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Anand Goes Down To Kramnik

Kramnik capitalises on an optical blunder by the world champion in the third game

Anand Goes Down To Kramnik
Anand Goes Down To Kramnik
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Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik of Russia capitalised on an optical blunder by World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the third game of the Maniz Chess Classics Rapid festival in Mainz, Germany, to record the first win in the ten-game match.

The win was followed by a draw in the fourth game last night and Kramnik now enjoys a 2.5-1.5 lead over Anand.

It was a Berlin defence of the Ruy Lopez in the third game and Anand went on an attack in the queen-less middlegame.

Kramnik deviated from a dismal loss against Kasparov and ran his king to safety on the queenside before initiating his counterattack on the kingside. In the opinion of experts and analysis engine Fritz, Anand held a slight advantage for the major part of the game with imaginative deployment of pieces and had a firm control of the only open (queen) file of the game.

However as the dust began to settle, Anand lost control of the game and a momentary lapse of concentration on the 24th move cost him dearly. "I could see it coming", said Anand, when Kramnik delayed the pawn capture on his turn. The finale was picturesque as Kramnik, in a span of just three moves, crashed through on the kingside with a simple pawn advance.

Anand's active rook on the eighth rank became vulnerable and there was no respite for the World Champion. The game lasted 27 moves.

In the second game of the day, the theoretical discussion on the Queen's Gambit Accepted was continued and Anand did not face any trouble in equalising in the ensuing middlegame.

Kramnik went for an attack against the king but timely manoeuvring by Anand steered the game to a draw through repetition of moves after 25 moves.

After the rest day today, Anand who has a reputation of bouncing back from difficult situations, is expected to fire on all cylinders in the fifth game on Friday.

In the Fisceher Random Chess match being organised simultaneously, GM Peter Leko continued to excel and extended his lead to 3-1 over GM Michael Adams of England after the fourth game.

The third game was a big surprise for the advocates of this form of the game as a perfectly normal position was reached in the middlegame. The structure infact resembled some of the popular opening set-ups and both the players looked on familiar territories for the first time. The result was a draw after a few minor pieces were traded.

Leko played the fourth game with vigour and went for the king right from the word go. Adams did not get many chances in the game despite his valiant attempt to launch a counter attack on the king. In the end it was a tactical shot that caught Adams' king at the edge of the board. Adams called it day on move 29.

In the second game of the day, the theoretical discussion on the Queen's Gambit Accepted was continued and Anand did not face any trouble in equalising in the ensuing middlegame.

Kramnik went for an attack against the king but timely manoeuvring by Anand steered the game to a draw through repetition of moves after 25 moves.

After the rest day today, Anand who has a reputation of bouncing back from difficult situations, is expected to fire on all cylinders in the fifth game on Friday.

In the Fisceher Random Chess match being organised simultaneously, GM Peter Leko continued to excel and extended his lead to 3-1 over GM Michael Adams of England after the fourth game.

The third game was a big surprise for the advocates of this form of the game as a perfectly normal position was reached in the middlegame. The structure infact resembled some of the popular opening set-ups and both the players looked on familiar territories for the first time. The result was a draw after a few minor pieces were traded.

Leko played the fourth game with vigour and went for the king right from the word go. Adams did not get many chances in the game despite his valiant attempt to launch a counter attack on the king. In the end it was a tactical shot that caught Adams' king at the edge of the board. Adams called it day on move 29.

In the second game of the day, the theoretical discussion on the Queen's Gambit Accepted was continued and Anand did not face any trouble in equalising in the ensuing middlegame.

Kramnik went for an attack against the king but timely manoeuvring by Anand steered the game to a draw through repetition of moves after 25 moves.

After the rest day today, Anand who has a reputation of bouncing back from difficult situations, is expected to fire on all cylinders in the fifth game on Friday.

In the Fisceher Random Chess match being organised simultaneously, GM Peter Leko continued to excel and extended his lead to 3-1 over GM Michael Adams of England after the fourth game.

The third game was a big surprise for the advocates of this form of the game as a perfectly normal position was reached in the middlegame. The structure infact resembled some of the popular opening set-ups and both the players looked on familiar territories for the first time. The result was a draw after a few minor pieces were traded.

Leko played the fourth game with vigour and went for the king right from the word go. Adams did not get many chances in the game despite his valiant attempt to launch a counter attack on the king. In the end it was a tactical shot that caught Adams' king at the edge of the board. Adams called it day on move 29. (PTI)

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