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Date: 26 Oct 2008 07:57:00
From: Chess One
Subject: Game 9
The Times of India reports on world championship margins - there is a gap in
the text in what follows [which I will try to track down]. Otherwise the
talk is if Kramnik will actually make a fight of it with White by trying
1.e4, or whether he is content to just draw his way into second place? Phil
Innes

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Will Viswanathan Anand win it in style?
26 Oct 2008, 0110 hrs IST , Amit Karmarkar , TNN

For the first time in this 12-game tussle, Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir
Kramnik have played two successive draws. But hey, wasn't that expected?
Like slumber after a big feast.

[]text gap[]

had opted for the Sicilian defense. Since then, these two great Russians
crossed swords against each other on more than 50 occasions. But the trauma
of that defeat was such that Karpov never dared to play 1.e4 and give his
nemesis an opportunity to go Sicilian.

Of course, Anand hasn't sealed the title and anything can happen
technically. But the Indian shouldn't waste this opportunity to inflict
further scars on Kramnik's mind. Go for a win, Vishy.

Key facts

Champions clinching titles with a draw (Since 1986):

2007 Mexico City: Anand drew with Leko
2006 Elista: Kramnik drew Game 12 against Topalov and took it to tie-break
2005 San Luis: Topalov drew with Polgar
2000 London: Kramnik drew Game 15 vs. Kasparov
1996 Elista: Karpov drew Game 18 vs. Kamsky
1995 New York: Kasparov drew Game 18 vs. Anand
1993 London: Kasparov drew Game 20 vs. Short
1993 Holland: Karpov drew Game 21 vs. Timman
1990 New York and Lyons: Kasparov drew Game 24 vs. Karpov
1986 London, Leningrad: Kasparov drew Game 24 vs. Karpov

Note: Kasparov and Kramnik retained the title by winning the last game in
1987 and 2004 respectively. They did not win the match but merely tied it.

Will Anand win by three-point margin?

The following couldn't do it:

Mexico 2007: Anand 9 pts; Kramnik 8
Elista 2006: Kramnik beat Topalov in tie-break
San Luis 2005: Topalov (9.5 pts), Svidler, Anand (8 pts each)
Brissago 2004: Kramnik tied with Leko and retained title
London 2000: Kramnik 8.5, Kasparov 6.5

Source: http://sports.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/






 
Date: 26 Oct 2008 08:03:17
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Game 9

"Chess One" <[email protected] > wrote in message
news:[email protected]

> Like slumber after a big feast.
>
> []text gap[]

Quite a big chunk of it - but about other players - here is the whole page
URL for anyone interested:

http://sports.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Chess/News/Will_Viswanathan_Anand_win_it_in_style/articleshow/3641440.cms


--Anyway, the Indian paper is egging Anand on to go for a win, and 'win in
style'. I was personally hoping that Kramnik would take the same idea and
play for a win since his case now seems hopeless anyway - and the only scary
thing he can do is come out slugging like... a Nakamura! and make a game of
it.

Phil Innes




  
Date: 26 Oct 2008 14:18:36
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Game 9
proabably newgroup analysis should be around move 18
then following move 28 where Kramnik has an advantage... then to move 34
where Susan Polgar sees Anand missed a shot, and a sure draw - between those
moves Kramnik looks like he also played less than the best moves

by the time control black still has an edge, but enough to win?

Phil Innes

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Anand, V (2783) - Kramnik, V (2772)
World Championship - Game 9
Bonn, Germany

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 Kramnik is trying to
dictate this game with something new in this match. Let's see when he will
uncork a no velty or will Anand beat him to the punch?

7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Nbd7 The most popular response here is
11.Ne5. However, 11.Rd1 or 11.O-O are fine as well. Perhaps Anand will
choose a less popular line.

11. Rd1 Anand chose a somewhat less popular continuation.

11...Bb4 12.Ne5 This is definitely what Kramnik needs, a shar p game, to
have a chance to make a comeback.

12... Qe7 This seems to be a rare move. I believe that it was recommended
in an earlier analysis by German GM Christopher Lutz (who had achieved a
high rating of 2655 back in July 2002). I do not have access to that article
now but you can probably search for it.

13.O-O An option for Black is 13...Rg8 to be ready in case if White pl ays
f4. I believe GM VanWely has played this line before. VanWely has worked
with Kramnik before so I would not be surprised if Kramnik is very well
prepared with this line. Other possible lines include 13...h5 and 13...Nxe5
which is not a bad idea.

