g4 Qa5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qd5 14.Qxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 Nf6 16.Rg1 Rac8 17.Bg2 Ne7 18.Bb4 c5 19.dxc5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Ne4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nd3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Bc1 f5 27.Kd1 Rc8 28.f3 Nd6 29.Ke1 a5 30.e3 e5 31.gxf5 e4 32.fxe4 Nxe4 33.Bd2 a4 34.Nf2 Nd6 35.Rg4 Nc4 36.e4 Nf6 37.Rg3 Nxb2 38.e5 Nd5 39.f6 Kf7 40.Ne4 Nc4 41.fxg7 Kg8 42.Rd3 Ndb6 43.Bh6 Nxe5 44.Nf6+ Kf7 45.Rc3 Rxc3 46.g8Q+ Kxf6 47.Bg7+ 1-0
The World Champion, Viswanathan Anand wins again conducting the black pieces and increasing his lead. In this way, and after the fifth round, the current World Champion is still the leader with a score of 3.5 – 1.5
Could Kramnik find an antidote against Anand’s brand new weapon: the semi-slav?
Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772)
WCh Bonn GER (5), 20.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Cf3 Cf6 4.Cc3 e6 5.e3 Cbd7 6.Ad3 dxc4 7.Axc4 b5 8.Ad3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Cxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Db6 14.De2 Ab7 15.Axb5 Tg8 16.Af4 Ad6 17.Ag3 f5 18.Tfc1 f4 19.Ah4 Ae7 20.a4 Axh4 21.Cxh4 Re7 22.Ta3 Tac8 23.Txc8 Txc8 24.Ta1 Dc5 25.Dg4 De5 26.Cf3 Df6 27.Te1 Tc5 28.b4 Tc3 29.Cxd4 Dxd4 30.Td1 Cf6 31.Txd4 Cxg4 32.Td7+ Rf6 33.Txb7 Tc1+ 34.Af1 Ce3 35.fxe3 fxe3 0-1
Vishy Anand played a tough Queen’s gamblit declined and Kramink didn’t find the way to attack his solid position. After 29 moves a draw was agreed between the World Champion and his challenger.
Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [D37]
WCh Bonn GER (4), 18.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.a3 c5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 exd5 10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Be5 Bf5 12.Be2 Bf6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nd4 Ne6 15.Nxf5 Qxf5 16.0-0 Rfd8 17.Bg4 Qe5 18.Qb3 Nc5 19.Qb5 b6 20.Rfd1 Rd6 21.Rd4 a6 22.Qb4 h5 23.Bh3 Rad8 24.g3 g5 25.Rad1 g4 26.Bg2 Ne6 27.R4d3 d4 28.exd4 Rxd4 29.Rxd4 Rxd4 ½-½
The World champion, Vishy Anand, played a very interesting Slav in the third game. In the end he had a very strong attack for two pawns and after the time control Kramnik resigned.
Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783) [D49]
WCh Bonn GER (3), 17.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0-0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Bd6 16.Rd1 Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 18.Bf4 Bxf4 19.Nxd4 h5 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Rxd7 Kf8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 Rd8 25.Qe2 Kh6 26.Kf1 Rg8 27.a4 Bg2+ 28.Ke1 Bh3 29.Ra3 Rg1+ 30.Kd2 Qd4+ 31.Kc2 Bg4 32.f3 Bf5+ 33.Bd3 Bh3 34.a5 Rg2 35.a6 Rxe2+ 36.Bxe2 Bf5+ 37.Kb3 Qe3+ 38.Ka2 Qxe2 39.a7 Qc4+ 40.Ka1 Qf1+ 41.Ka2 Bb1+ 0-1
With a surprising 1.d4, Anand opened the second match for the World Title. Kramnik stayed calm under Anand’s pressure in a complicated position.
In time trouble Anand accepted a draw offered by his opponent and the match is still equalized.
Here’s the second match:
Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E25]
WCh Bonn GER (2), 15.10.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5 f5 9.Qc2 Nd7 10.e4 fxe4 11.fxe4 N5f6 12.c6 bxc6 13.Nf3 Qa5 14.Bd2 Ba6 15.c4 Qc5 16.Bd3 Ng4 17.Bb4 Qe3+ 18.Qe2 0-0-0 19.Qxe3 Nxe3 20.Kf2 Ng4+ 21.Kg3 Ndf6 22.Bb1 h5 23.h3 h4+ 24.Nxh4 Ne5 25.Nf3 Nh5+ 26.Kf2 Nxf3 27.Kxf3 e5 28.Rc1 Nf4 29.Ra2 Nd3 30.Rc3 Nf4 31.Bc2 Ne6 32.Kg3 Rd4 draw
We are just a few hours before the start of another World Chess Championship final. In this edition the fighters are Vishy Anand and Vladimir Krmanik, first and third of FIDE’s ranking. In this opportunity it will be disputed in the german city of Bonn.
Yesterday, the drawing of lots pointed out that in the first match Vladimir Kramink will conduct the white pieces.
The sixth round ended with unchanged position because all the games ended in draws.
Another story was told in the seventh round. Jakovenko won his game against Lastin, Alekseev beat Riazantse and Timofeev made his job against Maslak. Although Svidler with white pieces drawn his game with Tomashevsky, still leads the Russian Championship.
In Beijing, China, took place the 16th World Computer Chess championship. The US program Rybka won the tournament a full point ahead the british program Hiarcs. In the third place, a point behind, was the Israeli program Junio, followed by Cluster Toga and then Shredder.
The Russian Championship Final is taking place in Moscow from October 3rd to 15th.
At round four all the games ended in a draw but another was the story in the next round were 4 of the 6 games finished with a victory.
Peter Svidler scored a draw with white pieces against Konstantin Maslak and still leads the table by half point. He’s followed by N. Vitiugov with 3.5 points and Morozevich, Lasting, Alekseev and Timofeev with 3.0 points.