Ranjeet Walunj

October 16, 2008

WCC: Anand surprises kramnik by playing 1. d4 — game 2 ends in draw after 32 moves

Vishwanathan Anand chose to play 1. d4 than his usual 1.e4 against Kramnik in second game of WCC.

The psychological warfare has actually begun where Vishy has surprised kramnik by playing d4 whereas kramnik and his crew would have prepared for e4. (kings pawn opening.)

It was vishy’s first white game of World chess championship going on in Bonn.

The position was in favour of white and was complicated where anand sensed an opportunity and tried pressing for a full point. However the usual fast vishy found himself in bit time trouble and accepted the draw offer extended by Kramnik.

My chess software shows that white is ahead after 30 moves by (+1.01) .. could have pressed for win if there would have been some extra time in his hands. But being this as just second game, he would have played bit cautious to judge Kramnik’s play.

The game went like this:

Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E25]
WCh Bonn GER (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 14.Bd2 Ba6 15.c4
Qc5 16.Bd3 Ng4 17.Bb4 Qe3+ 18.Qe2 0-0-0 19.Qxe3 Nxe3 20.Kf2 Ng4+ 21.Kg3 Ndf6
22.Bb1 h5 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 ½-½.

After 32 moves final position is as follows:

World Championship Bonn: Game 2 can be seen and replayed here.

Susan polgar writes here about the game.

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