Kramnik beats Anand in 10th game, stays alive in match

October 28th, 2008 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS  

Bonn, Oct 27 (IANS) Vladimir Kramnik salvaged both his reputation and stayed alive in the match as he struck back in the World Chess Championship final to crack through Viswanathan Anand’s defence in 29 moves from a Nimzo Indian defence and won his first game of the 12-match final.The NIIT MindChampion, Anand, who led 6-3 and needed just a draw in the 10th game to grab the world title once again, faltered as the Russian finally seemed to have found his form and rhythm.

The win for Kramnik narrows the gap down to 4-6 with the 11th game due on Wednesday. Kramnik needs to win both the 11th and 12th games to send the match into a tie-breaker.

In the 10th game, which Anand needed just to draw to emerge champion, Kramnik adopted an aggressive posture in the Nimzo Indian defence from the Indian. The game went into the three knights defence, which Garry Kasparov has used effectively in the past against Anand.

But Anand on that occasion had salvaged a draw, but here Kramnik went off that line and ensured a lease of life for him in a match that seemed to spell doom for him after three losses in four games from the third to the sixth games.

The win with white also gave Kramnik added confidence as two of Anand’s three wins came with the dark pieces, with which the Indian had obviously prepared in great detail.

The 12-game final carries a purse of 1.5 million euros with both getting equal amounts regardless of the result.

Moves of Game 10

Kramnik v Anand

World Chess Championship Game 10, Bonn

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8.
cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Qa5 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6
14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4 Bc4 16. Qa4 Nb6 17. Qb4 Qh5 18. Re1 c5 19. Qa5 Rfc8 20.
Be3 Be2 21. Bf4 e5 22. Be3 Bg4 23. Qa6 f6 24. a4 Qf7 25. Bf1 Be6 26. Rab1
c4 27. a5 Na4 28. Rb7 Qe8 29. Qd6 1-0

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