1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 Nimzo Indian, more specifically the Rubinstein variation well analysed by GM Danielsen to come?
3. Nf3 d5 Queen Gambit declined is certainly thematic in the Candidates matches.
4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 c5 IM Gozzoli: Grischuk Kramnik back to the Queen's Gambit ! Grischuk decided to use the openning whith whom he reached the semi-final the 5 Bf4 line. 6...Nbd7 is the most popular line, played for exemple by Radjbov in the previous round against Kramnik himself. 7.Qc2 is an interesting move, used by Radjabov, Svidler. The idea is the left the d1 square in order to put a rook and to support the center.
8. Rd1 Grischuk went for a cup of coffee, as Kramnik decided to take some time here. Time for the tactical battles to start.
8... Qa5 IM Gozzoli: 8.Rd1 is strangely almost a novelty ! at least never played at high level. More "usual" is 8. O-O-O played by Radjbov and Svider. But Kramnik doesn't seem to be surprised and is playing very quickly !
9. Nd2 cxd4 10. exd4 dxc4 11. Nxc4 Qd8 12. Bd3 IM Gozzoli: we have a classical isolated pawn position but with a quite "new" pieces organization. Usually pieces has to be organized agressivly in order to create big pressure on the Kingside in order to compensate the structural weakness ( so Nc3 Ne5 Qe2 Bg5 ,white square bishop on the b1-h7 diagonal, Rd1 which can go to d3-g3-h3...). But here the position is unusual ! White is clearly ahead of development, but what a strange square for Bf4 Nc4 and Qc2 ?! Is it better than normal development ?! White will just play a different IQP, trying to develop initiative on the center and the queenside instead of trying to mate the Black king !
12... Nb6 IM Gozzoli: 12...Nb6 is a normal move, Black's Knight are heading to reach d5 square as soon as possible in order to control the potential advance of the d4 pawn.
13. O-O IM Gozzoli: so now white development is over while blacks still have problem to find a good square to each piece ! White will try to push d4-d5 and open up the center as soon as possible to use this lack of development
13... Bd7 14. Nxb6 Qxb6 15. d5 IM Gozzoli: so it happens ! Griscuk finally succeeded in pushing d4-d5, but Kramnik is still playing quickly in a new position ! ( new for us or for me at least !)
15... Kh8 16. dxe6 Draw in Grischuk Kramnik ! This Queen's Gambit doesn't look easy to break ! It will be interesting to see what Grichuk will play against Kramnik's 1.d4, Grunfeld...or Queen's Gambit ?! Let's see tomorrow ! Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with me IM Gozzoli on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! ½-½