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Kramnik, V. (2729) - Aronian, L. (2756) [A30]
37th Olympiad, Turin (5) 2006

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O








   
5...g6
The English Opening.
6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8. Nc3 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rac1 a6 12. b3 O-O 13. Qh4 Rc7
A popular line among grandmasters.
14. Bh3 Qb8








   
15. Bg5!
A good novelty. Frequently a new move in a well-known position is a big part of success in a game or sometimes even in a match in team competitions. Aronian played against Kramnik 15. g4 e6 16. g5 Ne8 17. Bg2 b5 18. Ne4 bxc4 19. bxc4 d5 20. cxd5 Bxd5 21. Nc5 Nxc5 22. Bxc5 Nd6 23. Rb1 Qxb1! (Vladimir sacrifices a queen) 24. Rxb1 Rxc5 25. Qa4 Ne4 26. Qxa6 Rc2 27. Qd3 Rxa2, and Black had a small edge, Saint Vincent 2005. White got nice compensation for the pawn after 15.Bh6 Rd8 16. Ng5 Nf8 17. a4 Rc5 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. b4 Rc7 20. Nd5 Bxd5 21. cxd5 Rxc1 22. Rxc1 h6 23. Nf3 Nxd5 in Topalov-Grischuk, Amber-rapid 2006. But after 15.Bh6 Black can continue 15...Bxf3 16. exf3 Ne5 17. Bg2 b5 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. cxb5 Rfc8! 20. Qb4?! (20. Qd4 axb5 21. f4=) 20... Qb6 21. Ne2 Rxc1 22. Nxc1 Rc2 with the initiative in Arun Prasad-Venkatesh, Visakhapatnam IND-ch 2006.
15...Bxf3
In the case of 15...b5 White could try 16. Bxd7 or 16. Nd5.
16. exf3 b5
A typical break. 16...Ne5 is possible.
17. Bxd7! Rxd7 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. cxd5 Rc7
White has a small advantage after 19...Re8 20. Re1 Qb7 21. Rc6 or 19...Qb7 20. Rc6.








   
20. Rc6!
More precise than 20. Bxe7!? Rfc8 21. Bg5 Rc2 22. a4 R2c3 23. Qb4 Rxf3 24. Rxc8+ Qxc8 25. axb5.
20...Rxc6 21. dxc6 Rc8 22. Rc1!
Stronger than 22. Bxe7 Rxc6 23. Qe4 Rb6.
22...e6 23. Bd2!
A fine manoeuvre.
23...Qc7 24. a4!
Weakening the Black's queenside.
24...d5








   
25. axb5 axb5 26. Qb4
White gains a clear edge due to the passed pawn and the weakness on b5.
26...Rb8
If 26...Qb6 then 27. Qe7 Be5 28. Qb7 Qxb7 29. cxb7 Rxc1+ 30. Bxc1 Bb8 31. Bf4! e5 32. Bd2 f6 33. f4! e4 34. f3 exf3 35. Kf2 Kf7 36. f5! g5 37. Kxf3 and this bishop endgame is favourable for White.
27. Qa3 Bd4 28. Qa6
28. Bf4, 28. Rc2 and 28. Kg2 are also playable.
28...Be5
Or 28...Rb6 29. Qa5.








   
29. f4
White can win too with 29. Ba5 Qc8 30. Qa7 Ra8 31. Qb7 Rb8 32. Qe7 Qa6 33. c7 Rc8 34. Qd7.
29...Bd6
Or 29...Rb6 30. Qxb6 Qxb6 31. fxe5 Qc7 32. Ba5, winning.
30. Ba5 Qc8 31. Qa7 Ra8 32. Qb6 Rb8
32...Ba3 is met by 33. Rc2 Rb8 34. Qd4 Be7 35. c7.
33. Qd4!
Threatening Bc3.








   
33...b4 34. c7
Easy.
34...Ra8
White gets an extra piece thanks to the pin after 34...Rb7 35. Qf6 (35. Rc6) 35...Bxc7 36. Qe5! Bxe5 37. Rxc8+ Kg7 38. fxe5.
35. Qb6 Bf8 36. Bxb4 Bxb4 37. Qxb4 Qe8
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Kramnik, Vladimir (2729) - Aronian, Levon (2756) [A30]
37th Olympiad/Turin (5) 2006

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O g6 6. d4 cxd4 7. Qxd4 Bg7 8. Nc3 d6 9. Rd1 Nbd7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. Rac1 a6 12. b3 O-O 13. Qh4 Rc7 14. Bh3 Qb8 15. Bg5! Bxf3 16. exf3 b5 17. Bxd7! Rxd7 18. Nd5 Nxd5 19. cxd5 Rc7 20. Rc6! Rxc6 21. dxc6 Rc8 22. Rc1! e6 23. Bd2! Qc7 24. a4! d5 25. axb5 axb5 26. Qb4 Rb8 27. Qa3 Bd4 28. Qa6 Be5 29. f4 Bd6 30. Ba5 Qc8 31. Qa7 Ra8 32. Qb6 Rb8 33. Qd4! b4 34. c7 Ra8 35. Qb6 Bf8 36. Bxb4 Bxb4 37. Qxb4 Qe8 1-0


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