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World Championship 2007 Round 4: Aronian’s Maroczy bind deposes Leko. Kramnik and Anand fail to capitalise on their advantages.
Kramnik fails to convert a big advantage against Grischuk. Anand gets a large advantage against Grischuk and also bails out into a draw by repetition. Svidler runs into Gelfand’s ultra-solid Petroff and gains nothing. Aronian locks down Leko in a … Continue reading
Svidler gets the upperhand against Morozevich but overstretches allowing Morozevich to destroy his queenside and claim his first win. Anand fights hard to defend a draw in a long endgame against Kramnik. Grischuk pulls out of a lethal attack against … Continue reading
World Championship 2007 Round 2: Kramnik majestically outplays Morozevich, Anand’s novelty overcomes Aronian
Anand wins in a complicated and tactical game against Aronian. Kramnik sacrifices a piece for positional compensation of a mobile pawn phalanx. Morozevich runs into time trouble in a very complicated position and his position unravels allowing Kramnik to claim … Continue reading
World Championship 2007 Round 1: All draws; Kramnik and Svidler bail out of an interesting position.
The World Championship almost started with a bang with the two friends Kramnik and Svidler bailing out for a draw in a most interesting position. Anand tries to wipe Gelfand with a kingside pawn storm, but Gelfand’s control of the … Continue reading
Topalov adopts Kramnik’s preferred Slav Defence for the last game of the match, but converts it into a Stonewall formation with 13… f5?!. Kramnik goes for a minority attack on the queenside (16. b4 and 19. b5) and infiltrates the … Continue reading
Topalov’s last game with the White pieces sees him out of a Slav with very little. He refrains from his novelty from game 8 and instead plays a more solid 8. Rb1. Kramnik’s solid play gives him a tiny edge … Continue reading
Kramnik bounces back with a solid win after Topalov stumbles in a difficult position. Topalov’s queenside expansion (11… b5?!) is ambitious, and Kramnik seizes the initiative by opening the centre (13. e4), forcing Topalov to play some awkward moves to … Continue reading
Topalov’s opening novelty subdues Kramnik, and he finishes Kramnik off in typical Topalov fashion. Another variation of the Slav Defence sees Topalov taking an unusual sideline – a virtually unplayed 8. a3. He follows this up with a bold and … Continue reading
Topalov outfoxes Kramnik to score his first over-the-board win. In another Semi-Slav Meran, Kramnik unleashes a complicated struggle with 12. Bb5+, but Topalov threads his way to equality with an unexpected 15… Qa5! creating a multitude of threats. Kramnik is … Continue reading
A draw with Kramnik having the upperhand through most of the game. Kramnik’s third Black in a row. Topalov’s move-order sleight (5. Bd3) spins a Semi Slav into a classical Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Using a rare side-line (12. a4) Topalov … Continue reading