The Sixth Game Between Aronian and Kramnik Has Ended in a Draw; the Final Match Score: 3-3. Kramnik Has No Regrets

Время публикации: 28.04.2012 21:27 | Последнее обновление: 29.04.2012 00:46

The deciding game of the Zurich match between the second player on the rating list and the world ex-champion did not determine a winner; the same can be said about the overall match that ended with the score: 3-3.

The grandmaster Mikhail Golubev commentated the sixth game from the beginning to the end via the Chess-News Twitter page (the latest tweets are also always shown on the front page of our web site).

It seems that Aronian had some advantage in today's game after it transitioned into the endgame, even though Kramnik assessed his position optimistically, at least, until he missed a strong manoeuvre 29.Ra4! after inaccurately moving his king out of check in the previous move.

The logical flow of the game was interrupted even further when Aronian recklessly pushed the c3 and b2 pawns, miscalculating and missing a very dangerous exchange sacrifice. The Armenian grandmaster called it a blunder. Later on, Kramnik, unquestionably, missed good winning chances.

Instead of an attractive 33...e3 it was possible to choose a seemingly awkward retreat 33...Ne7! with a terrible threat to White: 34.Rxb4 Bc7!.

These oversights, among other things, were discussed at the joint players' press-conference after the end of the game. Kramnik also noted that, overall, he is satisfied with his performance after a long break except for the loss in the first game, which he could have led towards a draw from the beginning if it wasn't this kind of match, but a tournament instead.

The world ex-champion also said that, usually, both players must have at least a little desire for sharp and playable positions to happen. Words of thanks were said towards the sponsors of the concluded competition.

[Event "Zurich Chess Challenge"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.27"] [Round "6"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C65"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nbd2 d6 6. c3 O-O 7. O-O Ne7 8. h3 Ng6 9. Re1 c6 10. Ba4 Re8 11. d4 Bb6 12. Bc2 h6 13. a4 Be6 14. Nf1 exd4 15. Nxd4 Bd7 16. f4 d5 17. e5 Ne4 18. Bxe4 dxe4 19. a5 Bxa5 20. Ng3 Bb6 21. Kh2 c5 22. Ndf5 Bxf5 23. Nxf5 Qxd1 24. Rxd1 Rad8 25. Be3 Rd3 26. Re1 f6 27. exf6 gxf6 28. Nxh6+ Kf8 29. Ra4 Rd5 30. c4 Rd3 31. b4 Rxe3 32. Rxe3 cxb4 33. Rg3 e3 34. Rxg6 e2 35. Ra1 Bf2 36. Rg8+ Ke7 37. Rg7+ Kd6 38. Rxb7 e1=Q 39. Rxe1 Bxe1 40. Nf5+ Kc5 41. Rb5+ Kc6 42. Nd4+ Kc7 43. Rc5+ 1/2-1/2 

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