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Che s s a t L a r g e
Chess Championship Special”
by Frank Kolasinski
ello and welcome to the second special World Championship issue from "Chess Chronicle"!! Due to the large volume of games and analysis, we've once again take the liberty of breaking this issue up into two parts. Part one will pick up where we left off providing coverage and insights into rounds 8-11, while part two will examine the final three rounds, 12-14. As you may recall the future world champion, Veselin Topalov got off to a blistering start with a +6-0=1 performance, and looks to be practically uncatchable by the end of the first half of the tournament. Topalov was a little lucky in the first round. Leko misplayed his superior position and Topalov punished him severely. In the second round, he played with inspiration and heart and achieved a completely winning position against Anand. A few late blunders cost him the half point. In round 3, he ground out a win against Morozevich, and he basically did the same against Adams in round 4 to lead the field by half a point. So far, Topalov is the player of the tournament. He could have gone 4 out of 4. Svidler has performed better than expected by most, being considered by many to be a dark horse threat at best. He seemed to play uninspired chess in the first round against Adams and didn’t do much against Kasimdzhanov in round two. Suddenly, he woke up against Leko in round three and was able to take advantage of Leko’s poor play to earn a full point. In round four, he hung around against Morozevich, and once again capitalized on his opponent’s poor play to earn another full point. Now, Svidler is in clear second with a plus two score. He has played excellent economical chess and spent very little energy. Anand has not played his best, but wellenough to be in third place and within striking distance. In the first round, he dispatched Judit Polgar quite convincingly (it was also,
unfortunately, one of the worst games by Polgar in a long time). In the second round, he was outplayed by the gutsier Topalov. He showed his resiliency by defending well, and in the end, Topalov misplayed and Anand earned a hard fought lucky draw. In the third round, he was able dominate an out-of-form Adams. In round four however, he underestimated Kasimdzhanov and lost badly. Even without playing his best, Anand is still in good shape with a plus one score of 2½ out of 4. Leko started out horribly. He had an excellent position against Topalov in round one only to misplay it and lose badly. In round two, he barely hung on against Morozevich. In round three, he seemed to play without any spirit and once against lost, this time to Svidler. Even though he didn’t play his best chess in round four, he was able to defeat Judit Polgar to stay within a minus one. So far, he has played way below his capability. And Polgar has not played well at all. Her opening repertoire has been in question from the start as being too predictable. She seemed to be nervous in round one and lost badly to Anand. In round two, she fought extremely hard to hang on against Adams for a draw. In round three, Kasimdzhanov got outplayed tactically. Both sides made inaccuracies, but Judit pulled out a magnificent win to pull herself back to the .500 mark. She misplayed the opening in round four against Leko and lost again quite badly. It's unclear if she has been saving some of her best stuff for crunch time, but her she has underachieved so far in the opening. Adams took a safe draw against Svidler in round one, seemingly unwilling to engage in a tough battle. In round two, he achieved a wonderful position against Judit Polgar, but failed to capitalize on it. Even when he offered a draw, his position was better with chances still remaining. In round three, he misplayed a complicated position against Anand and promptly lost. In round four he
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misplayed his position against Topalov and was squeezed to death. After four rounds, Adams is at minus two and tied for last place with Morozevich. Morozevich has been a mystery. He seemed to be in a fighting mood by trying very hard to win against Kasimdzhanov in round one, but only got a draw. In round two, he was doing well against Leko, but again failed to win. In round three, Topalov outplayed him in a tight position. In round four, he once again tried hard against Svidler and lost again. He is sharing the basement with Adams at the first break. It seems that he is trying, but either he has been unlucky or out of form. I have always tried to write this column from a fan prospective, and so I must take a few seconds to pass on some accolades to our editor Abdul Karim, and to all the contributors of the last issue, which in my mind was stellar! I saved the first world championship issue to disk and had it printed out at "Kinko's" which cost me about five bucks, but boy was it worth it! Though the pages are now somewhat dog eared and covered with notes, the excellent analysis provided by the contributing GMs still shines through. But hey! I like to study chess! I especially wish to thank GM Alex Finkel, whose work I was not familiar with before, and GM Viktor Gavrikov. I found their analysis both comprehensive and easy to follow, and I learned a few things. Although we know the end result of this fine event, there are still the games to be marveled at (Svidler-Kasimjanov, 8th round!), more novelties unveiled, while Peter Svidler made a believer out of many, and let's not forget the resurgence of Alexander Morozevich!
Round Eight – October 06th, 2005
Peter Leko arrived late for the round and his match with Topalov. Psychological battle? Who knows? The eighth round is the last
before the second rest day, and looking at the play today it seemed as if the players needed it. Leko played a quiet Queen's Indian Defence and obtained a secure position. Topalov didn't appear willing take any risks here to pursue the win as pieces were traded off, and for the first time in the event Topalov was the first to finish with, in the context of the tournament, an entirely satisfactory draw. Peter Svidler pressed for a win against an apparent out-of-form Michael Adams, playing a sharp Sicilian Scheveningen. This was very much a double edged game, but Svidler had more winning chances. It was Adams who turned down a draw by repetition but Svidler who benefited. However, when Svidler chose not to hang on to an extra pawn the position quickly became drawn. The first decisive game of the day was that between FIDE Champion Rustam Kasimjanov and Alexander Morozevich. Another Sicilian Scheveningen, with a nice attack from Kasim who sacrificed the exchange, but once again got into time pressure before driving Morozevich's king into a safe and winning fortress. Alexander was then able to convert his material advantage into a full point (the second win in a row for Morozevich). The final game to finish looked set to be one of the first: Judit Polgar suffered through an opening fiasco which left her position in a wreck after only twenty moves on the black side of a Sicilian against Vishwanathan Anand. That Anand was unable finish her off quickly was probably a mixture of his own less than stellar form along with Judit's unquestionable fighting ability. After a long and hard struggle, her position finally collapsed on the run up to the second time control. With the win Anand barely inched back into contention, a half point behind Svidler, who remained two points behind Topalov.
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Topalov - Leko 1/2 Anand - Polgar 1-0 Adams - Svidler 1/2 Kasimdzhanov - Morozevich 0-1 [E15] - Queen's Indian
Topalov,V (2788) Leko,P (2763) WCC (8), 06.10.2005
by GM Alex Finkel
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 0-0 10.0-0 Bb7 This natural move is considered to be the side-line. Official theory prefers [10...Nfd7 which was tried by Anand in round 2.] 11.Nd2 Na6 The position of the knight on a6 is quite typical for many variations of QID. The idea behind a move in the game is to support c5. 12.e4 Rc8 13.Re1 [13.Bb2 Rc7 14.Rc1 Qa8 15.Re1 Rfc8 16.Qe2 Bf8 17.h3 c5 Vaillant,S-Georgiev,K/ Metz 1997] 13...Rc7!
2004] 14.Nd3 The knight had nothing much to do on e5, so White retreats with it to d3 preparing an advance of e-pawn. [14.a3 c5 15.dxc5 Nxc5 16.exd5 exd5 17.b4 Ne6 18.Bb2 dxc4 19.Bxb7 c3 20.Bxc3 Rxc3 21.Bg2² Chernin,A-Georgiev,K/ Villarrobledo 1997]
[Excellent maneuver . Black is going to transfer his queen to a8, the rook to d8 and to open the center with c6-c5. 13...Nd7 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.Bb2 Rfd8 16.Qe2 dxc4 17.Nxc4 c5 18.d5 Bf8 19.Rad1 exd5 20.exd5 Nb4÷ Leyva,H-Linford,C/Dos Hermanas
14...dxe4 Due to e4-e5 threat Black couldn't wait any longer with this capture. 15.Nxe4 c5 16.Nxf6+ Topalov doesn't want to take any risks, so he prefers a move in the game. In case of [16.dxc5 Bxe4 17.Bxe4 Nxe4 18.Rxe4 Black could've tried to play for a win by 18...Rd7 even though it looks like White is doing fine in that case 19.Qg4 Bg5 (18...Nxc5 19.Nxc5 Bxc5) 20.Ne5 (20.Rd4? Rxd4 21.Qxd4 Qxd4 22.Bxd4 Rd8 23.cxb6 axb6 24.Bxb6 Rxd3µ) 20...f5 21.Qh5 fxe4 22.Nxd7 Qxd7 23.Qxg5 Nxc5 24.Rf1²] 16...Bxf6 17.Bxb7 Rxb7 18.Ne5 Bxe5 [The option 18...cxd4 19.Bxd4 is risky from the strategic standpoint. As the
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e5-knight is far too annoying, Black has either to trade it or to take precautions against possible Nc6. In both cases White keeps slightly better chances. 18...cxd4 19.Bxd4 Qc7 20.Qg4 Nc5 21.Rad1²] 19.dxe5 Rd7 Taking over control over the d-file. 20.Qe2 Qc7 21.Rad1 Rfd8 22.Rxd7 Qxd7 23.Qe4
Preparing to play Re1-e2-d2 23...Nb8 [In case of 23...Qd3 24.Qxd3 Rxd3 25.Rc1 Forcing black to play 25...Nb4 as White is planning to bring the king to e2. 25...Nb4 26.Bxb4 cxb4 27.c5 bxc5 28.Rxc5 g5 29.Ra5; 23...Nb4!?] 24.Kg2 1/2-1/2 [B48] - Siclian Taminov Anand,V (2788) Polgar,J (2735) WCC (8), 06.10.2005
by GM Alex Finkel
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0-0-0 Bb4 9.f3 Ne7 10.Nde2 b5 Even after a painful defeat in the game against Leko Polgar still believes in this line. However Vishy comes up with another promising plan to pose Black very serious problems. 11.Bf4!? Forcing Black to weaken the light squares [11.g4 h6 12.Rg1 Ng6 13.a3 Be7 14.f4 b4 15.axb4 Bxb4 16.Qd4 Qa5 17.Kb1 Rb8 18.g5± Leko,P-Polgar,J/San Luis ARG 2005] 11...e5 12.Bg5 Bb7 13.Kb1 Ba5 14.Bxf6!
