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Anand, Viswanathan (2797) - Shirov, Alexei (2706) [C42]
World Championship, Moscow (5.1) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. c4 Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Be6 11. Ne5 c5 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. d5 Bc8
In the game Baklan, V - Timman, J, Neum (4) 2000 White obtained an advantage after 13... Bd6?! 14. a3 Bxe5 15. axb4 Bf5 16. bxc5 Qc7 17. g3 Qxc5 18. Be3 Qd6 19. c5 Qf6 20. Qb3 Bxb2 21. Ra4 Be5 22. Qxb7 Bh3 23. Re1 a5 24. d6 Rab8 25. Qxe4 Bd7 26. Bd3 g6 27. Bd4 Bxd4 28. Qxd4 Qxd4 29. Rxd4 a4 30. Re7 1-0.
14. a3 Na6








   
15. Qc2!
A strong Topalov's novelty (Topalov-Shirov, WCh, Moscow (4.1) 2001).
After 15. f4?! f6 16. Ng4 Bxg4! 17. Bxg4 f5 the chances are equal. Black plans to shift pieces to nice places - the knight to the d6 square and the bishop to the d4 square.
18. Be2 Bf6 19. g3 Bd4+ 20. Kg2 Nc7 21. Rb1 a5 22. b3 Qf6 23. Qc2 Ne8 24. b4 axb4 25. axb4 b6, Leko, P - Kramnik, V, Amber Rapidplay, Monaco 2001.
18. Be2 Bf6 19. Rb1 Bd4+ 20. Kh1 Nc7 21. b4 b6 22. Rb3 Ne8 23. Be3 Bxe3 24. Rxe3 Nd6, Anand, V - Leko, P, Advanced Chess, Leon 2001.
18. Be2 Bf6 19. Rb1 Bd4+ 20. Kh1 Nc7 21. b4 b6 22. Rb3 Ne8 23. g4 Nd6 24. Be3 Bxe3 1/2-1/2, Ehlvest, J - Nielsen, PH, Jonsson Mem Open, Reykjavik 2001.
18. Be2 Bf6 19. Rb1 Bd4+ 20. Kh1 Nc7 21. b4 b6 22. bxc5 bxc5 23. Qa4, Baklan, V - Gunnarsson, J, EuTCh, Leon 2001. Here Black must play 23... Ne8 24. Rb7 Rf7 25. Rxf7 Kxf7 26. Bd2 Nd6.
18. Bh3 Bf6 19. Be3 Bxb2 20. Rb1 Bd4 21. Bxd4 cxd4 22. Qxd4 b6 23. d6 Qf6 24. Rfd1 Nc5 25. Qxf6 Rxf6, Macieja, B - Pavasovic, D, Milan Vidmar Mem, Portoroz 2001.
15...f6
Or 15... Bd6 16. f4 f6 17. Ng4 Bxg4 18. Bxg4 f5 19. Be2 Nc7 20. Be3 b6 with a small but lasting advantage to White.
16. Ng4 Qd6
In the stem game Topalov, V - Shirov, A, FIDE WCh, Moscow (4.1) 2001 Black played 16...Bd6 17. f4 exf3 18. Bxf3 Qc7 19. g3 Bd7 20. Nf2 b5 21. b3 Rae8 22. Kg2 Be5 23. Rb1 Bd4 24. Bd2 b4 25. a4 Qc8 26. Rbe1 Bf5 27. Be4 Rxe4 28. Nxe4 Bh3+ 29. Kh1 Bxf1 30. Rxf1 Qg4 31. Nd6 Rd8 32. Qf5 with a clear edge to White. After 32... h5 33. Qxg4 hxg4 34. Nb5 Rd7 35. Bf4 Re7 36. Nxd4 cxd4 37. c5 g5 38. Bd6 Re3 39. c6 Kf7 White could win with 40. Kg1!
Interesting is 16... f5 17. Ne5 Nb8! 18. f4 Nd7 19. Be3 (19. b3 Bf6 20. Bb2 Re8) 19... Bd6 20. Nxd7 Bxd7.
17. f3 f5 18. Nf2 Bf6 19. fxe4 Be5 20. h3 Bd4 21. e5!
Bad is 21. Bd3? fxe4 22. Bxe4 Qg3 23. Bxh7+ Kh8 24. Be4 Bxh3 with an attack.
21...Qxe5 22. Kh1
The first player has some advantage thanks to the knight's unhappy position on a6.
22...Bd7 23. Nd3








   
23...Ba4?
The decisive strategical mistake. This bishop defended the light squares in the Black's camp. Better was 23... Qf6 24. Bd2 with some initiative to White.
24. Qxa4 Qxe2 25. Rf3
Here White has a clear advantage.
25...Rae8
Also hopeless is 25... Qe8 26. Qa5 Qd7 (26... Nb8 27. Bf4 b6 28. Qd2 Nd7 29. Bd6 Rf6 30. Re1) 27. Be3 Bxe3 28. Rxe3.
26. Bf4 h6 27. Bd6 Rf6 28. Nf4 Qe4 29. Ne6
Winning.
29...Rexe6 30. dxe6 Qxe6 31. Bg3 Bxb2 32. Re1 Qf7 33. Bh4 Re6 34. Rxe6 Qxe6 35. Qc2 Bd4 36. Qxf5 Qxc4 37. Kh2 Qe2 38. Bg3 Qd1 39. Rf1 Qb3 40. Qe4
Possible is 40. Qg6 Qb5 41. Re1.
40...Qb5 41. Qe6+ Kh7 42. Qf5+ Kg8 43. Qc8+ Kh7 44. Rf8
Black resigned. 1-0










Move
   

Anand, Viswanathan (2770) - Shirov, Alexei (2706) [C42]
FIDE-Wch k.o./Moscow (5.1) 2001

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. c4 Nb4 9. Be2 O-O 10. Nc3 Be6 11. Ne5 c5 12. Nxe4 dxe4 13. d5 Bc8 14. a3 Na6 15. Qc2 f6 16. Ng4 Qd6 17. f3 f5 18. Nf2 Bf6 19. fxe4 Be5 20. h3 Bd4 21. e5 Qxe5 22. Kh1 Bd7 23. Nd3 Ba4 24. Qxa4 Qxe2 25. Rf3 Rae8 26. Bf4 h6 27. Bd6 Rf6 28. Nf4 Qe4 29. Ne6 Rexe6 30. dxe6 Qxe6 31. Bg3 Bxb2 32. Re1 Qf7 33. Bh4 Re6 34. Rxe6 Qxe6 35. Qc2 Bd4 36. Qxf5 Qxc4 37. Kh2 Qe2 38. Bg3 Qd1 39. Rf1 Qb3 40. Qe4 Qb5 41. Qe6+ Kh7 42. Qf5+ Kg8 43. Qc8+ Kh7 44. Rf8 1-0


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