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Kramnik-Van Wely

Kramnik-Van Wely

Jun 30, 2008, 6:43 AM 6
Kramnik decided to show Van Wely who is his daddy in the 2nd round of Dortmund ... reminding the Dutchman that his ambitions should remain as his second!

White: Vladimir Kramnik
Black: Loek Van Wely
Dortmund 2008 (2)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.b3

rnbqkb1r/pp3ppp/2p1pn2/3p4/2PP4/1P2PN2/P4PPP/RNBQKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
8rookknightbishopqueenkingbishop rook 
7pawnpawn   pawnpawnpawn 
6  pawn pawnknight   
5   pawn     
4  pawnpawn     
3 pawn  pawnknight   
2pawn    pawnpawnpawn 
1rookknightbishopqueenkingbishop rook 

Kramnik chooses a quiet setup vs Van Wely's semi-Slav. In this context it interesting to look at his 1st round game vs Gustafsson where Kramnik after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 replied 2...g6!? (which I think he has very rarely done or not at all!) on they played 3.Nc3 d5 and Kramnik made an easy draw in the Grunfeld. I've heard people say that with this 1st round game and now this game with Van Wely...Kramnik is showing that he has no intentions of disclosing or showing Anand any of his preparation whatsoever in this tournament.  For instance Van Wely is a specialist in the Anti-Moscow 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5
rnbqk2r/p4p2/2p1pn1p/1p4p1/2pPP3/2N2NB1/PP3PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 1
8rookknightbishopqueenking  rook 
7pawn    pawn   
6  pawn pawnknight pawn 
5 pawn    pawn  
4  pawnpawnpawn    
3  knight  knightbishop  
2pawnpawn   pawnpawnpawn 
1rook  queenkingbishop rook 

and Anand has played that very often with good results and used it as his main weapon en route to the WC title in San Luis. Kramnik has also entered the theorectical discussion in this line, playing with white against Anand in San Luis and also a recent famous game against Topalov with black where Topalov uncorcked a most surprising Nxf7 sacrifice.  Anyway, with the e3/b3 setup Kramnik is avoiding any theoretical discussion in these lines and saving his shotgun for Anand!

5...Nbd7 6.Bb2 b6 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.0–0 Bd6 9.Nbd2 0–0
r2q1rk1/pb1n1ppp/1ppbpn2/3p4/2PP4/1P1BPN2/PB1N1PPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1

8rook  queen rookking  
7pawnbishop knight pawnpawnpawn 
6 pawnpawnbishoppawnknight   
5   pawn     
4  pawnpawn     
3 pawn bishoppawnknight   
2pawnbishop knight pawnpawnpawn 
1rook  queen rookking  
Both sides are developing rather straightforward with automatic moves.

10.Ne5 Qe7 11.Qf3

r4rk1/pb1nqppp/1ppbpn2/3pN3/2PP4/1P1BPQ2/PB1N1PPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1
8rook    rookking  
7pawnbishop knightqueenpawnpawnpawn 
6 pawnpawnbishoppawnknight   
5   pawnknight    
4  pawnpawn     
3 pawn bishoppawnqueen   
2pawnbishop knight pawnpawnpawn 
1rook    rookking  

This was maybe the first move I stopped at. This Qf3-h3 and f4 plan is interesting and Kramnik's intentions are clear!

11...Rfd8 12.Qh3 h6 13.f4
r2r2k1/pb1nqpp1/1ppbpn1p/3pN3/2PP1P2/1P1BP2Q/PB1N2PP/R4RK1 b - f3 0 1

8rook  rook  king  
7pawnbishop knightqueenpawnpawn  
6 pawnpawnbishoppawnknight pawn 
5   pawnknight    
4  pawnpawn pawn   
3 pawn bishoppawn  queen 
2pawnbishop knight  pawnpawn 
1rook    rookking  
13...Bb4 14.Ndf3 Ne4 15.Nxd7 Rxd7 16.Ne5 Rc7 17.Bxe4 dxe4
r5k1/pbr1qpp1/1pp1p2p/4N3/1bPPpP2/1P2P2Q/PB4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
8rook     king  
7pawnbishoprook queenpawnpawn  
6 pawnpawn pawn  pawn 
5    knight    
4 bishoppawnpawnpawnpawn   
3 pawn  pawn  queen 
2pawnbishop    pawnpawn 
1rook    rookking  
Somehow Kramnik hasn't done anything spectacular or special so I find it interesting how preferable the white position is. The Bb2 seems to have a lot more potential than the Bb7 who is battling his own pawn on the diagonal. The Ne5 stands very well and hard to kick it away or exchange it without concessions. Generally I would think all exchanges are good for white here. Blacksquared bishops straightup leave white with good N vs questionable B and exchaing B for Ne5 means white takes back fxe5 and has some potential of a buildup on the f-ile and the kingside. All these considerations are rather general but it's actually somebodies move and it's Kramnik's move and his next move is excellent!

18.c5! bxc5 19.a3 Ba5 20.dxc5 Qxc5 21.b4 Qb5
r5k1/pbr2pp1/2p1p2p/bq2N3/1P2pP2/P3P2Q/1B4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
8rook     king  
7pawnbishoprook  pawnpawn  
6  pawn pawn  pawn 
5bishopqueen  knight    
4 pawn  pawnpawn   
3pawn   pawn  queen 
2 bishop    pawnpawn 
1rook    rookking  

After a series of forced moves and only a measly pawn sacrificed we see that white's pieces are all directed at the kingside while blacks are all stranded on the queenside unable to give protection to the king.

22.Qg3 Bb6 23.Nd7 g6

r5k1/pbrN1p2/1bp1p1pp/1q6/1P2pP2/P3P1Q1/1B4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
8rook     king  
7pawnbishoprookknight pawn   
6 bishoppawn pawn pawnpawn 
5 queen       
4 pawn  pawnpawn   
3pawn   pawn queen  
2 bishop    pawnpawn 
1rook    rookking  

This can't end well with the holes on the kingside!

24.Nf6+ Kf8 25.Be5 Rcc8 26.Qh4 h5 27.Nh7+ Ke8 28.Bd6 Rc7 29.Rfd1 

Van Wely resigned 1-0

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