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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Matter of Technique!


Game annotated by Niranjan Navalgund
White:Leko Peter 2753
Black:Anand Vishwanathan 2799
Morelia/Linares
Round 5
1.e4 c5
2.Nf3 d6
3.d4 cd4
4.Nd4 Nf6
5.Nc3 a6
6.Be3 e5 Sicilan Najdorf
7.Nb3 Be6
8.Qd2 Nbd7
9.f3 b5
10.0-0-0 Be7
11.Nd5!? Looks quite interesting! Bxd5
12.ed5 Nb6!
13.Bxb6 Qxb6
14.Na5 Here black cannot take the pawn (14...Nxd5) as 15.Qxd5 will lose a piece as the Rook on a8 is hanging!
14...Rc8 (Idea 15...Nxd5)
15.Nc6 Its surprising to see that White hopes to play an equal endgame. I dont quite trust this movE :)
15...Nxd5!
16.Nxe7 Nxe7
17.Qxd6 Qxd6 [17...Qe3+ is really bad as after 18.Kb1 Black hopes nothing. His king is in danger and the a6 pawn is also under attack and White has overwhelming advantage!]
18.Rxd6 Nc6! Idea Ke7 and Nd4 followed by f5.
19.c3 (19.Bd3? due to Ke7-+)
19...Ke7
20.Rd1-f5 Pawn storm begins!
Now this Endgame suits Black as his king is active than White's . He has enough mobility and also a good knight vs a Bad Bishop!
21.Bd3 g6 Black holds the advantage!.
22.Rhe1 Rhd8
Here White is in danger.
He cannot play Kc2 (with the idea ot bring the king in the game) due to Nb4+ which ;loses a piece but even Kd2 looks really odd!
23.Bf1 Rxd1
24.Rxd1 Na5
25.a4 Nc4!
26.axb5 axb5
27.Rd5 Kf6! Idea Ne3!
28.Rb5 Ne3
29.Rb6 Kg5 (29.Bd3 is met by Rd8)
30.Ba6 Rd8! Mating threat!
31.b4 Kf4!Playing it boldly!
This is the matter of Godd endgame technique!
Fantastic play by black
The position flows right to Black!
32.Rc6 Ng2
33.b5 Ra8! Setting a trap
[if 34.b6 then Rxa6!!
35.b7 Rc6
36.b8=Q Rc3+
37.Kd2 Rf3-+
Black has more than enough compensation and Black will slowly win!]
Back to the game
34.Bb7 Rb8
35.Rc7 Ne1
36.Rh7 Nf3
37.c4 e4 Black wins the pawn race!
38.Kc2 e3
39.Kd3 (IF 39.Re7 then 39...e2! wins!)
39...g5 Descent way to win!
40.Ke2 Nd4+
41.Ke1 Rd8 The Rook and the Knight Combat the lone Wite King.
42.Re7 Nc2
43.Kf1 Rd1+!
44.Ke2 Rd2
45.Kf1 Nd4
White Resigned

Summary:
The whole game revolved around the pawn storm at the end and the kings play!
The King which helped Black to pocket the g2 and f3 pawn became the main card for Black's victory! White had a very little chance to improve in the ending. The defence is really hard to find for White over the board.
The Black pieces dominated the White King!
A Good Technique by White who had a slight edge and went on to win the game!
Congrats to V.Anand
And All the best to V.Anand for his remaining rounds!!!!

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