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WCC 2008,Bonn : Day1

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This was the first game of very anticipated World cless Championship 2008. This match is considered to be the decsion maker since  all the FIDE championship after Kasparov’s breaking from from fide were tournament. This match also got high significance due to Kramnik’s asking about the value of the tiltle since it was gained through a tournament not match. So, the result of this championship will prove who is rightful owner of the title.

The first game started today at 3:30 CETand ended after 3hrs 4min of long stressful time.

The game  in pgn is given here:


Date “2008.10.14”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[White “Vladimir Kramnik”]
[Black “Viswanathan  Anand”]
[BlackElo “2783”]
[WhiteElo “2772”]
[Event “2008 WCC Game 1”]
[Site “Germany”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nf3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Bb5 O-O 10. Bxc6 Bxc3+ 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Ne5 Ng4 13. Nxg4 Bxg4 14. Qb4 Rxc6 15. Qxb7 Qc8 16. Qxc8 Rfxc8 17. O-O a5 18. f3 Bf5 19. Rfe1 Bg6 20. b3 f6 21. e4 dxe4 22. fxe4 Rd8 23. Rad1 Rc2 24. e5 fxe5 25. Bxe5 Rxa2 26. Ra1 Rxa1 27. Rxa1 Rd5 28. Rc1 Rd7 29. Rc5 Ra7 30. Rc7 Rxc7 31. Bxc7 Bc2 32. Bxa5 Bxb3

You can save the given part as pgn file and view using any pgn viewer. Any chess client is able to read pgn file. If you don’t have any you can download Winboard/Xboard to view the game using above pgn.

The game started with d4 . Vladimir plays much regularly with d4. Opening was exchange slav

after 4.cxd5

and remained symmetrical for long . At move 12 … Ng4 Anand offered for exchange of knight and Kramnik accepted it .

After13… Bxg4

The game remained in balance till move 14… Rxc6 where Anand sacrifices a pawn for better development.

After 14… Rxc6

Now Anand moves his queen to c file and offers exchange of queens, Vladimir excepts it because it is better option to exchange compared to avoiding it. Avoiding the  exchange may make Kramnik’s queen vulnerable. Now Kramniks castles at move 17 0-0 to connect his rook and try to contest for an open file .Kramnik keep on trying to push e4 pawn and on 22… Rd8 Anand tries to prevent d5.

after 22… Rd8

After Anand takes 25… Rxa2 material is balanced. All the rooks are off the board after move 31.Bxc7 and we have equal materials as well as bishops of opposite color and game is moving toward a dead draw.

at the end of the game

At last the game is draw by agreement.
It is good for Anand, getting an easy draw with the black pieces in game 1, it is a psychological win for him.
Let’s see what happens in game 2 tomorrow.


Written by elitewarrior

October 15, 2008 at 12:44 am

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