[Event "Amber-blindfold 14th"] [Site "Monte Carlo"] [Date "2005.03.24"] [Round "5"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Vallejo Pons, Francisco"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2754"] [BlackElo "2686"] [Variant "Standard"] [ECO "B32"] [Opening "Sicilian Defense: Löwenthal Variation"] [Annotator "https://lichess.org/@/JoaBN"] [Source "https://lichess.org/study/umFnz5wK/piBqaC06"] [Orientation "black"] { Former world champion versus Spain's best player - in blindfolded chess. } 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb5 a6 6. Nd6+ Bxd6 7. Qxd6 Qf6 8. Qd1 Qg6 9. Nc3 Nge7 10. h4 { [%cal Gh4h5] } 10... h5 { Stopping White's plan. } 11. Rh3 { Activating the rook, but this might be overambitious. Black seizes the initiative. } { [%cal Gh3g3] } (11. Bg5 d5!? { The classical Lowenthal move. } 12. exd5 Nb4 { [%csl Gc2][%cal Gb4c2] } 13. Rc1 f6 (13... Bf5 14. d6 Nc8 { [%cal Gc8d6] } 15. d7+ { Kamikaze. } 15... Bxd7 16. a3 Nc6 17. Nd5 { [%cal Gd5c7] } 17... Qd6 18. Bc4 Be6 19. O-O O-O 20. Re1 b5 21. Ba2 (21. Bb3 Nd4 { [%csl Gb3][%cal Gd4b3] }) 21... f6 (21... Ra7!? { An interesting try - Black wants to double on the d-file. } { [%cal Ga7d7] } 22. Qd2 Rd7 23. Rcd1 Nd4 $13 24. Bf6!? { [%cal Gd2g5] } 24... Bxd5 (24... gxf6? 25. Nxf6+ Kg7 26. Qg5+ Kh8 27. Qh6# { [%csl Rh8] }) 25. Bxe5 Qg6 26. Bxd5 Nxc2 27. Re2 Nb6 28. Qxc2 Qxc2 29. Rxc2 Rxd5 30. Rxd5 Nxd5 31. Bg3 Re8 32. Kf1 Nb6 { [%csl Gc4][%cal Gb6c4] } 33. Rc6 (33. b3 Re6 34. Rc5 g6 $14 { [%cal Gg8e8] }) 33... Re6 $10) 22. Be3 Rd8 23. c4 Bf7 24. cxb5 axb5 25. Rc5 b4 26. Qc1 { [%csl Rc6] } 26... N8e7 27. Nxe7+ Nxe7 28. Bxf7+ Kxf7 29. axb4 Nf5 30. b5 Ra4 { [%csl Rh4] } 31. Rc4 Rxc4 32. Qxc4+ Qd5 33. b3! (33. Qxd5+ Rxd5 34. b6 Rb5 $10 { [%csl Rb6,Rb2][%cal Rf5e3] }) 33... Ke6 (33... Qxc4 34. bxc4 $18 { [%csl Gc4,Gb5] }) 34. Rc1 Nd6 35. Qxd5+ Kxd5 36. b6 Rd7 37. Rc5+ Ke6 38. Ra5 { [%csl Ga7][%cal Ga5a7] } 38... Nb7 39. Ra1 $16 { The knight is doing a good job in blocking the passed pawns, but White is better. })) 11... d5! { [%cal Rc8h3] } 12. Rg3 Bg4 13. f3 dxe4! { The star move of the game - opening up for the rook. } { [%cal Ra8d8] } 14. fxg4 (14. Nxe4 { ...was probably better, but Black is still on top. } 14... Rd8 $40 { [%cal Gf7f5] }) 14... Rd8 15. Bd2 f5! { The move Kramnik had missed? Now the rook looks silly on g3. } { [%csl Rg3] } 16. Re3 hxg4 17. Kf2 Rxh4 $19 { Black is basically a piece down, but there is no doubt about the result - White's king is in dire straits. } 18. Rc1 Qd6 19. Ke1 Rh1 20. Qe2 Nd4 21. Qf2 f4 22. Nxe4 Qg6 23. Ng3 { Returning some material, but to no use. } 23... fxg3 24. Rxg3 Qe4+ 25. Kd1 Nef5 26. Rd3 g3 { 0-1 White resigns. } { White is about to get checkmated. } 0-1