This logical move is the novelty, which seems to be extremely unpleasant for Black as white easily takes over the light squares in the center. [14.Qd6 Nfd5 15.Qxc7 Nxc7 16.Ng3 f6 0.5-0.5/Akopian,V-Nisipeanu,L/ 2005] 14...gxf6 15.Qh6 Qb6 [No better was 15...b4 16.Qxf6 Rg8 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Rc8 19.Qf5 Rg5 20.Qxh7 Rg6 21.Rc1 Bxd5 22.Ng3± and Black doesn't have sufficient compensation for a pawn.] 16.g3! White bishop is going to h3 to put a pressure on d7 and to prevent Black from playing f5. 16...Qe6?! Quite strange decision as Black sacrifices a pawn getting very difficult position instead! [16...b4 17.Na4 Qc6 18.b3 d5 19.Bh3 Bc7 20.exd5 Nxd5 21.Rd3±; 16...f5? 17.Qg7 Rg8 18.Qxe5+-] 17.Bh3 f5 18.Qh4 f6 Black's alternatives hardly were any better: [18...Qg6 19.Rhe1 f6 20.f4±; 18...d5 19.Bxf5 Nxf5 20.exf5 Qd6 (20...Qxf5 21.Nxd5 Bd8 22.Qb4 Qxf3 23.Qd6+-) 21.Ne4 Qe7 22.Nf6+ Kd8 23.Qh6±] 19.exf5 Qf7 20.Ne4 Bxe4 21.fxe4+- This position could be regarded as strategically winning for White as he enjoys an extra pawn and a clear plan to attack on the kingside, while Black's counterplay on the other part of the board is harmless. 21...Nc6 22.Rd6 Quite reasonable decision, but may be White's task would've been even easier with queens off the board. [22.Qh6!? Bb4 23.Bg4 Bf8 24.Qh5 Qxh5 25.Bxh5+ Kd8 26.Nc3+-] 22...0-0 23.Rhd1 Ra7 24.Bf1 In some lines the bishop could join the party via c4, not to mention White's plan is to advance the pawns on kingside. 24...Rc7 25.Nc1 Bb4
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26.R6d5 Rfc8 27.Nb3?! I'm not sure what knight is doing on b3, so it was better to carry out the plan without wasting time on this useless move. [¹27.c3!?] 27...Bf8 28.c3 Kh8 29.g4 Qg7 30.Qg3 Ra8 31.a3 Vishy is playing far too solid. It was just about time to start a direct attack on black king, since by playing b4 Black allows white bishop to come to c4 with decisive effect. [31.h4 h6 32.Qf3 b4 33.g5 bxc3 34.Qxc3 fxg5 35.hxg5 hxg5 36.Bc4 Qh6 37.Qf3+-] 31...Rac8 32.Nc1 [32.h4!?] 32...Na5!
for some drastic measures. [39.g5 e4 40.Qxd6 Nc4 41.Qe6 exd3 42.Bxd3+-] 39...a5 40.Qf2 Nc4± 41.Qe2 Rg8 42.Rg1 Qh6 43.Rdd1 a4? [It was necessary to reduce a material deficit by taking on h4 43...Qxh4 44.Bxc4 bxc4 45.Nc1 Qg5² and white's task is far from being easy.] 44.Bxc4 Rxc4 45.g5 fxg5 46.hxg5 Rxg5 47.Qe3 Rf4 [47...Rg6 48.Qb6 Rxg1 49.Rxg1 Qf6 50.Qxb5 Qxf5+ 51.Ka1 Rg4 and Black has some practical chances.] 48.Qb6 Rgxf5 49.Qxb5+- Now it's all over. Black's only trump is a pawn on e5, but it's easily stopped by white rooks. 49...Rf8 50.Nb4 e4 51.Rde1 Rh4 52.Ka1 e3 53.Qxa4 Re4 54.Qa6 Rfe8 55.Re2 Qf8 56.Qd3 Qf6 57.Nc2 Bc5 58.Rge1 Qe5 59.b4 Bb6 60.Kb2 h5 61.d6 Qf5 62.Rxe3 1-0 [B45] - Sicilian Scheveningen
Adams,M (2719) Svidler,P (2738) WCC (8), 06.10.2005
by GM Mikhail Kozakov
1.e4 very interesting duel on the first 8 moves of two specialists in the Sicilian defense 1...c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Paulsen or Sveshnikov? 5...d6 No- Scheveningen! 6.Be3 [6.g4!?] 6...Nf6 7.Qd2 Today Adams is aggressive 7...Be7 8.f3 0-0 9.0-0-0 a6 only now all is clear ... in the main line of the English attack 10.g4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 [11.Bxd4 is alternative, but this another game 11...b5 12.Ne2 Bb7 13.Ng3 Rc8 14.Kb1 Qc7 15.Bd3 Nd7 16.Rhf1 Ne5 17.f4 Nc4 18.Bxc4 Qxc4 19.Rf3 b4 20.b3 Qc7 21.Bb2 Rfd8 22.Rc1 1/2-1/2 Ivanchuk,V- Volokitin,A/Istanbul 2003/CBM 096 (22)] 11...Nd7 12.h4 b5 13.g5 Qa5 [13...Bb7 14.Kb1 Rc8 15.Qd2 b4 16.Ne2 Ne5 17.Nd4 d5 18.Qg2 dxe4 19.fxe4 Rc7 20.h5 Qa8 21.Bd3 Nc4 22.Bc1 Rd8 23.Nb3 a5 24.g6 Bf6 25.Rdf1 a4 26.gxh7+
The knight is going to b6 in order to push d5, trying to get some counterchances. 33.Na2?! [33.g5! fxg5 34.Qxe5 Qxe5 35.Rxe5 Nc4 36.Bxc4 bxc4 37.Na2+-] 33...Nb3 34.h4 Nc5 35.Bd3 Na4 36.Bc2 Nb6 37.R5d3 d5 38.exd5 Bd6 39.Bb3?! Anad isn't ready to take any risks, while the position was calling
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Kh8 27.Rxf6 axb3 28.axb3 Ne5 29.Qg5 Bxe4 30.h6 Ng6 31.hxg7+ Kxg7 32.Rxg6+ Bxg6 33.Qe5+ 1-0 Rodriguez,A-Slipak,S/ Salta 1995/EXT 97 (33)] 14.Kb1 b4 15.Ne2 Bb7 [15...Nc5!? /\e5, Be6] 16.h5 Ne5
Here is the finish of official theory [16...Bxg5? 17.Bxg5 Qxg5 18.h6 e5 (18...Rfd8 19.hxg7 Qf6 20.Qe3 Ne5 21.Nd4 Ng6 22.Bd3 Qf4 23.Qf2 d5 24.e5 Qxe5 25.Rdg1 Qxg7 26.f4 very strong attack; I prefer white, Garcia-Bauer2001) 19.Qxb4 Nc5 20.Rxd6 Qe3 21.Qc3 Qxc3 22.Nxc3 Rfd8 23.Rb6 Rac8 24.hxg7 Rc6 25.Rxc6 Bxc6 26.Bc4± 1-0 Vasiesiu,D- Navrotescu, C/Sovata 2001/EXT 2003 (64) 26...Kxg7± 27.Bd5±] 17.f4 [17.h6!? Qc5 (17...f5 18.Nf4 Bxg5 19.Nxe6 Bxe3 20.Qxe3+-; 17...Rfc8 18.Ng3 Bf8 19.hxg7 Bxg7 20.Nh5 Bh8 21.Nf6+ Bxf6 22.gxf6 Nxf3 23.Qxd6 Bxe4 24.Qg3+ Bg6 25.Bd3+- Ne5+- 26.Rh5+-) 18.hxg7 Rfd8 A) 19.f4!? Qxd4 (19...Ng4 20.g6! fxg6 21.Bh3 Qxd4 22.Bxd4 e5 23.Bb6+-; 19...Nc4 20.g6 fxg6 21.Bh3±) 20.Rxd4 Nc6 (20...Ng4 21.Rxb4 Rdb8 22.Bg1 d5 23.Rb3 dxe4 24.Bh3 e3 25.Rxb7 Rxb7 26.Bxg4+-) 21.Rd2 Kxg7 22.Ng3±; B) 19.Bg2 Rac8 20.Rc1 Qc4÷] 17...Ng4 [17...Nf3 18.Qd3 d5 19.Bg2! Rad8! (19...dxe4 20.Qd7 Bd5 21.Rxd5 exd5 22.Qxe7±) 20.e5 d4 21.Nxd4 Nxe5 22.Qe2 Bxg2 23.Qxg2 Nc4 24.Bc1² /\Nc6,g5-g6] 18.Bh3 [18.h6 e5! 19.Qd3 g6³] 18...Nxe3 19.Qxe3 Qc5! 20.Qd3 [20.Qxc5 dxc5 21.Rd7 Bxe4µ;] 20...Qb5 21.Qe3 Qc5 22.Qf3
h6!? Fantastic move! I think it is the move of this tournament [22...Rac8 natural move 23.Nd4 Kh8 24.Rh2 /\Be6 24...Qc4 with a complicated Sicilian game 25.g6 Bf6÷] 23.gxh6 [23.g6 f5 24.Qb3 Bxe4 25.Qxe6+ Kh8 26.Qxe7 Bxc2+ 27.Ka1 Bxd1 28.Rxd1 Rae8-+] 23...gxh6 24.f5 principal move 24...Qe5! 25.Rhg1+ Kh7 [25...Kh8!? 26.Qe3 Bg5 27.Rxg5 hxg5 28.Qxg5 Kh7µ] 26.fxe6 again principal move [26.Rd4 a5 27.fxe6 fxe6 28.Qg3 Qxg3 29.Nxg3 d5 30.Rdd1 Bc5 31.Rg2 Rae8³] 26...Bxe4 27.Qb3
a5?! [27...Rac8!? 28.Nd4 (28.Rd2 f5!) 28...d5 29.Rge1 (29.exf7 Rc4! 30.Qg3 Qxg3 31.Rxg3 Rxf7³; 29.Qg3 Qxg3 30.Rxg3 fxe6µ) 29...f5³ and black has an excellent bulwark in the center] 28.Bg2 [28.Ng3! a4! (28...f5 29.Nxe4 fxe4 30.Rd5 Qf4 31.Bg2±) 29.Qxb4 d5! 30.Qxe7 Rab8 31.Qa3 Rxb2+ 32.Qxb2 Rb8 33.Qxb8 Qxb8+ 34.Kc1 Qf4+ 35.Rd2 Qf6 36.Kd1 Qa1+ 37.Ke2 Qxg1 38.e7 Qxg3 39.e8Q Qf3+ 40.Ke1 Qe3+ 41.Re2 Qc3+ 42.Kd1 Qa1+ 43.Kd2 Qd4+ 44.Ke1 Qc3+ 45.Kf2
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Qf3+ 46.Kg1 Qh1+ 47.Kf2 Qf3+] 28...Bxg2 29.Rxg2 fxe6 30.Qd3+ Qf5 31.Nd4 [31.Qd4 Qe5 32.Qd3+ Qf5 33.Qd4 e5 (33...Rf7 34.Qc4) 34.Qg1 Bg5³] 31...Qxd3 32.cxd3 Rg8 Svidler prefer keep initiative [32...e5 33.Rdg1 Rf7 34.Ne6 Bf8 (34...Bf6 35.Rf1 Re8 36.Nc7 Rxc7 37.Rxf6 Rec8 38.Rg1 Rc6 39.Rf7+ Kh8 40.Rf6 d5 41.Rf5 Re6³) 35.Rg6 d5 36.Rc1 a4 37.Nxf8+ Raxf8 38.Re6] 33.Rxg8 Rxg8 34.Nxe6 Rg2 35.Rf1 Kg8 36.a4 [36.b3! Rh2 37.Rf5] 36...b3 [36...Rh2µ 37.Rf5? b3] 37.Nd4! Bf6 38.Nxb3 Rxb2+ 39.Kc1 Rxb3 [39...Bc3 40.Nxa5 Ra2 41.Rf5 Rxa4 42.Nc4] 40.Rxf6 Rxd3 very nice game 1/2-1/2 [B45] - Sicilian Scheveningen Kasimdzhanov,R (2670) Morozevich,A (2707) WCC (8), 06.10.2005
by GM Mikhail Kozakov
1.e4.c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 Nf6 7.Be3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Kh1 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 e5 11.Be3 Be6 12.f4 exf4 1 3.Rxf4 a6 in this structure black must activate his bishop at e7 [13...Ne8 14.Bd4 Bg5 15.Rf1 Bf6 16.Bxf6 Nxf6 17.Qd4 Qe7 18.Rad1 Rfd8 19.Rd3 Ne8 20.Rdf3 a6 21.Bc4 Nf6 22.Bxe6 fxe6 23.e5 dxe5 24.Qxe5 Rac8 1/2-1/2 Onischuk,A- Leko,P/ Tilburg 1997 (58)] 14.a4 Qa5!?N absolutely a new plan in this famous structure. Black wants to activate his bishop by e7-d8-b6 15.Qd2 Rfc8 16.Rd1 [16.Nd5 Qxd2 17.Nxe7+ Kf8 18.Bxd2 Rxc2µ; 16.Raf1 Bd8 17.Bd4 Qb4÷] 16...Bd8! 17.Rff1 Bb6 18.Bd4 [18.Bf4 Ne8 19.Bxd6 Nxd6 20.Qxd6 Bc7 21.Qd3 Qe5 22.g3 Rd8©] 18...Bxd4 19.Qxd4 Rc6 Black exchanged the two dark- square bishops, but the black pieces are far from his kingside. 20.Nd5 [20.Rxf6 gxf6 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.exd5³ -20.Nd5] 20...Bxd5 21.exd5 Rcc8
