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Kramnik-Andreikin annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player, FIDE 2710

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We are in the final of the World Cup. Until the final all the matches had been based on 2 games of normal chess and in case of an equal score a tiebreak was played the next day. The final match consisted in 4 classical games. Before the match it was clear that Andreikin would try to be very solid and fight for survival in the classical games and then look for his chances later in the rapid and blitz. So basically Kramnik had 2 tries, his both white games, to win the match in normal chess.

Kramnik,Vladimir (2784) - Andreikin,Dmitry (2716) [D58]

FIDE World Cup 2013 Tromso NOR (7.1), 30.08.2013

[Arkadij Naiditsch]

Kramnik starts with d4 as usual.
1...e6 A small provocation of Andreikin who seems to be ready to play the French after 2.e4, but of course Kramnik sticks to his "closed" openings.
2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3
No Nimzo.
3...d5 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Nc3
We are in a classical Queen's Gambit.

[6.Bxf6 this move is also possible but doesn't seem to give White any advantage according to the latest games.]
6...00 7.e3 b6
This has been played for at least 100 years!
8.Bd3 dxc4
Black is using the fact that White has moved his bishop. [Another possible line could appear after 8...Bb7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.b4 with maybe a minimal plus for White.]
9.Bxc4 Bb7 10.00 Nbd7
Black's position is very solid and his play is usually quite easy, to play c5 and Rc8, which normally leads to a minimal plus for White but nothing special.
This is another normal way of playing for White, to bring the f-rook to d1 and sometimes an idea of Ba6 could be useful as well to get control over the white squares.
I am not sure about his move as now Black will always have a weakness on a6 and the rook from a8 will never move. [11...c5 would be the usual way of playing.]
Of course Black hoped for 12.a4, while with this move Kramnik is questioning Black's idea of a6.
Andrekin is too afraid to play the initial b5. [12...b5?! This logical move is an inaccuracy. 13.Bd3! The best place for the white bishop in order to support the e3e4 idea. 13...c5 14.dxc5 Black doesn't have a "good" piece with which it is possible to win the pawn back. 14...Bxc5 15.Bxf6! And White should be better.]
13.Bg3 White has no reason to exchange the bishop, as it is clear that White needs pieces on the board to make use of future play in the center with e4.
13...Nxc3 14.bxc3

14...Bd6! Andreikin feels the danger and decides to exchange one pair of bishops, which is a good decision!
15.e4 Bxg3 16.hxg3 b5 17.Bd3 Nb6
We can see that White is probably doing a bit better because of the solid center, but Black got as well his idea with playing Na4 and at some good moment c5.
A very strange decision by Kramnik, as now the black knight is getting to c4 with a tempo. [A small, careful move like 18.Bc2! would leave White with quite an advantage because now after Black's Nc4 White has Bb3.]
18...Na4 19.Bc2
White doesn't have a better move.
19...Nb2 20.Rdb1 Nc4 21.Qc1 White is preparing the a4 move.
But Black is also fast with the c5 push.
22.a4 cxd4 23.cxd4 Rc8
Protecting the b5 pawn.
24.axb5 axb5 25.Qe1
[Of course not 25.Rxb5 Nd6 White is losing the e4 pawn.]
Black's position is still a bit unpleasant. The b5 pawn is weak and White has some chances to launch play in the center by pushing d5.
26.Rb4 Ra8 27.Rd1
White is preparing the d5 push and therefor needs both pairs of rooks on the board.
27...Ra3?! Very risky play. [A more solid option would have been 27...Ra7 but White's position is of course still a bit better.]
Of course Kramnik doesn't miss his chance.
28...exd5 29.exd5 Re8
I guess Andreikin underestimated White's next move.

This is already forced, but it is still a nice idea! White gives a queen for R+B but it is clear that only White can win this game. 30...Rxe1+ 31.Nxe1 Qc7 Black needs to be very careful, as in case White manages to keep the c6 pawn the game could be over. 32.Rxb5 g6! Good defence by Andreikin! The black king will not have any better place than on g7.
The c-pawn is secured.
33...Ne5? This is already a serious mistake. Black should not have let White activate the bishop from c2. [33...Nd6! The only move. 34.Nd3 this move leads to a draw, but it is unclear if White has anything better. Black just wants to play Ra6 and Rxc6. 34...Ne4 35.Rc4 Nd6 With a draw.]
Black will never have the option of winning the c6 pawn again, which means White's position is much better!
34...Ng4 35.Nd3 Kg7 36.Bf3 White puts his pieces to very solid squares as there is no reason to hurry.
36...Nf6 37.Nb4 The exchange of knights is not a bad idea, so we can expect Nd5 soon.
37...h5 38.Rdc1 Ra7 39.Nd5 Nxd5

Black has to make one last move to gain the extra 30 minutes and decides to play
which leads to a quite easily winning position for White. [It was probably better to play 40...Ra8 but even here after 41.Rb5 Black's position is probably hopeless.]
41.c7 Rxc7 42.Rxc7 Qxd5
The funny thing about this position is that if the white pawn was not on g3 but on h3 for example, Black would have very good chances to survive. With the pawn on g3 however White protects his king from checks, so Black's chances for escape are almost down to zero. All White needs to do is to double attack the black pawns and Kramnik will show us how to do this. 43.Re1 The white rook is going to e7.
43...Kh6 44.Ree7 f6
The first step is done, Black's pawn moved to f6, now it is time to double on the 6th rank, after which the game will be over.
45.Red7 Qa5 46.f4
This is an even faster way of winning the game. Black is forced to move the g-pawn, which is opening the king's position.
46...g5 47.Kh2
No need to hurry...
47...Kg6 48.fxg5 Kxg5 49.Rh7!
The treat of playing Rcg7 is deadly.
49...f5 50.Rcg7+ Kf6 51.Ra7
Winning the h5 pawn.
[After 51...Qb5 52.Ra6+ Qxa6 53.Rh6+ White would of course win too.]
52.Ra6+ Ke5 53.Rxh5 The h5 pawn is gone, now it is time to take away f5.
53...Qb1 54.Ra5+ Kf6 55.Raxf5+
And the f5 pawn is gone.

56.Rfg5+ Now White will combine the attack on the black queen with the checks on the king's rank, which will hunt the black king back to the 8th rank.
56...Kf6 57.Rb5 Qc2 58.Rh6+ We can perfectly see how nicely the g2 and g3 pawns are protecting the white king.
58...Kg7 59.Rbb6 Qc5 60.Rbg6+ Kf8 61.Rh7
Black's king is now cut off.
61...Qf5 62.Rgg7 Qe6

A nice and very important win for Kramnik. Andreikin has never been strong in "winning" games, so I guess this game almost decided the outcome of the Final of World Cup in Tromso.


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