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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

How will the opening begin?:Kramnik vrs Anand

An important part of any chess game is how a player plays the first few moves of the game. These days in professional chess, and even at the club level, many players have favorite openings they play, and tend to play repeatedly due to the fact that they like certain aspects of the opening. Modern Chess programs such as Chessbase 9 allow the user to create opening books of a player so you can learn what kinds of openings that both the user and his or her opponents favor.

As most people who follow professional chess known, GM Vladimir Kramnik likes to begin games with the White pieces by playing the move 1.Nf3. In looking at the career of Vishy Anand, I discovered using the program Chessbase 9, that when playing the Black pieces, and facing the opening move 1.Nf3, Anand most frequently responds by playing the move 1...Nf6. When Kramnik's opponent plays 1...Nf6 then he usually continues with the move 2.c4 and now alternating moves using Chessbase 9, a game between Kramnik and Anand in which Kramnik is white should follow this course in the opening:

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 (although Anand could play 2...g6 and hope to transpose the game into a Grunfeld Defense). 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 Bxc3 6.Qxc3 b6 7.b4 or 7.d4). This opening is named English, and it is a positional opening,where both players are interested in moving their pieces around to get them in the best possible positions afforded by the play of their opponent.

Vishy Anand, in contrast to Kramnik, favors playing the opening move 1.e4 with the White pieces. This results in an open game, where files and lines open up for his pieces to attack his opponent. In looking at the opening book file for Kramnik, when he plays the Black pieces and his opponent playing White begins with the move 1.e4, Kramnik favors opening the game with the move: 1...c5 (The Sicilian Defense). However, of late and in recent years, Kramnik has more often than not played the move 1...e5 to begin the game. If Kramnik were to begin with 1....e5 then Anand would respond by playing 2.Nf3, and play then would either continue with Kramnik playing 2...Nf6 (Petroff's Defense) or 2...Nc6 which would probably result in Anand playing 3.Bb5 (The Ruy Lopez Opening).

If instead of 1..e5 Kramnik played 1...c5 (The Sicilian) the two players favorite opening moves are:

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 ( and the opening has evolved into the Richter-Rauzer variation of the Sicilian Defense).

For those of you not familiar with chess openings, here are some good websites on the internet which talk in more detail about the openings I have discussed above:

(A)Grunfeld Defense:,

(B)English Opening:, ,

(c)Sicilian Defense:

(c1)Richter-Rauzer variation of the Sicilian Defense:

(d)Ruy Lopez:

(d)Petroff's (Petrov's)Defense:,

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