Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gruenfeld Defence Kramnik Wins

White transposed to the Neo-Gruenfeld Defence with an early g3. Black found a creative way to swap off the light squared bishops with 7...Be6 8.cxd5 Bxd5 9.Nc3 Bxg2. White dominated the dark squares. Black played to counter the attack on d4 with c5. In a weird way, White's doubled pawns became an advantage. Black might have done better with a rook on the d-file. Play ended in this Gruenfeld Defence when Vladimir Kramnik was about to win the b-pawn of Peter Svidler giving White two passed b-pawns.

Kramnik (2787) - Svidler (2768), 80th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED, 16.01.2018 begins 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.d4 0-0 6.c4 c6 7.Ne5 Be6 8.cxd5 Bxd5 9.Nc3 Bxg2 10.Kxg2 Nbd7 11.Qb3 Qb6 12.Rd1 Qxb3 13.axb3 Rfc8 14.f4
14...c5 [14...Rd8=] 15.Be3 cxd4 16.Rxd4 Nxe5 17.fxe5 Ne8 18.Rd7 Rc7 [18...Bxe5 19.Rxe7 Bxc3 20.bxc3+/=] 19.Rxa7 Rb8 20.Rd5 b6 [20...Kf8 21.Bf4+/-] 21.Nb5 Rxa7 22.Nxa7 Kf8 23.Rd7 Ra8 24.Bd4 1-0

Sets: Chess Games 1.e4 Series and Chess Games 1.d4 Series
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