Date: 24 Oct 2008 07:39:15
Subject: Kramnik-Anand Game 8
An interesting start today. Rather than play something safe and
conservative, Anand (Black) has chosen the Vienna Variation of the
QGD, and left his king in the center rather than castle on either
side, apparently in hopes of attacking on the g-gile.

Date: 24 Oct 2008 15:35:47
From: Offramp
Subject: Re: Kramnik-Anand Game 8
I am not sure who said it...
"Playing through [the Capablanca-Alekhine 1927 match] games makes you
wish that the QGD had never been invented."
It is like that with this variation in the Anand match that we're
seeing over and over again.

Date: 24 Oct 2008 09:41:42
From: Sanny
Subject: Game 8 DRAWN
Afterwards, The game is drawn.


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Date: 24 Oct 2008 11:49:28
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Kramnik-Anand Game 8

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> An interesting start today. Rather than play something safe and
> conservative, Anand (Black) has chosen the Vienna Variation of the
> QGD, and left his king in the center rather than castle on either
> side, apparently in hopes of attacking on the g-gile.

Notes below are by GM Susan Polgar - the big news [?] is that he continued
with 1.d4 which is v. interesting since it has signally failed him so far -
and the speculation was that to really fight in this match he would have to
try 1. e4. Very interesting are the GM's match-play comments on the worth
of surprise~ !! surrounding move 10. This is quite another sort of analysis
than whatever Fritz may turn up, and shall we all presume that Anand thinks
he has Kramnik's number? In a strange continuation black actually seems to
be trying for a win [not castling, etc,] more than white, but this this
provide Kramnik with a wake-up call - see move 15 and the odd, to Polgar f4.
There is still lots of play in this game, but at move 21 'concrete'
variations, says Polgar, are all to seek. Phil Innes


Kramnik, V. - Anand, V.
World Championship - Game 8
Bonn, Germany

1.d4 Kramnik chose to open with d4 again.

1...Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 Surprise! Anand chose to take. This is
not solid opening one would expect Anand to play given the current score. He
instead goes for the sharp Vienna Variation.

5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 The most popular responses for White are 7.Bxc4 and 5.e5

7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Qa5 White has a few choices: 9.Bd2, 9.Bxf6, 9.Bb5+, all
are playable.

9.Bb5+ Bd7 White's best choice here is to take the Knight with Bxf6

10.Bxf6 Black can either play 10...Bxb5, 10...Bxc3+ or 10...gxf6. I think
Bxb5 may surprise Kramnik the most :) It may not be the best move but the
surprise element sometimes is very important as we have seen in the match so

10...Bxb5 One again, Anand is first to surprise his opponent. The 2 most
logical responses for White are 11.Nb3 Qb6 12 Bxg7 Rg8 13.Bd4 += and
11.Ndxb5 gxf6 12.O-O Nc6 13.a3 Bxc3 14.Nxc3 +=

11.Nxb5 gxf6 12.O-O Nc6 White has a few playable continuation such as 13.a3
and13.Qf3 although I prefer 13.a3 better.

13. a3 Bxc3 14.Nxc3 The key question for Anand now is will he castle
Kingside or will he leave his King in the middle again. Both 14...0-0 and
14...Rg8 are playable. I think this is probably the most "comfortable"
position Kramnik has so far in this match. This is the type of position
which suits him best. Unfortunately, it should have come much earlier.

14... Rg8 True to his form in the match, Anand chose NOT to castle and
instead try to create counter play on the g file and the Kingside. If I have
to choose a side to play, I would pick White in this position although
Black's position is fine. What White may want to do is to make sure Black
does not castle on the Queenside. Therefore, it may make sense to make a
move like Qf3 to attack the f6 pawn to gain a tempo to get the Rook to d1 to
make sure that the Black King cannot escape to the other side.

15. f4 A somewhat surprising move. One guess is he does not want Black to be
able to put his Knight on e5 to support a Kingside attack. Black has a
number of fine moves here 15...Rd8, 15...Qb6+, or 15...Qc5+.

15...Rd8 16.Qe1 Black has a number of playable moves such as 16...Qb6+
17.Rf2 Na5 or something else like 16...Rd4, 16...Rd3.

16... Qb6+ 17.Rf2 This is the kind of position which is the hardest for
the average player, sometimes even for more advanced players, to come up
with the right plan.

17...Rd3 One possible explanation for this move is to creatively get the
Rook to the Kingside with Rh3. I am not convinced of this plan if it is
indeed his plan.

18.Qe2 Qd4 This move allows White to play Nb5 and if the Queen moves back to
d8 the White can proceed with e5 to build a strong d6 post for the Knight. I
am still unsure of Anand's plan here.

19.Re1 This position reminds me of watching a heavyweight boxing bout where
the two heavyweight boxers are feeling each other out in the early rounds. I
am still curious about the Rd3 then Qd4 sequence for Black. It will be
interesting to listen to what Anand has to say about this at the press
conference. I hope someone will ask this question :) White is now
threatening to play Nb5 next with excellent advantage. Perhaps Black should
consider playing a6 to stop it.

19...a6 An interesting possibility for White is 20.Nd5 exd5 21.exd5+ Kd7
22.dxc6+ Kxc6 and White has a small edge.

20.Kh1 Obviously it is to get out of the pin. Based on the time on the
clock, I think both players are having a hard time coming up with concrete

20... Kf8 Black is doing the same in getting the King out of the e file to
avoid the possibility of Nd5. I do not see anything convincing for either
player in this position. I still think 20.Nd5 gives Kramnik better chances.

21. Ref1 The plan is to go for f5. If Black takes, White would have the
double Rooks in good position. If Black avoids the exchange with e5 then the
d5 square would be vulnerable.

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