1... c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. e3 Nf6 5. d4 GM Naiditsch: this line is known to be equal, probably another short draw today? Until now from the first 5 games in classical chess Kramnik has not made too many moves by himself, pity, because Vladimir is a great player and should not reduce himself just to remember his lines... After I look in the database, we can actually view a new theoretical battle, the latest games went actually quite sharp. 5...cd 6.ed e4 7.Ne5 with a very unclear position...
5... cxd4 6. exd4 e4 7. Ne5 GM Naiditsch: Yes, Sasha is taking the modern line, with Grischuk it is very difficult to say when he knows theory and when not, these 20 minutes that he spent now on thinking does not really mean much. 7...Bb4 8.Be2 seems to be the main continuation here Today's games are reaching you thanks to Chess friends games server and Chess Evolution.
7... Bd6 GM Naiditsch: Bd6!! aha something original! From the top players only Areschenko played this move. White answered with 8.Ng4 Ng4 9.Qg4 0-0 10.Bh6 Qf6 11.Be3 Bb4 with a fighting position.
8. c5 GM Naiditsch: 8.c5!! Novelty!! Finally we will see an interesting game from Vladimir! What can Sasha do now? 8...Be5 is not an option, after 9.de Ne5 10.Qd6 white should have a clear advantage, so probably 8...Bb8 should be the move... not easy task for Sasha...what to play now? after 8...Bc7 9.Nc4 looking strong! white want to push d5...so only move for black 9...d5 10.cd Bd6
8... Bb8 GM Naiditsch: 8...Bb8 maybe with the same idea probably to play on 9.Nc4 d5...to let white play d5 seems very dangerous to me. Vladimir is thinking, probably he was expecting 8...Bc7 and trying to figure out the difference that could appear in comparison to 8...Bb8... If Vladimir hhs been planning to play on 8...Bc7 9.Nc4, he will do it probably now as well, and Grischuk will probably push 9...d5. What else to play except 9.Nc4 now? 9.Ng4 is looking a bit dubious after 9...Ng4 10.Qg4 0-0 position seems to be good for black.
9. Nc4 d5 10. cxd6 O-O GM Naiditsch: aha now we see the difference to 8...Bc7... the bishop on c7 is not hanging and black instead of 10...Bd6 plays now 10...O-O. Can white now to try to hold the pawn on d6 by 11.Bf4? ... for sure should be one of the main configurations in this position! Black could continue with 11...a6 (with idea b5) followed by 12.d5... to me the position of white is looking a bit more promissing... but of course black is completly in the game. And it seems that Sasha managed to escape from Vladimir's preparation by putting his bishop on b8! Lucky choice by Sasha... for sure he took a deep breath when Vladimir started to think now... It is a very unpleasant feeling during a game, when you feel you are a playing against a Cyborg! Strong positional understanding of Kramnik plus a huge processor clusted behind it!
11. Bf4 Na5GM Naiditsch: Kramnik of course going fot the principal, if not to try to win now, when then! so 11.Bf4 was played and Sasha is playing the a bit surprising 11...Na5? The idea of course is easy, black wants to exchange the white knight on c4 and slowly win the pawn on d6, the only question is, if black will have enought time to do that... maybe white could try now: 12.Na5 Qa5 and something like 13:Qb3.... trying to avoid 13...Rd8 because of 14.Bc4 and the pawn f7 is hanging. Also 13...Qd8 would not win the pawn immediatelly back, white could just play 14.Nb5... Another option in current position is 12.Nb5, but hard to believe that white will have any advantage after 12...Nd5, the knight on d5 squere is just standing perfect, so why is Vladimir thinking? White has only one move to do that is making sence 12.Na5
12. Ne3 GM Naiditsch: completly unexpected 12.Ne3 for me!
12... Bxd6 GM Naiditsch: after 12...Bd6 position should be around equal... hmm this is really difficult to understand...why Vladimir seems to be so afraid of trying to win a game... Pity, pity,probably in this game we will not see a big fight anymore...
13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. d5 GM Naiditsch: can white's position be still better here? Yes, maybe it can...but I think will be too little to out any serious problems for black. Next moves for black could be : 14...Bd7, a6, b5, Rac8 and white should somehow try to make use of the bad knights position on a5, idea could be to a3 followed by b4 to have a pawn standing on b4 against the black night on b7 is clearly very positive for white. So actually maybe we blamed Vladimir too early...Sasha will definitely still have to find a few accurate moves, but anyway 12.Na5 followed by Qb3 was looking more promising for white.
14... Qe5 15. Be2 Rd8 GM Naiditsch: Sasha seems to be little worried about his knight on a5. Maybe on 16.0-0 Sasha wants to play 16...Nc6 with the idea Ne7 and trying to maximum pressure on the pawn d5, but the position of white looks now really promising... White could easily protect the pawn by playing Qb3 and Rfd1. Maybe even now move like 16.Qa4 is making sence, 16...b6 17. O-O with a slight advantage for white. I think 14...Qe5 has been an inaccuracy by black...
