April 22, 2012 14:30

Aronian-Kramnik: game 2 drawn

Aronian-Kramnik: game 2 drawn

The second game of the friendly match between Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik ended in a draw. To everyone's surprise, Aronian started with 1.e4 and it became a Ruy Lopez, Berlin Ending. The Armenian soon pushed e5-e6, which was the safest option, and then Black no longer had any problems. The score is 1.5-0.5 for Aronian with four more games to follow.

Event Aronian-Kramnik | PGN by TWIC
Dates April 21-28, 2012
Location Zurich, Switzerland
System 6-game match

Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik

Rate of play 40 moves in 120 minutes, 20 moves in 60 minutes and, for the remainder of the game, 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move
Bonus As a bonus for the audience, Kramnik and Aronian will play an additional rapid game if the main game on any given day is drawn in under three hours

Below is Sunday's live commentary by Sergey Shipov on the second game. Aronian had the white pieces and the match initiative after winning yesterday's opening game. Monday is a rest day, games 3 and 4 take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the last two games are on Friday and Saturday.

[Commentary by GM Sergey Shipov - original in Russian at Crestbook]

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Live commentary

Sergey Shipov is a highly acclaimed Russian grandmaster, coach, author and commentator. His Russian annotations at Crestbook are being translated by Colin McGourty, who did this many times before on his own site Chess in Translation. More information on the match can be found here.


Saturday, 21 April: 15:00  Round 1
Sunday, 22 April: 15:00  Round 2
Monday, 23 April: Rest Day
Tuesday, 24 April: 15:00  Round 3
Wednesday, 25 April: 15:00  Round 4
Thursday, 26 April: Rest Day
Friday, 27 April: 15:00  Round 5
Saturday, 28 April: 13:00  Round 6

Videos by Macauley Peterson

Colin McGourty's picture
Author: Colin McGourty


RealityCheck's picture

On behalf of all non-russian speaking fans.. 3 cheers to Mr. McGourty.

fen's picture

Yes, thanks to both Colin and Sergey for the wonderful commentary and translation. Peter, is it possible to put the board and commentary into it's own pop-out window?

Bootvis's picture

Great idea, also reduces the server load from the constant refreshing.

Erik Fokke, Amsterdam's picture

14. ..., fxe6
15. Nge4, e5 !
16. Bxe5, Bxh3 !
17. Bg3, Be6 and black equalized

Bitmap's picture

"I'm at home in Moscow in the company of two cats and three computers. I constantly consult them when studying a position, but I don't trust any of them..."

:o ... he consults his cats?? ;)

Frits Fritschy's picture

Maybe descendants of Alekhine's cats?

MiniMe's picture

Who is winning?

mdamien's picture

Many thanks once again to GM Shipov for his entertaining commentary.

Mauricio Valdes's picture

Aronian is in great form!
Sill Kramnik is Kramnik!

kamalakanta's picture

I really enjoy GM Shipov's commentating style. He reminds me of Tal and Brosntein, and Tartakower as well; people who made you love the game more, who had a sense of humor and humanity in their writing, and who made you feel right at home.

Soviet School's picture

Top quality play and commentary.

The Devil's picture

I miss seeing the H file in live video commentary, why must they cut off the H file!

macauley's picture

Needless to say the h-file is most definitely NOT cut off in the original source. The video player width here at CV may need to be tweaked.

See the Game 2 post-game chat here: http://blip.tv/zurichchess/game-2-part-4-6103021

Peter Doggers's picture

Strangely, in this post the width was adjusted correctly to 630 pixels while we had forgotten to do that for game 1. Are you sure you encountered this problem over here? 

darkergreen1327's picture

so if Aronian keeps playing 1.e4 w/ white, what should be the move, or is there a move for Kramnik to play for a win w/ black pieces? Not Petroff not Berlin?

Ians's picture

Kramnik is a "draw with black and win with white" type of player , but he can still play the odd Najdorf against 1.e4 like he did in his match against Anand when he needed a win .

But i agree that Petroff and Berlin is what he almost always plays against 1.e4
I always wondered why the "Karpov-ian" Kramnik doesn't play the Caro Kann or even the classical French defence

Thomas's picture

Kramnik's Najdorf in the last match game against Anand looked more like desperation - he may be more comfortable in less topical or forcing Sicilian variations e.g. Paulsen setups. He even played the Pirc and Scandinavian, but only against weaker players and/or at faster time controls.
Yesterday the Berlin made perfect sense for him: He was probably surprised by Aronian's 1.e4 and he didn't want to risk much as falling behind 0-2 would mean that the match is already almost over. Thus he played something he knows well - but then the offbeat 9.-Be6 to avoid whatever Aronian might have prepared.

jussu's picture

I alway wonder why has Kramnik given up playing mainline closed Spanish, which should suit him well and also offer ample chances for playing for a win.

Anonymous's picture

Not being a strong player myself, I have a similar question: if Levon is playing against Vishy and he plays 1.e4, would he be comfortable if the black response is say Caro Kann which I know Anand has used in the past?

Lee's picture

I've only really watched the post match press conferences, but here's what I'm taking away from it thus far.

The frequent references by the commentators to the computers evaluation is strangely annoying, it's like they're de-humanising the experience and taking something away from the efforts of the players.

Having the players take control of the mouse post match and replay the game seems much more fluid than having the commentators take that responsibility and jump around. 2 minutes in today, they're talking about e6, then they talk about an earlier move Bf4. Just start from the beginning folks and take us logically through the game.

Regardless of the outcome, Aronian will be a big winner from this endeavour as he develops experience in match play.

h8dgeh0g's picture

spot on!

arkan's picture

So this match is for fide rating as well? judging by 2700chess.com it is but i wasn't sure

jussu's picture

This match is an official chess event, so it probably will be rated. No principal difference between a match and a tournament in this regard.

Janis Nisii's picture

This match is rated.

nickeur's picture

Where is the second game of the game 2. If i' m remember well in case of draw there is one. I don't see it on the videos.
Thanks in advance

Anonymous's picture

The 2nd game happens in case of short draw of <3:00. Game 2 lasted 3:05; ergo no rapid game.

Zeblakob's picture

It is well known that Kramnik is the maestro of producing boring hight-quality games namely wiz Black. Just compare his games with Cheparinov ones (namely with Black).

Marcel's picture

Does Kramnik want to re-invent the wheel?

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