Reports | March 18, 2008 4:39

[lang_nl]R3: Anand alleen bovenaan[/lang_nl][lang_en]R3: Anand grabs sole lead[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Twee remises tegen Topalov waren voor Anand genoeg om in de gecombineerde stand van Amber 2008 de ongedeelde koppositie te grijpen, want Aronian en Ivanchuk verloren 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? van respectievelijk Gelfand en, jawel, Van Wely.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Two draws against Topalov were enough for Anand to grab sole lead in the combined standings of Amber 2008, since Aronian and Ivanchuk lost their mini matches 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? against Gelfand and Van Wely respectively.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Hoewel Topalov het nog lang probeerde, was de blindpartij niet zo lastig remise te houden voor Anand. Minder soepel ging het met wit, want Topalov bereikte een beter eindspel vanuit zijn nieuwe liefde, de Caro-Kann. Maar juist toen de Bulgaar het Vishy echt moeilijk had kunnen maken met 43...Lf6+ 44.Ka3 Txe1, koos hij eieren voor zijn geld.

Nieuwkomer Mamedyarov wist zowaar meervoudig winnaar Kramnik met 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? te verschalken, en dat had zelfs 2-0 kunnen zijn, als hij in zijn blindpartij 18.Txb7! Kxb7 19.Da6+ Kb8 20. La3 had gevonden. In de rapidpartij wist hij de fans van het Boedapester Gambiet in vervoering te brengen.

De minimatch tussen de twee supertalenten Carlsen en Karjakin, die elkaar in sterkte ?ɬ©n leeftijd nauwelijks ontlopen, eindigde in 1-1. Carlsen schoof zijn tegenstander in de blindpartij langzaam weg, vanuit dezelfde openingsvariant als Radjabov-Shirov en Anand-Topalov in Linares. Karjakin kwam terug door eigenlijk als eerste adequaat te reageren op Magnus' Aljechin-verdediging.

Een bittere pil moest de ambitieuze Morozevich slikken, want hij ging er met 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? af tegen Leko terwijl hij totaal gewonnen had gestaan in de rapidpartij.

De blindpartij Aronian-Gelfand was een werkelijk geweldige remise die zeker moet worden nagespeeld. Daarna speelde Gelfand gewoon een sterke witpartij en won daarmee zijn eerste minimatch.

Van Wely ten slotte had een uitstekende dag. Hij wist zijn score maar liefst te verviervoudigen ("Een wonder!" aldus Geurt Gijssen) dankzij een 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?-overwinning op Ivanchuk. De blindpartij had niet veel om het lijf maar de zwartpartij mocht er wezen. De opening ging niet geweldig maar nadat hij een pion won, speelde Loek het vlekkeloos.

Blindpartijen: Rapidpartijen:

[/lang_nl][lang_en]Although Topalov tried it for a long time, it wasn't too difficult for Anand to draw the blindfold game. With White it wasn't so easy, because Topalov reached a better ending resulting from his new love, the Caro-Kann. But right when the Bulgarian could have really started pressing with 43...Bf6+ 44.Ka3 Rxe1, he decided to call it a day.

Newcomer Mamedyarov surprised everyone by beating Kramnik 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?, and it could have been 2-0 if he had found 18.Rxb7! Kxb7 19.Qa6+ Kb8 20. Ba3 in the blindfold game. In the rapid, he made the Budapest Gambit fans happy.

The minimatch between the two super talents Carlsen and Karjakin, who don't diverge too much both in strength and age, ended in 1-1. In the blindgold game, Carlsen slowly outplayed his opponent from the same line that was seen in Radjabov-Shirov and Anand-Topalov in Linares. Karjakin countered by being the first to adequatly react to Magnus' Alekhine Defence.

It was a disappointing day for the ambitious Morozevich, who went down 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? against Leko after he totally messed up a winning position in his rapid game.

The blindfold game Aronian-Gelfand was a truly fantastic draw, which definitely needs to be replayed below. After that, Gelfand simply played a very strong White game and thus won his first mini match.

Van Wely had a great day: he managed to increase his score to four times as much as he had yesterday ("A miracle!" Geurt Gijssen said) by beating Ivanchuk 1?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?. The blindfold game wasn't too exciting but in the rapid, except for the opening, Loek played a fine game.

Blindfold games: Rapid games:

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Comments

manyoso's picture

Man, I thought for sure Topalov was going to go for the fireworks with 43. ... Bf6+, but I guess the king has his escape with Ka4. Anand was lucky Topalov didn't have any time to drill him.

Ron's picture

Crazy Amber this year. Only Anand is playing reasonably but what is Kramnik doing? Normally he should be crushing everybody in the blindfold.

~~~~'s picture

Dc2+ bedoel ik...

~~~~'s picture

Het einde van Karjakin-Carlsen (rapid) klopt niet. In plaats van 38. ... Dh6 (???) speelde Carlsen Dg6 en daarna volgde 39. Tg5 Dc7+ 40. Tg2 1-0

Luis's picture

Has something happenedwith the website
Did the 4th sequence of games on round 4 already started?

alegs1's picture

Kramnik is holding on to his secret preparations to 'crush' Anand in championship showdown :)

eiae's picture

I suspect he does. Anand just looks stronger and stronger for every tournament he plays, though. I thought Kramnik would have an edge in their match, but seeing Anand's play now, I begin to think Kramnik will have a hard time keeping pace.

Mark's picture

I think Kramnik is still very difficult to beat in match play. His record speaks for himself. Looking forward to the match!

manyoso's picture

Yes, it is over. Check here: http://chessok.com/live/broadcast.html

Leko beat Anand for instance!

Slavmonster's picture

Wow, I wasn't aware Leko is able to play such ultra sharp double edged staff.

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