I am doing the commentary from Los Angeles airport. Therefore, I do not have
access to all my database and information.

13... Nxe5 14.Bxe5 O-O Krannnik must be well prepared for this line. It
looks like a dangerous position for Black at first glance with the pawn of
g5. However, White cannot play f4 yet because Black could play Nd7 with an
advantage. I would play h3 first to prevent Black from playing g4 with the
idea of potentially playing f4 soon. The position is unclear but Kramnik has
a psychological edge because he is able to bring Anand to something he
cooked up at home with his seconds. Anand is spending a good amount of time
her e to come up with a good plan. It is obvious that White has to attack on
the Kingside. The question is how.

15.Bxf6 A very surprising choice of move. The idea is to push f4 to open up
the Kingside to exploit Black's weak King.

15...Qxf6 16.f4 Black should not take the pawn. He should move his Queen
out of the way with Qg6. Here is a possible line: 16... Qg6 17.f5 exf5
18.exf5 Qf6 19.Ne4 Qe7 20.f6 Qe6 and the position is unclear. 16.Qg7 is also
playable.

16...Qg7 This is possible 17.fxg5 hxg5 18.e5. I think the opening choice in
this game clears up a few issues: 1. Kramnik is not going down quietly. He
is still trying hard. 2. Anand is not coasting to the finish line. He is not
afraid to fight hard all the way to protect his title. Anand is spending a
lot of time here.



17. e5 I have an interesting thought with 17...f5 18.exf6 Qxf6 19 fxg5 Qxg5
with an unclear position. 17...Qh7 and 17...Be7 are also playable. White
is down a pawn but he has compensation with a potentially strong attack on
the Kingside. Therefore, he must try to open it up. He also has the threat
of Ne4 - Nf6.

On the other hand, even though Black is up a pawn, he must find a way to
coordinate his pieces. The g2 pawn may be a potential target for Black. One
way is to open up the g file, move his King to the h file, and get his
Rook(s) to the g file.

17... c5 A very peculiar move, definitely not one I had expected. It is
obvious that Black wants to open the h1-a8 diagonal for his Bishop. A
possible line is 18.Nxb5 gxf4 19.Bf3 Bxf3 20.Rxf3 a6 21.Nd6 cxd4 22.Rxf4
Qxe5 23.Rg4+ Kh8 24.Nxc4 with an exciting position.

18.Nxb5 cxd4 This has become a very complicated position. White has a
number of options such as 19.Qxc4, 19.Bf3, 19.Nxd4, etc. I think it is most
safe to play 19.Qxc4 to get break up Black's pawn chain in the center.

19.Qxc4 A good line for Black is 19...a5 protecting the Bishop on b4 and
making the a6 square available for some potential lines.

19...a5 A line that popped up in my head is 20.Nd6 Ba6 21.Qc2 Bxd6 22.exd6
Rfd8 and Black is fine, perhaps even slightly better. If 20.Qxd4 then
20...Rac8.

20. Kh1 Another move I did not anticipate. 20... gxf4 21.Bf3 Bxf3 22.gxf3
Qxe5 23.Nxd4 Rac8 24.Nc6 Qf5 25.Rg1+ Kh7 with an unclear position.

20... Rac8 An interesting move. Black wants to get his heavy artillery in
play. 21.Qxd4 Bc5. This is an extremely complicated position and time may
become a big factor soon.

21.Qxd4 gxf3 The idea is after 22.Bf3, Black has 22...Ba6 if 23.a4 Rc5
24.Qxf4 Rxe5 =+

22.Bxf3 Ba6 23.a4 Rc5 Black chose the plan I noted above. Black has a
small advantage with the Bishop pair. Black is certainly not going away
without a fight. All chess fans should be excited about the fighting spirit
by both players in spite of the current score.

24. Qxf4 Rxe5 25.b3 Bxb5 Kramnik wants to squeeze out a win with a pawn
advantage in a Bishop opposite color Bishop endgame.

26.axb5 Rxb5 This has to be the biggest advantage Kramnik has in the match
so far. The real question is can he convert it? Is the advantage big enough?

27.Be4 Bc3 28.Bc2 Black can continue with 28...Be5 29.Qf2 Rb4 to bring the
Rook to the Kingside =+

28...Be5 29.Qf2 Bb8 30.Qf3 Black can get the other Rook into play with
30...Rc5 then doubling up the Rooks.