16. Qd2 Nc6 17. Rd1 Ne7 GM Naiditsch: Yes, Sasha is escaping with the night from a5 to e7..defenetly a good change for the blacks knight... the next move for black could be maybe 18...Nf5... Maybe 18.Nc4 could be an option now for white, black had no nice squeeres for the queen. 18...Qf5 seems to be alomost the only free sqeere( 18...Qb8 is looking not to nice 19.d6 an position of white seems to be better)
18. Qd4 GM Naiditsch: nice idea of Kramnik! After 18...Qd4 19.Rd4 Nf5 20.Nf5 Bf5 and 21.Kd2! white seems to have clear advantage... now we see the point of Vladimir's move 16.Qd2! Let's see if today white can score 2/2 in the better endgames! :) slowly Sasha is comming into time trouble, 19 minutes for 22 moves... and not an easy position to defend
18... Qxd4 19. Rxd4 Nf5 20. Nxf5 Bxf5 21. Kd2 Ne8 22. g4 Bg6 23. Rc1 Rac8 24. Nxe4 Rxc1 25. Kxc1 Bxe4 26. Rxe4 Kf8 GM Naiditsch: white wants to put the king on e3, exachange the knights if possible, and the pawn e4 will fall earlier or later...
27. Ra4 a6 28. Rb4 GM Naiditsch: black got a strong knight on d6 and will try to be passive just by holding the position. Interesting question is, for who now the exchange of rooks is favourable? Probably for black...
28... Nd6 29. Kd2 h6 30. Bd3 GM Naiditsch: black got a strong knight on d6 and will try to be passive just by holding the position. Interesting question is, for who now the exchange of rooks is favourable? Probably for black... so black for sure should cover the c file with the rook, but all in all I think Sasha will have a very difficult task to defend this position.
30... Ke7 31. Ke3 Kd7 GM Naiditsch: black made their blockade position almost perfect....now the idea is to wait and see what white will do... white has to try to make somewhere another weakness in the blacks "Wall". But first white has to bring their rook back to game...rook should stand somewhere on the first rank, then white kind to d4 and start to push the pawn forward.
32. f3 Re8+ 33. Be4 GM Naiditsch: Vladimir seems to like his rook position on b4, hmm but why? Would it be not more easy to have it for example: now on d1?!
33... g6 GM Naiditsch: probably Vladimir will go back with the King on d2
34. Kd4 GM Naiditsch: letting the rook enter the c file. A bit strange... What to do now for white after 34...Rc8-c1?
34... Rc8 35. h4 Rc1 GM Naiditsch: yes, Sasha is of course taking his chance to put the black rook on the first rank... I am sure that Vladimir is not happy at all about his technical play... Black wants to play now Rh1
36. Ke5 Ke7 37. g5 hxg5 GM Naiditsch: Sasha not using his chance! 37...a5! been making a draw, followed by 38.Rb3 and Rh1!! But not easy move with only 1 minute on the clock. Sasha preferes instead a passive defence...
38. hxg5 Rg1 39. Kf4 GM Naiditsch: still Sasha now is as close to the draw as he never been before in this game, maybe now 39...f6?
39... f6 GM Naiditsch: yes, f6. A bit disaappointing the technical play from both of white players today... 1,5 hours ago it was loosing like 2/2 wins and now like 2 draws. Sasha and Gata keep on escaping in very bad positions again and again!
40. Bxg6 Rxg5 GM Naiditsch: so also here the move 40 has been made. The changes are: black managed to exchange the 2 pawn on the king side, which is defenetly good for them, black room is very active and white still standing passivly on b4. The position seems to be very close to a draw.
41. Be4 Rg2 42. a4 Today's games are reaching you thanks to Chess friends games server and Chess Evolution.
42... a5 GM Naiditsch: Good move by Sasha! He is putting his pawn on black squeres where they will be unreacheble for the bishop.. black next moves could be Kd7 and moving the room waiting for white's actions. Seems that white can't do much to improve their position!
43. Rb3 GM Naiditsch: Sasha is really taking his time...could it be that the position is looking more drawish than it is...maybe white's plan now could be to play Bf5 and Re3.... but also this is hard to imagine to be winning... anyway Kramnik is still puting some presure on Grischuk, Sasha still needs to be accurate. And about what is thinking Grischuk? Maybe about the critical move now 43...Re2. Are white winning after 43.Re3 ? from the feeling I would say no, but very hard to evaluate because if position is draw, 43...Re2 should bring black a draw...
43... Kd8 GM Naiditsch: Sasha is deciding not to exchange the rooks, solid choise, why to risk? Now black will just move the rook on the 2 rank and ask white:" what You want to do"?...interesting to see what Kramnik can find here?! looking very close to a draw!
44. Ke3 Rh2 GM Naiditsch: seems like we will have still a long time in front of our screens, but if we will see any action in this game is a question... Hard to say what is Kramnik going to do next, to bring king to c5 does not make much sence, black can always stop the whites king break though with Kc7
45. Kf4 Rg2 GM Naiditsch: this position we already saw 20 min ago! Hard to give Vladimir a suggestion for improving his position.
46. Bb1 GM Naiditsch: I guess a move Bb1 is just a move to kill some of Grischuk time, hard to imagine this move have any meaning or idea... why not to play now with black 46...Rg5? or to continue standing on the 2nd rank... both seem to be good enough for a draw.
46... Rd2 47. Bd3 Rg2 48. Ke3 Rh2 49. Kd4 Rh4+ GM Naiditsch: finally some change in the position... seems that Grischuk is pushing white peaces from the 4th rank... that defenetly doesnt improove chances of white for winning the game.
50. Kc5 Kc7 51. Rb6 Rxa4 GM Naiditsch: 51...Nc8 been a draw 52.Rf6 b6 53.Kb5 Nd6 54.Ka6 Rh8!! So is this a blunder after all?? The computer spiked to 9.00+ for white, the comp just see white is queen up, but f2 pawn and far king is a dead draw!
52. b3 Rb4 53. Rxb4 axb4 54. Kxb4 b6 55. Kc3 Kd8 56. Kd4 Ke7 And Grischuk saves the day again! Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with me GM Naiditsch on ChessBomb.com and
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