Kramnik’с Novelty Worked Out Against Anand

Anand – Kramnik clash in the fifth round of Tal Memorial ended in a draw. Anand’с predecessor on champion’с throne Kramnik gave a try to a novelty on the 7th move.

Russian-speaking American Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy.

Denied Queen'с Gambit
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.Rc1
a less-known but topical variant. A usual continuation is 6.e3.
6…c5 7.dxc5 Qa5

A novelty! «I've prepared this variant for Kazan. I was going to play it there. That'с interesting. It may close the variant with Rc1» — Kramnik. 7…Bxc5 has been used earlier. 
8.e3 Rd8 9.Bd6 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Ne4
It'с important not to be late to play that, noted Kramnik

At the press-conference Anand showed the following continuation 11…Nxc5 12.b4 Qxb4 13.Nd5 exd5 14.Bxe7 Nc6 15.Bxd5 Nxe7 16.Bxf7+ Kxf7 17.Qxd8 and he also added that as usual Vladimir is not going on that kind of positions.

The commentator of the official website Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky presented a move 11…Bxd6 and stood for the continuation 12.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 13.Kxh2 Rxd1 14.Rfxd1, but afterwards he discovered that White have played in a completely different way. 

12.cxd6 Bxd6
«I мейд a mistake and created some problems for myself. However, I managed to solve successfully. I knew that I had to play 12…Rxd6, I have analyzed that move, but during the game I decided to beat with the bishop» — Kramnik.
13.Qb3! Nc6 14.Rfd1 Be7 15.Be2 h6
Followed after a long consideration. После 15…Bd7 16.Qxb7 Rab8 17.Rxd7 Rxb7 18.Rxb7 «lead White to an uncomfortable position, while White play without any risk» — Anand.
Kramnik suggested 16.h3!?.
16…Qb4 17.Qc2 Bd7 18.Nc4 Bf8!
«A sly move. After it I didn't see anything thrilling» — Anand.

19.a3 Qe7 20.Nd6 Be8
«Here I was already glad for there'с not anything specific for White to get» — Kramnik.
21.Nxe8 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Rxe8 23.Qb3 Rd8 24.Rxd8 Nxd8 25.Bf3 g6 26.Qa4 a6 27.g3 Bg7 28.Qc4 Qd7 29.Kg2 Be5 30.b4 Qc7 31.Qxc7 Bxc7 32.b5 axb5 33.Nxb5 Bb6 34.Nd6 Bc5 35.Nxb7 Nxb7 36.Bxb7 Bxa3 1/2-1/2

«The arbiters didn't object the draw. Sure we could make another four moves…» — Kramnik.

[Event «6th Tal Memorial»] [Site «Moscow Рус»] [Date «2011.11.20»] [Round «5»] [White «Anand, Viswanathan»] [Black «Kramnik, Vladimir»] [Result «1/2-1/2»] [ECO «D37»] [PlyCount «72»] [EventDate «2011.??.??»] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. Rc1 c5 7. dxc5 Qa5 8. e3 Rd8 9. Bd6 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Ne4 11. O-O Nxd6 12. cxd6 Bxd6 13. Qb3 Nc6 14. Rfd1 Be7 15. Be2 h6 16. Nd2 Qb4 17. Qc2 Bd7 18. Nc4 Bf8 19. a3 Qe7 20. Nd6 Be8 21. Nxe8 Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 Rxe8 23. Qb3 Rd8 24. Rxd8 Nxd8 25. Bf3 g6 26. Qa4 a6 27. g3 Bg7 28. Qc4 Qd7 29. Kg2 Be5 30. b4 Qc7 31. Qxc7 Bxc7 32. b5 axb5 33. Nxb5 Bb6 34. Nd6 Bc5 35. Nxb7 Nxb7 36. Bxb7 Bxa3 1/2-1/2your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard

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