The King Is Weakened: Kramnik Starts With a Defeat

Время публикации: 28.06.2015 09:43 | Последнее обновление: 28.06.2015 11:06

The ten-time winner of the Dortmund tournament, Vladimir Kramnik, started losing with White in the opening round to Arkady Naiditsch. 


Naiditsch employed one of his opponent's own weapons against him, the Semi-Tarrasch Defence, and after the opening, the ex-world champion committed several inaccuracies, allowing Black a good game. In the diagram position, White already needs to show careful attention.   
22.Ba2?! An understandable move for a human - the bishop moves away from the blow Rxc4 and defends the rook on b1. But the brutal silicon shows 22.Rb5 as virtually the only decent move. And if then 22...Qxg5?! (better is 22...Raf8), then after 23.Rxb6 Raf8 24.g3!, with a small advantage.

22...Qxg5?! With the accurate 22...Raf8! Naiditsch could force his opponent into the variation which occurs in the game, without giving him a chance to escape: 23.f3 Qxg5 24.Rxb6 Nd3 etc, with an excellent game for Black. 
23.Rxb6 Raf8 24.f3? This weakening should have been avoided. Rough equality is maintained by 24.g3! e.g. 24...Nd3 25.d6+ Kh8 26.Rxb7 Nxc1 27.Qc1.
24...Nd3 25.Rd1 25.Qxd3? Rxf3; а 25.d6+? loses due to the pawn on f3, rather than the one on g3: 25...Kh8 26.Rxb7 Nxc1 27.Qxc1 Rxf3.
25...Nb4 (The bishop on a2 is attacked) 26.Rxb7 Nxa2 27.d6 Nb4 Kramnik fought on for another 30 moves, but could not counter the extra piece. 0-1

Nisipeanu's beaitiful win against So will be reported separately.
All material about the tournament

[Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.27"] [Round "1"] [White "Kramnik,V"] [Black "Naiditsch,A"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2783"] [BlackElo "2722"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] [ECO "D41"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Bc4 Nd7 12. O-O b6 13. a4 Bb7 14. Bd3 a5 15. Rfc1 e5 16. d5 Nc5 17. Qe3 f5 18. Bc4 Qd6 19. exf5 Rxf5 20. Ng5 Rf4 21. Rab1 Qg6 22. Ba2 Qxg5 23. Rxb6 Raf8 24. f3 Nd3 25. Rd1 Nb4 26. Rxb7 Nxa2 27. d6 Nb4 28. Rb5 Nc6 29. d7 h6 30. Rbd5 Rd8 31. Qc3 Nd4 32. Kh1 Rh4 33. Qc7 Kh7 34. h3 Nxf3 35. Qc2+ Kh8 36. Qf2 Nd4 37. Re1 Rf4 38. Qb2 Qf6 39. Qb1 Nf5 40. Kh2 Rb4 41. Qc1 Ne7 42. Rxa5 Rxd7 43. Raxe5 Ng6 44. Re6 Qf4+ 45. Qxf4 Nxf4 46. R6e4 Rxe4 47. Rxe4 Nd3 48. Re8+ Kh7 49. Ra8 Rd4 50. g4 Nc5 51. a5 Ra4 52. Kg3 Ra3+ 53. Kg2 Ne4 54. a6 Nd6 55. h4 Nb5 56. g5 hxg5 57. hxg5 Nc7 0-1 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.27"] [Round "1"] [White "Meier,Geo"] [Black "Hou Yifan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2654"] [BlackElo "2676"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] [ECO "E06"] 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. Bg5 Bd5 11. Qc2 Be4 12. Qd1 c5 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Nbd2 Bc6 15. Ne5 Bxg2 16. Kxg2 Nbd7 17. Rc1 Nxe5 18. Rxc5 Ned7 19. Bxf6 Nxf6 20. Qc2 Rc8 21. Rxc8 Qxc8 22. Rc1 Qd7 23. Nf3 Rd8 24. Qb3 h6 25. Rc4 Qe7 26. e4 e5 27. Qc3 Re8 28. a5 Qe6 29. Rb4 Rc8 30. Qxe5 Qxe5 31. Nxe5 Rc5 32. f4 Rxa5 33. Kf3 b5 34. Rd4 g5 35. Rd6 Kg7 36. Nd3 Ra4 37. e5 Ne4 38. Rd7 gxf4 39. gxf4 Kg6 40. Ke3 f5 41. Rb7 Ra1 42. Rb6+ Kg7 43. b4 h5 44. Rb7+ Kg6 45. Rb6+ Kg7 46. h4 Ra3 47. Rb7+ Kg6 48. Kd4 Ng3 49. Rd7 Ne2+ 50. Ke3 Nc1 51. Kd2 Nxd3 52. Rxd3 Ra2+ 53. Ke3 Rb2 54. Rd6+ Kg7 55. Rxa6 Rb3+ 56. Ke2 Rxb4 57. Ke3 Rb3+ 58. Ke2 Rb4 59. Ke3 1/2-1/2 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.27"] [Round "1"] [White "Nepomniachtchi,I"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2720"] [BlackElo "2805"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] [ECO "A07"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 c6 5. O-O Nf6 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 Ne4 8. Nbd2 Bf5 9. c4 Nd7 10. Rc1 a5 11. Nh4 Nxd2 12. Qxd2 Be6 13. cxd5 cxd5 14. Nf3 Nf6 15. Ne5 Ne4 16. Qe3 a4 17. Nd3 axb3 18. axb3 Qb6 19. Nc5 Ra2 20. Bxe4 dxe4 21. Bc3 Qb5 22. Nxe6 fxe6 23. Rfe1 Qd5 24. Red1 Ra3 25. Qd2 Qxb3 26. Qg5 Ra2 27. Rd2 Bf6 28. Qc5 Rxd2 29. Bxd2 Qd5 30. Be3 Rd8 31. Rb1 Rd7 32. Rb5 Kf7 33. Qb4 Qc6 34. Rb6 Qd5 35. Rb5 Qc6 36. Rb6 Qc2 37. Rxb7 Rxb7 38. Qxb7 Bxd4 39. Bxd4 Qd1+ 40. Kg2 Qxd4 41. e3 Qd5 42. Qb2 Qf5 43. Qh8 Qf3+ 44. Kg1 Qd1+ 45. Kg2 Qf3+ 46. Kg1 1/2-1/2 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.27"] [Round "1"] [White "Nisipeanu,LD"] [Black "So,W"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2654"] [BlackElo "2778"] [EventDate "2015.06.26"] [ECO "B23"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7+ Qxd7 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 e6 9. f5 Nge7 10. fxe6 fxe6 11. Ng5 Ne5 12. Nb5 Qxb5 13. Nxe6 Kd7 14. Nxg7 h5 15. a4 Qb6 16. a5 Qb5 17. c4 Qc6 18. b4 Rh7 19. bxc5 Rxg7 20. Rf6 Nc8 21. d4 Ng4 22. Rf3 Qxe4 23. h3 dxc5 24. dxc5+ Ke8 25. hxg4 Ne7 26. Qf1 Rg8 27. Bb2 hxg4 28. Re1 1-0 


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