Originally posted by Paul Leggett
I love games such as this- lots of maneuvering, with play all over the board. Mental fencing!
Absolutely agree! I recommend viewing the analysis on chessbase AND chessvibes. Much has been made about Carlsens moves in the opening, The Bc8 and Nb8 move out into the game, move around and then return to their original position!
. This obviously flies in the face of concentric wisdom concerning chess principles....but it works! His strategy was to draw Kramnik out, which, when you consider Kramniks extremely solid style makes sense. You can only force matters when your opponent over stretches or makes a flat out mistake, something Kramnik rarely does! I think blacks play is extremely creative, Kramnik played an excellent game also, he found threats and pushed and pushed, but black just seems to always have a handle on the position. It's a real shame Carlsen didn't find the ..Bc8 idea at the end, because to win a classis game such as this would have been a serious landmark in his career.
That said, Kramnik in no way deserved to lose! I love the way he handled this game, it is very rare that i play over drawn games, but i never miss a match between these two, every encounter is fascinating. I think Carlsen in a lot of ways has emulated Kramniks style (especially when he was younger), two great masters. Excellent stuff