Kramnik V. - Naiditsch A.

Dortmund (10) 2009


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qa5

It was very brave of Naiditsch to confront Kramnik in this, the Vienna variation, one of the sharpest of all Queen's Gambit lines. He ventured the Vienna in an earlier round against Leko and got quite a good game,so why not again? As we will see, Kramnik has an improvement ready.

10. Bb5+ Bd7 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Bxd7+

12. Qb3 a6 13. Be2

12... Nxd7 13. O-O a6

13... Qxc3 14. Nb5

14. Rb1 Qc7 15. Qh5 Nc5

15... Qxc3 16. Nxe6

16. Rb4 Qe5 17. Qh6

17. Qxe5 fxe5 18. Nb3 Nxb3 19. axb3 O-O-O 20. f4 exf4 21. Rc4+ Kb8 22. Rxf4 Rd7 23. Rd4 Rc7 (23... Rxd4 24. cxd4 Rd8 25. e5) 24. Rd3 Rg8 25. Kf2 a5 26. c4 Ka7 27. Rh3 Rg7 28. Rh5 Ka6 29. Rfh4 a4 30. bxa4 Rxc4 31. g3 (31. Rxh7 Rc2+ 32. Ke3 Rcxg2) 31... f5 Gulko,B (2610)-Salov,V (2645)/ Linares 1990 32. exf5 Rxh4 33. gxh4 Rf7=

17... Rc8 18. Nf3!

18. a4!? Qxe4 19. Qxf6 Rg8 20. Qf3 Rg4= Leko-Naiditsch Dortmund (4)2009

18... Qxc3 19. Rd4

The point of White's last move. Black's King is caught in the middle and he has no obvious way to simplify.

19... Ke7 20. e5 Nd7 21. Qh4 Rhg8 22. Kh1 b5 23. h3 Rc4

23... Qc6! threatening ...Nxe5 looks like a better way to play. White may have to rely on well-coordinated pieces after 24. exf6+ Nxf6 25. Rfd1 but with 25... Rc7 Black is still hanging on.

24. Rxd7+!

Forced and forcing. White gets a lot of pawns for the exchange.

24... Kxd7 25. Qxf6 Qd3 26. Qxf7+ Kc6 27. Qxe6+ Kb7 28. Re1 Rg6 29. Qf7+ Rc7 30. Qf4 Rc4 31. Qf8 Rc8 32. Qe7+ Rc7 33. Qh4 Qc4 34. Nd4!

A horrible position for Black to play, with his open King and the everpresent threat of f4-f5-f6.

34... Qxa2 35. Qe4+ Kb6 36. Qe3 Kb7 37. Qf3+ Kb6 38. Nb3! Rc2

38... Qa3 39. e6 Rgg7 40. Qe3+ Kb7 41. f4

39. Qe3+ Kb7 40. e6 Rxf2 41. Qe4+ Kb6 42. Qd4+

As after 42...Kb7 43 Na5+! Qxa5 44 Qxf2 is an easy win. Great entertainment!

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