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Kramnik, Vladimir (2810) - Gelfand, Boris (2740) [A04]
Zurich Chess Challenge, Zurich (1) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. Nf3 c5 2. b3








   
2...d6
White had a small advantage after 2...d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bb2 e6 5. g3 Nc6 6. Bg2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. c4 b6 9. Nc3 Bb7 (9...dxc4!?) 10. cxd5! exd5 11. d4 Ne4 12. dxc5 Nxc3 13. Bxc3 bxc5 14. Qe2 (14. Nh4) 14...Re8 15. Rfd1, Kramnik, V - Jones, G, London Classic 2012.
I think also interesting is 1.b4, the Orangutan, because Magnus Carlsen and other players from the Candidates 2013 must spend time for a rare opening in this case.
3. e3 e5 4. Bb5+ Nd7
This is more logical than 4...Nc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 Bh5 7. Be2 Be7 8. Bb2 Nf6 9. d3 O-O 10. c4 Ne8 11. Nc3, and White had slightly better chances in Miles, A - Sax, G, Teeside 1975.
5. O-O








   
5...a6
A novelty. Possible is 5...e4 6. Ne1 Ngf6 (6...d5!?) 7. Bb2 Be7 8. f3 (8. Be2!? d5 9. d3 O-O 10. c4) 8...O-O 9. fxe4 Nxe4 10. Nc3 Bf6, with counterplay in Kovacevic, B - Sermek, D, Rabac 2003. Weaker is 5...f5?! 6. d4 (6. d3) 6...cxd4? (6...e4!?) 7. exd4 e4 8. Ng5 Ngf6? (8...d5 9. Ne6 Qb6 10. Nxf8 Kxf8 11. Be2 Ne7 12. c4 Nf6 13. Nc3, with a clear edge to White) 9. Ne6 Qb6 10. d5, and White had a huge advantage in Speelman, J - Ward, C, London MSO Masters 1999.
6. Be2 Ngf6
6...d5!? is interesting. After the game Kramnik said: "...d5 instead of ...Nf6, I thought this was quite OK".
7. c4! d5 8. d4
Also playable is 8. cxd5!? e4 (8...Nxd5 9. Bc4 (9. d4) 9...Nb4 10. Nc3 b5 11. Be2) 9. Ne1 Nxd5 10. Bb2.
8...exd4
If 8...cxd4 then 9. exd4 e4 10. Ne1 Bd6 11. Nc3 O-O 12. Nc2, with a small edge to White.
9. exd4 Be7 10. Nc3 cxd4 11. Qxd4
Or 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. cxd5 Nf6 13. Nxd4 Nxd5 14. Bb2 O-O 15. Bf3.
11...dxc4 12. Bxc4 O-O 13. Rd1 b5 14. Bd5








   
14...Nxd5 15. Nxd5
Vladimir has a small advantage thanks to pieces in the centre.
15...Bf6 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Ba3 Qxd4 18. Nxd4 Re8 19. Nf5
Also possible is 19. Rac1 Nf6 20. f3.
19...Nf6 20. Nd6 Rd8








   
21. Bb4
White can grab the b5 pawn with 21. Nxb5!? Rxd1+ 22. Rxd1 Bg4 23. Nc7 (23. f3 axb5 24. fxg4 Nxg4 25. Be7 f6 26. Rd8+ Rxd8 27. Bxd8 Kf7 28. a4 bxa4 29. bxa4 Ke8 30. Bb6 Kd7 31. Bc5 Kc6, with equality) 23...Bxd1 24. Nxa8 Nd5, but the opposite-colored bishops endgame is drawish.
21...Be6 22. Ba5 Rd7 23. f3 h6 24. Kf2 Kh7 25. Rac1 Ne8 26. Ne4 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 Rc8 28. Ke3 Nf6








   
29. Nc3
The ending after 29. Nxf6+ gxf6 30. Rd2 Kg6 31. Kf4 h5 looks drawish too.
29...Rc6 30. Rd2 g5 31. g4 Kg6 32. Rd8 Bd7 33. Ra8 Re6+ 34. Kf2 Rc6 35. h3 Be6 36. Rd8 Bd7 37. Kg3 h5 38. Ra8 Be6 39. Kf2 Kg7 40. Rd8 hxg4 41. hxg4 Bd7 42. Ra8 Be6 43. Kg3 Nd5 44. Ne4








   
44...f6
The game is equal.
45. Bd2 Bc8 46. Kf2 b4 47. Rb8 Nc3 48. Rxb4 Nxe4+ 49. Rxe4 Rc2 50. Ke3 Rxa2 51. Bc3 Kf7 52. Rc4 Be6 53. Rc7+ Kg6 54. Rc6 Kf7 55. b4 Rc2 56. Rc7+ Kg6 57. Rc6 Kf7 58. Rc7+ Kg6 59. Rc6
A draw. 1/2-1/2










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Kramnik, Vladimir (2810) - Gelfand, Boris (2740) [A04]
Zurich Chess Challenge/Zurich (1) 2013

1. Nf3 c5 2. b3 d6 3. e3 e5 4. Bb5+ Nd7 5. O-O a6 6. Be2 Ngf6 7. c4 d5 8. d4 exd4 9. exd4 Be7 10. Nc3 cxd4 11. Qxd4 dxc4 12. Bxc4 O-O 13. Rd1 b5 14. Bd5 Nxd5 15. Nxd5 Bf6 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Ba3 Qxd4 18. Nxd4 Re8 19. Nf5 Nf6 20. Nd6 Rd8 21. Bb4 Be6 22. Ba5 Rd7 23. f3 h6 24. Kf2 Kh7 25. Rac1 Ne8 26. Ne4 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 Rc8 28. Ke3 Nf6 29. Nc3 Rc6 30. Rd2 g5 31. g4 Kg6 32. Rd8 Bd7 33. Ra8 Re6+ 34. Kf2 Rc6 35. h3 Be6 36. Rd8 Bd7 37. Kg3 h5 38. Ra8 Be6 39. Kf2 Kg7 40. Rd8 hxg4 41. hxg4 Bd7 42. Ra8 Be6 43. Kg3 Nd5 44. Ne4 f6 45. Bd2 Bc8 46. Kf2 b4 47. Rb8 Nc3 48. Rxb4 Nxe4+ 49. Rxe4 Rc2 50. Ke3 Rxa2 51. Bc3 Kf7 52. Rc4 Be6 53. Rc7+ Kg6 54. Rc6 Kf7 55. b4 Rc2 56. Rc7+ Kg6 57. Rc6 Kf7 58. Rc7+ Kg6 59. Rc6 1/2-1/2


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