Kramnik-Carlsen, Dortmund 2007

Kramnik thrashed Carlsen today. Simply crushed the young pretender. It all hinged around getting his two knights to clamp down on the c6 square, occupy it, and then win the b5 pawn. 18. Na5! was the key move in this sequence, with the rest looking so easy (of course, it wasn’t, but he makes it look easy!).  It is a classic, strategic win from Kramnik, a quite beautiful type of chess, that relies on positional judgement and simplicity rather than brute force or tactics. I make it sound almost automatic, but discovering where Carlsen went wrong is very difficult. A small masterpiece from Kramnik.

Alexejew has drawn with Leko, but the other games are still ongoing…

[Site “Dortmund, Germany”]
[Date “2007.06.27”]
[White “GM_Kramnik”]
[Black “GM_Carlsen”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Opening “Catalan: closed, 5.Nf3”]
[ECO “E06”]
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. d4 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. e3 Nb4 12. Bxb4 Bxb4 13. a3 Be7 14. Nbd2 Rc8 15. b4 a5 16. Ne5 Nd5 17. Nb3 axb4 18. Na5 Ba8 19. Nac6 Bxc6 20. Nxc6 Qd7 21. Bxd5 exd5 22. axb4 Rfe8 23. Ra5 Bf8 24. Ne5 Qe6 25. Rxb5 Rb8 26. Rxb8 Rxb8 27. Qxc7 Bd6 28. Qa5 Bxb4 29. Rb1 Qd6 30. Qa4 White wins 1-0

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