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Ipatov, Alexander (2630) - Kramnik, Vladimir (2793) [A46]
World Chess Team Championship, Antalya (6) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5
The Torre Attack.
An aggressive response. Black tries to get two bishops at once.
4. Bh4 d6
A good move, with the idea of ...g5 and ...Nh5 to trade the white dark-squared bishop.

5. e3
After 5. Nbd2 g5 6. Bg3 g4 (6... Nh5) 7. Ng1 Nh5 8. e4 Qg5 Black has good counterplay.
Black seizes space on the kingside, attacks the bishop and intends ...Bg7 to pressure on the centre.
6. Bg3 Nh5 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. Nbd2 Qe7 9. c3 Nd7 10. Qc2 a6! 11. O-O-O!?
If 11. O-O then 11...Nxg3 12. hxg3 O-O, with equality.

Black counterattacks on the queenside. In this game former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik plays all pawns in the opening a la Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, the unofficial World Chess Champion in XVIII century.
12. Nb3
Or 12. Rhe1 Bb7!? (12...Nxg3!?) 13. Be4 (13. Kb1) 13...c6 (better is 13...d5! 14. Bd3 Nxg3 15. hxg3 c5, with a small edge to Black) 14. Kb1 Ndf6 (14...f5!?) 15. Bd3 O-O (15...Nxg3!?) 16. e4, with counterplay in Koteski, D - Gochev, M, Struga 2012.
Also possible is 12...Nxg3 13. hxg3 c5 14. dxc5 Nxc5 15. Nxc5 dxc5 16. Be4 Ra7, with counterplay, Stolte, A - Adamski, J, Germany 2000.
13. Kb1
Or 13. Na5 Rb6 14. Kb1 O-O, with equality.
13...O-O 14. Nfd2

Black takes under his control the central square e4, threatening to trap the bishop with ...f4.
15. f3 Nxg3 16. hxg3 c5!
All pawns are in action! Philidor would be glad.
17. Na5 Rb6

18. f4?
An error. Now Black can play ...c4 and the white a5 knight cannot go back to White's territory. A tough warrior like me or probably Robert Fischer, Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Alekhine, Garry Kasparov, Mikhail Botvinnik, who prefers to sacrifice the material but does not make the positional concessions, could find here the sharp 18. e4! c4 and White sacrifices the bishop with 19. Bxc4! bxc4 20. Ndxc4 fxe4 21. fxe4 Qd8 22. Nxb6 Qxb6 23. Nc4 Qc7 24. Ne3, with counterchances, White has rook + two pawns vs two bishops.
More presice is 18...c4! at once, 19. Be2 d5, with advantage to Black.
19. b4?!
White sacrifices the b4 pawn, hoping to have counterplay. However, correct is 19. dxc5! Nxc5 20. Ndb3, with more or less an equal game.

A strong positional move. Since now White cannot move the a5 knight back to his camp White must play without this knight, therefore Black has a clear advantage, almost an extra piece. If Black takes the pawn with 19...cxb4? 20. cxb4 Qxb4+ 21. Ndb3 Qd6 22. fxg5 hxg5, then White has counterplay on the kingside with 23. g4!.
20. Be2 Nf6
Black can continue 20...g4! forthwith.
21. Rdf1
White could try 21. Nf3!? with the idea of Ne5, and though Black can grab the e3-pawn after 21...Ng4 22. Rde1 Nxe3 23. Qd2 Ng4 White has some compensation, 24. Bd1.
21...Bd7 22. Qd1 g4!
Usually the player with two bishops tries to open a position quickly, but here Black wisely closes the game and opens it only after preparation.

23. Kb2 Rf7
Black is better. The knight on the rim is dim.
24. Qc1 Bf8 25. Kc2 Rh7 26. Rh2 Be8 27. Rfh1 Nd7 28. Qb2 h5 29. Kc1

A powerful breakthrough in the centre!
30. dxe5 Nxe5!
Black sacrifices the knight, opening the game for his pieces.
31. fxe5 Qxe5 32. Nf1 Bg7

33. a3
Black easily and quickly wins also after other moves, e.g. 33. Kd2 Bf6 34. Bd1 Rd6! Black prepares another breakthrough in the centre. 35. a3 (35. Bc2 Rhd7) 35...Rhd7 36. Be2 d4!! Amazing! Black sacrifices a rook, winning after 37. cxd4 Rxd4+ 38. exd4 Rxd4+ 39. Ke1 Rd1+. What a game!
33...Qxc3+ 34. Qxc3 Bxc3 35. Bd1
Or 35. e4 White tries to activate the knight, 35...fxe4 36. Ne3 Rd7 37. Rxh5 Bxh5 38. Rxh5 d4, and Black wins.
35...Re6 36. Bc2 Bg6

37. Nd2
If White keeps the pawns 37. Rh4, then Black storms in the centre with 37...d4! 38. exd4 Re1+ 39. Bd1 Rd7, and though White can play Tarrasch's knight with 40. Nc6 Black simply takes the d4-pawn with 40...Bxd4 41. Nxd4 Rxd4 42. Nd2 c3!, winning.
37...Rxe3 38. Rd1 Bf6 39. Rhh1

Black has a huge advantage: two heavy rooks, two powerful bishops and two terrific pawns in the centre. Of course, Black also can grab another pawn with 39...Rxg3.
40. Rde1 Rhe7
A masterpiece by Vladimir Kramnik.
41. Rxe3 Rxe3
White resigned. 0-1


Ipatov, Alexander (2630) - Kramnik, Vladimir (2793) [A46]
World Chess Team Championship/Antalya (6.4) 2013

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 h6 4. Bh4 d6 5. e3 g5 6. Bg3 Nh5 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. Nbd2 Qe7 9. c3 Nd7 10. Qc2 a6 11. O-O-O b5 12. Nb3 Rb8 13. Kb1 O-O 14. Nfd2 f5 15. f3 Nxg3 16. hxg3 c5 17. Na5 Rb6 18. f4 d5 19. b4 c4 20. Be2 Nf6 21. Rdf1 Bd7 22. Qd1 g4 23. Kb2 Rf7 24. Qc1 Bf8 25. Kc2 Rh7 26. Rh2 Be8 27. Rfh1 Nd7 28. Qb2 h5 29. Kc1 e5 30. dxe5 Nxe5 31. fxe5 Qxe5 32. Nf1 Bg7 33. a3 Qxc3+ 34. Qxc3 Bxc3 35. Bd1 Re6 36. Bc2 Bg6 37. Nd2 Rxe3 38. Rd1 Bf6 39. Rhh1 d4 40. Rde1 Rhe7 41. Rxe3 Rxe3 0-1


© 2013 Boris Schipkov