human solution [21...Rxc2!? 22.Bd3 Rcc8 23.Rxf6 gxf6 24.Qh4 (24.Qg4+ Kf8 25.Bxh7 Re8 26.Qg8+ Ke7 27.Qg7 Rad8 28.h3 Qxa4 29.Re1+ Kd7 30.Qxf7+ Kc8 31.Bf5+ Kb8³) 24...Qxd5 (24...Qd2!? 25.Qxh7+ Kf8 26.Rf1 Qg5 27.Qh8+ Ke7 28.Re1+ Kd7 29.Qh7 Rf8 30.Qh3+ Kd8÷) 25.Qxh7+ Kf8 26.Re1 Qg5 27.Qh8+ Qg8 28.Qxf6 Qg7 29.Qxd6+ Kg8³] 22.Rxf6 must take immediately 22...gxf6 23.Bd3© Re8 24.Qh4 [24.b4 Qc7 25.Rf1 Qe7 26.Rxf6 Qe1+ 27.Rf1 Re7! 28.Qg4+ Kh8 29.Qh5 f5] 24...Kf8 25.Rf1! [25.Bxh7© This is computer solution, but a human player of course chooses development with attack!] 25...Qxd5 26.Qh6+?! Black king wants to escape to the queenside, so why help him? [26.Qxf6 Qe6 27.Qh8+ Ke7 28.Qd4 Rac8 (28...Qe5 29.Qc4) 29.Bf5 (29.Bxh7 Rc5) 29...Qe2 30.Qh4+ (30.Qg1 Kf8 31.Bxc8 Rxc8 32.Rf2 Qe4 33.Qd1) 30...Kf8 31.Qh6+ Ke7 32.Bd3 (32.Qg5+; 32.Qc1 Kf8 33.Bxc8 Rxc8) 32...Qe6 33.Qh4+ Kf8 34.Bf5 Qe2] 26...Ke7 27.Qxf6+ Kd7 28.h3 h5
29.b4?! passion attack. White has a very strong position - no weakness, strong Bd3, better king position. I think White can't lose this position. After 29.b3 I prefer white. 29...Re3 30.Rf5 Re5 [30...Rxh3+? 31.Kg1+-] 31.Rxe5 [31.Qxf7+ Qxf7 32.Rxf7+ Re7³ and now, thanks to 29.b4, black has a better endgame. the white pawn structure is not so strong, as with pawn on b3] 31...dxe5 32.Qf5+? [32.Bf5+ Kc7 33.c4! Qd1+ 34.Kh2 Qd4 35.Qxf7+ (35.c5 Rd8µ)
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35...Kb6 36.Be6 (36.a5+ Ka7 37.b5 Qf4+ 38.Kh1 Rd8µ; 36.Qe7 Ka7 37.Be6 Qf4+ 38.Kg1 Qf8µ) 36...Qf4+ 37.Qxf4 exf4µ] 32...Qe6 33.Qxh5 e4! 34.Be2 Rf8 35.b5 [35.Qc5 Rg8 36.Bg4 Rxg4 37.hxg4 e3 38.Qc3 e2 39.Qe1 Qe4 40.c3 Ke6µ] 35...f5! The finish. Black has a clear plan - progress in the center - for winning this game 36.bxa6 bxa6 37.Qh7+ Qf7 38.Qh6 [38.Qxf7+ Rxf7 39.Bxa6 f4µ] 38...Qf6 39.Qh7+ Rf7 40.Qg8 Ke7 41.Bc4 Rf8 42.Qh7+ Kd6 43.Qb7 Qa1+ 44.Kh2 Qe5+ 45.Kh1 a5! 46.Qb6+ Ke7 47.Qb7+ Kf6 48.Qb6+ Kg7 49.Qb7+ Kh6 50.Qb6+ Rf6 51.Qd8 Rd6 52.Qf8+ Kg5 53.Be2 Kf4-+ 0-1 Standings after round 8: 1. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2788 7.0; 2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2738 5.0; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 4.5; 4. Leko, Peter g HUN 2763 4.0; 5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2707 4.0; 6. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2670 3.0; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2719 2.5; 8. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2735 2.0; Tomorrow (Friday) is a rest day, with the tournament scheduled to resume on Saturday. The scheduled pairings for round nine: Anand-Topalov! Morozevich-Leko, PolgarAdams and Svidler-Kasimdzhanov.
speculative attacking prospects. Anand chose the former, which was probably objectively the correct thing to do (but then why did Anand sac the piece in the first place?), but the ensuing seventeen move draw left a funny taste in everyone's mouth. The next game to finish was between the two "cellar dwellers", Judit Polgar and Michael Adams. Adams played his usual Marshall against the Ruy Lopez and after twenty-three moves of theory they obtained a position where black had enough for the sacrificed pawn. In the 1960s, Boris Spassky demonstrated that the Marshall Gambit was a potent drawing weapon, which is why many players avoid the Marshall with 8.a4, 8.h3, 8.d4 or accept it but avoid the old main line. Polgar tried her best to create chances but she couldn't escape the inherent drawish nature of the opposite bishop endgame, and the players split the point after thirty-seven moves. In the second most important game of the day, Svidler went for blood against Kasimjanov (please note the corrected spelling, FIDE!) in an exciting, aggressive game with opposite side castling. Svidler started a very strong kingside attack, but Kasimjanov was able to counterattack on the queenside, and surprised everyone with a tactical Bishop sacrifice on move twentyfour! After several exchanges, Rustam then sacrificed a rook in order to penetrate with his other rook on the seventh rank, so that a draw was agreed upon a couple of moves later as per the absolutely brilliant perpetual check idea. The final game to finish was a messy one. Alexander Morozevich won his third game in a row(!), defeating Peter Leko's Sicilian Sveshnikov. This time Morozevich forayed back into his pure unorthodox style, safekeeping his king without castling with a h3-g3-f2 pawn structure, with the bishop on h3. Quite an uncomfortable game for Leko's style. On move thirty-five Leko sacrificed a Bishop to
Round Nine – October 08th, 2005
Anand with white versus Topalov! This was the game we were waiting to see! After the rest day on Friday, the players arrived looking relaxed but determined. Topalov played the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence against Anand, and started an attack with a g-pawn advance. Anand then executed a knight sacrifice on f3, but after coming out with only one pawn for the piece, he had to make a choice: take a draw by repetition, thereby giving up any chance of winning the tournament, or take a risk on some reasonable, but admittedly
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open attacking lines over the opponent's king, but Morozevich was able to confuse him with an ingenious defence. The sacrifice appeared to be unsound by the way, but even after thirty-nine moves Leko still appeared to have drawing chances. Morozevich, for the second time in as many rounds, made the most of his opponent’s time-trouble, and upon reaching the time control at move forty, Alexander miraculously emerged a piece up to secure the victory. Morozevich-Leko 0-1 Polgar-Adams 1/2 Anand-Topalov 1/2 Svidler-Kasimdzhanov 1/2 [B33] - Sicilian: Pelikan
17...a5 [17...Qd7 This leads to advantage for white ... 18.Kg2 f5 19.Bxf5 Bxf5 20.exf5 Qxf5 21.Qe2² 21...g6 (21...Rb7 22.g4 Qg6 23.g5 Bxg5 24.hxg5 Qxg5+ 25.Kf1 Rbf7 26.Rh2 Qg3 27.Rg2 Qh3 28.Kg1±; better is 21...Rbe8)22.h5 Bg5 23.hxg6 hxg6 24.Rh3± Kg7 25.Rah1 Rh8 26.Rxh8 Rxh827.Rxh8 Kxh8 28.Ndxb4+-] 18.Kg2 Rb7 19.Bf5! Kh8 [19...g6 20.Bg4 (20.Bh3 f5 21.h5 Qg5 22.hxg6 hxg6 23.f4 exf4 24.Nxf4 Bf7 25.exf5±) 20...Bg7 21.h5 f5 22.Bh3 Qe8 23.hxg6 hxg6 24.Qe2 Nd4 25.Nxd4 exd4 26.Rae1 Bxd5 27.exd5 Qxe2 28.Rxe2²] 20.Qd3 [20.Qh5?! Bxd5 21.exd5 Ne7!] 20...Nb8! Good move, to improve the position of the Knight 21.Rad1 Na6 22.Qf3?! [Better was 22.h5! with the idea Qf3-g4, and maybe in the future to prepare f4! 22...Bg5 (22...Qd7 23.Qf3 Nc5 24.Nce3 Bxe3 25.Nxe3²) 23.Qf3 Nc5 24.Qg4] 22...g6 [22...Nc5?! Permits White to put queen on h5 23.Qh5! a4 24.bxa4 (24.g4 Bxd5 25.cxd5 f6 26.g5 fxg5 27.hxg5 Qxg5+ 28.Qxg5 Bxg5 29.Rxh7+ Kg8) A) 24...b3 25.axb3 Rxb3 26.Nce3 Rb2 27.Rb1 (27.Ng4 Nxe4 28.Bxe4 f5 29.Nxh6 fxe4 30.Ng4 Rf5) 27...Qb8 28.Rxb2 Qxb2 29.a5²; B) 24...Qa5 25.Nce3 Qxa4 26.g4! (26.Ng4 Qxa2 27.Nxh6 g6! 28.Qg5 f6!! 29.Nxf6 gxf5 30.Nxf5 Nxe4 31.Nxe4 Rxf5 32.Qd8+ Bg8÷) 26...Qxa2 (26...Bxd5 27.Nxd5 Rg8 28.g5 g6 29.Qxh6 gxf5 30.Nf6 Rg7 31.Nxh7 Rg6 32.Qh5+-) 27.g5] 23.Bh3 f5! Now Black enjoys a good initiative. 24.h5?! [More natural was - 24.exf5 Bxf5 (24...gxf5 25.Nf4 Re7 26.Nxe6 Rxe6
Morozevich,A (2707) Leko,P (2763) WCC (9), 8.10.2005
by GM Vassily Ivanchuk
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c4 The main move is 11.c3 11...b4 2.Nc2 Rb8 13.b3Bg5 14.g3 0-0 15.h 4 This is a new plan. There are similar ideas in normal variations with 11.c3: White tries to exchange light square bishops now, and it's not easy to exchange the strong knight at d5 now. [15.Bg2 In one game was playing 15...Be6 16.0-0 Qd7 17.Qd3 Bd8 18.Rad1 g6 19.Kh1 Rb7 20.f4 with complications] 15...Bh6 16.Bh3 Be6 17.Kf1! This is not a usual way to castle. The King is going to g2
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27.Bxf5 Ref6 28.g4±) 25.Bxf5 Rxf5 26.Qe2 Rbf7 27.Rhf1 Nc5 28.f3 Ne6 29.Qe4 Nc5]
24...fxe4 25.Qxe4 Nc5 26.Qe2 Bxd5+! 27.Rxd5 [27.cxd5 Rbf7 28.Rhf1 Qg5] 27...Rbf7 28.Rf1 gxh5 29.Qxh5 Qf6! Leko is in time trouble, but he plays with precision 30.Bg4 Ne4 31.f3 Qg7! Important move, leaving the square f6 for other pieces! 32.Rdd1
33.Qh3 Nxg4 34.Qxg4 Qf6?! [34...Qxg4!? 35.fxg4 Rxf1 36.Rxf1 Rxf1 37.Kxf1 Kg7 38.Ke2 e4 39.Nd4 Kf6 40.Nc6 Ke6 leads to draw 41.Nxa5? Kd7! capturing the knight] 35.Qe4 Bf4?! Leko overestimates his chances [The logical finale was 35...Rg7 36.Rh1 Qg5 37.Qg4 Qd8 38.Qe4 Qg5 (38...Bf4 39.Rh3!)] 36.Kf2! e4] [36.gxf4 Qh4 37.Rf2 Rxf4 38.Qe3
36...Qh6 [better is 36...Bg5] 37.gxf4 Rxf4 38.Rh1 Qg7 39.Qd5 e4?
