Independent Pursuits: Chess

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WORLD NUMBER three Vladimir Kramnik has started well in the Dortmund tournament with a draw against Viswanathan Anand in the first round and a convincing win against Peter Svidler in round two. With Shirov and Adams also playing, this is one of the strongest events of the year.

Here are the moves of Kramnik's win, an impressive demonstration of the potential of White's centre pawns in the Grunfeld. At the end 30...Kxf7 31.d7 is fatal.

White: Kramnik Black: Shirov

1 d4 Nf6 16 Bd4 Qa5+

2 c4 g6 17 Qd2 Qxd2+

3 Nc3 d5 18 Kxd2 e5

4 cxd5 Nxd5 19 h3 exd4

5 e4 Nxc3 20 hxg4 g5

6 bxc3 Bg7 21 g3 Bxg4

7 Bc4 c5 22 e5 Bxe2

8 Ne2 Nc6 23 Kxe2 Rfc8

9 Be3 cxd4 24 Rad1 Rc3

10 cxd4 Qa5+ 25 Rd3 Rac8

11 Bd2 Qd8 26 d6 b5

12 d5 Ne5 27 Rxc3 dxc3

13 Bc3 0-0 28 e6 Kf8

14 Bb3 Qb6 29 e7+ Ke8

15 f4 Ng4 30 Bxf7+ resigns

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