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World Chess Championship 2008

by Boris Schipkov

The FIDE World Chess Championship 2008 took place October 14-15, 17-18, 20-21, 23-24, 26-27, 29, 2008 in Bonn (Germany), between Viswanathan Anand (India) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia). Kramnik-Anand 4.5-6.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion.
World Chess Championship 2008 match Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik, Bonn 2008: Games
G11: Anand-Kramnik 1/2. Sicilian. Viswanathan played 1.e2-e4, he has a small advantage thanks to the better pawn structure.
G10: Kramnik-Anand 1-0. Nimzo-Indian 5.g3. A theoretical duel. After the terrific Kramnik's novelty 18.Re1!! Anand made errors and lost.
G9: Anand-Kramnik 1/2. A sharp fight. Vladimir grabbed a pawn, then he gained a huge edge, but made a mistake, 35...Qc7, now after 36.Qxc7 Bxc7 37.Bc4 Viswanathan has good chances to equalize.
G8: Kramnik-Anand 1/2. Vladimir had a small advantage thanks to the better pawn structure. Perpetual check.
G7: Anand-Kramnik 1/2. A theoretical duel in the Slav, the same opening as in the Topalov-Kramnik match, game 2. Viswanathan had a slight edge. The endgame was drawish.
G6: Anand-Kramnik 1-0. Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2. White grabbed two pawns in the endgame and must win.
G5: Kramnik-Anand 0-1. A theoretical duel, the same opening as in game 3. Now Viswanathan prefers 15...Rg8, with counterplay. Kramnik made a mistake 29.Nxd4, and Anand won with the strong 34...Ne3.
G4: Anand-Kramnik 1/2. Queen's Gambit. Looks drawish, though Vladimir tries to complicate the game with 24...g5.
G3: Kramnik-Anand 0-1. Semi-Slav. A sharp fight. 14...Bb7!! and 15...Bd6 are rare continuations. Anand wisely sacrificed two pawns, and after 29...Rg1+ he had a powerful attack and won.
G2: Anand-Kramnik 1/2. Nimzo-Indian 4. f3. Anand had an extra pawn and a small edge.
G1: Kramnik-Anand 1/2. Vladimir grabbed a pawn in the Slav, but Vishy easily made a draw.
Games (11, pgn)

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