30... Rc5 31.Bd3 Rc3 32.g3 Kh8 The players are moving quite fast here due
to time pressure. Therefore, don't expect the most precise moves. Black
still has a small advantage.

33.Qb7 One idea for Anand is to play Rf3 then doubling his Rooks on the f
file. However, White is still worse here.

33...f5 Trading Queen is fine for Black as he can squeeze the endgame
without risks. I don't think Anand would want to trade Queen as he has to
fight to earn 1/2 point. He wants to keep things in play.

34. Qb6 Qe5 Ouch, Kramnik blundered to allow Anand to force a draw: 35.Bxf5
exf5 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 37.Qg6+ Qg7 38.Qe6+ Kh8 39.Rxf5 Rxf5 40.Qxf5 Qb7+ 41.Rd5=

35.Qb7 Anand did not see that line. Hard to calculate the whole thing
through with little time.

35... Qc7 Kramnik is persistent. He wants the Queens off the board. I am
not sure if he has enough to win though.

36.Qxc7 Bxc7 37.Bc4 Re8 38.Rd7 Black can try 38...a4. White can probably
hold with 39.Ra1.

38...a4 39.Rxc7 axb3 I still do not think that Black has enough to convert
this unless White blunders.

40.Rf2 White made the time control. However, he allows this possible line:
41....Rc2 42. Rxc2 bxc2 43. Bf1 Rb2 44. Kg1 e5

40.Rb8
Chess news from Susan Polgar




   
Date: 26 Oct 2008 15:39:40
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Game 9
all the moves

