Kramnik Defeated Giri in Catalan as Black

Время публикации: 06.06.2014 19:22 | Последнее обновление: 06.06.2014 19:22

The Catalan opening is considered to be one of the pet openings of Vladimir Kramnik. No surprise he gained several outstanding wins in number of gamesincluding during the world title match. However, in the recent years the opening brings no wins. GM noted that at the press conference after his game against Anish Giri in Round 3 of the supertournament held in Stavanger: "I drew several "catalan" games, so it must have been the right time to start winning as black..."
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Kramink's opponent helped him to realize that plan after the opening: Giri's maneuver with the bishop f4-d2-c3 with 15.Nd2? following led to a powerful initiative for black after 15...f5. The computer didn't find allof Kramnik's choices correct but as Vladimir noted fairly in a practical game White has a trouble in finding all the flawless moves. Anish missed the last chance by not taking the knight on 41st move: the knight that spent most of the game on f3 and one should note did it very successfully. 

[Event "2nd Norway Chess 2014"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2014.06.05"] [Round "3.3"] [White "Giri, Anish"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2752"] [BlackElo "2783"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2014.06.03"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bf4 Bd6 11. Qc1 a5 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. Rd1 Qe8 14. Bc3 Ne4 15. Nfd2 f5 16. Nxe4 fxe4 17. Be1 Qh5 18. Nc3 Nf6 19. h3 Rf7 20. e3 Raf8 21. Qc2 Qf5 22. Nb5 h5 23. Bxa5 Nh7 24. Nxd6 cxd6 25. Bb4 Qd5 26. Rf1 Ng5 27. b3 Rd8 28. Rac1 Nf3+ 29. Kh1 Qf5 30. Qe2 Kh7 31. Rc2 Bd5 32. Rc3 Kg6 33. Qc2 Kh7 34. Ba3 e5 35. dxe5 dxe5 36. b4 Be6 37. Bc1 Qg6 38. Rd1 Rxd1+ 39. Qxd1 Rd7 40. Qf1 Bf5 41. Rc2 Qe6 42. Qe2 g6 43. Rc4 Bxh3 0-1 

Now Grischuk and Kramnik are the nearest rivals of the leader Caruana.
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