1... e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 GM Naiditsch: Vladimir basically playing 2 openings on it, the Berlin wall and the Petroff
3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 GM Naiditsch: in this game Kranik chose Petroff, main line.
6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bg4 10. Re1 O-O GM Naiditsch: a very modern line in Petrof, and we are just in the beginning of the theory... I am sure that Vladimir has been expecting this line from Grischuk because his second Etienne Bacrot played it recently in the Nanjing Super Tournament against Wang Yue and got advantage with white...
11. Bf4 Bd6 GM Naiditsch: still in the main line, but the positioin is quite tricky, because sometimes whites include Rb1 Rb8 and sometimes not...
12. Bxd6 Bxf3 GM Naiditsch: Black took first on 12...Bf3 because obviosly 12...Qd6 ?? is loosing to 13.Bh7
13. Qxf3 Qxd6 GM Naiditsch: now main move is 14.Re3, white needs to win the battle on the e file... Ivanchuk tried against Huzman here 14.h4, he managed to win his game but the position was looking very close to equal. Many people think that Kramnik and Petroff are unbeteable couple what is actually very wrong, Kramnik has very bad results in Petroff, especially in the last years....
14. Re3 GM Naiditsch: choosing the main! But we are still in a preparation that will continue for many more moves from both sides. 14...Re8 would be now the normal play, black needs to exchange one rook, the best would be to exchange both...
14... Rae8 15. Rae1 Re7 Novelty! Re3 been played until now. Black's idea is super easy, Rfe8 with exchanging both rooks and draw, so white next move should be probably 14.Re7, Ne7 and maybe 15.h4. White's idea is to combine control of the e file with a future attack on the king side. Candidates Matches are brought to you thanks to Chess Evolution and Chess Friends.
16. Rxe7 Nxe7 17. h4 GM Naiditsch: Yes, we can understand the moves of Sasha. Vladimir also seems to expect them. but what is comming now after 18.Qe3?... Probably 18...Ng6, but then 19.h5 is coming or just 19.g3 cutting off the knight. Actually I played myself few times this type of positions, and to me it was always very easy to play for white, no risk, on worst case black manage to equallize and make a draw. It seems not a bad situation to play for 2 results in the match game.
17... Rd8 18. c4 GM Naiditsch: intersting move from Sasha, but I would have prefered 18.Qe3. Why to force things immediatelly?
18... b6 19. c3 GM Naiditsch: 19.c3 protected the central pawn on d4. Can black play now 19...c5 trying to exchange all the pawns?! Probably a bit risky, after 20.cd Nd5 21.dc Qc5 and 22.Rd1! white has clearly a better play. 19...c6 is looking much more like a safer move now.
19... h6 GM Naiditsch: careful play by Kramnik, black's idea could be to play 19...Kf8 next. The king on f8 will stand very well, defending the knight on e7 and also in near future black could try to exchange the rooks by playing Re8. Maybe Sasha could try now a bit risky but interesting move 20.g4! White's idea is to push g5 and try to get some play on the king side, also this can be supported later by playing Kg2 and bringing the rook to the h line
20. cxd5 GM Naiditsch: 20.cd hmm starange choise by Sasha, this is really not looking like a play for a win. What he wants to do at black's 21...c6 followed by Kf8 and Re8?
20... Nxd5 21. Bc4 c6 GM Naiditsch: c6 as expected. Hard to imagine now Grischuk putting any problems for Kramnik to equalize the game completly.
22. Re5 GM Naiditsch: seems that now blacks move could be 22...b5 and I guess the last small chances fot white to get advantage will disappear... I guess in this game the draw will be agreed in couple of moves...
22... Nf6 GM Naiditsch: no b5, Kramnik is choosing a different way, 22....Nf6 with the idea to play next Kf8 and make the rook exchange 100%
23. Qf4 Qd7 GM Naiditsch: solid as a rock! White maybe had a little threat by playing next Re8! So Vladimir is avoiding to giving white any chances! Next comming almost at any white move Re8!
24. g3 Kf8 25. Bb3 And a logical draw was agreed. Stay tuned for a video analysis here and more news, thanks for following with me GM Naiditsch on ChessBomb.com and Chessdom.com! ½-½
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