[32.Qh3 Rf6! 33.Rxa5 Nd2 34.Rf2 Qg6 35.Nxb4 Be3-+] 32...Nf6? [The Russian commentators suggested genially another way is 32...Nxg3! 33.Kxg3 Rf6!! threatening to capture the queen same line for – A) 34.Kf2 Bf4 (34...e4 35.Nd4 Bf4 36.Rg1 Rh6 37.Qd5 Rh2+ 38.Rg2 e3+ 39.Kf1 Qh6-+) 35.Qh4 e4! look -34.Qh4; B) 34.Qh3 Bf4+ 35.Kf2 Rh6 36.Bh5 e4 37.Rd4 Qe5 38.Rxe4 Qc5+ 39.Ke1 Rxh5µ; C) 34.Qh4 34...Bf4+ 35.Kf2 e4 and white's position is undefendable. (35...Rh6 36.Bh5 e4 37.Nd4 Be5 38.Ke3!! still keeping the position) 36.Nd4 exf3; Another way is 32...Nd2 33.Rf2 Rf6! 34.Re2 (34.Qh3 Ne4 35.Rff1 Nc3 36.Rde1 Bd2-+) 34...Bg5 with a win for Black 35.Rexd2 Rh6!]
[39...Rxf3+ 40.Qxf3 e4! 41.Qxf8+ Qxf8+ 42.Ke1 Qf3 43.Rf1 (43.Kd2 Qf4+) 43...Qc3+ 44.Ke2 Qxc2+ 45.Rd2 Qc3 46.Rxd6 and the ending is still draw!] 40.Rdg1 and now White's pieces are well coordinated for defence. 40...Rxf3+ 41.Ke2 Rf2+ 42.Kd1 Qe5 43.Rh5! The attack is stopped, and the next moves are forced. 43...Rf1+ 44.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 45.Ke2 Qf4 46.Qd4+ Kg8 47.Rg5+ Qxg5 48.Kxf1 Qc1+ 49.Ne1 Qf4+ 50.Kg1 Qg5+ 51.Ng2 Qc1+ 52.Kh2 Qh6+ 53.Kg3 Qg5+ 54.Kf2+- 54...Qf5 55.Ke1; and the checks are finished. Leko resigned!
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[C89] - Spanish Marshall
Polgar,J (2735) Adams,M (2719) WCC (9), 08.10.2005
by GM Alex Finkel
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 c6 12.d4 Bd6 13.Re1 Qh4 14.g3 Qh3 15.Be3 Classical way to treat Marshall counterattack. In the first lag Anand tried more ambitious [15.Re4!? but ran into problems in the opening.] 15...Bg4 16.Qd3 Rae8 17.Nd2 Re6 18.a4 Qh5 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qf1 Rfe8
Bd3 30.Nf1 Be4+ 31.Kg1 f5 32.Ng3² Leko,P-Kasimdzhanov,R/Linares 2005] 23.Qg2 Qxg2+!? This move is a novelty. In the previous game Black tried [23...f5 letting White to capture on d5, which proved sufficient to hold a draw. A move in the game makes more sense, even though it seems that White keeps slightly better chances in any case. 24.Qxd5 cxd5 25.Nf1 f4 26.Bd2 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Rxe1 28.Bxe1 Be2 29.Nh2 Kf7 30.Kg2² Gurevich,I-Benjamin,J/New York 1992] 24.Kxg2 f5 25.Nf3?! This move is an accuracy after which the draw is inevitable. [¹25.Ra6!? f4 26.gxf4 Bxf4 27.Bxf4 Rxe1 28.Rxc6 Bg6 29.Rc5²] 25...f4 26.Bd2 [26.gxf4 Bxf4 …27.Bxf4? Bxf3+ 28.Kxf3 Rxe1µ] 26...fxg3 27.Rxe6 [27.fxg3? Re2+-+] 27...Rxe6 28.Ra8+ Bf8 29.Ne5 White can't keep an extra pawn, as after [29.Kxg3? Rg6+ 30.Ng5 h6 31.Kh4 Bd1 32.Nh7 Kxh7 33.Rxf8 Rg2µ white king is in big troubles.] 29...gxf2 30.Kxf2 Re8 31.Ra6 Bd6! Eliminating white hopes to fight for a win. [‹31...c5?! 32.b4 cxd4 33.cxd4 Bd1 34.Rb6 Ba4 35.Ke3 Be7 36.Ke4²] 32.Bf4 Bxe5 33.Bxe5 Re6 34.b4 Kf7 35.Ra7+ Re7 36.Rxe7+ Kxe7 37.Bxg7 ½-½ [C65] - Spanish Anand,V (2788) Topalov,V (2788) WCC (9), 08.10.2005
It seems that a move in the game isn't Black's only way to get sufficient counterchances. [20...Bh3 21.Qe2 (21.Bd1 Qf5 22.Qe2 c5 23.Nf1 cxd4 24.cxd4 Nb4 25.Ra3 Nc6 26.Rd3 Bb4© Sax,G-Sokolov,I/Haninge 89) 21...Bg4 22.Qf1 Bh3 23.Bd1 Qf5 24.Qe2 g6 25.Qf3 Qd3 26.Bb3 Rxe3 27.Rxe3 Qxd2 28.Bxd5 cxd5 29.g4 Qxb2 30.Rae1 b4 31.Qxh3 Bf4 Ivanchuk,V-Grischuk,A/Sochi 2005] 21.Bxd5 Qxd5 22.h3 Bh5 The bishop is better placed on h5, as Black's counterplay involves an advance of f-pawn. [22...Bf5?! 23.Qg2 Qxg2+ 24.Kxg2 R6e7 25.b3 f6 26.Ra2 Be6 27.c4 Bb4 28.Rc1 Bf5 29.g4
by GM James Plaskett
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 Topalov´s other main weapon against 1.e4 at the World Championship. The Berlin´s stock rose after Kramnik used it to help take the title from Kasparov. At the end of the day, I suppose we might ask why a
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formation differs so much just because of the omission of ..a6 Ba4 (?) 4.d3 I found some of Anand´s decision in the opening in this tournament hard to fathom. Theory says that this gives white nothing. 4...Bc5
13.Bh4!? A decision which shows that India pursues piece with Bulgaria. 13...gxf3 14.Qxf3 Kg7 15.Qg3+ Kh7 16.Qf3 Kg7 Even the enterprising Topalov eschewed 16..Kg6 17.Qg3+ Kh5?? due to 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.Qxe5+ Kxh4 20.Nf3+ Kg4 21.h3 mate. 17.Qg3+ Drawn [B90] - Siclian Najdrof Svidler,P (2738) Kasimdzhanov,R (2670) WCC (9), 08.10.2005
by GM Viktor Gavrikov
Naturally, Topalov plays actively. 4...d6 was also fine. 5.c3 0-0 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 A 19th century approach from the Indian. and it was to bring him little. 7...g5!? 8.Bg3 d6 9.Nbd2 a6 Yet again Topalov sharpens play with the black pieces. Michael Adams was very unfortunate not to have become (one of) the world champion(s) in Libya. But for me one of the most noteworthy features of his play in Argentina was his refusal to try to make all that much happen with the black pieces. And Veselin became champ. 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.0-0 Ba7 12.d4 g4!? Again the sharpest. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 [Usually White chooses this move order for avoid the variation 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3 Bg7] 6...e5 [Another popular alternative is 6...e6 7.Be3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 Nb6 10.0-0-0 Bb7] 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qd2 [Premature is 9.g4?! d5! 10.exd5 (10.g5 d4 11.gxf6 Bxf6) 10...Nxd5 11.Nxd5 Bh4+³] 9...0-0 [An interesting idea is to prevent g2g4 by 9...h5!? e.g. 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.Kb1 Rc8 12.Nd5 Bxd5 (12...Nxd5 13.exd5 Bf5 14.Bd3 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Bg5 16.Bf2 0-0 17.h4 Bf4 18.g3 Bh6 19.g4 Bf4 20.gxh5 Nf6 21.Rdg1 Qd7 22.Nd2 Nxh5 23.Nc4² 1-0 Sergeeva,M-Mohota,N/Jodhpur 2003/CBM 093 ext (73)) 13.exd5 Nb6 14.Bxb6 Qxb6 15.g3 0-0 16.Bh3 Rc7 17.Rhe1 Re8 1/2-1/2 Sanchez,L-Gurevich,V/Le Touquet 2002/ EXT 2003 (33) with approximately equal chances.] 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 [Black deviates from the continuation 12...Nh5 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 f5 15.gxf6 Rxf6 16.Na5 Nf4 17.Nc6 Qf8 18.Kb1 Bd8 19.Nxd8 Qxd8 20.c4 bxc4 21.Bxc4 Nb6 22.Bb3 a5 23.a3÷ which occurred in Svidler,P-Hracek,Z/Rethymnon 2003/CBM 098(37)] 13.Ne2 Ne8 [Worse is here
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13...Nh5 14.Ng3 Nf4 15.h4 a5 16.Kb1 a4 in the view of 17.Nd4!] 14.Ng3 a5 15.Kb1 a4 16.Nc1 Qb8 17.f4 [Black has compensation for sacrificed material after 17.Nf5 Bd8 18.Nxd6 b3 19.cxb3 axb3 20.axb3 Ba5 21.Qd3 Nc7 22.h4 Bb4 0-1 Solovjov,SLoginov,V/St Petersburg 2004/CBM 101(80)] 17...exf4 18.Bxf4 b3 19.cxb3 axb3 20.a3 Qb7!? A new move. [Earlier was played 20...Bd8 21.Nf5 Nc5 22.Qd4?! 1/2-1/2 Anisimov,P-Loginov,V/St Petersburg 2002/ CBM 089 (40) where Black missed (22.Bg2) 22...Bxf5 23.exf5 Qc8 24.Bh3 Ra4 25.Qe3 Ne6! 26.Qxb3 (26.fxe6?? Qc2+ 27.Ka1 Rxa3+) 26...Nxf4 27.Qxa4 Nxh3³] 21.Nce2 This knight is aiming for the central d4square. 21...Bd8 [Deserved serious attention the natural 21...Ne5 22.Nd4 Bg4 23.Be2 (23.Re1 Bd8) 23...Bxe2 24.Qxe2 Nc7 for example: 25.Ngf5 (25.h4 Rfc8!? …26.Ndf5 Ne6) 25...Ne6 26.Bxe5 dxe5 27.Nxe6 fxe6 28.Qc4 Bxg5 29.Qxe6+ Kh8 30.Qxe5 Bf6 31.Qd5 Qa7 (/\Bxb2) 32.e5 Qc7! 33.Nd4 Rad8 34.Qe4 Bxe5 35.Nxb3 (35.Ne6?? Rxd1+ 36.Rxd1 Qd6!) 35...Rb8 with sufficient counterplay for the pawn.] 22.Nd4 Ba5 23.Qe2 Nc5 24.Bg2
