### (4172) Aronian,Levon (2820) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2801) [C65]

Match (rapid game) Zuerich (6), 28.04.2012

* [Monokroussos,Dennis]*

**
**

1.e4
e5
2.Nf3
Nc6
3.Bb5
Nf6
4.d3
Showing the wisdom Kasparov lacked.

4...Bc5
Not the only choice, but the most uncompromising one. Kritz recommends this in his recent DVD, and I believe Cox did in his book on the Berlin as well.

5.Nbd2
Very rare, but it can easily transpose to the positions after 5.0-0 and 5.c3.

5...d6
6.c3
0-0
7.0-0
Now we're back on theory's highway.

7...Ne7
A typical idea, but rarely played quite so soon - Black generally retreats the bishop to b6 first, taking it out of the d-pawn's reach, and only then swings the knight around.

8.h3
[8.d4
forces Black to surrender the center, which is why ...Ne7 has at least been implicitly considered premature. But maybe things aren't so bad after 8...exd4
9.cxd4
Bb6
* (9...a6!?
10.Bd3
Ba7
) *]

8...Ng6
But now Black shouldn't have any problems at all.

9.Re1
c6
10.Ba4
Re8N
[Another GM game to reach the same position (but by a different move order) went 10...h6
11.Nf1
Re8
12.Ng3
Bb6
13.d4
Qc7
14.Bc2
Be6
15.Be3
Rad8
16.Qd2
d5
17.exd5
Bxd5
18.Bxg6
Bxf3
19.Bc2
exd4
20.cxd4
Bh5
21.Nxh5
Nxh5
22.Bxh6
gxh6
23.Qxh6
Bxd4
24.Bh7+
Kh8
25.Bg6+
Kg8
26.Bh7+
Kh8
27.Qxh5
Qf4
28.Be4+
Kg7
29.Qh7+
Kf8
30.Bf3
1/2-1/2 Balogh,C (2562)-Gyimesi,Z (2610)/Hungary 2008]

11.d4
Bb6
Back to theory again.

12.Bc2
h6
13.a4
Be6
Beginning a three-part plan: this, take on d4 and play ...d5. [13...Bc7
14.Nf1
Nh7
15.Ng3
Ng5
16.dxe5
Nxf3+
17.Qxf3
Rxe5
18.Be3
Bb6
19.Rad1
Be6
20.Qe2
h5
21.Bxb6
1/2-1/2 Kobalia,M (2637)-Alekseev,E (2700)/Dagomys 2010]

14.Nf1
exd4N
[Last citation we saw Alekseev with Black; this time he's White. 14...Qc7
15.Ng3
Rad8
16.Be3
d5
17.Nxe5
Nxe5
18.Bf4
Nfd7
19.a5
Bxa5
20.exd5
Bxd5
21.dxe5
Bb6
22.Qh5
f6
23.Bxh6
Nxe5
24.Be3
Nf3+
25.gxf3
Rxe3
26.Rxe3
Bxe3
27.Kg2
Bh6
28.Nf5
Bd2
29.Rxa7
Bf7
30.Qg4
g6
31.Nd4
Qd7
32.Bf5
Qe8
33.Rxb7
Rd5
34.Rxf7
1-0 Alekseev,E (2670)-Jumabayev,R (2573)/Moscow 2012]

15.Nxd4
[15.cxd4
d5
16.e5
Ne4
17.N1d2
Ba5
18.Re3
* (18.Nxe4!?
Bxe1
19.Nd6
Bb4
20.Nxe8
Qxe8
21.Bd2
) *]

15...Bd7
16.f4
d5
[16...Nh7!?
(Kramnik)]

17.e5
Ne4
18.Bxe4
[18.Kh2
f5
]

18...dxe4
19.a5!?
[19.Rxe4
c5
20.Nb5
Bc6
21.Qxd8
Raxd8
]

19...Bxa5
20.Ng3
[20.e6
fxe6
21.Qh5
e5
22.fxe5
Nxe5
23.Rxe4
Bc7
24.Bf4
Qf6=/+
* (24...Nf7
) *]

20...Bb6
21.Kh2
c5
[21...Nh4
22.Nxe4
c5
]

22.Ndf5
Bxf5
23.Nxf5
Qxd1
24.Rxd1
Rad8
25.Be3
[25.Re1
f6
26.exf6
gxf6
27.Ra4
* (27.Nxh6+
Kh7=
) *27...h5
28.Raxe4
Rxe4
29.Rxe4
Kf7
30.g4
hxg4
31.hxg4
Rd3=
]

25...Rd3
26.Re1
f6
27.exf6
gxf6
28.Nxh6+
Kf8
[28...Kg7
29.Nf5+
Kf7
30.Nh6+
Kg7=
]

29.Ra4
Rd5
30.c4?!
[30.f5
Bc7+
31.Kg1
Bg3
32.Rf1
Ne5
33.Rxa7
Re7
34.Ra4+/=
]

30...Rd3
31.b4?
Unleashing all the power in Black's position.

