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WCC Anand v Kramnik Game 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/23/08, 5:53 AM.

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36...Rxc3+  DRAW AGREED!  There seems to be no way for Anand to make use of his extra pawn.  A clever idea by Kramnik to save the game! Anand now leads 5-2 with 5 games left to play.  Game 8 is tomorrow.


32...c3  Kramnik is trying to set up a blockade.  The arrangement of pawns makes it very difficult for either king to penetrate into the opponent's half of the board.  This will make it harder for Vishy to convert his advantage to a win if rooks are exchanged.  Chess engines are blind to such considerations!


31...a5  Stops the white a-pawn advancing, but now 32.b5 would fix the black pawns as targets.


Apparently Kramnik offered a draw after 21...Qxe3 earlier, which explains why Anand thought for a few minutes about recapturing!  Good for Anand for declining the draw and playing on!


31. g4 Anand keeps Kramnik's King at bay.  Anand now seems to have a slight plus thanks to Kramnik's awkward knight.


28. b4  Anand prevents the knight coming to c5!


Clocks: Anand 1:14 Kramnik 0:46


27...b6  Kramnik supports a possible move of the knight to c5 in future.


Kramnik is having a long think on his 25th move, but the position looks pretty level.


24...Kf7 25. Kf2  Since we are now in the endgame, the Kings can safely join the fray.


22...f6 23. Bd6  Kramnik attacks the white pawn chain, but Anand's bishop has free reign over the dark squares.


21...Qxe3 22. fxe3  Kramnik has more or less achieved equality.


19...Rac8  Kramnik aims to control the c-file.  His knight doesn't have many good squares - c6 would be good, but it would also block the c-file.


17...Qb6 18.Nxb4 Qxb4  Kramnik decides to allow Anand to exchange knight for bishop.  Anand's remaining bishop is hampered by his central pawns.


Kramnik has achieved a French Defence style structure, but with his light squared bishop outside the pawn chain.  Anand is likely to regroup his pieces and attack on the kingside.


So, Kramnik avoids the Nimzo-Indian and we have a Slav defence.  Not as sharp as the Semi-Slav favoured by Anand, but should still be an interesting game.


Welcome to live coverage of the 7th match game between Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik.  Vishy now leads 4.5-1.5, having won 3 games and drawn the rest in the first half of the match.  Many commentators have now written off Kramnik completely and it's not hard to see why.  Kramnik rarely wins with the black pieces, and he has never beaten Anand with black before at normal time controls.  Now he must win at least 3 games out of 6 in the second half of the match to survive.  Does he have a plan B for this eventuality?  Has he prepared anything to play as black for must-win circumstances?

Whatever opening he tries today, Kramnik needs to up his game to stay in the match or it could be over soon without even going the distance.  Come on Vlad - show us your fighting spirit!

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  • 6 years ago

    revolting

    this game isn't looking all to prosperous for kramnik what with anand's bishop on that strong outpost.

  • 6 years ago

    Gokukid

    Kramnik must activate his e8-Rook to h8 (it might perhaps force Anand to play Rxc8, but I doubt Anand would do that)

  • 6 years ago

    oncologist

    its a dead draw.....but i am happy as it favours vishy.....

  • 6 years ago

    vsarun

    hurray to India

  • 6 years ago

    Utopian

    Even with this little material it seems Kramnik has gotten himself into a bad position. I think He will offer a draw soon and Anand will accept and we can sleep early tonight(in the Asia Pacific Region)

  • 6 years ago

    boogaloo

    Man o man.  Just got here and it looks like a drawish position.

  • 6 years ago

    pratyushjain

    Anand: 01 h 27 m

    Kramnik: 01 h 25 m

    Can someone kindly explain what does Fritz scoring mean (=, +/=, -/+, - + etc.)?

  • 6 years ago

    vijaykulkarni

    good going.. Vishy..

  • 6 years ago

    Zor2046

    22...f6?

  • 6 years ago

    chennai102

    Drawish ! may be. Will vishy get some play in the 7th rank along c file ?

  • 6 years ago

    sandydragon69

    queens exchanged already..!!

  • 6 years ago

    Gokukid

    Other than Kramnik, I can't think of any future russian world chess champion.  But at least they still have Alexandra Kosteniuk to keep the tradition (it's time for their women to take over)

  • 6 years ago

    totteran

    Kasparov wanted to be a Russian Sarkozy

    But failed miserably

    Good at chess bad at everything else

  • 6 years ago

    Zor2046

    Kramnik will play 20...Qc3 and after 21 Qxc3 Rxc3, Rec8 and Nb8-c6. Everything else loses slowly.

  • 6 years ago

    narayanansri

    how much time each have clocked so far(19th)?

  • 6 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Gokukid - it's certainly true that Shirov was meant to challenge Kasparov, but the finances fell through and Krmanik ended up playing.  As to whether or not he avoided a rematch, it depends on your point of view! Smile

  • 6 years ago

    Gokukid

    and that in 2000 Kasparov was deeply involved in politics and not really on chess full time.  Furthermore, many people said that Kramnik was an unworthy successor of Kasparov due to sloping down of his performance.

  • 6 years ago

    sandydragon69

    all the best vishy.. the position looks drawish and equal... wat say guys??

  • 6 years ago

    Gokukid

    I'm not sure if it's true, but I've read in an article that it should have been Alexei Shirov as the rightful challenger of Kasparov in PCA 2000 and not Kramnik.  And when Kramnik won against Kasparov, Kramnik 'studiously' (I'm using the exact word mentioned) avoided Kasparov's demand of a rematch.

  • 6 years ago

    SonofPearl

    The first time control is at move 40 (2 hours).

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