Ranjeet Walunj

October 15, 2008

Anand vs. Kramnik in World Chess Championship: first game starts with draw

I’m sure all indian chess players will be eager to follow the world chess championship which is currently going on in Bonn (Germany).

The long awaited match between Viswanathan Anand (Elo. 2783) of India and Vladimir Kramnik (Elo. 2772) of Russia began today.

The championship match consists of 12 games, from 14’th october to 31st oct 08 (Iff tiebreak-2’nd nov 2008) for prize money of 1.5 M Euro.

I’m sure more than price money, its pride for which kramnik and anand will be fighting for.

Vishy is much stronger player + better human being + much more consistent than kramnik, and I’m following and supporting vishy for a world chess crown.

This entire year (apart from couple of tournaments) vishy has been in phenomenal form and I’m sure that he will show similar form and ensure that the title stays with him.

this is a time for vishy to break his WCC ‘K’ jinx {lost previous matches to Karpov (1992 n 1998), Kamsky (1994) and Kasparov (1995)}.

Coming back to the first game where Kramnik played usual ‘safety-first’ game where both parties were trying to judge the preparation of each other teams. This will continue for first few games after which we should see some agressive play on board by these guys.

First game of WCC is drawn where Kramnik playes white with anand opting for Exchange Slav variation.

Game One:

Kramnik,V (2772) – Anand,V (2783) [D14]
WCh Bonn GER (1), 14.10.2008
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Nf3 e6 8.Qb3 Bb4
9.Bb5 0-0 10.Bxc6 Bxc3+ 11.Qxc3 Rc8 12.Ne5 Ng4 13.Nxg4 Bxg4 14.Qb4 Rxc6 15.Qxb7
Qc8 16.Qxc8 Rfxc8 17.0-0 a5 18.f3 Bf5 19.Rfe1 Bg6 20.b3 f6 21.e4 dxe4 22.fxe4
Rd8 23.Rad1 Rc2 24.e5 fxe5 25.Bxe5 Rxa2 26.Ra1 Rxa1 27.Rxa1 Rd5 28.Rc1 Rd7 29.Rc5
Ra7 30.Rc7 Rxc7 31.Bxc7 Bc2 32.Bxa5 Bxb3 draw.

The complete game can be viewed here (Russian website)

Wish you all the best Vishy 🙂

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