Dortmund: Wang Hao Gets Confused, Kramnik Starts With a Quick Win

Время публикации: 27.07.2013 00:10 | Последнее обновление: 27.07.2013 00:10

The first decisive game in Dortmund was registered already after an hour: Vladimir Kramnik outplayed Wang Hao.


The Slav defense took place. According to Chessbase database, the position on the diagram was played four times and Black never exprienced any problems. Apparently, Kramnik applied a novelty: 20.Rd1 It's quite clear that Kramnik's intention was to get some play which would be unknown for his rival. Nowadays, exactly such a strategy works the most.     
20...Rfe8 21.Rxb7 Rad8 Perhaps, more accurate would be placing another rook on d8.
22.Rd7 Rxd7 23.Qxd7 Rb8 24.Qxa7 Rxb2 25.h3

Kramnik got what he wanted: the play on two results. We couldn't see what could happen if Black has played 25...Kh7.
25...Ra2?? 26.Qb8+ Black resigned as it losses a rook after the next check. 1-0

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Such mistakes are quite frequent nowadays, when the players are more and more engaged into studying openings. For instance, something similar happened in Round 2 of the EIWCC in Bulmaga - Schut encounter which was commentated and analysed in detail by Suat Atalik at the press center. In a sharp variation of Sicilian defense the opponents played 25 moves straightly following the theory, on 26th move Black made a decisive mistake.  

 [Date "2013.07.26"] [Round "1"] [White "Kramnik, Wladimir"] [Black "Wang, Hao"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D16"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [BlackElo "2752"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "51"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e3 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. exd4 Nc6 9. O-O Be7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Rd1 Nb4 12. Bg5 Bd7 13. d5 exd5 14. Nxd5 Nbxd5 15. Bxd5 Nxd5 16. Rxd5 Bxg5 17. Nxg5 h6 18. Qd2 hxg5 19. Rxd7 Qf6 20. Rd1 Rfe8 21. Rxb7 Rad8 22. Rd7 Rxd7 23. Qxd7 Rb8 24. Qxa7 Rxb2 25. h3 Ra2 26. Qb8+ 1-0


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