mentioned he had intended to play 19...Qa8.As for me, I was concerned more with
19...a6 20.Bxc6 b5
but now I consider thatafter
21.Bxb5 axb5 22.Qxb5 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Bd6 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.Be3 Re6 26.Qh5
White is definitely better.
And in case of 19...Qa8 White is winning ina spectacular way! 20.d5 Na5 21.Bxh6!!
21...gxh6 22.Qd4+ Kg8
21...Bxd5 22.Bxd5 Qxd5 23.Bxg7+Kxg7 24.Qg4+ Kh7 25.Re5 with decisiveattack in all these lines
19...Bf6 20.c4 Na5 21.Bxb7 Nxb7 1/2-1/2
Round 4: Surprise, an EasyWin vs Anand
Anand,V (2766) - Kasparov,G (2851)[B92]
Linares 2000 (4), 03.03.2000I’m used to considering Anand as my mainrival. Playing with the black pieces, I wasprepared for a tough battle, but unexpectedlyI managed to win this game rather quickly.Anand didn’t create any problems for me inthe opening and his successive errors(21.h3? and 23.gxf3?) caused a collapse of White’s position.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf65.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 Be69.f4 Qc7 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Nbd7 12.c40-0 13.Kh1 Rfe8 14.Be3 exf4 15.Bxf4 Bf816.Rc1 Qb6 17.Rc2 g6 18.Bf3
[It was possible to enter an equal endgame:18.Qd4 Qxd4 19.Nxd4 Rac8, but probablyAnand intended to be more aggressive.]
[18...Bg7 may look more natural,but I wanted to prevent a pawn sac with c4-c5: 19.c5 dxc5
(19...Nxc5 20.Bxd6 Qxd6 21.Nxc5)
19.Nc1 Ne5 20.b3 h5 21.h3?
Weakening the K-side. White could hold theposition after 21.Nd3 Qd4 22.Be2
22...Nfg4 23.Bxg4 Nxg4 24.Qf3=
[Now it’s too late for22.Nd3 Qd4 23.Be2 Ne4 and Black isbetter]
[I also analyzed 22...Neg423.hxg4 hxg4 24.Ng3 gxf3 25.gxf3, but Ididn’t like the further possibility of Bg5 andNe4 grabbing the initiative, e.g. 25...Qc526.Bg5 Nxd5 27.Ne4]
This is a decisive error. After 23.Rxf3 Qc524.Nc3 Ne4 or 24...b5 Black is still better,but the position is not lost immediately, as inthe game.
[No better is 24.Nc3 b5 25.Bg5 bxc426.Bxf6 cxb3 27.Bxg7 bxc2 28.Qd4 Qxd429.Bxd4 Rc4 30.Bf6 Re3-+]
24...b5 25.Qd2 bxc4 26.bxc4 h4!
The black knight goes to g3!
27.Bg5 Nh5 28.Bxh4Rb8! 29.Ng1
[More stubborn is 29.Rc2 Qc8 30.Ng1 Qf5,but Black still dominates the board. Whitehas nothing to do but wait for a decisiveblow.]
29...Rb2 30.Rc2 Qxc4 31.Rxc4 Rxd2 32.f4Rxd5 0-1
Round 5: Leko Accepts a No-Win Proposition
Garry Kasparov (2851) - Peter Leko(2725)
Linares 2000 (5), 04.03.2000
Leko’s choice of opening line is typical. ForBlack to enter into an endgame of the kindwe had in this game means to accept twopossible results only -- draw or loss. I canhardly imagine any other player here inLinares who’d go into this endgamewillingly!
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d55.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 a6 8.Be2
According to the recent theory of theGrunfeld, Black has some problems after7...a6. White can choose between 8.e5 and8.Be2 -- both continuations are promising,but the first one requires excellent form.
8...b5 9.Qb3 c5 10.dxc5 Bb7 11.0-0 Nxe412.Nxe4 Bxe4 13.Bg5 Nc6 14.Qe3 Qd515.Rad1 Qe6
Leko is going to exchange queens. Asmentioned above, the endgame is slightlybetter for White, while Black has no chanceto take the initiative.
16.Bh6 Bf5 17.Bxg7 Qxe3 18.fxe3 Kxg719.a3 Rfd8 20.b4 Bc2 21.Rxd8 Rxd8