Istanbul Chess Olympiad R6: Kramnik Destroys Aronian with Cool Knight Sac

Kramnik plays 23.Nxb7!

Vladimir Kramnik’s game in Round 6 against World No. 2 Levon Aronian at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 is going to be in the history books for sure. Here was a former world chess champion from Russia taking on one of the most talented grandmasters of the modern times. Mercy was the last thing on Kramnik’s mind as he went for a devastating Knight sac and destroyed Aronian in a surgically-conducted attack. A pleasure to watch in the Chess King applet. For a report on Round 6 at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad, check out this Chess Blog link. Watch that Knights journey in the Slav game from f3 to b7!

Kramnik, Vladimir (2797) – Aronian, Levon (2816)

Result: 1-0
Site: 1:01.54-0:00.02
Date: 2012.09.03

[…] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.¤c3 ¤f6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.¥f4 ¤c6 6.e3 a6 7.¥d3 g6 8.h3 ¥f5 9.¤f3 ¥xd3 10.£xd3 ¥g7 11.O-O O-O 12.¦fc1 e6 13.¤a4 ¤e4 14.¤c5 ¤xc5 15.¦xc5 £d7 16.¦ac1 ¦fc8 17.a3 ¥f8 18.¦5c2 f6 19.¤d2 ¥d6 20.¥xd6 £xd6 21.¤b3 ¦c7 22.¤a5 ¦ac8 23.¤xb7 ¦xb7 24.£xa6 ¦bc7 25.b4 £d7 26.£b6 £e8 27.b5 ¤xd4 28.¦xc7 ¤e2+ 29.¢h1 ¤xc1 30.¦xc8 £xc8 31.£c6 £d8 32.b6 ¢f7 33.£c7+ ¢e8 34.£a7 d4 35.b7

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