Chess Analysis Masterclass: GM Shankland – Lesson #4 (Kramnik-Anand)

In today’s lesson no. 4, Sam reviews a game from the 2008 world championship between Anand and Kramnik.

Listen to the story of this world championship and see some positions where DecodeChess explains strategic ideas in Kramnik’s sole win in this tournament.

Here’s the game’s PGN which you can copy paste to DecodeChess

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 c5 5.g3 cxd4 6.Nxd4 O-O 7.Bg2
d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Qa5 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.O-O Bxc3
13.bxc3 Ba6 14.Rfd1 Qc5 15.e4 Bc4 16.Qa4 Nb6 17.Qb4 Qh5 18.Re1
c5 19.Qa5 Rfc8 20.Be3 Be2 21.Bf4 e5 22.Be3 Bg4 23.Qa6 f6 24.a4
Qf7 25.Bf1 Be6 26.Rab1 c4 27.a5 Na4 28.Rb7 Qe8 29.Qd6 1-0


  1. To me the most valuable note was “the position is equal except for this a4-a5 plan”. Pointing out dangerous plans in equal positions. This potentially could be extended to always list each players best current plan and if they are the static player attempting to reduce confusion and clarify the position or if they are the dynamic player that must seek activity and complications.

  2. Excellent analysis by Shankland , clear and concise !!

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