5th Norway Chess 2017 / Round 2

by National Life Master Loal Davis

 

kramnik

 

Kramnik wins the only decisive game of the 2nd Round of the 5th Norway Chess of 2017.  It would be fair to say that Anand, playing White, lost this game.  There were multiple times throughout where White could have played better and drawn.  As a matter of fact I get the impression that Viswanathan was trying to imbalance, stretch the rubber band, and went too far.  

 

5th Norway Chess 2017
Round “2”
White “Anand, Viswanathan (IND)”
Black “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS)”

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Bc5 6. Nc3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nd5

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 2I don’t think this loses by any means, but is the sacrifice of a Pawn really necessary here?  8. d3 and 8. Nxe5  Pseudo Sacrifice.  Nxe5 9. d4  are solid – and probably better.

8… Nxe4 9. d3

White does get his Pawn back, but it takes a bit of effort.

Nf6 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Nxe7+ Qxe7 12. Re1 h6 13. Bh4

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 213. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. Bd5

13… Bb7 14. c3

14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. d4

14… Rfe8 15. d4 e4 16. Nd2 Na5 17. Bc2 g5

17… d5

18. Bg3 Nc4 19. Nxc4 bxc4 20. b3

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 220. Bxc7 d6 21. Ba5

20… Bd5 21. Be5 d6 22. Bxf6 Qxf6 23. bxc4 Bxc4 24. Rxe4

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 2Finally establishing material parity.

Rxe4 25. Bxe4 Re8 26. Bd3 Qe6 27. Bxc4 Qxc4 28. Qb3 Qd3 29. h3 Kg7 30. Rd1 Qe2 31. Rf1 Re6 32. Qd5

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 232. a4

32… Qd2 33. Qc4 a5

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 2White (Anand) To Play

34. Qxc7

This doesn’t look right. Why give Black a passed Pawn to play with?

34. a4

34… Qxa2 35. c4 Qd2 36. Qb6 a4 37. Qa7 Qb4 38. f4

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 2White is now breaking a sweat peddling uphill.

Re1 39. fxg5 Rxf1+ 40. Kxf1 hxg5 41. Kg1 Qxc4

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 2The rest of this is painful to watch.

42. Kh2 Qb4 43. Qe7 Qd2 44. Qa7 Qf4+ 45. Kh1 Qc1+ 46. Kh2 a3 47. Qa5 Qf4+ 48. Kh1 Qc1+ 49. Kh2 Qe3 50. Kh1 f6 51. Qa4 Qc1+ 52. Kh2 Qf4+ 53. Kh1 Qe3 54. Kh2 Kf7 55. Kh1 Kg6 56. Qa8 Kg7 57. Qb7+ Kg6 58. Qa8 Qb3 59. Qe4+ Kg7 60. Qe7+ Qf7 0-1

Anand, Viswanathan (IND) vs. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS),  ?,  2017.06.07,  Round 2Final Position

 

#NamePtsSB
1Kramnik, Vladimir1.51
 Nakamura, Hikaru1.51
3Aronian, Levon11.25
 Carlsen, Magnus11
 Caruana, Fabiano11
 Karjakin, Sergey11
 So, Wesley11
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime10.75
9Anand, Viswanathan0.50.5
 Giri, Anish0.50.5

 

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