Reports | April 30, 2007 16:00

[lang_nl]Kramnik verslaat Leko met klein verschil[/lang_nl][lang_en]Kramnik beats Leko by a small margin[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]De afgelopen paar dagen speelden Vladimir Kramnik en Peter Leko een rapidmatch van acht partijen in de Hongaarse stad Miskolc. Twee jaar geleden had Leko er 4-4 gespeeld tegen Adams en vorig jaar had hij gewonnen van Karpov met 4,5-3-5. Dit jaar ging hij met dezelfde cijfers ten onder tegen Kramnik: 3,5-4,5.[/lang_nl][lang_en]The last few days a rapid match of eight games was played between Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik, in the Hungarian town of Miskolc. Two years ago Leko had played 4-4 there against Adams and last year he beat with 4,5-3-5. This year the score board saw the same result in favour of Kramnik: 3,5-4,5.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]De eerste partij was niet bijzonder. In de tweede partij miste Leko waarschijnlijk de winst (41.Da8+ Kf7 42.Da7+ Kf8 43.Te1 was erg goed) en misschien dat dat van invloed was want in de derde blunderde hij (met 29...Tfe8). Kramnik profiteerde niet meteen (32.Tc2 De1+ 33.Kg2 De6 34.Db5 had moeten gebeuren) maar na nog een fout van Leko (33...Dd3) pakte hij het eerste punt. De wereldkampioen had er meteen 1-3 van kunnen maken maar hij miste de winst in de vierde partij (die begon met 38...Lc3!). In de vijfde paste Kramnik een mooi nieuw idee toe in zijn favoriete eindspel (18.Ke1) en voerde het in (zijn eigen) stijl naar de winst. Gelukkig kwam Leko er ook nog aan te pas en hij wist in partij zes Kramnik te trucen. In de voorlaatste partij behaalde Leko eenvoudig gelijk spel waarna de muziek uit de stelling was en de laatste partij leek grotendeels op huisanalyse van Kramnik waar Leko ook niet verder kwam dan remise. (De analytische opmerkingen zijn gebaseerd op de analyses van de Hongaarse GM Ferenc Berkes bij Chessbase.)

De partijen:


Vele mooie foto's zijn te vinden op de offici?ɬ´le website.[/lang_nl][lang_en]The first game was nothing special. In the second game Leko probably missed a win (41.Qa8+ Kf7 42.Qa7+ Kf8 43.Re1 was very strong) and perhaps this influenced his play in the third game where he blundered (with 29...Rfe8). Kramnik didn't profit immediately (32.Rc2 Qe1+ 33.Kg2 Qe6 34.Qb5 was the way) but after another mistake by Leko (33...Qd3) he grabbed the first full point. The world champion could immediately have scored 1-3 but in the fourth game he missed the win (that starts with 38...Bc3!). In game five Kramnik applied a nice, new idea in his favourite ending (18.Ke1) and he won in his typical style. Luckily for Leko he could play a role in the match, by tricking Kramnik in game six. In the penultimate game Leko easily levelled the position with Black when the position was soon drawn. The last game looks like Kramnik home preparation to me, where Leko couldn't get an advantage with White. (The analytical notes are based upon the the analysis of the Hungarian GM Ferenc Berkes at Chessbase.)

The games:


Many good pictures can be found on the official website.[/lang_en]

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Comments

BRUZ_LEE's picture

It is very interesting, how quickly opinions change.
Back at the CORUS-tournament nearly everybody here on this forum supported Topalov; and Kramnik received a lot of bad stuff here...

Ron's picture

Slightly disappointing, I expected a larger margin in faviur of Vlad.

Joe's picture

Sorry about the mispelling. I meant of course Karpov, Kortchnoi, etc. I am not so sure about
a fiery match between Kramnik and Aronian.

Rubinstein's picture

Without Breaking to much Sweat Kramnik won the match. It is clear that he i back in business and will be one tough nut to crack in Mexico.

peter's picture

No problem. And well, we probably really can't compare these small rapid matches with the big Wch / candidates matches of the old kings. But let's hope for some more typically unexpected, small, brilliant moves by Levon.

Joe's picture

Good but gutless match. The better player won though. It is sad we'll probably never see again fiery matches like in the old days with Karov, Kasparov, Kotchnoi, Spassky, Fisher, etc.

peter's picture

I bet Kramnik-Aronian will be at least as fiery as your spelling of the players' names! ;)

Lusine's picture

Vanaf 4 mei begint Kramnik-Aronian match. De offici?ɬ´le website is: http://www.aroniankramnik2007.am/

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