(1) Gelfand,Boris - Kramnik,Vladimir [D47]



1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.a3 b4 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 bxa3 12.0-0 Nf6
[A new move in Kramnik's games. Against Topalov in Elista, he played 12...Bd6 and only after 13.b3 he attacked the enemy bishop with 13...Nf6 . Topalov came up with the novelty 14.Nd2!? highlighting the drawbacks of the bishop's early development to d6.]

13.Bd3 axb2
[Gelfand had some experience against 13...Be7 ]

14.Bxb2 a5
[A new idea in this position. Kramnik delays the development of the f8-bishop, preparing the advanced b4-square for it. 14...Be7 would transpose to an older game by Kramnik, against Ivanchuk at New York 1994.]

15.Qa4 Bb4 16.Ba3 Nd5 17.e4 Nb6 18.Qb3 Qe7 19.Rab1 Bxa3 20.Qxb6 Bb4 21.Ne1 0-0 22.Nc2 Rfd8 23.Nxb4 axb4 24.Qxb4 Qxb4 25.Rxb4 Ba6 26.Bxa6
White's advantage is purely symbolic. 1/2-1/2