A Good Sign

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Round 8: Vladimir Kramnik gets closer to the leaders

"I think that my victory happened yesterday," Kramnik said at the press conference. "After that absolutely awful, unexplainable blunder which I made, I was forgiven and somehow I considered it as a good sign. I don't know how I managed to make such a blunder, but I think it was a turning point in getting luck on my side."     

Today Russian GM defeated his compatriot Peter Svidler due to a grounded preparation in a well known line of Grunfeld defence.


Here usually white moves the king on е1 and Kramnik is one of those who played so and not once. IM Kvicha Supatashvili who gave a live commentary on Chess-News namely remembered Kramnik's game against Kasparov of 2001 played in Astana.
What Kramnik has chosen 14.Kc2!? hasn't been played on a high level before.
Svidler answered with a novelty
14...Ne5. Earlier Black used to move its knight solely on a5. Kramnik was ready to such development and made couple of next moves without hesitation.
15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bc4 Bd7 17.f4 Bd6 18.Kb3 f6 19.a4 Rdc8 Only here Vladimir took some time to think.

20.h4 "The position is one of those that Kramnik enjoys playing and does it masterly," Supatashvili said, "That microscopic advantage of 0.10-0.15 given by the computer can be enough for White to win."
20...Rab8 21.Bb5 Bxb5 22.axb5 a6 23.b6!
Not the worse alternative was 23.Ka4, but Kramnik decided to make a just in case fixation of the weakness on b7.
23...Kf7 24.h5 Rxc1 25.hxg6+ Kxg6

26.Bxc1! Rg8 At the press conference Svidler stated Black should have hold the position after 26...h5. Kramnik agreed, but carefully noting that there is still isn't any easy way for a draw.
27.g4 h6 28.Rh5 Kf7? Seems as a decisive mistake. Black should have moved the bishop immediately: 28...Bc5. And now in case of 29.e5 fxe5 30.fxe5 Rh8 the king is placed exactly where it should be - on g6. 31.Kc4 Bxb6 32.Bf4 Rc8+ 33.Kd3 Rh8.
The win for white also wouldn't be guaranteed after 29.f5+ Kf7 30.Rh4.
29.e5 Bc5 30.e6+ Kf8 31.Rh4 Kg7 (31...h5 32.gxh5 with the decisive advantage) 32.f5

32...Rd8 "I knew that Black couldn't take on b6, for it would lose control under a3-f8 diagonal, which is much more important," Kramnik added.
32...Rh8 also couldn't save Black.
33.Bxh6+ Kg8 34.Kc4 Bxb6 35.g5 Bf2 36.Rg4 Kh7 37.gxf6 exf6 38.e7 Rc8+ 39.Kb3 Bc5 40.Rc4 1-0

On a question if he has more motivation after the first win he gained at the competition, Kramnik said "My motivation is there wherever I win or not."
Now Russian GM is only a point behind of Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian who made a calm draw today.

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Tomorrow Kramnik faces Carlsen as White.
Таble, schedule, results, all games and other information

 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.24"] [Round "8"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Svidler, Peter"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D85"] [WhiteElo "2810"] [BlackElo "2747"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "79"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:900+30"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Be3 Qa5 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. Rc1 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qxd2+ 12. Kxd2 O-O 13. d5 Rd8 14. Kc2 Ne5 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. Bc4 Bd7 17. f4 Bd6 18. Kb3 f6 19. a4 Rdc8 20. h4 Rab8 21. Bb5 Bxb5 22. axb5 a6 23. b6 Kf7 24. h5 Rxc1 25. hxg6+ Kxg6 26. Bxc1 Rg8 27. g4 h6 28. Rh5 Kf7 29. e5 Bc5 30. e6+ Kf8 31. Rh4 Kg7 32. f5 Rd8 33. Bxh6+ Kg8 34. Kc4 Bxb6 35. g5 Bf2 36. Rg4 Kh7 37. gxf6 exf6 38. e7 Rc8+ 39. Kb3 Bc5 40. Rc4 1-0 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.24"] [Round "8"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E05"] [WhiteElo "2872"] [BlackElo "2809"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:900+30"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. d4 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. a3 Nbd7 12. b4 Ra7 13. Nc3 Qa8 14. Nh4 Bxg2 15. Nxg2 c6 16. Rac1 a5 17. Ne4 Nxe4 18. Qxe4 Rc8 19. Nf4 axb4 20. Bxb4 c5 21. Qxa8 Raxa8 22. dxc5 Bxc5 23. Nd3 Bf8 24. Rxc8 Rxc8 25. Rb1 Ra8 26. Bxf8 Kxf8 27. Rxb5 Rxa3 28. g4 h6 29. h4 Ra2 30. Kf1 Ra1+ 31. Kg2 Ra2 32. Kf3 Ra3 33. Kg3 Ra2 34. e3 Rd2 35. Nf4 g6 36. g5 hxg5 37. hxg5 Ke7 38. e4 Rc2 39. f3 Rc5 40. Rxc5 Nxc5 41. Ng2 1/2-1/2 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.24"] [Round "8"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Ivanchuk, Vassily"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B35"] [WhiteElo "2764"] [BlackElo "2757"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "77"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:900+30"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. O-O O-O 9. Bb3 d6 10. Nd5 Re8 11. Nxf6+ Bxf6 12. c3 Ne5 13. h3 Qa6 14. Nc2 Nd3 15. Qf3 Be6 16. Bd4 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Bc4 18. Rfb1 Ne5 19. Qe3 Bxb3 20. axb3 Qb6 21. Ra3 a6 22. Rd1 Rac8 23. Nc2 Qxe3 24. Nxe3 Nd7 25. f3 Kf8 26. Kf2 Rc6 27. g4 e6 28. h4 Ke7 29. Ra5 Rec8 30. Kg3 h6 31. Rd2 Nc5 32. Ra3 a5 33. Nc2 Ra6 34. Rd1 Rca8 35. Nd4 Kd7 36. Nb5 e5 37. b4 axb4 38. cxb4 Ne6 39. Nxd6 1-0 [Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.24"] [Round "8"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A33"] [WhiteElo "2793"] [BlackElo "2740"] [Annotator "Robot 3"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:900+30"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Ne5 8. e4 Bb4 9. Qe2 d6 10. f4 Nc6 11. Be3 Bxc3+ 12. bxc3 Qc7 13. Bg2 e5 14. c5 b6 15. cxd6 Qxd6 16. O-O O-O 17. f5 Rd8 18. Rfd1 Qa3 19. Rxd8+ Nxd8 20. Bg5 Ba6 21. Qd2 Qe7 22. Rd1 Nb7 23. Bf3 Rd8 24. Qc1 Rxd1+ 25. Bxd1 Nd6 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Qe3 Qc7 28. a4 Qd7 29. a5 Nxe4 30. Bc2 Qb5 31. Qf3 Ng5 32. Qg2 bxa5 0-1 


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