Zurich: Kramnik, Unable to "Equalize Playing White", Lost the 1st Game of the Match Against Aronian

Время публикации: 21.04.2012 21:17 | Последнее обновление: 21.04.2012 22:43

Armenian GM Levon Aronian Defeated Vladimir Kramnik in the first game of the match despite Russian playing White.

Kramnik played the opening which brought Valentina Gunina victory over Anna Muzychuk in the decisive round of the European championship. 

KRAMNIK - ARONIAN (1st game)

But after Aronian's novelty 16...Qe6! (instead of Muzychuk's inaccurate 16...Qd6) 17. cxd7 Rxd7, which was already recommended in, for instance, Chess Today, Issue 4144, March 13th, it turns out that Black isn't facing any problems and it actually manages to start a counterplay against d5-knight (which hasn't happened in Gunina - Muzychuk M. encounter). Moreover, now White has to fight for equality.  

Maybe Kramnik had to give a try to 18.b3!? cxb3 19.Qxb3 Bb7 20.Rd1, и на 20...Rad8 - 21.Red3.

In this case, Black would hardly have any tangible advantage. 

However, 18.Qa4 Bb7 19.Qxc4 took place in the game (even here White had an alternative) 19...Bxd5 20.exd5 Qxd5! 21.Qxd5 Rxd5 with a typical initiative for Black due to the advantage of the bishop over the knight in a wide open position.  

As a result the former World Champion didn't manage to hold the position. 
(Mikhail Golubev's commentary

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[Event "Zurich Chess Challenge"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.21"] [Round "1"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D43"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 g6 10. O-O Bg7 11. Re1 O-O 12. e4 e5 13. d5 Rd8 14. Re3 b5 15. dxc6 bxc4 16. Nd5 Qe6 17. cxd7 Rxd7 18. Qa4 Bb7 19. Qxc4 Bxd5 20. exd5 Qxd5 21. Qxd5 Rxd5 22. Rae1 Re8 23. g4 Kh7 24. g5 hxg5 25. Nxg5+ Kg8 26. f4 Rb8 27. fxe5 Rxb2 28. Nf3 Rxa2 29. e6 fxe6 30. Rxe6 Rf5 31. Nh4 Rf4 32. R6e4 Rf6 33. Rg4 Kf7 34. Rc1 Bh6 35. Rc7+ Ke8 36. Re4+ Kd8 37. Rh7 Bf8 38. Rd4+ Kc8 39. Rc4+ Kb8 40. Rd7 g5 41. Ng6 Bd6 0-1 


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