(1) Shirov,Alexei (2749) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2780) [E25]
Grand Slam Final Masters 2010 Bilbao/Spain (6), 15.10.2010
[Romain Edouard]



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3!?
This line is getting more and more popular.

4...d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.dxc5


8...Qa5
[8...f5 occured in Anand-Kramnik, in their match in Bonn (2008), game 2.]

9.e4 Nf6 10.Be3 0-0 11.Qb3 Nfd7 12.a4 Qc7 13.Qa3 b6 14.a5 Bb7N
Nice novetly by Kramnik! [14...bxc5 was the usual move.]

15.a6
One of the best tries according to Deep Rybka 4.

15...Bc8 16.Bb5 Nxc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Ne2 Bd7 19.Bc4
From now on Kramnik started to think some five minutes per move. I think the text move shouldn't be the only one to equalize, though Black must pay some attention due to White's space advantage.

19...Bc6!?
Giving the c-pawn for long-term compensations. This reminds, for instance, of some of the positions in the Bc4-Ne2 line in the Grunfeld. Black's safe development and pressure on the c-file is enough to compensate for an extra c-pawn. [19...Be8!? ]

20.Qxc5 Nd7 21.Qa5 Rfc8 22.Qxc7
I think after this move, White has no winning chances at all. [22.0-0!? should be a better try, though Black should be able to draw by force, somehow.]

22...Rxc7 23.Nd4 Bxe4
After this move, Kramnik started to play quickly until the draw was agreed.

24.Bxe6 fxe6 25.fxe4 Rxc3 26.0-0 Nc5 27.e5 h6


28.Rfc1 Rxc1+ 29.Rxc1 Nxa6 30.Nxe6 Re8 31.Nd4 Rxe5 32.Ra1 Re4 33.Rxa6 Rxd4 34.Rxa7 1/2-1/2