Kramnik beats Anand in 10th game, stays alive in match


Bonn : Vladimir Kramnik with his back to the wall finally struck back against defending chess champion Viswanathan Anand with a confidence-boosting win that still kept him on the edge but gave him chance to stay alive in the 12-game match.

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Needing to win to stay in the match Kramnik won in 29 moves to narrow the gap down to 6-4. Anand’s defence cracked in 29 moves from a Nimzo Indian defence.

The NIIT MindChampion, Anand, who led 6-3 and needed just a draw in the 10th game to grab the World Chess Championship title once again, faltered as the Russian finally seemed to have found his form and rhythm. However Anand still needs only a draw to win the title.

Kramnik needs to win both the 11th and 12th games to send the match into a tie-breaker.

In the 10th game, Kramnik was aggressive from the start and for the first time seemed to be in a game which he looked like a home preparation for him and had the Indian thinking midway through.

The game went into the three knights defence, which Garry Kasparov has used effectively in the past against Anand. But Anand on that occassion had salvaged a draw in Wijk Aan Zee (Netherlands) in 2000. But here Kramnik went off that slightly line and ensured a lease of life for him in a match that seemed to be taking him to his doom after three losses in four games from the third to the sixth games.

The win with white also gave Kramnik added confidence, as two of Anand’s three wins came with the dark pieces, with which the Indian had obviously prepared in great detail.

The 12-game final carries a purse of 1.5 million euros (about $1.8 million) with both getting equal amounts regardless of the result.

Moves of Game 10

Kramnik vs Anand
World Chess Championship Game 10, Bonn

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8.
cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Qa5 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6
14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4 Bc4 16. Qa4 Nb6 17. Qb4 Qh5 18. Re1 c5 19. Qa5 Rfc8 20.
Be3 Be2 21. Bf4 e5 22. Be3 Bg4 23. Qa6 f6 24. a4 Qf7 25. Bf1 Be6 26. Rab1
c4 27. a5 Na4 28. Rb7 Qe8 29. Qd6 1-0