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Viswanathan Anand vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (2003), Linares ESP, rd 14, Mar-09
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General (B30)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-08-05  watchchess79: Is there no advantage for white even with one pawn up??
Aug-08-05  pantlko: with opposite color bishops i think pawn advantage doesnt count
Aug-09-05  acirce: This was the final round of Linares 2003. If anyone had won the game, he would have tied for first with Leko and Kramnik. It has to be said that Kasparov came relatively close in spite of being Black, and he really went for it from move one. Good fight.

Here are some of the most significant comments by Khalifman in Soloviov: "Super Tournaments 2003"

15..Nh5! <Black starts an offensive. He is threatening ..g6-g5 now.>

16..e5!? <This is fairly aggressive and very creative too. Black is aiming at opening files in the center after ..f7-f5. The position after that move would be a bit similar to the Chelyabinsk variation. Black's pieces are very active but the d6-pawn is vulnerable.>

18.Red1? <This is a serious imprecision and Black seizes the initiative after it. White had to trade pawns first - 18.exf5! gxf5 19.Red1! e4 20.fxe4 fxe4 21.Qxd6 Qxd6 (the move 21..Qf7 is already senseless due to 22.Rf1) 22.Rxd6 Nf4 23.Nxf4 Rxf4 - Black has some compensation for the pawn indeed, but still he has to fight for a draw. Should Black capture on f5 with the queen after 18..g5 19.Bf2 Qxf5, White preserves his initiative with: 20.Qxd6 (it is also interesting for him to play 20.Nb5, for example: 20..d5 21.Nc7 Rac8 22.Nxd5 Qxc2 23.Qxc2 Rxc2 24.Ne7+ Kf7 25.Rxa7 Rb8 26.Nf5 and White is better) 20..Qxc2 (but not 20..e4 21.Nd4 Bxd4 22.Qxd4 exf3 23.g4! and White wins - Anand.) 21.Qe6+ Kh8 22.Qe7 Bc6 23.Rxa7 Qxb3 24.Rxa8 (24.Rc7!?) 24..Bxa8 25.Qa3 Qe6 26.Qa7, and Black must still prove that his compensation for the eventual loss of the b6-pawn would be sufficient.>

19..g5 <Black continues to play in the manner "everything forward". It was more prudent for him to continue with 19..Nf4 avoiding the weakening of the f5-square.>

21.h4 <It was too risky for White to capture the pawn here - 21.Qxd6 Qf7 22.Be3 gxh3, because his king would have been quite exposed.>

22.Qxd6 <This again does not look like the most accurate move, because the arising position is in favour of Black. White probably had better try 22.Bg3, in order to repel the black knight away from the f4-square. Another interesting idea for White is to play here 22.Ng3, with the idea to exploit later the weakness of the f5-square.>

Aug-09-05  acirce: 22..Qf7! <This is another very ambitious move. After 22..Qxd6 23.Rxd6 Nxe2+ 24.Nxe2 Bxe4 25.c4 White should be able to save the endgame.>

24.Qd7 <Anand avoids just like before the complications arising after: 24.Bd4 Rad8 25.Qb4 Rxd4 26.Rxd4 f3. It looks like he is once again absolutely right, since White would have great difficulties after: 27.Qc4 (27.Rd2 Qf4 28.Rf2 Qg3, with the powerful threat ..Be5) 27..Bxd4+ 28.Qxd4 Qf4! 29.Rf1 Ba6 30.Nd5 (it is not good for White to play 30.Rf2 Qc1+ 31.Qd1 Qxd1+ 32.Nxd1 Be2 33.Nc3 g3 , and Black wins the exchange) 30..Qg3 31.Rf2 (31.Qf2 Qe5 32.c4 g3 33.Qd2 f2+ 34.Kh1 Qh5 ) 31..Qxh4 32.e5 fxg2 33.Rxf8+ Kxf8, with an advantage for Black.>

26..Kh7?! <White is out of the woods now. His defensive task would have been much harder after 26..g3! 27.Bd4 Bf8, with the idea to repel the white rook from the d-file. After 28.Rg6+ Kh7 29.h5 (Anand) 29..Rd8 Black would have excellent attacking chances despite the rather reduced material: 30.Rf6 Rxf6 31.Bxf6 Rd2! 32.Rxa7 f3! 33.Rxb7+ Kg8, and White is helpless against Black's passed pawns: 34.b4 Rxg2+ 35.Kf1 Rf2+ 36.Kg1 (36.Ke1 Rh2 ) 36..Rxc2 37.Rd7 (37.Nd1 Rg2+ 38.Kf1 Rd2 39.Ne3 Rh2 40.Kg1 f2+ 41.Kf1 Rh1+ 42.Kg2 Rg1+ 43.Kf3 f1Q+ 44.Nxf1 Rxf1 ) 37..Rg2+ 38.Kf1 Rh2 39.Bd4 Rh1+ 40.Bg1 f2 41.Ne2 fxg1Q+ 42.Nxg1 Rh2 and the threats ..Rf2+ and ..Bb4+ are impossible to parry.

It is more precise for White to play 29.Rf6, in order to trade the rooks before the other black rook has reached the d8-square - 29..Rxf6 (29..Rd7 30.Rxf4 Rxd4 31.Rf7+ Kg6 32.Rxb7 Bc5 31.Kh1 Rd2 with compensation) 30.Bxf6 Bc5+ 31.Kh1 a5 32.Rd1 - and in both cases the fact that the white king is totally isolated on h1 compensates Black's pawn deficit.>

Aug-09-05  gladiator367: doubled up pawns, opposite color bishops, c'mon, obvious draw
Aug-22-05  Hincho: <acirce> Thank you so much. As usual excellent information really are a stunning example of hard work. God bless you acirce my friend.
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  ToTheDeath: Kasparov took huge risks in this game- you've got to admire his cajones as White comes out with a hefty advantage with correct play (18.exf5).

<doubled up pawns, opposite color bishops, c'mon, obvious draw>

I'm not so sure- after 33.Rxd7 Bxd7 34.Be5 Bc6 35. Bxf4 Bxe4 36.c3 it is probably drawn with best play although Anand could torture Kasparov for a while if he wished.

The Accelerated Dragon setups can be frustrating for Black players in that they don't always lend themselves to aggressive attacking schemes without taking large positional risks.

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  plang: 14..a6 had been played in Ye-Fedorov 2000 Istanbul Olympiad (White won); 14..Qd7 was new. 20 Qxd6?!..Qf7 would have given Black active counterplay. 31 Bxg7?..Rxd1+ 32 Nxd1..Kxg7 33 Nc3..Kf6 would have given Black winning chances in the endgame.

Kasparov is noted for his great theoretical knowledge in the Sicilian but in this game he showed great creativity causing Anand to have to play carefully to achieve a draw.

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