31...Rxe3!
Now it gets even wilder, and White is in trouble. [31...Nh4=
]

32.Rxe3
cxb4
33.Rg3
e3?
Missing his best chance. [33...Ne7!
34.Rxb4
Bc7!
White is really stuck here! 35.Rb1
* (35.Ng4
Bxf4
36.Rb5
Kf7
37.Rxb7
Rd8-+
; 35.Rg4
f5
36.Nxf5
Nxf5
37.Rxb7
Re7
38.Rb5
Nh6
39.Rg6
e3
40.Rb1
e2
41.Kg3
Nf5+-+
) *35...Bxf4
36.Rf1
Bxg3+
37.Kxg3
Kg7
38.Ng4
f5-/+
]

34.Rxg6
e2
35.Ra1
Bf2
[35...e1Q??
36.Rg8++-
]

36.Rg8+
[36.Rxf6+
Kg7
37.Rd6
e1Q
38.Rxe1
Rxe1
39.g4
b3
40.Nf5+
Kf7
41.Rd2
Bg1+
42.Kg2
a5
43.Rd7+
Kf6
44.Rd6+
* (44.Rxb7
a4
45.Ng3
** (45.Nh6
Bc5
46.g5+
Kg6
47.Rb5
a3-+
; 45.Nh4
Bc5
46.g5+
Ke6
47.f5+
Kd6
48.f6
a3
49.f7
Ke6-+
) *45...a3
46.g5+
Ke6
47.f5+
Kd6
48.Rxb3
a2
49.Ra3
a1Q
50.Rxa1
Rxa1
51.h4
Ke5
52.f6
Ke6
If there are any chances here they're Black's, but who knows what's going on here.) 44...Kf7
45.Rd7+=
]

36...Ke7
37.Rg7+
Kd6
38.Rxb7
e1Q
[38...a5
39.Rb5
Ra8
40.Ng4
* (40.Nf5+
Kc7
41.h4
Rd8!!
42.Ne3!
Bxe3
43.Re1
Re8
44.Kg3
Bd4!
** (44...Bd2
45.Kf2
Bxe1+
46.Kxe1
Re4=
) *45.Kf3
Re3+
46.Kf2
a4
47.Rd5
* (47.Rxe2
a3!
48.Ra2
Re5+
49.Kf3
Rxb5
50.cxb5
Bb2
51.Ke3
b3
52.Rxa3
Bxa3
53.Kd3
f5
54.h5
Kb6
55.Kc3
b2
56.Kc2
Kxb5
57.h6
Bf8
58.Kxb2
Bxh6
59.Kc3
Bxf4
60.Kd4
Kc6-+
; 47.Rxb4?
Rb3+
48.Kxe2
Rxb4-+
) *47...Rd3+!!
48.Kxe2
Re3+
49.Kf2
Rxe1+
50.Kxe1
b3
51.Rxd4
a3-+
) 40...e1Q
41.Rxe1
Bxe1
42.Nxf6
a4
43.Ne4+
It's almost an immediate perpetual, and it would be if the pawn were on g4! White's rook has protection on every square on the 5th rank except for a5 and h5, and as for a5, Rb5+ Ka6?? walks into mate in two by Nc5+ Ka7 Rb7 mate! So let's see what happens if the Black king heads for h6: 43...Ke6
44.Re5+
Kf7
45.Nd6+
Kf8
46.Rxe1
a3
47.c5
b3
48.Nc4
a2
49.Ra1
Ra4
50.Nb2
Rxf4
51.Kg3
Rd4
52.Kf3
Rd2
53.Na4
Rd4
54.Nb2
Rd2
Draw!]

39.Rxe1
Bxe1
40.Nf5+
Kc5
[40...Kc6
looks like a better try, but in some quick analysis I've been unable to prove a win. 41.Rxa7
b3
42.Nd4+
Kb6
43.Ra1
Bc3
44.c5+!
Kb7
45.Nxb3
Bxa1
46.Nxa1
Kc6
47.Nb3
Re4
48.Nd2
* (48.g3??
Rb4!
*traps and wins the knight, e.g. *49.Na5+
Kxc5
50.h4
Rb5-+
) *48...Rxf4
49.Kg3
Rd4
50.Nf3
Rc4
51.h4
Kd5
52.h5
Ke6
53.c6
Kf7
54.Kf2
Kg7
and White draws with tricks: 55.g4!
Rxg4
56.c7
Rc4
57.Nd4!
Kh6
58.Nb5
Kxh5
59.Ke3
f5
60.Kd3
Rc6
61.Nd4
]

41.Rb5+
Kc6
42.Nd4+
Kc7
43.Rc5+
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