The Epic Battle

Время публикации: 30.03.2013 06:12 | Последнее обновление: 30.03.2013 06:17

Kramnik takes lead by defeating Aronian "making more mistakes in a game than in the entire tournament"

The dramatic 12th round of the Candidates tournament made it clear there's no chess player with iron nerves. At the press conference Vladimir Kramnik said "I’m happy with my play because of course everybody is very tired already and I’m also not totally fresh, especially because it was the third game in a row. If you consider this, I think my level was quite high for this state of mind which we’re all experiencing now!"

Aronian - Kramnik clash is hard to explain. Here we offer you extract from the live commentary GMs Sveshnikov, Korobov, Sutovsky and Bartel made during the round. They are also available on out Twitter page. .

Korobov, live "There's a group of those fighting for the 1st, and there is the backing vocals.."
Live. Korobov supports Kramnik, "He is the only stronghold left of the Soviet chess school"

Sutovsky, live "Kramnik plays better, Carlsen plays stronger"
GM Bartel, live "The World Championshp Match between Anand & Gelfand was boring, this tournament is very interesting"

Levon ARONIAN - Vladimir KRAMNIK
Candidates tournament, London 2013, Round 12
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.a3 0-0 9.Qc2 cxd4 10.exd4 f5 11.0-0 Bf6 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.Be3 b5 14.Qe2 Bb7

Kramnik, "I think I solved the opening problems if I had any. I thought actually for White the best choice was to make a draw with 15.Bxb5 f4 16.Bc4 Qe4 17.Bd3 Qd5 and so on. But of course for the tournament situation it wasn't the choice..."


Korobov, live. "After Aronian's move 15.Rac1 Kramnik has some good chances..."


Bartel, "White is in a real trouble"

16.Rfd1 f4

Korobov on Kramnik's move 16...f4, "It may be a proof of Kramnik's fantastic shape..."

17.Rc5 Qd6 18.Qc2?!
Better was 18.Bxf4 Qxf4 19.Qxe6+ Kh8 20.Rh5.
18...fxe3 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.fxe3 Ne7


Live. GM Bartel on Aronian's last move 21.e4: "Well, Levon definitely has an imagination..."

Aronian, "An awful blunder."
Correct was 21.Rh5.

Live. Bartel, "Kramnik didn't play 21...Qf4!" - Sveshnikov, "Оh no!..."

22.e5 Bxe5 23.Nxe5 Rxc5 24.Ng6+ Nxg6 25.dxc5 Be4 26.Rxd6 Bxc2 27.Bxg6 Bxg6 28.Rxe6

Korobov, live. "Aronian's position is objectively hopeless"

28...Bd3 29.h4 a5 30.c6 Rf1+? Correct was 31...Rc8.

Bartel, live "A tragicomedy of mistakes continues"

31.Kh2 Rc1 32.Re3 Bb1 33.Rc3 Rxc3 34.bxc3 Kg8 35.c7 Bf5

Korobov, live "Are all three results possible in Aronian - Kramnik clash?"
Korobov, live "Did Black [Kramnik] smashed it up?"

Sveshnikov: "We will witness a fascinating endgame." - Коrоbоv, "Yes, а very interesting one"

36.Kg3 Kf7 37.Kf4 Bc8 38.Kg5 Bd7 39.h5 Be6 40.g3 a4

Surov, "What should Aronian do now?" - Коrobov, "He stepped over the time control, so he has time to scold himself..."


Korobov, "In the game against Aronian, Kramnik made more mistakes than during the entire tournament"

41...Kf8 42.Kf4 Ke7 43.g5 Kd7 44.Ke5 Bg8 45.c8Q+ Kxc8 46.Kd6 Kd8

GMs on CN radio start to doubt if Aronian can hold the game
Three GMs on live talk on can't figure out if Aronian - Kramnik is drawn

Aronian spent almost an hour in this position.
Kramnik, "This is a critical position. I was actually surprised he was thinking for so long, because it seemed that it's just a forced draw.  Of course we all were awfully tired...
47.Kc6 Ke7 48.Kxb5
Or 48.h6 g6 49.Kxb5 Ke6 50.Kxa4 Kf5 51.Kb5 Kxg5 52.a4 Kxh6 53.a5 g5 54.a6 Bd5 55.c4 Be4 56.a7 g4 57.c5 g3 58.c6 g2 59.c7 g1Q 60.c8Q= It works after next two moves too."
48...Ke6 49.Kxa4 Kf5

Here Aronian made a move which can actually decide the next world champion:
50.g6???  50.h6 would draw.

GMs reaction on Levon's move 50.g6: "This is CRAZY"
Live. Korobov, Bartel and Sveshnikov all astonished by Aronian's 50.g6 instead of 50.h6

Aronian's own reaction, "Throughout the game I couldn’t calculate one line. Of course it’s embarrassing to lose a game like this but I’ll have to deal with it."

50...Kg5 51.Kb5 Kxh5 52.a4 Kxg6 53.a5 Kf6 54.a6 Bd5

Korobov, "Kramnik catches fortuna for the 3rd time in this game, first two times it has escaped..."

55.c4 Ba8 56.Kb6 Ke5 57.Kc7 g5 58.Kb8 Be4 59.Kc7 g4 60.a7 g3 61.c5 Ba8 62.Kb8 Bc6 0-1

Kramnik, "This was an epic battle I would say. ... In fact you can call this a miracle. I think Levon missed a quite simple draw after a time control. On the other hand I was totally winning before and I went to this endgame being sure it was completely won, but I totally missed the escape White had."

Kramnik, "Before the game I thought that a draw would be a good result for me, although my tournament situation forced me to try to get winning chances if I could. ...  Before this round I still considered my chances as not very high, so what to worry so much. Now they [chances] seem to improve but still I will try to keep calm and to do what I can, but first I need to rest, because I am just finished... I need a rest day badly."

[Event "FIDE Candidates"] [Site "London ENG"] [Date "2013.03.29"] [Round "12"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D42"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3"] [EventDate "2013.03.15"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. a3 O-O 9. Qc2 cxd4 10. exd4 f5 11. O-O Bf6 12. Nxd5 Qxd5 13. Be3 b5 14. Qe2 Bb7 15. Rac1 a6 16. Rfd1 f4 17. Rc5 Qd6 18. Qc2 fxe3 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. fxe3 Ne7 21. e4 Rac8 22. e5 Bxe5 23. Nxe5 Rxc5 24. Ng6+ Nxg6 25. dxc5 Be4 26. Rxd6 Bxc2 27. Bxg6 Bxg6 28. Rxe6 Bd3 29. h4 a5 30. c6 Rf1+ 31. Kh2 Rc1 32. Re3 Bb1 33. Rc3 Rxc3 34. bxc3 Kg8 35. c7 Bf5 36. Kg3 Kf7 37. Kf4 Bc8 38. Kg5 Bd7 39. h5 Be6 40. g3 a4 41. g4 Kf8 42. Kf4 Ke7 43. g5 Kd7 44. Ke5 Bg8 45. c8=Q+ Kxc8 46. Kd6 Kd8 47. Kc6 Ke7 48. Kxb5 Ke6 49. Kxa4 Kf5 50. g6 Kg5 51. Kb5 Kxh5 52. a4 Kxg6 53. a5 Kf6 54. a6 Bd5 55. c4 Ba8 56. Kb6 Ke5 57. Kc7 g5 58. Kb8 Be4 59. Kc7 g4 60. a7 g3 61. c5 Ba8 62. Kb8 Bc6 0-1

Thus Kramnik took over the lead from Magnus Carlsen who lost to Vassily Ivanchuk.
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