Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 8

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 8

GM alexcolovic

We have to thank Vladimir Kramnik again for the only decisive game of the round. And he doesn't seem to intend to change his head-through-wall strategy.

Grischuk managed to surprise Kramnik in his beloved Semi-Tarrasch, but Kramnik navigated the novelty well and got an equal position. Then he started the same thing again. He started looking for winning chances where there weren't any. Even though he said it in the press conference, that he "wasn't really playing for a win" he did say a few times that he could be better or try for more. Over-confidence, imprecise calculations and loss of objectivity striking all at once are devastating. Kramnik's downward spiral will continue.

It was curious that the Americans So and Caruana played the Petroff (Russian Defence in many languages). And if anybody, it was Black who tried to win! Pretty good advertisement for the Petroff...

Ding and Aronian played a lively game and quite surprising that Ding didn't pose more problems in the technical position in the second half of the game.

Former collaborators Mamedyarov and Karjakin drew after the latter successfully employed the same idea in the Catalan from his game with Caruana.

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