Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Kramnik’

Kramnik 2 – Anand 5

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Well, he stopped the bleeding anyway. And yes, this is Kramnik’s second Black in a row; they reversed the colors at the mid-way point.

According to the ever funny, often controversial, Brian Wall,

The game looked like a solidly played draw. In the final position Fritz gives Anand +2 but a monkey could see that both Kings are boxed out.

Kramnik 1.5 – 4.5

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Game, set, and match. Well, not technically, but we’re now at the halfway mark, and Kramnik is looking down and out. Tomorrow’s a rest day, so he has to shake it off, sleep it off, fire Leko for sabotage, SOMETHING!

Kramnik 1.5 – Anand 3.5

Monday, October 20th, 2008

A double dose of depressing today. :(

Another blunder by Kramnik with the White pieces finds him down two points in our abbreviated modern version of the classical World Chess Championship. (I have to admit though, the sequence culminating in 34…Ne3! was well calculated and pretty stuff.)

The second bit of bad news was Kamsky’s demolition by Aronian in the European Club.

Ah, heck, let’s make it a triple shot! The Red Sox lost game 7 last night.

Kramnik 1.5 – Anand 2.5

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Ever want to kick that IQP (isolated queen pawn) to the curb? Kramnik shows how it’s done, quickly equalizing to draw as black going into the rest day.

Kramnik 1 – Anand 2

Friday, October 17th, 2008

It pains me to report Anand has drawn first blood in the World Chess Championship. Worse yet, it appeared easy. If Kramnik has a weak spot, it’s defense in wild positions, and that’s exactly what Anand brought to the board with a new opening idea, giving two pawns for the attack.

Kramnik’s been down a game even as late as the final, must-win, game against Leko, so despite the ridiculously short nature of WCC’s these days, there’s still plenty of time left.

On a positive note, our man Kamsky won a nice game in the first round of the European Club Cup.

Serious chess. Serious fun!