> ---------
>
> Anand, V (2783) - Kramnik, V (2772)
> World Championship - Game 9
> Bonn, Germany
>
> 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf6 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 Kramnik is trying to
> dictate this game with something new in this match. Let's see when he will
> uncork a no velty or will Anand beat him to the punch?
>
> 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Nbd7 The most popular response here is
> 11.Ne5. However, 11.Rd1 or 11.O-O are fine as well. Perhaps Anand will
> choose a less popular line.
>
> 11. Rd1 Anand chose a somewhat less popular continuation.
>
> 11...Bb4 12.Ne5 This is definitely what Kramnik needs, a shar p game, to
> have a chance to make a comeback.
>
> 12... Qe7 This seems to be a rare move. I believe that it was recommended
> in an earlier analysis by German GM Christopher Lutz (who had achieved a
> high rating of 2655 back in July 2002). I do not have access to that
> article now but you can probably search for it.
>
> 13.O-O An option for Black is 13...Rg8 to be ready in case if White pl ays
> f4. I believe GM VanWely has played this line before. VanWely has worked
> with Kramnik before so I would not be surprised if Kramnik is very well
> prepared with this line. Other possible lines include 13...h5 and
> 13...Nxe5 which is not a bad idea.
>
> I am doing the commentary from Los Angeles airport. Therefore, I do not
> have access to all my database and information.
>
> 13... Nxe5 14.Bxe5 O-O Krannnik must be well prepared for this line. It
> looks like a dangerous position for Black at first glance with the pawn of
> g5. However, White cannot play f4 yet because Black could play Nd7 with an
> advantage. I would play h3 first to prevent Black from playing g4 with the
> idea of potentially playing f4 soon. The position is unclear but Kramnik
> has a psychological edge because he is able to bring Anand to something he
> cooked up at home with his seconds. Anand is spending a good amount of
> time her e to come up with a good plan. It is obvious that White has to
> attack on the Kingside. The question is how.
>
> 15.Bxf6 A very surprising choice of move. The idea is to push f4 to open
> up the Kingside to exploit Black's weak King.
>
> 15...Qxf6 16.f4 Black should not take the pawn. He should move his Queen
> out of the way with Qg6. Here is a possible line: 16... Qg6 17.f5 exf5
> 18.exf5 Qf6 19.Ne4 Qe7 20.f6 Qe6 and the position is unclear. 16.Qg7 is
> also playable.
>
> 16...Qg7 This is possible 17.fxg5 hxg5 18.e5. I think the opening choice
> in this game clears up a few issues: 1. Kramnik is not going down quietly.
> He is still trying hard. 2. Anand is not coasting to the finish line. He
> is not afraid to fight hard all the way to protect his title. Anand is
> spending a lot of time here.
>
>
>
> 17. e5 I have an interesting thought with 17...f5 18.exf6 Qxf6 19 fxg5
> Qxg5 with an unclear position. 17...Qh7 and 17...Be7 are also playable.
> White is down a pawn but he has compensation with a potentially strong
> attack on the Kingside. Therefore, he must try to open it up. He also has
> the threat of Ne4 - Nf6.
>
> On the other hand, even though Black is up a pawn, he must find a way to
> coordinate his pieces. The g2 pawn may be a potential target for Black.
> One way is to open up the g file, move his King to the h file, and get his
> Rook(s) to the g file.
>
> 17... c5 A very peculiar move, definitely not one I had expected. It is
> obvious that Black wants to open the h1-a8 diagonal for his Bishop. A
> possible line is 18.Nxb5 gxf4 19.Bf3 Bxf3 20.Rxf3 a6 21.Nd6 cxd4 22.Rxf4
> Qxe5 23.Rg4+ Kh8 24.Nxc4 with an exciting position.
>
> 18.Nxb5 cxd4 This has become a very complicated position. White has a
> number of options such as 19.Qxc4, 19.Bf3, 19.Nxd4, etc. I think it is
> most safe to play 19.Qxc4 to get break up Black's pawn chain in the
> center.
>
> 19.Qxc4 A good line for Black is 19...a5 protecting the Bishop on b4 and
> making the a6 square available for some potential lines.
>
> 19...a5 A line that popped up in my head is 20.Nd6 Ba6 21.Qc2 Bxd6
> 22.exd6 Rfd8 and Black is fine, perhaps even slightly better. If 20.Qxd4
> then 20...Rac8.
>
> 20. Kh1 Another move I did not anticipate. 20... gxf4 21.Bf3 Bxf3 22.gxf3
> Qxe5 23.Nxd4 Rac8 24.Nc6 Qf5 25.Rg1+ Kh7 with an unclear position.
>
> 20... Rac8 An interesting move. Black wants to get his heavy artillery in
> play. 21.Qxd4 Bc5. This is an extremely complicated position and time may
> become a big factor soon.
>
> 21.Qxd4 gxf3 The idea is after 22.Bf3, Black has 22...Ba6 if 23.a4 Rc5
> 24.Qxf4 Rxe5 =+
>
> 22.Bxf3 Ba6 23.a4 Rc5 Black chose the plan I noted above. Black has a
> small advantage with the Bishop pair. Black is certainly not going away
> without a fight. All chess fans should be excited about the fighting
> spirit by both players in spite of the current score.
>
> 24. Qxf4 Rxe5 25.b3 Bxb5 Kramnik wants to squeeze out a win with a pawn
> advantage in a Bishop opposite color Bishop endgame.
>
> 26.axb5 Rxb5 This has to be the biggest advantage Kramnik has in the match
> so far. The real question is can he convert it? Is the advantage big
> enough?
>
> 27.Be4 Bc3 28.Bc2 Black can continue with 28...Be5 29.Qf2 Rb4 to bring
> the Rook to the Kingside =+
>
> 28...Be5 29.Qf2 Bb8 30.Qf3 Black can get the other Rook into play with
> 30...Rc5 then doubling up the Rooks.
>
> 30... Rc5 31.Bd3 Rc3 32.g3 Kh8 The players are moving quite fast here due
> to time pressure. Therefore, don't expect the most precise moves. Black
> still has a small advantage.
>
> 33.Qb7 One idea for Anand is to play Rf3 then doubling his Rooks on the f
> file. However, White is still worse here.
>
> 33...f5 Trading Queen is fine for Black as he can squeeze the endgame
> without risks. I don't think Anand would want to trade Queen as he has to
> fight to earn 1/2 point. He wants to keep things in play.
>
> 34. Qb6 Qe5 Ouch, Kramnik blundered to allow Anand to force a draw:
> 35.Bxf5 exf5 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 37.Qg6+ Qg7 38.Qe6+ Kh8 39.Rxf5 Rxf5 40.Qxf5
> Qb7+ 41.Rd5=
>
> 35.Qb7 Anand did not see that line. Hard to calculate the whole thing
> through with little time.
>
> 35... Qc7 Kramnik is persistent. He wants the Queens off the board. I am
> not sure if he has enough to win though.
>
> 36.Qxc7 Bxc7 37.Bc4 Re8 38.Rd7 Black can try 38...a4. White can probably
> hold with 39.Ra1.
>
> 38...a4 39.Rxc7 axb3 I still do not think that Black has enough to
> convert this unless White blunders.
>
> 40.Rf2 White made the time control. However, he allows this possible line:
> 41....Rc2 42. Rxc2 bxc2 43. Bf1 Rb2 44. Kg1 e5
>
> 40.Rb8
> Chess news from Susan Polgar