26.bxc3? Rxa3 (/\Qa7) 27.Bc1 Ra2 28.Rd2 Na4 29.Qe3 b2.] 26...Qc7 [It seems to me that stronger was instead 26...Qa7!? …27.Bc1 (…27.Nc6? Qxa3! 28.bxa3 Rxa3 29.Qxb3 Nxb3 30.Bxd5 Nd4! 31.Nxd4 Bxd5 32.Rhf1 Nc7µ) 27...Nc7 28.Qe2 Bxd4 29.Rxd4 Ne4 30.Rb4 Nxg3 31.hxg3 Bf5+ 32.Ka1 Rfb8 with initiative.] 27.Nge2! White tries to create some problems for Black. [After 27.bxc3? Rxa3 (/\Qa7) 28.Nc6 (28.Bc1? Ra1+! 29.Kxa1 Qa7+ 30.Ba3 Qxa3+ 31.Kb1 Nd6! 32.exd6 Ra8-+) 28...Ra6! 29.Qxc5 Rxc6 30.Qf2 (30.Qa3 Rxc3 31.Rc1 Qc4 32.Rhd1 Nc7-+) 30...Ra6 31.Bc1 Qxc3 32.Bb2 Qa5 33.Bd4 Nc7 34.Bf1 Rc6 35.Qb2 Nb5 36.Bxb5 Qxb5 37.Rd2 Ra8 the threat of Ra2 decides the game; and 27.Qc6 Qa5 28.Nxb3 Nxb3 29.Qxc3 Qxc3 30.bxc3 Nc7 31.c4 Ra5 32.cxd5 Nxd5 33.Bxd5 Bxd5 34.Rhe1 Be6 is equal.] 27...Bd7! [The text is better than 27...Rb8 28.Qc6 Bxd4 29.Nxd4 Qa7 and leads by force to the draw.] 28.e6 Bxb5 29.Bxc7 Bxd4 30.Nxd4
White's position looks preferable but Black has found an unexpected resource. 24...Bc3! Now White has to reckon with Bxb2 or Na4. 25.e5 [Bad is 25.Qe3? Bxb2! 26.Kxb2 Qa6; or 25.Nb5? Bxb2! 26.Kxb2 (26.Bxd6 Nxd6 27.Nxd6 Bc3! followed by Rxa3; 26.Nxd6 Nxd6 27.Bxd6 Bxa3 28.Bxf8 b2! threatening Ba2+) 26...Na4+ 27.Kb1 Nc7!] 25...d5 26.Qb5 [Of course not
30...fxe6! [30...Nxc7? allows 31.exf7+ Rxf7 32.Nxb5 Nxb5 33.Bxd5±] 31.Nxb5 Nxc7 32.Nxc7 Rf2! 33.Nxa8 Na4 Despite of White's enormous material advantage he cannot avoid the perpetual check or repetition of moves. 34.Rd3 [34.Be4 dxe4 35.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Rc8 Rxb2+ 37.Kc1 Ra2 38.Kb1 (38.Rd1?? Ra1+ 39.Kd2 b2-+) 38...Rb2+ 39.Kc1 Ra2; 34.Rd3 Rxb2+ 35.Kc1 Rc2+ 36 .Kb1 Rb2+ .] 1/2-1/2
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Standings after round 9: 1.Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2788 7.5; 2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2738 5.5; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 5.0; 4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2707 5.0; 5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2763 4.0; 6. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2670 3.5; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2719 3.0; 8. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2735 2.5;
Round Ten – October 09th, 2005
So close... Topalov-Morozevich was a fighting game, as expected. The hand of Alexander Beliavski, Morozevich's second, was readily discernible as he tried to surprise his opponent with a Queen’s Gambit Declined. Topalov played the expected strong, attacking game, doubling his rooks on the b-file, sacrificing a pawn on e6. Now a rook on the seventh, a powerful bishop against a less active knight, a very strong f7 passed pawn! Everyone predicted another Topalov win, but the Bulgarian blundered the exchange, however still maintaining a slight advantage. Morozevich found a way to secure the draw, executing an escape maneuver Houdini would have been proud of, with his rook performing wonders. The considerable audience showed their appreciation for the tense and heroic battle with some warm applause. Rustam Kasimjanov crushed Judit Polgar's Sicilian in a very aggressive performance. Kasim began putting pressure on the Polgar Scheveningen with 13. g4 and certainly by move twenty-three, the reigning Uzbek world champion had a huge advantage. Kasimjanov appeared to drift on move thirtyone when he missed a one move win, and just two moves later Polgar was almost equal. The bad play continued however, and Polgar was again losing by move forty and this time was left with no chance, tipping her king. The games Michael Adams against Viswanathan
Anand and Peter Leko against Peter Svidler both followed similar courses in similar openings: both were Anti-Marshall Defences in the Ruy Lopez. Anand equalized quickly, and if anything stood better on move twentyfive when a draw was agreed. For the second game in a row, it appears that Anand has given up on winning the title as he let Adams off the hook without pressing further for a win despite having some pressure on Adams that was at least worth exploration. Peter Svidler had the lengthier route to equality, as Leko had a small plus in the opening, but Svidler soon equalized and later made a bid to win by offering a pawn sacrifice for activity. Leko rose to the occasion by displaying his considerable defensive abilities, and the draw was agreed upon after thirty-six moves. Leko - Svidler 1/2 Kasimdzhanov - Polgar 1-0 Adams - Anand 1/2 Topalov - Morozevich 1/2 [C88] – Spanish
Leko,P (2763) Svidler,P (2738) WCC (10), 09.10.2005
by GM Alex Finkel
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.a4 One of many possible ways to avoid Marshall counterattack. 8...b4 9.d3 d6 10.a5 Be6 11.Nbd2 Qc8 The queen is well placed on c8 guarding a pawn on a6 in case of Rb8. In their previous game Svidler opted for more popular [11...Rb8 and easily held the position. 12.Bc4 Qc8 13.Nf1 h6 14.Ne3 Re8 15.Nd5 Bd8 16.Bd2 Bxd5 17.Bxd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Ne7
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19.d4 Nxd5 20.dxe5 dxe5 21.Nxe5 Bf6 22.Nc6 Ra8 23.Nxb4 Nxb4 24.Bxb4 Bxb2 25.Rb1 1/2-1/2 Leko,P-Svidler,P/Moscow 2002] 12.Nc4 h6 Aimed to prevent 13.Bg5, which allows white to take control over very important d5 square. [12...Rb8 13.Bg5!? (13.h3 h6 14.Be3 Rd8 15.Qe2 Bf8 16.Ncd2 Bxb3 17.Nxb3 Re8 18.Nfd2 d5 19.exd5 Nxd5 20.Qf3 Rb5 21.Nc4 Qd7 22.Rad1 f5 23.Bc1 g6 Smirin,I-Grischuk,A/Moscow 2002) 13...h6 14.Bh4 Bg4 15.Ne3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Nd4 17.Qd1 Nxb3 18.cxb3 Nd5 19.Nxd5² Paehtz,T-Kasimdzhanov,R/ Rethymnon 2003] 13.c3 Usually White tries to refrain from the move, since a pawn on b4 is a potential target for the white pieces. On the other hand to transfer d4 seems to be the most logical way to fight for the opening advantage.
19...Nxe3 20.Bxe3 c5 This move had to be played sooner or later as white would've pushed c5 himself. 21.dxc6 Nxc6 22.Qd5 Bd7 23.c5!? dxc5 24.Bxc5 Bxc5 25.Qxc5 Rfc8
13...Rb8?! [Deserved attention 13...bxc3 14.bxc3 Rb8 with idea to meet 15.d4 with 15...exd4 16.cxd4 d5÷] 14.d4 Bg4 [It's too late for 14...exd4?! 15.cxd4 d5 as after 16.exd5 Nxd5 17.Nce5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5² white keeps a steady advantage.] 15.Ba4 Qb7 16.d5 Na7 17.Ne3² It's obvious that white emerged out of the opening with advantage. 17...Bc8 This awkward looking move is pretty forced as after [17...c6?! 18.Nxg4 Nxg4 19.c4² White's chances are clearly better.] 18.Qd3 Ng4 19.c4 [Another promising continuation was 19.cxb4 Qxb4 20.Bd2 Qb7 21.Rac1±]
Black pieces aren't ideally placed to put it mild, but white has to play accurately not to give away his advantage. 26.Qe3 [White could've posed Black serious problems after 26.Bb3! threatening to capture on e5 and not letting black to put the bishop on e6. 26...Qc7 (26...Nd4 27.Bxf7+ Kh8 28.Qxe5 Nc2 29.Bd5 Qa7 30.Qf4±) 27.Bc4 Ra8 (27...Nd4 28.Qxc7 Nxf3+ 29.gxf3 Rxc7 30.Bxa6 Be6 31.Bf1±) 28.Bd5±] 26...Be6! Now Black has nothing to worry about. 27.h3 [27.Bxc6!? Rxc6 28.Nxe5 Rc2 29.Re2 b3 30.f4 Qb5 31.Rf2÷] 27...b3 28.Bxc6 Rxc6 29.Nxe5 Rc2 30.Rab1 [30.Re2 Qb5] 30...Qb4 31.Nf3 Rd8! It's far more important not to let white knight to come to d4, than to capture a pawn on a5. [31...Qxa5?! 32.Nd4 Rc4 33.Rbd1²] 32.Qb6 Forcing a draw. 32...Qxb6 33.axb6 Rb8 34.Nd4 Rd2 35.Red1 Rxd1+ 36.Rxd1 1/2-1/2 --------------------------------
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[B85] - Sicilian Najdrof Kasimdzhanov,R (2670) Polgar,J (2735) WCC (10), 09.10.2005
12...Rb8 13.Qe2 Qc8 14.g4 Be8 15.g5 Nd7 16.Bg4 Nc5 Pierrot,J-Panno,O/ Mar del Plata 1995(37) ,and now 17.f5 Qd8 18.h4 Bd7 19.Nd4 looks promising for White.] 13.g4 Bc8 14.g5 Nd7 15.Bg2
by GM Viktor Gavrikov
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 Now the game transposes to the Scheveningen variation. 7.a4 [This reaction is more popular in modern practice than 7.f4 Be7 8.0-0 Qc7 9.Kh1 0-0 10.Qe1 b5 11.Bf3 Bb7 12.e5 Ne8 when is easier for Black to obtain a counterplay on the queenside.] 7...Be7 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.f4 Bd7?!
