Friday, November 4, 2016

Andreikin Beats Kramnik 1.Nc3

Chess openings to not always lead directly to immediate victory. Often the opening sets the table for a creative middlegame combination or checkmate. If such tactics do not develop, the best strategy for a win might be to head to the endgame. The Vienna Game begins 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3. This is an old variation of the Open Game that has been covered in many books from the 1800s to the present. Both sides have several good options.

Dmitry Andreikin reached the top 20 in the world in June of 2016. Andreikin had won the World Junior Championship back in 2010. That same year he played Vladimir Kramnik in blitz. These two players weaved their way through opening theory. The game went from 1.Nc3 Nf6 (Queens Knight Attack) to 2.e4 (Alekhine Defence) to 2...e5 (Vienna Game) to 3.f4 (Vienna Gambit).

Andreikin (2683) - Kramnik (2791), VI World Blitz Moscow RUS (37), 18.11.2010 begins 1.Nc3 Nf6 2.e4 e5 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.Nf3 Bc5 6.d4 [6.Qe2 Bf5 7.d4 Bb4 8.a3 Nxc3 9.Qe3 Na2+ 10.Bd2 Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Be4=] 6...Bb4 7.Bd2 c5 8.Nxe4 [8.Bd3 Nxd2 9.Qxd2 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nc6=/+] 8...dxe4 9.Bxb4 cxb4 10.Ng1 0-0 11.Bc4 Nc6 12.c3 bxc3 13.bxc3 Qg5 [13...Qc7! 14.Ne2 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Qxc4 16.Qd4 Be6-+] 14.Qe2 Bf5 15.Nh3 Bxh3 16.gxh3 e3 17.0-0-0 Rac8 18.Bb3 Na5 19.Kb2 Nxb3 20.axb3 f6 21.e6 Qd5 22.Qxe3 Rfe8 23.Rhe1 Rc6 24.c4 Rcxe6 25.Qxe6+ Qxe6 26.Rxe6 Rxe6 27.d5 Re2+ 28.Kc3 Kf7 29.c5 Ke8 30.Ra1 a6 31.c6 bxc6 32.dxc6 Kd8 33.Rxa6 Kc7 34.b4 Re5 35.Kc4 Re4+ 36.Kc5 Re5+ 37.Kc4 Re4+ 38.Kb5 Re5+ 39.Ka4 Re1 40.Kb3 Rb1+ 41.Kc4 f5 [41...Rc1+ 42.Kb5 Kd6 43.h4 h5=] 42.b5 [42.Kb5+-] 42...f4 [42...Rc1+ 43.Kd5 Rd1+ 44.Ke5+-] 43.Ra7+ Kd6 44.Rd7+ Ke6 45.Rd2 f3 46.Rf2 Rc1+ 47.Kb4 Rb1+ 48.Kc5 Rc1+ 49.Kb6 Rc3 50.Kb7 Kd6 51.Rf1 g5 52.b6 h5 53.c7 Kd7 54.Rxf3 1-0

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