22.Bxf3 Ba6 23.a4 Rc5 Black chose the plan I noted above. Black has a
small advantage with the Bishop pair. Black is certainly not going away
without a fight. All chess fans should be excited about the fighting spirit
by both players in spite of the current score.

24. Qxf4 Rxe5 25.b3 Bxb5 Kramnik wants to squeeze out a win with a pawn
advantage in a Bishop opposite color Bishop endgame.

26.axb5 Rxb5 This has to be the biggest advantage Kramnik has in the match
so far. The real question is can he convert it? Is the advantage big enough?

27.Be4 Bc3 28.Bc2 Black can continue with 28...Be5 29.Qf2 Rb4 to bring the
Rook to the Kingside =+

28...Be5 29.Qf2 Bb8 30.Qf3 Black can get the other Rook into play with
30...Rc5 then doubling up the Rooks.

30... Rc5 31.Bd3 Rc3 32.g3 Kh8 The players are moving quite fast here due
to time pressure. Therefore, don't expect the most precise moves. Black
still has a small advantage.

33.Qb7 One idea for Anand is to play Rf3 then doubling his Rooks on the f
file. However, White is still worse here.

33...f5 Trading Queen is fine for Black as he can squeeze the endgame
without risks. I don't think Anand would want to trade Queen as he has to
fight to earn 1/2 point. He wants to keep things in play.

34. Qb6 Qe5 Ouch, Kramnik blundered to allow Anand to force a draw: 35.Bxf5
exf5 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 37.Qg6+ Qg7 38.Qe6+ Kh8 39.Rxf5 Rxf5 40.Qxf5 Qb7+ 41.Rd5=

35.Qb7 Anand did not see that line. Hard to calculate the whole thing
through with little time.

35... Qc7 Kramnik is persistent. He wants the Queens off the board. I am
not sure if he has enough to win though.

36.Qxc7 Bxc7 37.Bc4 Re8 38.Rd7 Black can try 38...a4. White can probably
hold with 39.Ra1.

38...a4 39.Rxc7 axb3 I still do not think that Black has enough to convert
this unless White blunders.

40.Rf2 White made time control.

40.Rb8 Black made time control as well.

41.Rb2 Now 41...Rc2 42. Rxb3 Rxb3 43. Bxb3 Rxc7 44. Bxe6 -/+. 41...Rc2 42.
Rxc2 bxc2 43. Bf1 Rb2 44. Kg1 e5 -/+. However, White does have this:
42.Rxc2 bxc2 43.Bxe6 Rb1+ 44.Kg2 c1=Q 45.Rxc1 Rxc1 46.Bxf5 and White holds.
Well done by Anand under severe pressure.

41... h5 Kramnik spent about 30 minutes for this move. He realized that
41...Rc2 would lead to a draw. This is very interesting. He is counting on
the fact that White cannot make much progress.

42.Kg2 h4 43.Rc6 Nice try by Kramnik but it looks almost certain that the
game will end in a draw.

43... hxg3 White can just recapture without any danger.

44.hxg3 Black can play Rg8 but it will again lead to a draw. All lines seem
drawish to me.

44...Rg8 45.Rxe6 Black can play 45...Rxc4 46.Rxb3 f4 47.Rh6+ Kg7 48.Rh4 =

45...Rxc4 and draw agreed 1/2 Great try by Kramnik but not enough. Anand
has secured at least a tie with 3 to play. Kramnik has to score a hat trick
to take it to the playoff. I will be back tomorrow with LIVE commentary of
game 10.

Final number: 64,127 unique users joined us for the live blogging of game 9.
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each of the final two games of the Kramnik - Topalov WC match in Elista.
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Date: 26 Oct 2008 22:23:25
From: SAT W-7
Subject: Re: Game 9
I wish they had Pay Per View so i could sit on my couch and watch the
game or tape it if i was at work.....