Zurich: Kramnik Avoided Aronian's Trap and Drew the Second Game of the Match

Время публикации: 22.04.2012 20:52 | Последнее обновление: 22.04.2012 20:52

The second game between Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik, where the opening moved straight into the Berlin endgame, was drawn. The total score is currently 1.5 - 0.5 in Aronian's favour. The result of the second game was easy to predict long before the end of the game, but Kramnik still had to show some precision.


It would have been wrong to play 29...Rxf2? 30.Rxc6 with the idea 30...Rxc2? 31.Rc7+! and then 32.Nd4 (immediate 31.Nd4? still allows Black to hold due to 31...Bd7! with the idea 32.Rc7 Rxb2 33.Rxd7+ Ke8).
30.Nd6+ Ke7 31.Ne4 Nd4!
And Black held his position. The draw was agreed after
32.Rb7+ Kf8 33.Rc7 Rxb2 34.Rxc5 Nf5 35.Ng3 Rxf2 36.Nxf5 Bxf5 37.Rxf5 Ra2

The next (third) game will be played on Tuesday.

[Event "Zuerich Chess Challenge 2012"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.22"] [Round "2"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Be6 10. Rd1+ Ke8 11. Ng5 Bc8 12. h3 Be7 13. Bf4 Nh4 14. e6 f6 15. Nf7 Rg8 16. Bxc7 Bxe6 17. Nd6+ Bxd6 18. Bxd6 Kf7 19. f3 Nf5 20. Bc5 b6 21. Bf2 Rgd8 22. a4 Ne7 23. a5 c5 24. Nb5 Nc6 25. Rxd8 Rxd8 26. axb6 axb6 27. Ra6 Rd1+ 28. Kh2 Rd2 29. Rxb6 Rxc2 30. Nd6+ Ke7 31. Ne4 Nd4 32. Rb7+ Kf8 33. Rc7 Rxb2 34. Rxc5 Nf5 35. Ng3 Rxf2 36. Nxf5 Bxf5 37. Rxf5 Ra2 1/2-1/2

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