It Doesn't Count

Время публикации: 26.04.2012 12:57 | Последнее обновление: 26.04.2012 14:57

Kramnik miscalculated and Aronian won in the "unofficial" rapid game

The fourth round game of the Zurich match of the world's leading grandmasters Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik ended as a quiet draw in the Berlin Defence of the Ruy Lopez.

Aronian was White.

The current score is 2-2; the next two main games of the match will happen on Friday and Saturday.

In line with the unusual rules of the competition, since the game lasted for less than three hours, a rapid exhibition game followed soon after the main encounter and will not be counted towards the official score of the match. The Armenian grandmaster won while playing Black this time.

Events of this sharp encounter, which was a lot more exciting than the main game of the day, were discussed at the players' press-conference after the joint analysis of the game.

"I decided to play like this just for fun..."

The main events of the rapid game started after both opponents deliberately tried to sharpen the game. The middlegame became irrational... 

Zurich 2012 (rapid)

At the critical moment Kramnik had to play 26.Ne5!, after which his opponent has a choice of many variations. The Russian thought that after 26...Rxb3 27.Rxf7+ Kg8 28.Rf6 Nxe5 29.Rxe6 Bxe6 30.Bxe5 Re3 Black has an "easy win".

However, White has a resource discussed at the press-conference: 31.Qxd2 Rxe5 32.Qc2!, simultaneously aiming at the c7 and g6 squares, while the opponent hasn't fully coordinated his pieces. After that, there is neither a win nor a obvious advantage can be found for Black.
In the game, after
26.Qd1? Rxb3! 27.Qxb3 Ba6!
White ended up in a bad position.

Kramnik could have tried 28.Nxd2 as a lesser evil, however, the resulting endgame is objectively lost for him. After the ex world champion selected  
Black could have achieved his aim in several ways. Aronian started to look for a way to win beautifully, "for the public", which he managed to do at the end.
28...Bxc4 29.Qxc6 Bd4 30.Bg1 Bxa1 31.Rxa1 Re8 32.g6 Qf6 33.Qxc4 Re1 34.Kh2

34...Rxa1! 35.Bd4 Rh1+! 0-1

[Event "Zurich Chess Challenge Rapid"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.25"] [Round "1"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C77"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2012.04.21"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d3 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Bb6 10. Nbd2 Rb8 11. Qe2 a5 12. a4 b4 13. O-O g5 14. Bg3 O-O 15. Nc4 Ba7 16. Nfd2 h5 17. h3 h4 18. Bh2 Kg7 19. Kh1 Rh8 20. d4 bxc3 21. bxc3 exd4 22. e5 dxc3 23. exf6+ Qxf6 24. f4 cxd2 25. fxg5 Qe6 26. Qd1 Rxb3 27. Qxb3 Ba6 28. Qf3 Bxc4 29. Qxc6 Bd4 30. Bg1 Bxa1 31. Rxa1 Re8 32. g6 Qf6 33. Qxc4 Re1 34. Kh2 Rxa1 35. Bd4 Rh1+ 0-1 [Event "Zurich Chess Challenge"] [Site "Zuerich SUI"] [Date "2012.04.25"] [Round "4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2820"] [BlackElo "2801"] [PlyCount "49"] [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. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bg5 Be6 12. b3 Be7 13. Rad1 h4 14. Rfe1 Rd8 15. Rxd8+ Kxd8 16. Ne4 b6 17. Bf4 Kc8 18. Neg5 Bxg5 19. Bxg5 Bd5 20. Nh2 c5 21. Rd1 Bc6 22. c3 a5 23. Ng4 Bd7 24. f3 a4 25. Kf2 1/2-1/2

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