Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kramnik-Areschenko World Cup 2013.

Alexander Areschenko is a dangerous player! There is no doubt about it! He must have won atleast 3-4 major international events in India + his rating of 2711 shows how strong he is! He held the Russian Legend Vladimir Kramnik to a draw in both the games with Normal time control and it seemed that the two players were quite evenly matched! Come 19th August and Vladimir Kramnik showed who is the boss by dispatching Areschenko in both the Rapid games with Absolute ease! Here I analyse the first Rapid game between them.
Vladimir Kramnik (2784)- Alexander Areschenko (2711)
Rapid game 1, Round 3, World Cup 2013.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 

The Grunfeld Defense. There was a famous saying that Petrosian's family run thanks to King's Indian Defense. It was due to the ease with which he dispatched that opening. I think Kramnik can also say that his family runs thanks to Grunfeld defense! Because has won some amazing games with white in it.

4.cd5 Nd5 5.e4 Nc3 6.bc3 Bg7 7.Be3!

We can safely call this line, the Kramnik line. He has played 14 games including this one. He was won 7 games and drew 7. No loss!!
The idea of this line is to first develop the queenside. White first plays Rc1 and then Qd2 and only then thinks about his kingside pieces.
7...c5 This is the most natural reaction. If instead of c5, black 0-0 then I think white can gain a good position. I can refer you to a previous blog post where i have analysed that. here is the link:

8.Rc1 (8.Qd2 is the main. Most of the times it just tranposes. But the difference can be that we are still flexible with our a1 rook. So after 8...Qa5 9. Rc1 would tranpose to the game but white can go 9.Rb1 threatening Rb5 and only when black has played 9...a6 to play 10...Rc1 when white has given black the free move of a6 but he thinks that the b6 square will be weak and which could be later utilised by white.)

8...Qa5 9.Qd2

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