[Event "Londres Chess Clasic"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.12.06"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "McShane, Luke J"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D15"]
[WhiteElo "2795"]
[BlackElo "2713"]
[Annotator "Van der Brule, Alvaro"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
{[%evp 0,97,19,31,43,-4,44,15,15,15,79,47,19,9,40,-15,0,-8,-12,10,16,-14,-20,1,
-36,-25,-1,-32,-32,-11,-12,-22,-30,-34,-20,-114,-15,-15,-15,14,34,-43,-2,10,0,
10,13,0,105,49,90,88,135,205,255,205,279,180,226,128,222,222,222,-20,99,187,
239,232,232,219,232,232,261,203,203,235,238,269,269,253,253,95,248,268,262,262,
377,462,445,445,538,892,1163,1277,1359,582,517,517,761,608] Kramnik's crystal
clarity in assessing a position, determining what its most important factors
are, what plan is best, how it should be executed and for what purpose is
reminiscent of Capablanca, Karpov or Carlsen. This is one of his many games
that evoke a perfect symphony. Slav Defence (D15):} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3
Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. g3 (5. c5) 5... dxc4 6. a4 e6 7. Bg2 c5 8. O-O {[%csl Gf3,Gg2,
Gg3]} cxd4 9. Nxd4 Nbd7 10. Nc2 {[%csl Rb7,Gc4,Rc8][%cal Gg2a8]} Qc7 11. Bf4 {
triggers e5 to weaken d5} e5 12. Bd2 Nc5 {[%csl Rb3,Rb4,Gd5,Gg2][%cal Gc5b3]
[#] a very interesting position: Bg2 is a monster; the c4 pawn will fall
sooner or later; and Kramnik will show that the weakness on b3 is not so
important.} 13. Bg5 $1 {[%csl Gd5][%cal Gg5f6]} Be6 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Nd5 Qd8
16. Nce3 Nb3 17. a5 $1 {[%csl Ga5][%cal Gd5b6]} Rc8 {[%csl Gb6]} ({(after}
17... Nxa1 18. Qa4+ Bd7 19. Qxa1 {[%cal Gf1d1,Gd5b6] , the recovery of c4
would be guaranteed, and the power of the white horses would more than
compensate for the material sacrificed).}) 18. Ra4 $1 Nd4 19. Nb6 {[%csl Gb6]}
Rc7 20. Rxc4 $1 Bxc4 21. Nexc4 {[%csl Gb6,Gc4,Gg2,Rh8][%cal Ge2e3] [#] A MODEL
POSITION. The powerful white squared bishop in the middlegame is much stronger
than Th8, which has no medium-term prospects. This, together with the strength
of the white knight, makes the compensation very clear. THE ROOK ONLY IS
STRONGER THAN A MINOR PIECE IN ENDGAMES.} Nb5 ({(seems better} 21... Be7 {
, but White's strength is evident:} 22. e3 Ne6 23. Qa4+ Kf8 24. Nd5 {, with
full control)}) 22. Qb1 $1 {[%csl Gf5]} Qd4 23. Rd1 Qc5 {[%csl Re8,Rf8,Rh8]}
24. e3 Be7 25. Qf5 $1 Kf8 {[%csl Gb6,Gc4,Gg2] Kramnik controls the white
squares decisively} (25... O-O 26. Be4) 26. Bd5 $1 Kg7 {[%csl Gb6,Gc4,Rc7,Gd5,
Rh8]} 27. Qg4+ Kh6 (27... Kf8 28. Qh5) 28. e4 $1 {[%cal Gc4e3,Ge3f5] the
weakness on d4 has a solution, as we shall soon see; on the other hand, the
weakness on f5 is fatal} Nd4 29. Ne3 f5 30. Qh3+ Kg7 {[#]} 31. Rxd4 $3 {
[%csl Gg1,Rg7] THE SECOND EXCHANGE SACRIFICE! This is impressive. The white
minor pieces are stronger than the theoretically only better black rooks, and
the black king's weakness matters above all.} exd4 32. Nxf5+ Kf8 33. Qh6+ Ke8 {
[#]} 34. Bxf7+ $1 {An awesome combination!!! A spectacular hunt begins against
the black king.} Kd8 (34... Kxf7 35. Qg7+ Ke6 36. Nxd4+ Kd6 37. Qh6+ Ke5 38.
