Monday, 20 October 2008

2008 WCC - Game 4

After Anand's win in the third game, both players settled down a bit and played 29 move draw in Game 4. Anand once again opened with 1.d4 although his choice of 3.Nf3 invited a Queens Indian Defence, rather than the Nimzo that was played in Game 2. Kramnik declined the offer and transposed into a Queens Gambit Declined. The players then reached a middlegame where White had a slight edge due to Black having an isolated d pawn, but as the position was well known to theory, Kramnik had little difficulty in maintaining equality. Once Kramnik was able to force d4, liquidating the d pawn, there was nothing left to play for and a draw was agreed.

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