(1) Naiditsch,Arkadij (2665) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2788) [C42]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (3), 01.07.2008



1.e4 e5 2.Cf3 Cf6 3.Cxe5 d6 4.Cf3 Cxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Ad3 Cc6 7.0-0 Ae7 8.Te1 Ag4 9.c4 Cf6 10.Cc3 Axf3 11.Dxf3 Cxd4 12.Dd1 Ce6 13.cxd5 Cxd5 14.Ab5+ c6 15.Cxd5 cxb5 16.Af4
[16.a4 b4 17.Af4 analysed by GK 1999]

16...Cxf4 17.Txe7+ Rf8 18.Te5 Dd6 19.Dd2 Cg6?!
Kramnik played this move after 45 minutes of thought. He realised that he was in trouble. [The critical move is of course 19...Dxe5 20.Db4+ Re8 (20...Rg8 21.Ce7+ Rf8 22.Cc6+ Rg8 23.Cxe5+- ) 21.Te1 (21.Dxb5+ Rd8 22.Td1 Ce2+ 23.Rh1 Cd4 24.Dxb7 Tc8 and White remains a rook down, but the position is unclear - but not worse for him.) 21...Ce2+ 22.Rf1 Tc8! (22...Dxd5? 23.Txe2+ Rd7 24.Td2 (24.De7+? Rc6 25.Tc2+ Rb6 26.De3+ Ra5 27.Da3+ Rb6 is a draw.) ) 23.f4 Dxd5 24.Txe2+ Rd7 25.Td2 Tc5 26.Txd5+ Txd5 and the position is most likely a draw.]

20.Tee1
Now White is clearly better.

20...f6 21.Tad1 Rf7 22.De3 The8 23.Ce7 Dxe7 24.Db3+ Rf8 25.Txe7 Txe7 26.Dxb5 Tae8 27.g3 Ce5 28.Rg2 Cc6 29.b4 a6 30.Db6 h6 31.a4 Ce5 32.Dc5 Rg8 33.b5 axb5 34.axb5 Cf7 35.h4 Rh8 36.Td2 Rg8 37.Rh3 Rh8 38.f4 Rg8 39.h5 Rh8 40.Df5 Cd8 41.Td7 Ce6 42.Dd5 1-0