1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 c6
This move order avoids the exchange slav if Anand wanted to play blatantly for a draw.
5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4
6.Bxf6 Anand could have chosen this line but it is more positional in general terms.
6...dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7
10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Bh5 Bf8 15.Bxf8 Rxf8 16.e5 Qb6 17.b3 0-0-0 18.bxc4 Nxe5 19.c5 Qa5 20.Ne4 Qb4 21.Nd6+ Rxd6 22.cxd6 Nd7 23.a4 Qxd6 24.Bf3 Nb6 25.axb5 cxb5 26.Bxb7+ Kxb7 27.Qh5 Nd5 28.Qxh6 Nf4 29.Kh1 Qd5 30.f3 Rd8 31.Qg7 Rd7 32.Qf8 Ne2 33.Rfe1 Nxd4 34.Red1 e5 35.Rac1 Qd6 36.Qg8 f6 37.Rc8 a5 38.h3 a4 39.Qe8 Kb6 40.Rb8+ Ka5 41.Ra8+ ½-½ Kramnik,V-Anand,V/Mexico City 2007/;
10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 Rg8 12.Nxg4 Nxg4 13.Bxg4 b4 14.Na4 c5 15.d5 exd5 16.exd5 Qxd5 17.Qxd5 Bxd5 18.0-0-0 Rxg4 19.Rxd5 Nd7 20.Re1+ Kd8 21.Red1 Rd4 22.R1xd4 cxd4 23.Rxd4 Rc8 24.Bd6 Ke8 25.Re4+ Kd8 26.Bxf8 Nxf8 27.a3 bxa3 28.bxa3 Rc6 29.Nb2 Rf6 30.Re2 c3 31.Nd1 Ra6 32.Ra2 Ng6 33.g3 Rc6 34.Kc2 Ne7 35.Nxc3 Nd5 36.Kd3 Rxc3+ 37.Kd4 a5 38.Kxd5 a4 39.Kd4 Rb3 40.Kc4 Kc8 41.Rc2 Kd7 42.Rc3 Rb2 43.Rf3 Ke6 44.g4 Ke7 45.Kd5 Rb3 46.Ke4 Rb2 47.Kf5 Rb5+ 48.Kf4 Kf6 49.Rd3 Rb2 50.f3 Ra2 51.Ke4 Rh2 52.Rd4 Rxh4 53.Rxa4 Rh1 54.Rb4 Ra1 55.a4 Kg6 56.Kd5 Ra3 57.Kc6 Rxf3 58.a5 f5 59.a6 Ra3 60.gxf5+ Kxf5 61.Kb6 h5 62.Rb5+ Kg4 63.Ra5 Rf3 64.a7 Rf8 65.a8Q Rxa8 66.Rxa8 h4 67.Kc5 h3 68.Kd4 h2 69.Rh8 Kg3 70.Ke3 Kg2 71.Rg8+ Kf1 72.Rh8 Kg1 73.Rxh2 Kxh2 ½-½ Grischuk,A-Anand,V/Mexico City 2007/
Kramnik at the press conference said Anand's Qc2, Rd1 plan was fairly new but that it isn't considered very good on account of ...Nh5, he decided he was tired of "hour and a half lessons" and time trouble going into Anand's preparation.
11.Rd1 Be7 12.0-0 Qa5 13.Ne5 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Rf8 15.f4 Nd7 16.Bg7 Rg8 17.Bxh6 b4 18.Qa4 Qb6 19.Nb1 gxf4 20.Kh1 0-0-0 21.Bxf4 Nf6 22.Nd2 Rxd4 23.Be3 Rxd2 24.Bxb6 Rxe2 25.Rf2 Rxf2 26.Bxf2 Nxe4 27.Bxa7 c3 28.Bd4 c5 29.Be3 Nf2+ 30.Bxf2 Bxg2+ 31.Kg1 Bc6+ 0-1 Amigues,E-Godena,M/France 2007
11...Bb4 12.Ne5 Qe7
Kramnik takes an important step by playing the first novelty 12...Qe7
13.0-0 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 0-0 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.f4
Anand has a kingside attack for the pawn deficit.
16...gxf4 17.e5 Qg6 18.Ne4 c5 19.Rxf4 white is not crashing through immediately but it make's defensive task a little harder in human terms.
Anand's attack never really gets anwhere putting white's opening setup under a cloud.