A known inaccuracy because the manoeuvre Bc8-d7 with the idea Nxd4 and Bc6 is good only if Black can play b7-b5 after Nb3. Here White has already prevented the advance of b7-pawn and therefore can avoid the exchange of knights. [The usual continuation is 10...Qc7 11.Kh1 Re8 which leads to the complicated positions with chances for both sides.] 11.Nb3 Planning a4-a5. 11...b6 [11...Na5 12.e5 Ne8 13.Nxa5Qxa5 14.Qd2 Qc7 15.Bd4 Bc6 16.Qe3 favorable for White.] 12.Bf3 Qc7 Black prepares the retreat Bc8 vacating the d7-square for the knight after g4-g5. [Another idea was
15...Re8 Black has to reckon with the attack on h7 after Qh5 and Rf3-h3. [The following example demonstrates White's possibilities in such positions: 15...Bb7?! 16.Qh5 g6 17.Qh6 Rfe8 18.Rf3 Bf8 19.Qh4 Bg7 20.Rh3 Nf8 21.f5! Bxc3 22.f6! (/\Qh6) 22...h5 23.Bf3! 1-0 Hatanbaatar,B-Daly,C/ Elista 1998/CBM 066 ext (23) and Black resigned in view of variation 23...Bxf6 24.gxf6 Qd8 25.Bxh5 gxh5 26.Bg5.] 16.Rf3 [Less precise was 16.Qh5 g6 17.Qh4 Nb4 18.Rac1 Bb7 19.Rf3 (19.f5 Ne5) 19...Bf8 20.Rh3 h6! 21.gxh6 Kh7.] 16...Bf8 17.Rh3 g6 18.Qe1 Nb4?! Here the knight can be vulnerable, but perhaps Black was not familiar with whole opening line. [Correct is 18...Bg7 intending to meet 19.f5 Bb7 20.Qh4 with 20...h6! (but not 20...h5? 21.f6 Bf8 22.Bf3 /\Bxh5) 21.gxh6 Bf6] 19.Qf2 Rb8 A new try. [In case of 19...Bb7 20.Rf1 Bg7 strong is 21.f5! exf5 22.exf5 Bxg2 23.Kxg2 e.g. 23...Qc4 (after 23...Nf8 24.f6 Bh8 25.Kg1 1-0 Damjanovic, V-Cabrilo,G/ Niksic 1996/EXT 2000 (36) Black is playing without bishop on h8) 24.Rh4! (exploiting the drawback of 18...Nb4) 24...Qc6+ 25.Kg1 Nxc2 26.fxg6 f5 and now White wins by (26...fxg6?? 27.Qf7+ Kh8 28.Qxg6) 27.gxf6! (27.Qxf5?! Qg2+! 28.Kxg2 Nxe3+
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29.Kg1 Nxf5 30.gxh7+ Kh8 31.Rxf5 1-0 Popovic,P-Damjanovic,V/Niksic 1996/EXT 2000 (60) is not immediately decisive) 27...Bxf6 (27...Nxf6 28.Bg5) 28.Bg5! Rf8 29.Qe2! Rae8 30.gxh7+ Kh8 31.Bxf6+ Nxf6 32.Qxc2 Rf7 33.h3 etc.] 20.Rf1 f5 Forced. [If 20...Bg7? then 21.f5! exf5 (21...Ne5? 22.Qh4 h6 23.gxh6 Bf8 24.h7+ Kh8 25.Qf6+ Bg7 26.Qxg7+! Kxg7 27.f6+ Kh8 28.Bh6 with mate to follow) 22.exf5 Nf8 23.f6 Bxh3 (23...Bh8 24.Rh4) 24.fxg7 Bxg2 25.gxf8Q+ Kxf8 26.Kxg2 and Black is in a hopeless situation.] 21.exf5 gxf5 22.Bd4 Re7 23.Re1 e5 [In the event of 23...Bb7 24.Bxb7 Qxb7 25.Bf6! Ree8 (25...Nxf6 26.gxf6 Ree8? 27.Qg3+ Kh8 28.Qg6 /\f7) 26.Qh4 Nxf6 27.gxf6 Qf7 28.Nd4 Rb7 (28...Kh8 29.Rxe6) 29.Rhe3 the e6-pawn collapses, but the text is not better.] 24.Nd5 Nxd5 25.Bxd5+ Kh8 26.Bc3! [26.fxe5 Nxe5 (26...dxe5? 27.Qxf5 Threatening Rxe5!) 27.Qf4 Bb7 28.Bxb7 Qxb7 29.Qxf5 (29.Bxe5+?! dxe5 30.Rxe5 Rbe8 31.Rxe7 Qxe7 32.Qxf5 Qe1+ 33.Qf1 Qe4) 29...Rbe8 offers Black some counterplay.] 26...Bb7 [26...Bg7? 27.Nd4!] 27.Bxb7 Qxb7 28.Nd4! [Much stronger than 28.fxe5 Nxe5 29.Qxf5 Rbe8] 28...Rf7 29.Qh4 b5? Loses. [29...exd4?? 30.Bxd4+ Kg8 31.g6+-; Necessary was 29...Qd5 30.Nxf5 Qe6 31.Ne3 Rg7] 30.Nxf5 d5
32.Kh1?! [White chooses the wrong square instead of 32.Kf1! Qxg6 33.Rxe5! Nxe5 34.Bxe5+ Bg7 (34...Kg8 35.Rg3) 35.Nxg7 with easy win.] 32...Qxg6 33.Rxe5? [33.fxe5 was still enough for the victory.] 33...Nxe5 34.Bxe5+ Bg7 35.Bxg7+?! [¹35.Nxg7 Rxg7 (35...Qe4+ 36.Kg1) 36.Bxg7+ (36.Rg3? Qe4+ 37.Kg1 Qe1+ 38.Kg2 Qe2+- this is the difference between 32.Kh1?! and 32.Kf1!) ] 35...Rxg7 36.Nxg7 Qxg7 [Deserved attention 36...Qe4+ 37.Kg1 Qd4+ 38.Kf1 Qxg7 (38...Qd1+ 39.Qe1 Qxe1+ 40.Kxe1 Kxg7 41.axb5 Rxb5 42.b3±) 39.axb5 axb5] 37.axb5 axb5 38.c3 Qg6?! Overlooking White's reply. [38...Re8 39.Rg3 Qf7±] 39.f5! Qg7 [39...Qxf5? 40.Qd4+ Kg8 41.Rg3+ Kf7 42.Qg7+ Ke8 (42...Ke6 43.Re3+ Kd6 44.Qe7+ Kc6 45.Re6++-) 43.Re3+ Kd8 44.Qe7+ Kc8 45.Qc5++-] 40.Re3 Ra8 41.Qe1 Qf7 42.Qd1 Qg7 43.b4 h6 44.Qe1 Ra7?
The final mistake. [44...Rg8 45.Rg3 Qf6± allowed to continue the game.] 45.f6! Qxf6 [45...Qg6 46.Re8+ Kh7 47.Re7+ Rxe7 48.fxe7 Qe8 49.Qe6+-] 46.Re8+ Kh7 [46...Kg7 47.Qg1+ Kf7 48.Qg8#] 47.Qb1+ [47.Qb1+ Qg6 48.Rh8++-] 1-0
31.g6 [Or 31.Qh5 Qb6+ (31...Kg8 32.g6 Qb6+ 33.Kh1) 32.Kh1 Qe6 33.Rxe5 Nxe5 34.Bxe5+ Kg8 35.g6+-] 31...Qb6+
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[C88] - Spanish Adams,M (2719) Anand,V (2788) WCC (10), 09.10.2005
(24...Rc5!? this is quite an interesting recommendation by Fritz.) 25.Nxb5 axb5 26.exd5 Nxd5 and black's central pawn mass looks impressive.] 23...Qb7 24.dxc6 Qxc6 25.Qc4
by IM Dejan Bojkov
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.a4 This line is considered harmless compared to the main lines of Roy Lopez, but still there are a lot of variations into it. 8...b4 9.d3 d6 10.a5 Be6 11.Nbd2 Rb8 12.Nc4 [12.Bc4 was played by Kasparov against N. Short in their match in 1993.] 12...h6 13.h3 Qc8 [13...Nd7 14.Be3 Bf6 15.c3 Nc5 16.Bxc5 dxc5 17.Qc2 Qc8 18.Ba4² 1-0 Zhang Pengxiang-Vajda,L/Gyula 2000/CBM 076 (32)] 14.Be3 Rd8 15.Qe2 Bf8 Quite curious, this position already occurred in Anand's games from white's side. 16.Nfd2 [16.Red1 was Anand's choice here, but after: 16...Ne7 17.Nfd2 Ng6 18.d4 exd4 19.Bxd4 Nh7 20.Be3 d5 the central break evens the position. 21.exd5 ½–½ Anand,V-Shirov,A /Monaco 2004/CBM 099 ext (21) draw was agreed.] 16...Ne7 Black placed his knight at a better square. 17.d4 And Adams attacked the center immediately. 17...Ng6 18.d5 [18.Rad1 keeping the central pressure, this deserves attention, as well.] 18...Bd7 19.Ba4 It looks like here Adams had to hurry with his main idea - to open the c file, and to prepare for the coming c7-c6. [19.Rec1 Qb7 (19...Be7 20.c3 Qb7 21.Ba4²) 20.c3 bxc3 21.Rxc3 c6 …22.Nb6 cxd5 23.Rac1] 19...Bb5 20.b3 Be7 [20...c6 21.dxc6 Qxc6 was already good enough.] 21.Rec1 c6 White wasted precious time, and gave black the chance to seize the initiative. 22.Bxb5 Rxb5! Of course. Anand is using the power with his rook on the fifth rank. 23.Nb6 [23.c3 bxc3 24.Na3 cxd5
Draw agreed. Maybe too bit to early for Anand. His position is none the worst and he could play on. For example: [25.Qc4 Qb7 and now the central breakthrough is inevitable: 26.Rd1 d5 27.exd5 Nxd5 28.Nxd5 (28.Qe4 Nh4 29.g3 f5 30.Qh1 Ng6 31.Qf3 Nf8 …32.Qxf5? (32.Nxd5 Rbxd5 33.Qe2³) 32...Nc3 33.Re1 e4 34.Qf4 Bg5 35.Qg4 Bxe3 just loses.) 28...Rbxd5 29.Qe2 Nh4 and black is much better.] 1/2-1/2 [D37] - Queen's Gambit Declined Topalov,V (2788) Morozevich,A (2707) WCC (10), 09.10.2005
by IM Dejan Bojkov
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 Bb6 12.0-0 d4 13.e4 Bc7N A novelty. [13...Bg4 was played, for example: 14.h3 Qf6 15.Bg3 Bh5 16.e5 Nxe5 17.Bxe5 Bxf3 18.Bxf6 Bxd1 19.Bxg 7 Kxg7 20.Rfxd1= ½-½ Zvjaginsev,VOnischuk,A/Poikovsky 2004/CBM 100 (29) The idea of the move is simple and logical- to
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exchange the active white's bishop. The reasons for not seeing this move till this game were perhaps psychological?! Having an isolated pawn is not recommended to exchange pieces.] 14.Bxc7 Qxc7 15.h3 Qb6 16.b4 Be6 17.Rc1 h6 18.Qd2 Rfd8 19.Qf4 Strong and logical. The idea is e4-e5 and Qf4-e4. 19...Ne7 20.Rc5 a better approach would be the positional approach: [20.Rfd1² with the idea to double the rooks on the "d" file and attack on the isolated pawn, this deserves serious attention.] 20...Ng6 21.Qg3?!
