London: In the Game Against Carlsen Kramnik Played the Line Prepared for the Candidates in Kazan

Время публикации: 26.03.2013 03:11 | Последнее обновление: 26.03.2013 03:20

Vladimir Kramnik was facing Magnus Carlsen in Round 9 of the Candidates tournament. We again witnessed the former world champion's grounded opening preparation.


In this line of Catalan white usually moved the queen on а4. Kramnik chose a rare 11.Qc2. The most interesting is (this was immediately noted by GM Farrukh Amonatov who gave live commentary on the games on Chess-News) that the statistics for White was disastrous. Black won about ten of such positions, while White won none. Kramnik, however, managed to gain an advantage.
11...е5 12.Rd1! Here you go! It turns out this was an idea. White doesn't hurry to bring the c4-pawn back, instead it continues developing pieces.

At the press conference Kramnik said he has prepared this line for the Candidates match against Teimour Radjabov (Kazan 2011). Back then he decided to keep it for future.

Carlsen said he didn't know the line in detail, so he had to examine it at the board. He also noted he was trying to find a good plan, but it seems that he did it wrong somewhere. 
Kramnik considered this move to be a mistake, for according to him Black should try not to lose tempo. "After 13.Nc3 White is simply better."
13...h6 14.dxe5 Qxe5 15.Bf4 Qe7 16.Rd4 Be6 17.Rad1 Rb6

18.Qd2 Kh7 19.f3 Rfb8 20.Qe3 Rxb2 21.Rxc4 R2b7 22.Ra4 Re8
Kramnik: "The only move. If he plays 22...Rа8 I simply win: 23.Bxh6 gxh6 24.Rh4 Qf8 25.Ne4. I hoped for that. I  also considered 22...Qе8 but I guess there 23.Bхh6 is winning. But after 23.Bхh6 it doesn't work any more because of 23...gxh6 24.Rh4 Ng8 25.Qe4+ Kg7 26.Qхb7 Qc5+".
23.Rxa7 Rxa7 24.Qxa7 Qb4

Maybe exactly here has Kramnik missed his advantage. None of our guests on Chess-News radio (GMs Farrukh Amonatov and Evgeny Sveshnikov) liked this move. Kramnik should have tried 25.Qd4.
25...Nd5! After this "a" and "c" pawns are traded and Black holds the position without much trouble.
26.Nxd5 Bxd5 27.Qxc7 Qc4 28.a3 f6 (the inaccuracies on the 28th move doesn't change the evaluation of the position) 29.Qxc4 Bxc4 30.Bc3 Rxe2 and so on 1/2

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2013"] [Site "London"] [Date "2013.03.25"] [Round "9"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E05"] [WhiteElo "2810"] [BlackElo "2872"] [Annotator "Robot 9"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "ENG"] [TimeControl "7200+1190"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 Nc6 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxc6 Qe8 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Qc2 e5 12. Rd1 Rb8 13. Nc3 h6 14. dxe5 Qxe5 15. Bf4 Qe7 16. Rd4 Be6 17. Rad1 Rb6 18. Qd2 Kh7 19. f3 Rfb8 20. Qe3 Rxb2 21. Rxc4 R2b7 22. Ra4 Re8 23. Rxa7 Rxa7 24. Qxa7 Qb4 25. Be5 Nd5 26. Nxd5 Bxd5 27. Qxc7 Qc4 28. a3 f6 29. Qxc4 Bxc4 30. Bc3 Rxe2 31. Rd4 Bb5 32. Bb4 Re3 33. Kf2 Re2+ 34. Kg1 Re3 35. f4 Re2 36. Rd6 Rc2 37. g4 Bc6 38. Bd2 Bf3 39. h3 Ra2 40. Bb4 Rg2+ 41. Kf1 Rh2 1/2-1/2

Thus, Vladimir Kramnik is a point behind Magnus Carlsen being third in the table.
Information on the tournament


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