Zurich Round three. Still no score.


Three of the particpants of the tournament have played matches against each otehr and have closely studied each otehr. As Alexander Nikitin wrote in one of his articles, players in world championship matches can at some point come to resemble married couples, who have lived together for years and years. They knew each other so well that even the look in the opponent's eyes before the game tells them about his mood. Despite losing his match, Boris Arbramovich has learnt veryw ell how to handle the opening against the worlc champion  and offered the "vegetarian tiger" some red meat. 

After the queen retreat to f3, Gelfand thought for a long time but then came a series of non-obvious moves: 

Anand - Gelfand

18.Rac1 Be5 19.Nc3 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Bd5 21.Qxh5 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Qd5+ 23.Kg1 Nc6 24.Red1 Qxa2

25.g6 fxg6 26.Qxg6 Now tempting is 26... Ne5 27.Qg3 Re6 28.Kh2 Rae8 29.Qg2 b5 30.Rd4 Rg6 31.Qb7 Qf7 32.Qxf7+ Kxf7 33.Rf4+ Rf6 34.Ra1 Ree6 35.Kg3 Rxf4 36.Kxf4 (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64Depth: 22 with 100.816 kN in 40s http://zurich2013.live.whychess.com/), but Gelfand preferred to head into the ending and drew it quite confidently  26… Qf7 27.Qxf7+ Kxf7 28.Rb1 b5 29.c4 b4 30.c3 bxc3 31.Rbc1 Red8 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.Rxc3

33…a5 34.Kf1 Ke6 35.Ke2 Rh8 36.Bb6 Rh4 37.Re3+ Kf5 38.Ra3 Rxc4 39.Bxa5 Nxa5 40.Rxa5+ Kf6 41.Ra6+ Kf5 42.Kf3 Draw (½ : ½).

Caruana - Kramnik

The Italian-Russian duet came to the game in the mood for a big battle:

The opponents tried to hard to surprise each other. Caruana swapped his usual 1.e4 for 1.d4, after which the Russian avoided the Catalan that he has studied so well and, to the delight of the spectators, headed for more complicated Indian territory. 

Caruana - Kramnik

26…Ng6! 27.Nxd6 Nxf4 28.Nec4 Nh3+ 29.Kf1

29…Qb8 A more complicated struggle was promised by 29... Qc7 30.Nxe8 Rxe8 31.Rxa6 Nf6 32.Kg2 Qe7 33.Qd3 Rd8 34.Ne3 Ne4 35.Rf1 Bd4 36.Nf5 Qe5 37.Nxd4 cxd4 38.Ra5 Rxd5 39.f4 (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64  Depth: 22 with 100.816 kN in 40s http://zurich2013.live.whychess.com/) 30.Nxe8 Qxe8 31.Qc2 Ne5 32.Nd6 Qd7 33.Nf5 Bf8 34.Ne3 c4 35.Qf5 Qxf5 36. Nxf5

The flames have died down and the position is equal. The players were as accurate as a Swiss watch and soon agreed a draw. ( ½ : ½ ).         


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Text: Seergey Kim





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