whose attack is stronger. 30...Rc3 [30...a4÷ was better, with the idea to create a strong outpost on the "b3" as pointed out by GM Shipov.] 31.Nb1 Rc5 [31...Rxd3 is premature. 32.Qxd3 Bc4 33.Qd2 Qxd2 34.Nxd2 Bxb5 35.Rxb5±] 32.Rxc5 Qxc5 33.Rc2 Qb6 34.Nd2 Re8
Overoptimistic.[21.Qd2² was a bit calmer, keeping a slight, but long lasting advantage.] 21...a5! Strong response. Morozevich makes use of the fact that white's queen is no longer protecting the queen's flank. 22.Rb5 Better than: [22.Rxa5 Rxa5 23.bxa5 Qxa5 24.e5 Ne7 when the "a3" pawn is rather weak.] 22...Qc6 23.e5 b6 [23...Bf5!? 24.Rc5 Qd7 25.Bxf5 Qxf5ƒ trying to make use of his passed pawn deserved serious attention as well.] 24.bxa5 bxa5 25.Rfb1 Nf8 26.Nd2 Bd5 [26...Qc3 27.R1b2 Rd5 28.Rb7 Rc8 29.Kh2 Qc1 30.Ne4² and white manages to organize his pieces.] 27.f4 Qc3 28.R1b2 [28.Rxd5 is interesting 28...Rxd5 but fails after the simple: (28...Qxd2 29.Rdb5 Rac8) 29.Ne4 Qc6 30.Nf6+ Kh8 31.Nxd5 Qxd5 32.f5‚] 28...Qc1+ 29.Kh2 Rac8 30.f5! Both sides are playing on their flanks; the question is
Topalov managed to swap a pair of rooks and to weaken the pressure onto his queen's flank. Now he finishes his opening plan.35.e6! Nh7 [35...fxe6 loses on the spot after: 36.Rc7 g6 37.Qe5] 36.Rc7 Rf8 37.Nc4 Bxc4 [37...Qb8 38.Qe5 Bxc4 (38...Nf6 39.Rxf7 Qxe5+ 40.Nxe5+- is a mighty pawn up.) 39.Bxc4 and black is hopeless.] 38.Bxc4 Nf6 39.Qe5 This final centralization should have decided the game. But Morozevich does not give up easy. 39...d3 [39...fxe6 40.fxe6 Re8 41.e7+ Kh7 42.Bb5+-] 40.exf7+ [40.e7 Re8 41.Bb5 Nd5 42.Bxe8 Nxc7 43.Ba4+- was winning a piece and the game. But in time-trouble Topalov plays for sure.] 40...Kh7 41.Bxd3 Qb3 42.Qd6 Qb8 43.Bc4 Ne4 44.Qe5 Nd2 45.Ba2 [45.Bd3 was possible, returning back some material, but avoiding all the complications: 45...Rxf7 46.Re7 Qxe5+ 47.Rxe5+-] 45...Qb6 46.Rc2? Terrible mistake. Topalov simply overlooks his opponent's idea. He was still winning both after the computer's: [46.Qc5 Qb2 47.Rb7! Qa1 (47...Qf6 48.Rd7 Nf1+ 49.Kg1 Ng3 (49...Qa1 50.Qxf8 Ng3+ 51.Kf2+-) 50.Bc4+-) 48.Bb1 Nf1+ 49.Kg1 Ng3 50.Kf2 Qxb1 51.Qxf8+- and the man's
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move:; 46.Rc5] 46...Qf2 47.Rxd2 [47.Kh1 Qf1+ 48.Kh2 Qf2=] 47...Qxd2 Morozevich won an exchange, and now with precise play manages to save his skin. 48.Bd5 Qg5 49.Qd6 Qd8 50.Qxd8 Rxd8 51.Bc6 g6! [51...g5?? 52.f6 Rf8 53.Be4+ Kh8 54.Bg6+-] 52.Be8 Kg7 53.fxg6 h5 54.a4 h4 55.Kg1 Rd2 56.g3 hxg3 57.h4 Rh2 58.h5! Setting the last trap... 58...Kf8! [58...Rxh5?? 59.f8Q+ Kxf8 60.g7+ Kxg7 61.Bxh5+-] 59.Kf1 Kg7 60.Kg1 Kf8 61.Kf1 1/2-1/2 Standings after round 10: 1. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2788 8.0; 2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2738 6.0; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 5.5; 4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2707 5.5; 5. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2670 4.5; 6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2763 4.5; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2719 3.5; 8. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2735 2.5;
Anand-Kasimjanov, was a Sicilian Scheveningen, where Anand offered a knight sacrifice on the thirteenth move, a very well conceived trap (but all theory, because it has been played before in the important game Bologan-Gelfand earlier this year.). Kasim avoided it, but lost some time in doing so. Quickly the Uzbek was in serious trouble and was forced to resign on move twenty-nine. Topalov had his first really difficult game, as Michael Adams had some good winning chances, playing very aggressively against Topalov's Sicilian, sacrificing a pawn, bringing the Queen to the center of the battle, then offering a Knight, which Topalov declined. Adams won the exchange, then sacrificed a rook for the attack. But Topalov maintained his calm, defending precisely, and in the end it might justly be said that it was Adams who had to force the draw. Peter Svidler played very well against Alexander Morozevich's Petroff, getting a tiny plus in the opening, which resulted in a tense fight, with Svidler carefully improving his position, after winning a first pawn. The ending was clearly in Svidler's favor but he nearly threw away the advantage through not being able to decide how to proceed. In the end he found the right idea and was winning when Morozevich played a trap that wasn't a trap and lost a bishop. After controlling the Morozevich outside passed pawn, the game was decided. A very important win as Svidler reduced his distance from Topalov to a point and a half, with Topalov-Svidler scheduled for the next round! Anand - Kasimdzhanov 1-0 Svidler - Morozevich 1-0 Adams - Topalov 1/2 Polgar - Leko 1/2
Round Eleven – October 09th, 2005
Round eleven was another exciting affair, with Vishy Anand winning comfortably against Rustam Kasimdzhanov, while Peter Svidler outplayed Alexander Morozevich to take the full point, thereby moving a half point closer to what had previously been thought of as an insurmountable lead held by Topalov. Meanwhile, Michael Adams was taking Topalov to the brink in a Sicilian Najdorf, when what looked like a careless move by the soon-to-be world champ left him in a precarious position. Strong defense held the game, however, and a draw by perpetual check was agreed upon. The Polgar-Leko game was a quite peaceful Caro-Kann Panov, with both players acting as if they just want the tournament to end. They followed the game Ionescu, Co - Mateuta, G 1/2 TChROM A (9) Tusnad ROM 2005 until move 24 (the end of that game) when Judit played 25. Red1 and they agreed to a draw.
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[B90] - Sicilian Najdrof
more in the spirit of the position to play [17...0-0 18.Rhd1 Ne8 19.Be3 Bg7 with good counterchances.] 18.Qf3 Rb8 19.h3!
Anand,V (2788) Kasimdzhanov,R (2670) WCC (11), 10.10.2005
by GM Alex Finkel
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Be3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 b5 10.0-0-0 Nb6 11.Qf2 Nc4 12.Bxc4 bxc4 Another popular line of Najdorf variation has been played, but in the following position Anand deviates from the most popular 13.Nc5 in favor of a move in the game, which was first tried a month ago by Moldavian grandmaster Bologan. 13.Na5!?
13...Rc8 Very logical continuation. White's idea is to bring the knight to b4 via c6, so it makes sense to deprive him of this possibility. [13...Nd7 14.Nc6 Qc7 15.Nb4 Qb7 16.Nbd5 Rb8 17.b3 cxb3 18.cxb3 Be7 19.Kb2 Bd8 2 0.Rd3 0-0 21.g4 Kh8 22.Rc1 Ba5 Bologan,V-Gelfand,B/Merida 2005] 14.Bb6 Qd7 15.g3 g6 As White is going to play f4 later on black bishop is better placed on g7 than on e7, not to mention it's important to take square f5 under control. [15...Be7 16.f4 (16.h3!? 0-0 17.f4 …Bxh3? 18.fxe5 Ng4 19.Qf3 Nxe5 20.Qh5+-) 16...Bh3 17.Rd2 0-0 18.Rhd1 Qe8] 16.Rd2 Bh6 17.f4 Ng4?! The knight has nothing to do on g4, so it was
19...Nf6? This move is the decisive mistake, even though Black's position is quite dangerous anyway. [19...Rxb6 20.hxg4 Bxg4 21.Qe3 Rb8 22.Nxc4 Bf8 23.Nxe5+-; It was necessary to try 19...Nh2 20.Qe3 (20.Rhxh2 Rxb6 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Rxd5 exf4 23.gxf4 Qc7÷) 20...Nf3 21.Nd5²] 20.Bc5+- Not just winning a pawn, but keeping black king in the center. 20...exf4 [20...dxc5 21.Rxd7 Nxd7 22.Nd5+-] 21.gxf4 Rc8 22.Bxd6 Qd8 23.Bb4 [Not so bad was 23.Nb7 Qb6 24.Nc5 Rxc5 25.Na4 Qa5 26.Nxc5 Qxa2 27.Qa3+-] 23...Qb6 24.a3 Nh5 25.Kb1 [Once again white had a choice between a move in the game and 25.Nd5 Bxd5 26.exd5 Kd7 (26...Bxf4 27.Qe4++-) 27.Re1 Rhe8 28.Rde2 Bxf4+ 29.Kb1+-] 25...Bxf4 26.Nd5 Bxd5 [26...Qb8 27.Qxh5! gxh5 28.Nf6#] 27.Rxd5 Bb8 28.Rhd1 c3 [28...Qe6 29.Qc3 f6 30.Nxc4+-] 29.Rd7 1-0
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[C42] - Petroff Svidler,P (2738) Morozevich,A (2707) WCC (11), 10.10.2005
by GM Alex Finkel
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.c4 c6 9.Re1 Quite a rare move, which promises White very little. On the other hand a character of the position is extremely unpleasant for Moro, who strives for complications and feels far less confident defending slightly worse position with no counterplay. [9.Qc2!?] 9...Bf5 10.Qb3 Na6 11.Nc3 dxc4 [Of course not 11...Nec5 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Bxf5 Nxb3 14.axb3± and white minor pieces are much stronger than the queen.] 12.Bxc4 Nxc3 13.bxc3 b5 14.Bf1 Nc7 15.Bg5 White prefers to trade the darksquared bishop on g3, as straightforward approach brought him no opening advantage in the previous games played in this position. [15.Ba3 Be6 16.Qb2 Bd5 17.Ne5 Re8 18.Bxd6 1/2-1/2 Serper,GAkopian,V/Adelaide 1988; 15.a4 a5 16.Bg5 Qd7 17.Ne5 Bxe5 18.dxe5 Be6 19.Red1 Bxb3 20.Rxd7 Rfc8÷ Oll,LRozentalis,E/Klaipeda 1988] 15...Qc8 May be Morozevch didn't like 16. Ne5 in case of 15...Qd7, but c8 is a bit awkward place for a queen. [15...Qd7!?] 16.Bh4 a5 17.Bg3 a4 18.Qb2 Bxg3 19.hxg3 Nd5?
