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Greetings. Perhaps the Game of the Tournament, says Malcolm Pein
http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/even.../morlin10.html

Anand,V (2779) - Carlsen,M (2690) [C96]
XXIV SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (10), 04.03.2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6
8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5
[The old main line of the Ruy Lopez, Black has many choices here]
11.d4 Nd7
[Black defends the e5 pawn and intends Be7-f6 to pressure d4
or Nd7-b6-c4 to exchange one pair of knights]
12.d5 Nb6 13.Nbd2 [13.b3!?]
13...g6
[Kramnik and Adams have played 13...f5 but after an exchange of light
squared bishops on 14.exf5 White has an edge with a good square for
his knight on 14...e4]
14.b4 cxb4 15.cxb4 Nac4 16.Nxc4 Nxc4
[Black has achieved his aim, but as Anand demonstrates, he has not
solved his problems]
17.Bb3
[17.Bh6 Re8 18.Bb3 Bd7 19.Qe2 Nb6 20.Rac1 Rc8 21.Be3 Rxc1 22.Rxc1 Qb8
23.Nd2 Rc8 24.Rxc8+ Nxc8 25.f4 Qc7 26.Nf3 Qc3 27.Qd2 Qxd2 28.Bxd2 f6
29.fxe5 fxe5 30.Nxe5 dxe5 31.d6+ Kg7 32.dxe7 Nxe7 33.h4 Bc6 34.Bc2
Nc8 35.Bc3 Kf6 36.Kf2 Nd6 37.Ke3 h6 38.Be1 Nc4+ 39.Kf3 1/2-1/2
Leko,P-Mamedyarov,S/Moscow RUS 2006/The Week in Chess 628]
17...Nb6 18.Be3 Bd7 19.Rc1 Rc8
[19...Qb8 20.Re2 Rc8 21.Rxc8+ Bxc8 22.Rc2 Bd7 23.Qd2 is like the game]
20.Rxc8 Bxc8 21.Qc2 Bd7 22.Rc1 Na8
[Abject but oherwise Qc7 will be too strong, a queenside pawn would fall
for example 22...Nc8 23.Qc7 Qxc7 24.Rxc7 Rd8 Rb7-b8-a8 and takes on a6]
23.Qd2! [Taking aim at the kingside]
23...Qb8 24.Bg5 Bxg5 [24...f6 25.Nxe5!!]
25.Nxg5 Rc8 26.Rf1! [Planning 26.f4 with an enormous attack]
26...h6 27.Ne6!!
[diagram :-)]
27...Kh7
[with a strong attack or Vishy might have preferred
27...fxe6 28.dxe6 Be8 29.Qxh6 Nb6 30.f4 Qa7 31.f5 Nc4+ 32.Kh1 Qg7 33.Qh4;
27...fxe6 28.dxe6 Be8 29.e7+ Kg7 30.Qd5 Rc4 31.Bxc4 bxc4 32.Qxc4 Nc7
(32...Bb5 33.Qe6) 33.Rc1 Nb5 34.Qc8 when the two queenside pawns will
be hard to stop]
28.f4 Qa7+ 29.Kh2 Be8 30.f5 gxf5
[30...fxe6 31.dxe6 Qd4 32.Qxd4 exd4 33.f6 wins back the piece]
31.exf5 f6 32.Re1 Nc7 33.Rc1! Bd7 34.Rc3
[When this rook reaches g4 the threat will be Qxh6+! Kxh6 and Rh4 mate]
34...e4 35.Rg3 Nxe6 36.dxe6 Be8 37.e7 Bh5
[37...Qxe7 38.Bg8+ Kh8 39.Qxh6+ Qh7 40.Qxh7# mate]
38.Qxd6 1-0


I've had a quick look at what would have happened if Carlsen had accepted:
[with a strong attack or Vishy might have preferred
27...fxe6 28.dxe6 Be8 29.Qxh6 Nb6 30.f4 Qa7 31.f5 Nc4+ 32.Kh1 Qg7 33.Qh4
I think this try is a draw:
33...gxf5 34.exf5 Qh7 35.Qg5+ Qg7 36.Qh4 1/2-1/2
So White should prefer 29.e7+ ...
27...fxe6 28.dxe6 Be8 29.e7+ Kg7 30.Qd5 Rc4 31.Bxc4 bxc4 32.Qxc4 Nc7
(32...Bb5 33.Qe6) 33.Rc1 Nb5 34.Qc8 when the two queenside pawns will
be hard to stop]
OK, so lets look closer: (evaluations in 1/100's of a pawn, for white)
34... Qxc8 35.Rxc8 Kf7 36.Ra8
36...d5 37.Rxa6 d4 38.a4 Nc3 39.b5
39...Kxe7 40.b6 Bc6 41.b7 Bxb7 42.b7 Bxb7 43.Ra7 Ke6
44.Rxb7 d3 45.Rb2 Nxa4 46.Ra2 Nc5 47.f3 +140
39...d3 40.Rd6 Kxe7 41.Rxd3 Nxa4 42.f3 Ke6 43.Rb3 Nb6
44.Kf2 Kd6 45.Kg3 Kc5 46.Rd3 Bxb5 47.Rd8 Bc4 48.Rh8 +110
36...Nc3! 37.Rxa6 Nxe4
38.f3 Nc3 39.Rxd6 Nxa2 40.Rb6 Nc3 41.Rb7 +21
38.a4! Kxe7 39.b5 Nc5 40.Ra7+ Ke6 41.b6 Bc6 42.a5 +46

So as far as I've seen, the last line is best-play, and I'd rather be White
(42...Bb8?? 43.Rxb8) but there must be counter-play in those central pawns...

Regards, Peter

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Old March 7th 07, 06:25 AM posted to rec.games.chess.analysis
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They have played some good games vs each other ..The last game i saw on
here Anand won as black too .. Id be mad to lose twice in a row to the
same player if i was a top GM.....

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After:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6
8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 12.d5 Nb6 13.Nbd2 g6
14.b4 cxb4 15.cxb4 Nac4 16.Nxc4 Nxc4 17.Bb3 Nb6 18.Be3 Bd7
19.Rc1 Rc8 20.Rxc8 Bxc8 21.Qc2 Bd7 22.Rc1 Na8 23.Qd2! Qb8
24.Bg5 Bxg5 25.Nxg5 Rc8 26.Rf1! h6 27.Ne6!!

(And now if Black had accepted)
27...fxe6 28.dxe6 Be8 29.e7+ Kg7 30.Qd5 Rc4 31.Bxc4 bxc4 32.Qxc4 Nc7
33.Rc1 Nb5 34.Qc8 ("when the two queenside pawns will be hard to stop")
34... Qxc8 35.Rxc8 Kf7 36.Ra8 Nc3! 37.Rxa6 Nxe4
38.a4! Kxe7 39.b5 Nc5 40.Ra7+ Ke6 41.b6 Bc6 42.a5

I wrote:
as far as I've seen, the last line is best-play, and I'd rather be White
(42...Bb8?? 43.Rxb8) but there must be counter-play in those central pawns


meaning of course 42...Bb7?? 43.Rxb7 ... Apologies :-(

After 42.a5 brute force for White is not really convincing:
42.a5 Bd5 43.a6 g5 44.b7 Nxa6 45.Rxa6 Bxb7 46.Ra7 Be4
looks like a long hard ending ...

Regards, Peter

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