Nf3+ Kxe4 39. Qf4+ Kd3 40. Ne5+ Kc2 41. Qe4+ Kb3 42. Qa4+ Kxb2 43. Nd3+ Kc3 44.
Nxc5 Rxc5 45. Qa1+ Kb3 46. Qxh8 $18) 35. Qg7 Rf8 {despite the material
advantage, Black is lost} 36. Nxd4 {[%csl Gb6,Rc7,Rd8,Rf8][%cal Gd4e6]} Rc6 37.
Nxc6+ bxc6 38. Qg4 {[%cal Gg4d7,Gd7c8]} Kc7 39. Qd7+ Kb8 40. Qd2 Kc7 41. Qd7+
Kb8 42. Kg2 $1 Bd6 43. b4 $1 Qd4 44. Qxc6 Ka7 45. Kh3 $1 $18 {[%csl Gh3][%cal
Gf7d5,Gb6c8] [#] The white king finds a curious safe square here.} Qd1 46. Nc8+
Rxc8 47. Qxc8 Qf1+ 48. Kg4 h5+ (48... Qe2+ 49. f3) 49. Kxh5 {Checks are over
and the material superiority and mate attack are decisive - a masterpiece of
positional sacrifices by Kramnik!} 1-0
[Event "Campeonato de Moscu"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1943.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Smyslov, Vassily V"]
[Black "Kotov, A...."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B25"]
[Annotator "Van der Brule,Alvaro"]
[PlyCount "93"]
[EventDate "1943.??.??"]
{[%evp 0,83,22,28,41,41,44,21,40,-4,10,-11,14,16,44,34,12,7,3,11,34,21,19,3,16,
-7,29,32,40,28,40,25,-1,1,1,-8,15,-40,-21,-28,-19,-26,-24,-22,14,25,54,6,-3,
-18,63,18,18,18,153,11,174,153,131,224,130,130,186,204,197,193,356,475,476,476,
443,433,433,433,549,620,741,639,957,989,1116,1173,1191,1302,1313,1344] Vasily
Smyslov was the seventh world chess champion (1957-1958). Smyslov was known
for his strong positional style and machine-like technical skills in the
endgame. He was not a one-dimensional player, as he could also throw
spectacular tactical combinations into his games.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. g3 g6
4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. Nc3 {White somewhat diverts from the known theoretical
paths, since, in the closed variation of the Sicilian Defence, the knight is
usually unleashed via d2.} e6 7. Bg5 $5 (7. O-O Nge7 8. Be3 Nd4 9. Qd2 O-O 10.
Bh6 {[%csl Gf3]}) 7... Nge7 (7... f6) 8. Qd2 {Initiative that pretends to
exchange the bishops with 9.Bh6.} h6 {Black avoids the threat, but is left
with castling difficulties, a fact that is reflected in the plans of both
players.} (8... O-O 9. Bh6 {[%cal Gh2h4,Gh4h5]}) 9. Be3 e5 {To develop the
white squared bishop, which makes Smyslov afterwards begin the kingside
weakening.} 10. O-O Be6 11. Ne1 {[%cal Gf2f4] [#] To eventually open the "f"
column by advancing the pawn to "f4".} Qd7 12. a3 {Preparing "b4", in case
Black performs the long castling.} Bh3 (12... O-O-O 13. b4 {[%csl Rc5,Rc8]
Taking advantage of the rupture point on c5. White has attack.}) 13. f4 $1 {
The kingside weakening begins, as well as protecting the bishop on "g2".} Nd4
14. Rb1 {A move that shows how Smyslov does not neglect his opponent's plans
and places his rook with a plan to damage a possible long Black castling.} exf4
(14... O-O-O 15. b4 $1 {A STRATEGY TO REMEMBER IF BLACK CASTLES LONG IN THE
CLOSED POSITION.}) 15. Bxf4 Bxg2 16. Qxg2 (16. Nxg2 Nec6 (16... g5 17. Be3 g4
18. Nh4) 17. Ne3 g5 {[%csl Ge3,Rf4]}) 16... O-O {After Black has finally
castled, White prepares an immediate attack against the opponent's King.} 17.
g4 {Classic in the closed position: Advance the castling pawns with the pieces
behind.} Rad8 18. Kh1 Ne6 19. Bd2 d5 20. Nf3 {[%csl Rh1] [#]} d4 $2 {Black
blocks the centre, which only favours White's intentions, as it will now be
easier to attack on the kingside with the fixed pawn centre.} (20... dxe4 21.
