"Crazy" Game Against Mamedyarov Brings Kramnik Point

Время публикации: 22.03.2014 00:41 | Последнее обновление: 22.03.2014 00:51

The "craziest" game of Round 7 between Kramnik and Mamedyarov finished in Russian GM's favor.  

Mamedyarov confessed he forgot how to play on 14.h4 in one of Ragozin defense lines . His continuation chose wasn't the best: after 14...b5 15.a4 Bxc3 16.bxc3 b4 17.cxb4 Qxb4 18.Nb1 Qd6 19.Nc3 according to Kramnik, here White already has almost strategically won position.  

Kramnik finds accurate moves and strengthens his advantage: 19...Qc6 20.Rfb1 Ba6 21.Qd1 f6 22.Bf4 Rad8 23.Qf3 Nf8 24.Bh6 Kf7 25.Rb2 Ne6 26.Rab1 Ng7 27.g4 Kg8 28.Qf4 Kf7.
Kramnik, "Here I already thought I was winning..." 
29.e4? First mistake. Vladimir fairly noted that White has several choices in this position: 29.а5 (with a threat of Rb6), 29.Rb4 or even 29.Rb5 and he considered all of them. "But then I decided it is time for forcing events..." 
29...Ne6! 30.exd5 Black could reply 
30...Nc5!? on 30.Qe3. Anyways, it might have been more useful for White than the move that took place in the game.
30...Nxf4 31.dxc6 g5
Kramnik, "I blundered this move..."

Then were mistakes from both sides and sharp tactical fight in a mutual time trouble. Even after passing time control Kramnik failed to find the accurate continuation:

According to computer the line that brings draw is not obvious: 41.Rd8! Bh3+ (или 41...Rxc3 42.Rf1+ Nf3 43.d7 Bxd7 44.Rxf3+ Rxf3 45.Rxd7+) 42.Kh1 Rxc3 43.d7 Re2 44.Rg1! (но не 44.Rf8+ Kg7! 45.Rg8+ Kh6!).
41.Rxe8? Kxe8 42.Rb8+ Kf7 43.Rd8 Bh3+ 44.Kh2 Rxc3 45.d7 Rc2+ 46.Kg3 Rg2+ 47.Kh4 Be6

Shakhriyar made no mistakes in this part. And the turning point:
48.Rf8+ Kxf8?? Mamedyarov spent only seconds on making this move. Meanwhile, winning was 48...Kg6!! 49.Rg8+ Kh6! 50.Rxg5 Rh2+ 51.Kg3 Rh3+ or immediately 51...Bxd7.
49.c8Q+ Kg7? Another quick answer and now White wins easily. To be fair 49...Kf7 is also hardly helping to escape, but in this case Kramnik would have to find the only possibility - 50.Kh5!! and win is still not immediate: 50...Bg4+ 51.Kh6 Ne6 52.Qe8+ Kf6 53.d8Q+ and so on. If playing correctly there should be a position with white queen and black rook and c4-pawn supported by king. According to Nalimov's tablebase white should win. 
At the press conference Kramnik didn't point out 50.Kh5, he thought after 50.d8N+ should be a draw.
50.Qb7 Now it's really simple.
50...Nf3+ 51.Qxf3 Rh2+ 52.Kg5 h6+ 53.Kf4 Rh4+ 54.Ke5 1-0

Kramnik, "Before time control I didn't even know if I had to play for a win or for a draw so crazy was the position. I got confused when lost the advanatge. And after time control I of course started playing for a draw."
Mamedyarov, "And I saw that I always could force a draw, so I went on playing for a win. But blundered so terribly...Simply no words." 

[Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.21"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2787"] [BlackElo "2757"] [ECO "D38"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Ragozin variation"] [EventDate "2014.03.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c5 8. e3 Qa5 9. Bd3 c4 10. Bf5 O-O 11. O-O Re8 12. Nd2 g6 13. Bxd7 Nxd7 14. h4 b5 15. a4 Bxc3 16. bxc3 b4 17. cxb4 Qxb4 18. Nb1 Qd6 19. Nc3 Qc6 20. Rfb1 Ba6 21. Qd1 f6 22. Bf4 Rad8 23. Qf3 Nf8 24. Bh6 Kf7 25. Rb2 Ne6 26. Rab1 Ng7 27. g4 Kg8 28. Qf4 Kf7 29. e4 Ne6 30. exd5 Nxf4 31. dxc6 g5 32. hxg5 fxg5 33. c7 Rd6 34. Bxg5 Nh3+ 35. Kg2 Nxg5 36. d5 Bc8 37. Rb8 Rf6 38. Ra8 Rf4 39. f3 Rxf3 40. d6 Bxg4 41. Rxe8 Kxe8 42. Rb8+ Kf7 43. Rd8 Bh3+ 44. Kh2 Rxc3 45. d7 Rc2+ 46. Kg3 Rg2+ 47. Kh4 Be6 48. Rf8+ Kxf8 49. c8=Q+ Kg7 50. Qb7 Nf3+ 51. Qxf3 Rh2+ 52. Kg5 h6+ 53. Kf4 Rh4+ 54. Ke5 1-0


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