Zurich: Kramnik Equalises Match Against Aronian by Converting Material Advantage in Game 3. Commentary

Время публикации: 24.04.2012 21:53 | Последнее обновление: 25.04.2012 07:49

In the 3rd game of the match against Levon Aronian which is held in Zurich, the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik proved the power of his strongest piece and converted his material advantage. (Take a look at the analysis of the early stage of this eventful game). Current score of the match is 1.5 - 1.5. Follow us and stay tuned.


An unforced move bringing more harm than good. The kingside pawns had to be placed in a more conservative manner. 
22.c3 Bc5 23.Re2 h6 24.g3
Kramnik methodically strengthens his position.

A logical attempt to fire up counterplay. Maybe, Aronian should have tried 24...Rd5 , but in this case even 25.Qxc4 Rd1+ 26.Kxd1 Bxc4 27.Re8+ seems quite uncomfortable for Black. 
25.f4 a4 26.f5!
The former World Champion starts active action. 
26...Bd5 27.Qd3
Black's position really crumbles. 

The move timely forces the knight back. 
28...axb3 29.axb3 Na5

The computer suggests 30.Qb5. However, 30...Nxb3+ 31.Kc2 Nd4+ 32.cxd4 Bxd4 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Qxe8+ could have initiated an endgame, similar to the one that took place in a famous Polugaevsky - Geller encounter (1968), where Black claimed to make a "fortress".    
30...Rxe8 31.Qxd5
A very uncomfortable position for Black; it almost doesn't have any control of the white squares.  
31...Rd8 32.Qb5 Rd6
Maybe, Aronian had to try to decide the fate of his knight immediately: 32...Nxb3+!? 33.Qxb3 Bc5 with a "fortress" like position. Anyways, some drawing chances could have appeared here. 
Interesting was 33.Qe5 (and 33...Nxb3+ would be followed by 34.Kc2). But Kramnik preferred to avoid complications.

In time trouble Armenian GM failed to offer stiff resistance. The last and slight chance was 33...Bd8! - Black pieces hang in the air, but still there's no simple win for White.
Now White force the knight back on a typically bad b7-position. 
34...Nb7 35.c4 Rf6 36.g4 Nd8 37.c5 Bc7 38.Qd7
A merciless beating of Black pieces to your attention. 
38...Nc6 39.b5 Na7 40.Qxc7 Nxb5 41.Qe5 Na7 42.Kd3
There's no hope for salvation, Aronian resigned. 
(Mikhail Golubev's commentary).

[Event "Zuerich Chess Challenge 2012"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.24"] [Round "3"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C47"] [PlyCount "83"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bc5 6. Be3 Bb6 7. Qd2 O-O 8. O-O-O Re8 9. f3 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Bg5 Nxc3 12. Bxd8 Nxd1 13. Bxc7 Bxc7 14. Nxc6 Ne3 15. Bb5 bxc6 16. Bxc6 Nc4 17. Qd4 Be6 18. Bxa8 Bb6 19. Qd3 Rxa8 20. Re1 Rd8 21. Qe4 g5 22. c3 Bc5 23. Re2 h6 24. g3 a5 25. f4 a4 26. f5 Bd5 27. Qd3 Bb6 28. b3 axb3 29. axb3 Na5 30. Re8+ Rxe8 31. Qxd5 Rd8 32. Qb5 Rd6 33. Kc2 Kg7 34. b4 Nb7 35. c4 Rf6 36. g4 Nd8 37. c5 Bc7 38. Qd7 Nc6 39. b5 Na7 40. Qxc7 Nxb5 41. Qe5 Na7 42. Kd3 1-0 



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