Ranjeet Walunj

October 22, 2008

WCC game 6: Anand takes lead 4.5-1.5 against kramnik

Vishwanathan anand is showing absolute great match preparation and is out doing kramnik in his own style of play.

simply outstanding games by anand where he is not hesitating to take risks and playing for win in almost every match.

We have seen a quite dull draw in game 4. After which anand has won game 5 with black by deploying the same preparation with which he had won game 3.
Kramnik chose to play the same meran-exchange variation of slav in game 5 also and anand again deployed novelty (per say shuffling of moves) and got better of kramnik.

so far with 3 white games anand has deployed 1. d4 and not his usual kings pawn opening. This must have surprised kramnik and it shows that he and his team was not prepared to answer anand’s d4 opening.

Probably this also shows what kind of preparation must have gone through at this level by each players.

Anand likes complex positions and kramnik likes slow-steady-methodological play where he build up advantage and takes it through.

Anand has won game 3 and 5 using complex razer sharp positions and game 6 he won almost in Kramnik style. (slow positional play)

After game 5 loss with white pieces kramnik was again pushed by anand in new position where kramnik was not comfortable. Kramnik tried holding fort with his solid defense, however anand manages to better him in the endgame squeezing full point and taking the lead to 4.5 to 1.5.

This must have left kramnik wondering about what wrong he is doing in this match.
Kramnik is falling into the novelties and in turn getting into a time trouble in almost every match.

I think next 6 matches kramnik will try to push for wins and he might consider that he has nothing to loose from here.

But all the best vishy for future games. Keep the match interesting even if it is going to be one side affair.

Game 6 went something like this:

(1) Anand,V (2783) – Kramnik,V (2772) [E34]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.Bd2 0-0 9.h3 b6 10.g4 Qa5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qd5 14.Qxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 Nf6 16.Rg1 Rac8 17.Bg2 Ne7 18.Bb4 c5 19.dxc5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Ne4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nd3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Bc1 f5 27.Kd1 Rc8 28.f3 Nd6 29.Ke1 a5 30.e3 e5 31.gxf5 e4 32.fxe4 Nxe4 33.Bd2 a4 34.Nf2 Nd6 35.Rg4 Nc4 36.e4 Nf6 37.Rg3 Nxb2 38.e5 Nd5 39.f6 Kf7 40.Ne4 Nc4 41.fxg7 Kg8 42.Rd3 Ndb6 43.Bh6 Nxe5 44.Nf6+ Kf7 45.Rc3 Rxc3 46.g8Q+ Kxf6 47.Bg7+ 1-0

Woman Grandmaster Susan polgar was covering game 6 live here:

Chessdom has covered the complete game 6 with GM Dimitrov here:

Personally i like Susan polgar’s blog more than that of any other. (Even official fide site is putting susan’s commentary straight on their site).

The complete game can be played back from here :

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