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Kramnik And Aronian Draw Match 3-3

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/28/12, 12:16 PM.

Kramnik v Aronian 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge.jpg

Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik ended their 6-game training match with a draw to share the honours with a 3-3 final scoreline.

Aronian faced another Berlin defence, but avoided the simplifying main lines by choosing 4.d3. The Armenian held a slight advantage for most of the game in an exciting and dynamic fight, but the tables eventually turned when Kramnik played the exchange sacrifice 31...Rxe3.

Aronian responded actively to the danger, and just managed to find enough resources in time trouble to stay in the game and earn a draw.

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 Name   Nat  Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
 Levon Aronian ARM 2820 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½  3
 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½  3

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  • 2 years ago

    Elubas

    Mike-StCath -- you make a valid point. I don't have a problem with the large amount of draws in chess in general. But when it comes to, specifically, a match... it just feels anti-climactic to end in a draw somehow. It's like getting all hyped up for a clash of titans in a tennis match, making predictions, only to find that in the final, deciding set they "agree to a draw" Wink I appreciate a tough fight, but part of the struggle, in any form of competition, is that even if you're playing well, you might still have to step it up if your opponent is also playing well.

  • 2 years ago

    woolf

    i like kramnik's solid defences with black . it's so hard to defeat him . flawless technique 

  • 2 years ago

    kapishreshta

    @Mike-StCath The point of all of this is that people often do match fixing in chess much like they do in cricket or tennis.

  • 2 years ago

    Mike-StCath

    I don't believe the rules have to change.

    A draw is a draw and a sign of a great battle of minds... it proves you really have to perform exceptionally well to gain a win against a tough opponent... it makes the wins that much more impressive.

  • 2 years ago

    davidmelbourne

    Great stuff. Chess.com's coverage was also great; especially loved Magesh's conntribution:))

  • 2 years ago

    joey0094

    well, maybe carlsen can try breaking kramnik's wall, the idea of just getting a draw with the black pieces does not appeal to me, i hope kramnik can try other openings, i still have to commend the way kramnik handles the berlin, its a revelation...

  • 2 years ago

    kapishreshta

    @swineking If this was boring, I don't know what's exciting.

  • 2 years ago

    swineking

    rules gotta change... all these draws are fekkin' boring

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    This match was great!!!

    I hope the world championship games will be fighted as the ones on this match.

    Now we need a match between Carlsen and Radjabov.

  • 2 years ago

    andys001

    and 40. Rxa7 looks good for black as the black rook can seize the b-file with Rb8.  White will then have a hard time preventing the b-pawn from queening.

  • 2 years ago

    andys001

    Haegemon - 19. a5 was played as a pawn sacrifice that does a couple of things for white.  It forces the black bishop temporarily off the a7-g1 diagonal and thereby enables white to win the time he needs to organise Kh2 and Ng3.  It also opens the a-file for white's rook on a1.  In essence white is investing the pawn for piece activity and co-ordination. Hope this helps to answer your question.

  • 2 years ago

    roaringking87

    To avoid any Berlin wall Aronian played d3. At least he tried...

  • 2 years ago

    XI_XI

    and can anyone explain why not 40. Rxa7 (?)

  • 2 years ago

    XI_XI

    can anyone please explain 19. a5 (?)

  • 2 years ago

    SamiJalal

    who won the final Trophy? like football Penaltes ? the do last game?

  • 2 years ago

    IM Silman

    An amazingly combative, exciting match. Both players fought like lions, and the final result is appropriate (Kramnik was probably winning the last game, but after missing a big chance, Aronian played like a genius to save himself). Every game was creative, and played at a very high level. Bravo!

  • 2 years ago

    Icanfight

    Did anybody check for steroids?

  • 2 years ago

    dancentino

    this proves Kramnik still the man! :)

  • 2 years ago

    jpd303

    awsome match! i hope this inspires more top master matches sayyy ivanchuck vs nakamura!!

  • 2 years ago

    Pawnpusher3

    When people's ratings are that clse, they are expected to draw tho

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