[Event "37th Chess Olympiad"] [Site "Turin ITA"] [Date "2006.06.03"] [Round "12"] [White "Vladimir Kramnik"] [Black "Lazaro Bruzon Batista"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D52"] [WhiteElo "2729"] [BlackElo "2652"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2006.05.21"] 1. Nf3 {GM Kramnik's favourite first white move.} d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 {The Semi-Slav Defense} 5. Bg5 {Other move for white is: 5. e3} Nbd7 6. e3 Qa5 {The Cambridge Springs. I always encounter this 6...Qa5 move in blitz or bullet practice games.} 7. cxd5 {This is forcing black to react.} Nxd5 ({If} 7... Bb4 8. dxe6 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Qxc3+ 10. Nd2 fxe6 11. Rc1 Qa5 12. Bf4 Ne4 13. Bd3) ({If} 7... Ne4 8. dxe6 Nxg5 9. exd7+ Bxd7 10. Ne5 Bb4 11. Qc2) 8. Qd2 Bb4 9. Rc1 {White can easily handle the pressure here.} h6 10. Bh4 O-O 11. a3 { This is GM Kramnik's idea: giving up the "a" pawn in exchange for quick development. White has two bishops and powerful center pawns soon to move forward. On the other hand, black's queenside is under developed; black queen at a2 square is a bit away and the rook at a8 and the bishop at c8 is immobile. It is a strategically sound white move: 9. Rc1 to entice white to take on a3 pawn!!} Bxc3 12. bxc3 Qxa3 {Yummy pawn!! But!!} 13. e4 Ne7 14. Bd3 Ng6 15. Bg3 {The power of two bishops...} e5 16. O-O Re8 17. Rfe1 Qa5 18. Qb2 Qd8 19. Bb1 { Another bishop is involved checking in diagonal to penetrate.} a5 20. Rcd1 a4 21. Ba2 Qe7 22. Qc1 Ra5 23. Qd2 {Mystifying queen manuevers...} exd4 24. Nxd4 { f5 square is the pressure point.} Qc5 25. Bc7 {This 2 bishops are super annoying pieces.} Ra8 26. Bxf7+ {This sacrifice comes from nowhere!! Such great timing and super piercing move!!} Kxf7 {Forced!!!} 27. Qa2+ {Great example on how to penetrate weak diagonals.. .} Kf8 28. Ne6+ Rxe6 29. Qxe6 { Notice: The bishop at c8 was not able to move at all...} Ne7 30. Re3 {Rook is reporting for duty....} Ke8 31. Rf3 Qh5 32. Bd6 {Black Resigned: Black can not escape mate here... This would be your assignment...Find the mating moves. Very nice game by GM Vladimir Kramnik.} 1-0