Anand takes 3-point lead over Kramnik in World Championship

October 22nd, 2008 - 5:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Bonn, Oct 22 (IANS) India’s Viswanathan Anand destroyed Vladimir Kramnik with a third win in four games and ended the Russian’s hopes in the World Chess Championship.Anand, a defending champion, may well have shut the door on Kramnik as he took a three-point lead Tuesday in the 12-game match with just six games having been played. Anand won the sixth game on the 41st move in a match that he dominated from middle game onwards.

Anand has now won the third, fifth and sixth games with the rest having been drawn. The NIIT Brand Ambassador leads the match 4.5-1.5 as the first player to reach 6.5 point will be adjudged the world champion.

Playing with white and with a two-point advantage Anand piled on more misery as he played a solid game in the Nimzo Indian. Anand knowing his rival was at his lowest played a sharp line and went in for a positional game.

Just as the game looked interestingly poised with Kramnik playing solid, Anand unleashed yet another novelty on the ninth move. Kramnik took up the challenge, probably in the hope that since he was already way behind he might as well be aggressive with black. Anand went for the jugular and accepted the challenge to attack.

Anatoly Karpov in the analysis room felt white (Anand) would be clearly better after the exchange of queens on d5. That’s what happened. It was now clear that Anand had come out of the opening way better.

Black (Kramnik) needed to play for control of white squares. Into the middle game around move 17, Anand was better but not winning.

Kramnik, trailing in the match, went in risking giving a pawn, which he had no way of getting back.

By move 21 it seemed Anand was in a position to go three points up. He kept the pawn and Kramnik by now was fighting to survive. Anand on the prowl also did not castle — he had castled in only three of the six games!

And by the 27th move Anand was clearly better and had no need to force things. As the game progressed, Anand was going up two pawns and he was keeping them and waiting. Over the next few moves from 37th it was clear Anand was in winning position. And the computer was showing a win, too.

For his 40th move Kramnik had just 90 seconds, but time no longer mattered as Anand was almost home for a third win.

Anand kept it simple and went in for a crowd pleasing winning line and made it 4.5-1.5 for a three-point lead, which is surely too much for an outplayed Kramnik.

Wednesday is a day of rest and the seventh game will resume Thursday with Kramnik having white and Anand black. Anand has won last two games with black.

Moves of Game VI (Anand vs. Kramnik) : 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 Qxd5 6.Nf3 Qf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.Bd2 0-0 9.h3 b6 10.g4 Qa5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qd5 14.Qxd5 Nxd5 15.Bd2 Nf6 16.Rg1 Rac8 17.Bg2 Ne7 18.Bb4 c5 19.dxc5 Rfd8 20.Ne5 Bxg2 21.Rxg2 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Ne4 23.Rxc8 Rxc8 24.Nd3 Nd5 25.Bd2 Rc2 26.Bc1 f5 27.Kd1 Rc8 28.f3 Nd6 29.Ke1 a5 30.e3 e5 31.gxf5 e4 32.fxe4 Nxe4 33.Bd2 a4 34.Nf2 Nd6 35.Rg4 Nc4 36.e4 Nf6 37.Rg3 Nxb2 38.e5 Nd5 39.f6 Kf7 40.Ne4 Nc4 41.fxg7 Kg8 42.Rd3 Ndb6 43.Bh6 Nxe5 44.Nf6+ Kf7 45.Rc3 Rxc3 46.g8Q+ Kxf6 47.Bg7+ 1-0

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