vrijdag, oktober 15, 2004

Desultory Turgescence

WCC Game 12: Different Game, Same Result

Draw no. 9! That's today's result. Black (Leko) was ahead two extra pawns in a Caro Kann Opening, but he offered a draw.

The big news was that a different opening was featured in this game, The Caro Kann. It is the first time in this match that it has been played. Today's game was actually a very hard fought contest with Kramnik getting a great position after 18.Qh7. He looked to be winning. After 24...gxf6 Black was slightly improved and appeared to be holding on. Kramnik looked quite surprised after Leko played 31...Bc7. Did he miss something here? With 33...Qxh5 Leko went ahead by two pawns and even looked to be winning. He offered an exchange of queens after 34...Qg6, and a draw, which Kramnik felt obliged to take to keep his chances alive. Make no mistake, the pressure is really starting to show with just two games left and Leko needing just 1 point in the next two games, to take the championship away from Kramnik. Each player has one more opportunity with the white pieces, Leko on Saturday and Kramnik on Monday. Leko still needs a win or two draws to win the match and Kramnik will undoubtedly be playing for a win to draw even. Two draws won't do it for Kramnik. Pressure, pressure, pressure!

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.h5 Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 11.Bf4 Qa5+ 12.Bd2 Qc7 13.0-0-0 Ngf6 14.Ne4 0-0-0 15.g3 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 Bd6 17.Kb1 Rhe8 18.Qh7 Rg8 19.c4 c5 20.d5 Nf6 21.Qc2 exd5 22.cxd5 Qd7 23.Bc3 Rde8 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.Qd3 f5 26.Nd2 b5 27.Rhe1 Kb8 28.Qc3 Rxe1 29.Rxe1 c4 30.Nf3 f4 31.g4 Bc7 32.Qd4 Qxg4 33.Qe4 Qxh5 34.Nd4 Qg6 1/2 - 1/2

Be sure and tune in on Saturday. You won't want to miss it.

Shelby Long (14.10.04)

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