GM Vladimir Kramnik Vs Alexander Grischuk – 2011 World Candidates Tournament – Tiebreaker

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Rapid Tiebreaker Game 1: Kramnik (RUS, 2785) Vs Grischuk (RUS, 2747) — After drawing 4 games in regulation time and 4 rapid tiebreaker games, the players moved to the blitz tiebreaker sudden death format. Kramnik chose to open the game with his customary nf3 and c4, while Grischuk answered with c5, nc6, and entered a classical Dragon position as black. No surprise as Kramnik chose a very solid positional line that typically offers very little chance of losing — the Maroczy Bind. Black maintained an active position without weaknesses, white pressed too hard with a superficial attack, and Grischuk was able to achieve a decisive material and positional advantage which he later converted to a win. A fine game by Alexander Grischuk, and it will certainly be interesting to see his coming Finals match with experienced veteran Boris Gelfand.

CORRESPONDING ARTICLE WITH INTERACTIVE BOARD, TOURNAMENT ANALYSIS, OTHER GAMES AND MORE: http://www.iChess.net/2011/05/21/2012-world-chess-championship-candidates-tournament-semifinals/

PGN:

[Event “World Championship Candidates”]
[Site “Kazan RUS”]
[Date “2011.05.16”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “2.9”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Vladimir Kramnik”]
[Black “Alexander Grischuk”]
[ECO “A04”]
[WhiteElo “2785”]
[BlackElo “2747”]
[PlyCount “94”]

1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. e4 g6
7. Be2 Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6
12. Bd3 a5 13. Rfe1 a4 14. Nd5 Nd7 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Re3 e5
17. Rh3 h5 18. Ne3 Rh8 19. Rg3 Nc5 20. Rd1 h4 21. Rh3 Bxe4
22. Bf1 Bc6 23. Nd5 Bxd5 24. Qxd5 Ra6 25. Re3 Qf6 26. b4 axb3
27. axb3 Rb6 28. h3 Rxb3 29. Rxb3 Nxb3 30. Qxd6 Qxd6 31. Rxd6
Rc8 32. Rd5 Kf6 33. Rd6+ Ke7 34. Rb6 Nc5 35. g3 hxg3 36. fxg3
Rc6 37. Rb5 f5 38. Kf2 b6 39. Ke3 Rd6 40. h4 Kf6 41. Be2 g5
42. hxg5+ Kxg5 43. Kf3 Rh6 44. Rb1 Ne6 45. Kg2 Nd4 46. Bd1 Rc6
47. Rb5 Nxb5 0-1

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