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Kramnik, Vladimir (2760) - Mista, Aleksander (2616) [A14]
Qatar Masters Open, Doha (4) 2014

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. b3 c5 7. Bb2 b6 8. Nc3 Bb7








   
9. e3
The English Opening.
9...dxc4 10. bxc4 Nc6 11. Qe2 Qc7 12. Nb5 Qd7 13. Rfd1 a6 14. Nc3 Qc7 15. Rac1 Rfd8 16. Ba1








   
16...Rab8
A complicated position. After 16...Rac8 17. d3 Na7 18. Rb1 Nd7 (18...Rb8) 19. h4 (19. Ne4) 19...Rb8 (19...h6) 20. a4 (20. d4) 20...Bc6 21. Ng5 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Qc6+ 23. Qf3= Bxg5?! (23...Qxf3+=) 24. hxg5 Ne5 25. Nd5 exd5?! (25...Nxf3 26. Ne7+ Kf8 27. Nxc6 Nh4+ 28. gxh4 Nxc6 29. f4) 26. Bxe5 Rb7, White obtained a clear edge in Ivkov,B - Davydov,S, Lugano 1985.
Or 16...Na7 17. Rb1 (17. d4) 17...Bc6 (17...Rab8) 18. d4 Rab8 19. a4 (19. Ng5!?) 19...Ba8? (19...Ne4) 20. d5! exd5 21. cxd5 Nxd5 22. Qxa6? (22. Ne4) 22...Nb4= 23. Qc4 Rxd1+ (23...Bf6!?) 24. Rxd1 Bf6?! (24... Rd8) 25. Nb5 Nxb5 26. Bxf6 gxf6 27. Qg4+ Kf8 28. Rd7?! (28. axb5) 28...Qc8 (28...h5! 29. Qh3 Qc8 30. axb5 Bd5=) 29. axb5 (29. Bh3) 29...h5? (29...Bd5=) 30. Qf4 Kg7 31. Ne5 Nd5 32. Rxf7+ 1-0, White won in Giri,A - Halvax,G, Vienna sim 2011.
17. Na4!?
A novelty. In the game McNab,C - Condie,M, Brighton 1984, White played 17. Ne1 Na7 1/2, a draw.
17...Ba8
17...Na5!? is interesting, with the idea of ...Bc6.









   
18. d4!
White seizes the centre.
18...Qa7
18...h6 deserves attention, 19. Nh4 Nb4 20. Bxa8 Rxa8 21. a3 Nc6 22. d5 exd5 23. cxd5 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Nxd5 25. Nf5 Nf6 26. Nxe7+ Nxe7 27. Bxf6 gxf6 28. Qb2 Rb8 29. Qxf6 Ng6 30. Nc3 (30. h4 Qe5 31. Qc6 Kg7 32. Rd1 c4) 30...Qe5, with counterplay.
19. Ng5
19. Ne1!? is also interesting, 19...Nb4 20. Bxa8 Rxa8 21. Rb1.









   
19...h6 20. Ne4 Nxe4 21. Bxe4 Na5?
A mistake. 21...cxd4 is better, 22. exd4 Bf6 23. d5 Bxa1 24. Rxa1 exd5 25. cxd5 Na5 26. Bg2 Qd7 27. Nb2, with a slight edge to White.
22. d5!
White opens the way for the dark-squared bishop and can attack on the kingside.
22...b5 23. cxb5 axb5 24. Qg4 Bf8 25. Nxc5!
White sacrifices the light-squared bishop.
25...f5 26. Qg6








   
26...fxe4?!
26...Bxc5 is more stubborn, after 27. Rxc5 fxe4 28. Be5 Qf7 29. Qg4! Rf8 (29...h5 30. Qg5 Rf8 31. f4 Rb7 32. dxe6 Qe7 33. Bc3 Nc4 34. Qxe7 Rxe7 35. Rd7 Rxd7 36. exd7 Nd6 37. Bb4! Rd8 38. Rc7 Bd5 39. f5 Nb7 (39...Nf7 40. Be7 Ra8 41. Rc5 Bb7 42. h3) 40. Be7 Kf7 41. Bg5) 30. Rc7 Qxf2+ 31. Kh1 Rf7 32. Rxf7 Qxf7 33. Bxb8 Bxd5 34. Qf4 Qe8 35. Be5, White has an advantage in the endgame.
27. Nxe4 Ba3 28. Nf6+ Kf8








   
29. dxe6
White has a devastating attack. 29. Qh7 is also possible, and if 29...Qf7 then 30. Rc7! Qxc7 31. Qg8+ Ke7 32. Qxg7+ Kd6 33. Ne4#, checkmate.
29...Qb7 30. e4 gxf6 31. Qxf6+ Ke8 32. Qg6+ Kf8 33. Qxh6+








   
33...Ke8 34. Qh5+
Or 34. Qh8+ Ke7 35. Qg7+ Ke8 36. Qg8+ Bf8 37. Qg6+ Ke7 38. Qf7#, checkmate.
Black resigned. 1-0










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Kramnik, Vladimir (2760) - Mista, Aleksander (2616) [A14]
Qatar Masters Open/Doha (4) 2014

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. b3 c5 7. Bb2 b6 8. Nc3 Bb7 9. e3 dxc4 10. bxc4 Nc6 11. Qe2 Qc7 12. Nb5 Qd7 13. Rfd1 a6 14. Nc3 Qc7 15. Rac1 Rfd8 16. Ba1 Rab8 17. Na4 Ba8 18. d4 Qa7 19. Ng5 h6 20. Ne4 Nxe4 21. Bxe4 Na5 22. d5 b5 23. cxb5 axb5 24. Qg4 Bf8 25. Nxc5 f5 26. Qg6 fxe4 27. Nxe4 Ba3 28. Nf6+ Kf8 29. dxe6 Qb7 30. e4 gxf6 31. Qxf6+ Ke8 32. Qg6+ Kf8 33. Qxh6+ Ke8 34. Qh5+ 1-0


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