Very bad idea. Allowing white to play c4 comes into contradiction with Black's previous play. It was necessary to play [19...Be6 transferring the bishop to d5.] 20.c4 bxc4 21.Bxc4² Rb8 22.Qd2 It becomes clear that Black is in a deadlock. Morozevich can't get rid of the weakness on c6, and he has no counterplay. White keeps pressuring Black and achieves a stable advantage. 22...Qb7 23.Ne5 Qb6 24.Rac1 Be6 25.a3! In the future a pawn on a4 will be an easy target to attack. 25...Rfc8 26.Ba2 h6 27.Rc2 Bf5 28.Rc5 Svidler is not in a hurry to get a material advantage as it's quite obvious that Black won't be able to protect his weak pawns for a very long time. On the other hand there was nothing wrong with [28.Rb1!? Qxb1+ 29.Bxb1 Rxb1+ 30.Rc1 Rcb8 31.Kh2 R8b2 32.Qd1 Rxc1 33.Qxc1 Rc2 34.Qe1± with excellent winning chances.] 28...Qb2 29.Qxb2 Rxb2 30.Bc4 Kf8 31.Rc1!? Once again Svidler prefers to postpone material gains for more "suitable" moment. However it was better to play [31.Nxc6!? Nf6 32.Rxf5 Rxc6 33.Ra5 g6 34.Rxa4+with easily winning endgame.] 31...Nb6 32.Nxf7 Rb1 [32...Nxc4 33.Rxf5 g6 34.Rf4+-] 33.Rxb1 Bxb1 34.Ne5 Ke7 35.Ba6 Rc7 36.Be2! bringing the bishop to e4. 36...Kd6 37.Bf3 Ba2 38.Be4! Svidler was very short of time so he decided not to commit himself with capturing on c6. [38.Rxc6+?! Rxc6 39.Bxc6 Bd5 40.Be8 Bb3] 38...Bd5 39.f3 Re7 40.Rc3 Defending against 40...R:e5 40...Rc7 41.Rc5 Bb3 42.Kf2?!
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This is way too much! It was a perfect moment to capture on c6: [42.Bxc6 Nc8 43.Kf2 Ne7 44.Bxa4 Bxa4 45.Nc4+ Kd7 46.Nb6++-] 42...Nd5 43.Ke2 Ne7 44.Ra5 Rb7 45.Ke3 Bd5 46.Nd3 Bc4 47.Nb4 Bb5 48.g4 Nc8 49.Kd2 Ra7 That is Black's best chance as there is no way to bring his rook into play [49...Nb6? 50.Rxb5 Nc4+ 51.Kc3+-] 50.Rxa7 Nxa7 51.Nc2 c5 52.Kc3 Bf1 53.dxc5+ Kxc5 54.Ne3 Ba6 55.Bc2 Nb5+ 56.Kb2 Nd6 57.Bxa4 Kd4 58.Nf5+?! Svidler is looking for troubles. It was much safer to play [58.Nc2+ Ke5 59.Kc3 Kf4 60.Kd4 Kg3 61.Ne3+-] 58...Nxf5 59.gxf5 h5 60.g3
[B84] - Sicilian Najdrof Adams,M (2719) Topalov,V (2788) WCC (11), 10.10.2005
by GM Larry Christiansen
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a4 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.f4 Qc7 11.Kh1 Re8 12.Bf3
60...Be2? The bishop is badly placed on e2, so white wins this endgame quite easily. After correct [60...Bb7 61.Bd1 Ke3 62.f4 Kf2 63.Bxh5 Kxg3 64.Bd1 (‹64.a4?! Kxf4 65.Bg6 Ke5 66.Kc3 Kd5 67.Kb4 Bc8 68.a5 Kc6 and white bishop is stuck on g6.) 64...Kxf4 65.Bc2 Ke5 66.Kc3 Kd5 67.Kb4 Bc8 68.a4 Kc6 69.a5 Kb7 70.Bd3 Ka7 71.Kc5 Kb7 Black seems to hold an endgame since after 72.Kd6 Bxf5! 73.Bxf5 Ka6 all white pawns disappear from the board.] 61.Bc6 Ke3 62.Kc3! Now it's easy 62...Kf2 [62...Bxf3 63.Bxf3 Kxf3 64.a4 Kxg3 65.a5 h4 66.a6 h3 67.a7+-] 63.Kd2 Ba6 64.g4! h4 65.g5 Black bishop can't stop white passers, so Black stands no chance to save the game. 65...h3 66.f6 gxf6 67.gxf6 Bb5 68.Be4 Be8 69.f4 Bg6!? 70.Bxg6! 1-0
12...Bf8 [12...Rb8 has also been extensively played and analyzed, when White has alternatives 13.Qe1 and 13.g4. AdamsKramnik, Wijk aan Zee 2005 continued 13.Qe1 e5 14.Nde2 exf4 15.Nxf4 Be6 16.Bh5 Nxh5 17.Nxh5 Qa5 18.Nf4 Bc4 19.Nd3 Qd8 20.b3 Bxd3 21.cxd3 Bf6 22.Rc1 Nb4 23.Qd2 d5 24.Bc5 Bg5 25.Qf2 Nxd3 26.Qxf7+ Kh8 27.Bd4 Bh6 28.Rcd1 dxe4 29.Ba7 Re7 30.Qf5 Ra8 31.Nxe4 Rd7 32.Bb6 Qe8 33.a5 Kg8 34.Qg4 Kh8 35.Rf8+ Qxf8 36.Qxd7 Ne5 37.Qxb7 g6 38 h3 Bg7 39.Nd6 h5 40.b4 Qg8 41.Bc5 Qb8 42.Qe4 Kh7 43. Rd5 1-0] 13.Nb3 b6
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looking position how can he infiltrate Black's weak dark squares? The text is better, by the way, than 23...Nf7? 24.Nxf5! gxf5 25.Bf6 when Black cannot easily handle the attack, for instance Nh8 26.Rxf5 Ng6 27.Rg5 Qf7 28.Rxg6+! Qxg6 29.Re3 intending Rg3 and Black is suffering due to his vulnerable dark squares. 24.Ne2 [Finally a move. White intends to swing the knight to f4 where it dislodges the dominatrix on d5, eyes h5 and g6 as potential attacking points and defends White's only sensitive point, g2. Previously seen was 24.Rd1?! (wastes precious time) Bb7 25.Qg3 Nf7 26.Bf6 Rac8 and Black is a safe pawn ahead, Zelcic-Vovk, Capelle La Grande, 2005.] 24...Nf7 [24...Bb7 25.Nf4 Qd6 is an alternative, but Topalov no doubt feared 26.Rxe5 Qxe5 27.Bf6 with ideas like Qc7 28.Nxg6 with a vicious attack or 27...Qe3 28.Qh6 Bxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Ra7 30.Rf3 and again White's attack looks very dangerous.] 25.Nf4
14.e5 '!?' This is White's most aggressive continuation, exploiting Black's vulnerability on the h1-a8 diagonal to send his forces into retreat. On the other hand, the e5 pawn is doomed and the question is whether White's impending initiative is worth the investment. 14...dxe5 15.fxe5 Nd7 16.Bxc6 Qxc6 17.Nd4 ['17 Rxf7? (the kind of shot players should first examine) fails to Kxf7 18 Qh5+ Kg8 19 Qxe8 Bb7 and wins.'] 17...Qb7 18.Qh5 [Note that 18.Rxf7 Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Qxe8 Qxg2+! 21.Kxg2 Bb7+ rebounds to Black's favor.] 18...g6 19.Qh4 Nxe5 20.Ne4 Be7 21.Ng5 [21.Qf4 f5! is good for Black. So far the players have followed theory--Adams now started to think in earnest while Topalov continued to rattle off the moves a bit longer.] 21...Bxg5 22.Bxg5 f5 [Forced. Black must create a defense of his vulnerable 7th rank.] 23.Rae1 Qd5!
We are still in theory! Now Adams sank into deliberation. White has a very attractive
25...Qc6?! [25...Qd7, keeping an eye on the vulnerable 7th rank was the main alternative, and I think superior to the game continuation.. One possibility then is 26.Bf6 e5 27.Nxg6 hxg6 28.Re3 Re6 and now both 29.Rxf5 Rd6! (29...gxf5 30.Qg3+ Ng5 31.Qxg5+ wins) 30.Rf1 Rd1! and 29.Rg3 Qd6 (29...Rxf6 30.Qxf6 g5 is also possible) 30.Rxg6+ Kf8 seem to give Black winning positions. Probably best for White after 25...Qd7 is
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26.Qg3!? Nxg5 27.Qxg5 with some compensation for the pawn, but not enough to cause serious headaches. The speculative 26.Rd1 is answered by the greedy but effective Qxa4! pinning the knight on f4 and grabbing yet another pawn. I don't see a way there to create sustained and convincing pressure for White.] 26.Nh5! [Adams' attacking point is 26...gxh5 27.Bf6 and now: 1)27...Nh8 28.Bxh8 Kxh8 29.Qf6+ Kg8 30.Re3 h4 (30...Qxa4 31.Rg3+ Qg4 32.Rxg4+ hxg4 33.Rd1 wins) 31.Rxf5! exf5 32.Qxc6 Rxe6 32.h3! Rb8 34.Qd6 Re1+ 34.Kh2 Rb7 35.Qd8+ Kg7 36.Qxc8 with winning chances for White 2)27...Qc7 (stops the threat of Qg3+) 28.Rxf5! Nh8 29.Bxh8 Kxh8 30.Qxh5 Bb7 31.Rf7 Bxg2+ 32.Kg1! Qc5+ 33.Qxc5 bxc5 34.Kxg2 and White has a clear plus in the endgame.!] 26...Nxg5 27.Nf6+ [27.Rxf5? exf5 28.Rxe8+ Kf7 fails.] 27...Kf7
36.Rxe6 [36.b4 Qd6 37.Qf6 Rf8 is not too troublesome. In fact, White must watch for a possible ...Rf8 and f4 (preceded by ...b5 to stop c4) starting a strong kingside attack. Adams elects to play a drawing combination that quickly leads to a handshake.] 36...Bxe6 37.Qf6 Bd5 38.Qd8+ Kg7 39.Rxd5
39...Qf2! 40.Rd7+ Kh6 41.Qf8+ Kg5 42.Qe7+ Kf4! 43.Qd6+ Game drawn 28.Nxe8!?! [Adams misses his real chance with 28.Qxg5, when Bb7 29.Rf3 Qxc2 30.Nxe8 Rxe8 31.Rc3 h6 32.Qg3 Qd2 33.Rd3! is very promising, or 28.Qxg5 h6 29.Qh4 Bb7 30.Ne4 (30 Rf2!? is also good) e5 31.Qxh6 and White has strong pressure. 28...Bb7 29.Nd6+ Qxd6 30.Qxg5 Rc8 31.Rf2 Rc4! [Black has excellent compensation for the Exchange in the form of a pawn, good center, active pieces and pressure on g2 and c2.] 32.Qh6 Kg8 33.Rd2 Bd5 34.b3 Rc3 35.Qh4 Qc5 [B13} - Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Polgar,J (2735) Leko,P (2763) WCC (11), 10.10.2005
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1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 The PanovBotvinnik
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4...Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 The long main line of theory, although, e.g. Anand has played 6...e6 against Kasparov. 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 e6
most probably neither Hungarian wished to trouble a compatriot. 18...Bb4 19.Rd3 Rhd8 20.a3 Rac8+ 21.Kb1 Bc5 22.Re1 Kf7 23.Red1 Ke6 24.Re1 Kf7 25.Red1
9...Nb6, as Wells in 1991 and at Hodgson in 1986 have played against me, is at least as good. Play then usually goes 10.Be3 e6 11.0-0-0, etc. 10.Qxb7 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Nxb5 12.Qc6+ Ke7 13.Qxb5 Qd7 14.Nxd5+ Qxd5 15.Bg5+
Drawn Standings after round 11: 1. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2788 8.5; 2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2738 7.0; 3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 6.5; 4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2707 5.5; 5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2763 5.0; 6. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2670 4.5; 7. Adams, Michael g ENG 2719 4.0; 8. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2735 3.0;
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