An alternative to 17. e5 is 17.fxg5 hxg5 18.e5 c5 19.Nxb5 cxd4 20.Qxc4 a5 21.Qxd4 Rac8 22.Qe3 Ba6 23.Nd4 Bxe2 24.Qxe2 Bc5
17...c5! 18.Nxb5 cxd4 19.Qxc4 a5 20.Kh1
20.Bf3 Rac8 21.Qe2 Ba6 22.fxg5 d3 23.Qxd3 Qxe5 24.a4 hxg5 25.Kh1 f5 26.g4 Kg7 black's attack builds up nicely if white try's to hang on to the pawn
20.Qxd4 Rac8 21.Kh1=
20...Rac8 21.Qxd4 gxf4 22.Bf3 Ba6 23.a4
23.Qb6 Bxb5 24.Qxb5 Rc5 25.Qa4 Rxe5 26.a3 Be7 27.Qxf4=
23...Rc5 24.Qxf4 Rxe5 25.b3
25.Bc6 Rc8 26.Be4 f5 27.Bf3 Bxb5 the pawn is lost anyway.
25...Bxb5 26.axb5 Rxb5
Kramnik has the best chance in the match so far to take a win off the Indian.
27.Be4 Bc3 28.Bc2 Be5 29.Qf2 Bb8
29...Rb4 30.Rde1 f6 31.Qc5 Rfb8 32.Qxa5 (32.Rf3 Rg4 33.Re2 Rh4 34.h3 Rd4 black has pressure white needs to find tricky moves.) 32...Rh4! 33.h3 Qg3 34.Rxe5 black wins the exchange]
30.Qf3 Rc5 31.Bd3 Rc3 32.g3 Kh8 33.Qb7 f5 34.Qb6 Qe5 35.Qb7
35.Bxf5! to force a drawn position exf5 36.Qxh6+ Kg8 37.Qg6+ Qg7 38.Qe6+ Qf7 39.Qxf7+ Rxf7 40.Rd8+ Rf8 41.Rxf8+ Kxf8 42.Rxf5+ Kg7 43.Rxa5 Rxb3=
Both Players where down under 10 minutes at this point. Kramnik's fear of losing takes over and he plays a safety first move hoping he still has winning chances. but unfortunately Anand is able to find some good defensive moves.
35...Rg8! this seems to be winning for Black or very close to it;
A) 36.Qg2 Rxb3 37.Bc4 Rb2 38.Qf3 f4 Black's attack is hard to hold off white is close to losing here.;
B) 36.Qb5 Qxb5 37.Bxb5 Rxb3 38.Bc4 Rb6 39.Rd7 Bb8 40.Re1 (40.Re7 e5 41.Rd1 h5 42.Rdd7 Rh6 43.Kg2 a4 Black is two pawn up but white's pieces are all very active a comp would have no trouble winning this but humans will not find it so easy.) 40...e5 41.Rxe5);
C) 36.Bc4 Rxg3! 37.hxg3 Qxg3 38.Rd2 Qh4+ 40.Rh2 Qxh2#
36.Qxc7 Bxc7 37.Bc4 Re8
37...e5 38.Rd7 Bb6 39.Rd6 Be3 40.Ra6 Bd2 41.Kg2 Rc2 42.Rf2 e4 43.Rxh6+ Bxh6 44.Rxc2 black has lost his pawn for not alot the position is drawn.;
A) 38...Rb8 39.Rxc7 (39.Bxe6 axb3 40.Bxf5 b2 41.Kg2 Rc1 42.Rdd1 Rxd1 43.Rxd1 Kg7) 39...axb3 40.Bxb3 Rxc7;
B) 38...axb3 39.Bxb3 Rxb3 40.Rxc7
A visually appealing move problem is that it doesn't improve black's winning chances
39.Rxc7 axb3 40.Rf2 Rb8 41.Rb2 h5
Kramnik had a long think to come up with this move
Also drawn is 41...Rc2 But Anand would have some tricks to watch out for as the analysis shows. 42.Rxc2 (42.Rxb3 Rxb3 43.Bxb3 Rxc7-+ 44.Bxe6 Rc5-+) 42...bxc2
A) 43.Bf1 Rb2! (43...Rb1 44.Rxc2 Rxf1+ 45.Kg2=) 44.Kg1 e5 45.h3 e4 46.Kh1 e3 47.Kg1 e2 48.Bxe2 Rb1+ 49.Kf2 c1Q 50.Rxc1 Rxc1 51.Bd3 Rc5 52.Ke3-+;
B) 43.Bxe6 Rb1+ 44.Kg2 c1Q 45.Rxc1 Rxc1 46.Bxf5;
C) 43.Bb3 43...Rxb3 44.Rxc2]
42.Kg2 h4 43.Rc6 hxg3 44.hxg3 Rg8 45.Rxe6 Rxc4
45...f4? giving white the only winning chances now 46.Rh6+ Kg7 47.Bxg8 Rxg3+ 48.Kf2 Kxh6 49.Bxb3 But likely to be a drawn anyway.
Anand leads the match 6- 3 and requires only another draw to win the match.