### (1) Kramnik,Vladimir (2780) - Anand,Viswanathan (2800) [D39]

Grand Slam Final Masters 2010 Bilbao/Spain (5), 14.10.2010

* [Romain Edouard]*

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1.d4
Nf6
2.c4
e6
3.Nf3
d5
4.Nc3
dxc4
5.e4
Bb4
6.Bg5
c5
7.Bxc4
cxd4
8.Nxd4
Qa5!?
[8...Bxc3+
9.bxc3
Qa5
is more common.]

9.Bd2
[9.Bb5+
and; 9.Bxf6
are the two other options.]

9...Qc5
[9...0-0
is also possible.]

10.Bb5+
Bd7
[10...Nbd7
11.Nb3
Qb6
12.0-0
Bxc3
13.Bxd7+
Bxd7
14.Bxc3
Nxe4
15.Bxg7
Rg8
16.Bd4
Qb5
was critical recently: Grischuk-Morozevich 2009, Moiseenko-Romanov 2010.]

11.Nb3
Qe7
12.Bd3
Nc6
13.0-0
0-0
14.a3
Bd6
15.Kh1!?N
This prophylactic move could make some differences in many lines. [15.f4
e5
16.f5
Nd4
17.Bg5
Bc6
18.Bc4
Qd8
19.Nd5
Bxd5
20.Bxd5
Be7
21.Bxf6
Bxf6
22.Kh1
Rc8
23.Rc1
Qb6
24.Rc3
Rxc3
25.bxc3
Nxb3
26.Bxb3
Qe3
27.Qf3
Qxf3
28.Rxf3
Rc8
29.a4
Rc5
30.g3
Kf8
31.Rd3
1/2-1/2 Wang-Gelfand, Romania 2010; 15.Bg5
h6
16.Bh4
Bf4
17.Ne2
e5?!
18.Nxf4
exf4
19.f3
Be6
20.Bf2
Rfd8
21.Nc5
Ne5
22.Qb1
Bc4
23.Rd1
Rac8
24.Bxc4
Nxc4
25.Rxd8+
Qxd8
26.Qc1
Ne3
27.Bxe3
fxe3
28.Qxe3+-
and Kramnik eventually beat Lautier in a blind game in Monte Carlo, 1998.]

15...Be5!?
Strange at first sight, but played very fast by Anand. This looks like the same scenario as their first game. Tere Anand was White, played a novelty, and Kramnik drew with much more time on clock.

16.f4
Bxc3
17.Bxc3
e5
18.f5
Rfd8
19.Qe2
b6
20.Nd2
[Launching an attack like 20.g4
would be met by 20...h6
21.Rg1
* (21.h4
Nh7
22.Be1
a5
*with attack*) *21...Nd4!
22.Nxd4
exd4
23.Bxd4
Bc6
24.Bxf6
Qxf6
unclear.]

20...Bc8
21.Nf3
Bb7
22.Rae1
a6
23.Bc4
b5
24.Ba2
h6
25.Bd5!?
Here I guess Kramnik realized that he has no advantage, and tried this shot in spite of the fact it only makes a draw.

25...Nxd5
26.exd5
Rxd5
27.f6!

27...Qxf6
[Of course not 27...gxf6?
which would be terrible because of 28.Nh4
and a winning attack (Qh5, Re3).]

28.Nxe5
Qe6
29.Nxf7
Qxe2
30.Rxe2

30...Rd7
The coolest move, making a draw at once. Here let's just write down some funny computer ideas. [30...Rf8?!
would give White a chance: 31.Ref2!
* (31.Kg1=
) *31...Re8
32.Nxh6+!
gxh6
33.Rf7
Re7
34.Rf8+
Kh7
35.Rh8+
Kg6
36.Rf6+
Kh5
* (36...Kg7
37.Rxc6+
Ree5
38.Rc7+
Kxh8
39.h3!+/-
) *37.Rhxh6+
Kg5
38.h4+
Kg4
39.Kh2
Ne5
40.Rh8
Rg7
41.Re6
Kf5
42.Rxe5+
Rxe5
43.Rh5+
Kg4
44.Rxe5
Kxh4
45.Re2+/=
is given by the computer at a decent depth, which should be drawn anyway.; 30...a5
31.Re6!
b4
32.Nxh6+!
gxh6
* (32...Kh7!?
33.Bxg7!
Ba6
34.Rfe1
Bb7
35.Rf1!=
) *33.Rg6+
Kh7
34.Rg7+
Kh8
35.Bf6
Rf8
36.Rf7+
Kg8
37.Rg7+
Kh8
38.Rg6+
Kh7
39.Rg7+
Kh8=
]

31.Ne5
Re7
32.Ree1
Nxe5
33.Rxe5
Rxe5
34.Bxe5
Re8
35.Re1
Kh7
36.Bc3
Rxe1+
37.Bxe1
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