Anand 1/2-1/2 Kramnik in Game 2, Scores are Equal Print
Thursday, 16 October 2008 05:29

Anand chose not to play 1.e4. He instead played 1.d4. Here is the game:

GM Anand (2783) - GM Kramnik (2772) [E25]
World Championship (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 I would give White a very small plus here. 14. Bd2 Ba6 15. c4 Qc5 16. Bd3 Ng4 17. Bb4 Qe3+ 18. Qe2 O-O-O 19. Qxe3 Nxe3 20. Kf2 Ng4+ 21. Kg3 Ndf6 22. Bb1 += (22...h5 is the strongest continuation here for Black but it still gives White a small edge) 22...h5 (a possible line is 23. h3 h4+ 24. Nxh4 Ne5 25. Nf3 Nxc4 26. Rc1 +=) I am between airports right now. Therefore, the update may be delayed a bit. I should be back doing live commentary right here by game 4. 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 {Game drawn} 1/2-1/2

Click here to replay the game. Even though Black does have compensation, I believe White can safely play on in this position. After all, there are only 10 games left after this game and a win will create big pressure for the other side. This could be a possible continuation as I quickly scanned through the game: 33. c5 Nf4 34. Re3 Rhd8 35. Ba4 +=

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