Vladimir Kramnik: "I Am Not Disappointed. The Game Was Interesting"

Время публикации: 18.03.2014 23:02 | Последнее обновление: 18.03.2014 23:02

Kramnik - Aronian encounter of Round 5 didn't disappoint - the game was sharp and interesting despite a peaceful outcome.  

Kramnik, "Probably White had a win somewhere, but I don’t think I missed something particularly primitive. I am not disappointed because it was very complicated and interesting game. It is always a pleasure to play such game, so my emotions are mostly positive”.

White really had a win, but far not primitive, rather needed computer preciseness. 


26.Bxe4! dxe4 27.d5 e3
Kramnik, "Here I already considered my position as winning."
28.Ng4 Nxg4 29.Qxg4 h6
Aronian, "I was generally happy with my defence plan. Position stays complex but it's possible to hold." 
30.Ne4 Rc2 31.Nf6+ Qxf6 32.Bxf6 e2

Kramnik, "I decided to make this move being in time trouble. I thoght: let's check and then we'll see."  
Aronian, "I on the contrary didn't want to let him to do that..."
After correct 33...hxg5 34.Qxg5+ White has nothing better than perpetual check.
34.Bxh6+ White could play 34.Bf6+ but in this line White should have also try the idea of moving the rook on g1, what wasn't done by Kramnik in the game.
34...Kh7 35.Bxf8?
Considering time trouble, this seems as a decision that can be explained. But if Vladimir has made another computer like precise decision 35.Rg1!! he then would have chances to win. 
Kramnik, "To play 35.Rg1 Bxh6 36.Rde1? I didn't like it that much..."
Meanwhile, this is how the winning plan looks like: h4, Kh2, then to move the pawns on the king side combining it with the attack on the king and surrounding e2 pawn. 

35...exf1Q+ 36.Rxf1 Rxg2 37.Qxg2 Bxg2+ 38.Kxg2 Rxf8

Kramnik, "I decided to move into this endgame thinking that the chances to win are considerable." 
Kramnik, "I am not sure if this is the best move. Better to look for improvement." 

And still, it's hard to imagine how to win this endgame if Black will follow the accurate play. 
The opponents agreed on a draw on 60th move. 

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.18"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2830"] [ECO "E10"] [Opening "Queen's pawn game"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. e3 b6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bb5+ c6 8. Bd3 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. b3 Nbd7 11. Bb2 Re8 12. Ne5 Bd6 13. f4 c5 14. Qf3 cxd4 15. exd4 Bb4 16. Ne2 Ne4 17. a3 Bf8 18. Rad1 a6 19. a4 Rc8 20. Qh5 g6 21. Qh3 Ndf6 22. f5 g5 23. Ng3 b5 24. axb5 Qb6 25. Kh1 axb5 26. Bxe4 dxe4 27. d5 e3 28. Ng4 Nxg4 29. Qxg4 h6 30. Ne4 Rc2 31. Nf6+ Qxf6 32. Bxf6 e2 33. Bxg5 Bxd5 34. Bxh6+ Kh7 35. Bxf8 exf1=Q+ 36. Rxf1 Rxg2 37. Qxg2 Bxg2+ 38. Kxg2 Rxf8 39. Kf3 Kg7 40. Ke4 Rh8 41. Kd4 Rc8 42. Rf4 Kf6 43. h4 Re8 44. Kc5 Re5+ 45. Kd6 Re3 46. Rb4 Kxf5 47. Rxb5+ Kg4 48. h5 f5 49. h6 Rh3 50. Ke5 Rxh6 51. Rb4+ Kf3 52. Kxf5 Ke3 53. Ke5 Kd3 54. Rb8 Kc3 55. b4 Kc4 56. Rb7 Rh5+ 57. Kd6 Rh6+ 58. Kd7 Rh7+ 59. Kc6 Rxb7 60. Kxb7 Kxb4 1/2-1/2

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