Nxe4 Nd4 {The correct way would be}) 21. Ne2 Nc6 22. Qh3 Kh7 {Defends the "h6"
pawn, but places the King on the column where a Queen is, which is not
advisable as we shall see.} 23. Ng3 {In the Closed game, we accumulate pieces
on the kingside, which serve for both attack and defence.} (23. Bxh6 $6 {
It is always in the air, but here it works worse.} Bxh6 24. g5 Nxg5 25. Nxg5+
Kg7 26. Qg3 Bxg5 (26... Qe7 27. Rg1 Bxg5 28. Qxg5 Qxg5 29. Rxg5 c4) 27. Qxg5 f6
28. Qg3 Rh8 {[%cal Gc6e5,Ge2f4,Gf1g1]}) 23... f6 {[#]} 24. Nf5 $3 {A beautiful
exchange which wrecks the black defensive position! Let us yield to Smyslov's
words to better understand the depth of this move: "White is advised to
momentarily forget the desire to regain the piece and instead gradually
increase the power of the attack. For this it is not necessary to calculate
deep combinations, but to rely on the player's appreciation of the position,
based on general principles".} gxf5 25. gxf5 Nc7 {The only square available.} (
{If} 25... Ng5 {other exchanges would follow, such as} 26. Bxg5 fxg5 27. Nxg5+
{and then 28.Ne6 gaining quality and with a quick ending.}) 26. Rg1 Ne8 {
Avoiding the combination 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28. Rg1+ Kf7 29. Qh5+ Ke7 30.Rg7+ etc.}
({Another failing defence is} 26... Rh8 {because it would follow a decisive
combination by the following means} 27. Bxh6 Bxh6 ({No} 27... Kg8 $2 28. Rxg7+
Qxg7 29. Rg1 Qxg1+ 30. Kxg1 {[%csl Rg8]}) 28. Rg6 Qg7 29. Rxg7+ Kxg7 30. Qg3+ {
and then 31.Qxc7.}) (26... b6 27. Rxg7+ Qxg7 (27... Kxg7 28. Rg1+ Kf7 29. Qh5+
Ke7 30. Rg7+ Kd6 31. Rxd7+) 28. Rg1) 27. Rg6 Rf7 28. Rbg1 Kg8 29. Rxh6 {[#]}
Kf8 {Avoiding mate and looking for an escape to the queenside.} 30. Rh7 Ke7 31.
Qh5 Kd6 {The King of Black continues his marathon look for a safe place!} 32.
Bf4+ Ne5 {The only way to survive a little longer.} ({If} 32... Ke7 33. Ng5 (
33. Ng5 fxg5 34. Bxg5+) 33... fxg5 34. Bxg5+ {but even so, White performs a
movement that gives the attack a new vigour.}) 33. Bxe5+ $1 fxe5 {[#]} 34. f6
$1 {White's attack reaches a climax, based on Black's pinned piece problems.} (
34. Rg6+ Kc7 35. Ng5 Re7 36. Ne6+ Kc8 37. Nxd8 Kxd8 38. Qg5 {[%cal Gf5f6,Gh2h4,
Gh4h5,Gh5h6]}) 34... Nxf6 (34... Rxf6 35. Rhxg7 Nxg7 36. Qxe5+ Kc6 37. Qxf6+)
35. Qxe5+ Kc6 36. Rhxg7 Kb5 37. Nxd4+ $1 Kb6 ({If} 37... Qxd4 38. Qxd4 cxd4 39.
Rxf7 {deciding.}) 38. b4 $1 {Black's escape attempt has failed, as he has been
chased even on the queenside! This old rupture when black takes the king to
the queenside!} Rc8 ({Unplayable} 38... cxd4 {due to} 39. Qc5+ Ka6 40. Qa5#)
39. Rxf7 Qxf7 40. Qd6+ Rc6 41. Nxc6 Nxe4 42. bxc5+ {Si} (42. bxc5+) (42. Ne5+
Nxd6 43. Nxf7 Nxf7 44. h4) 42... Kb5 43. Rb1+ Ka4 44. Qd4+ Kxa3 45. Qa1+ Qa2
46. Rb3+ Ka4 47. Qxa2# {A ruthless hunt for the black king from g8 to a4!} 1-0