Fluent in German, Fluent in Spanish, Fluent in The Grunfeld

Время публикации: 16.02.2015 00:46 | Последнее обновление: 17.02.2015 04:27

Anand excels Aronian in home preparation and catches up with Nakamura

The highlight of the second round was Viswanathan Anand's spectacular victory over Levon Aronian. By coincidence, more than a dozen Indian chess fans have come to watch the Zurich Chess Challenge today. During the round, Anand wasn't aware of that, although he did approached them for a talk after the end of the game. However might it have been, his today's victory was surprisingly easy.
The pictorial report by Evgeny Surov

Once again, Levon had hard time trying to compete with the ex-World Champion in the opening preparation, even though he had been considered the 'uncomfortable' opponent by Anand earlier. The today's game brings back the memories of the encounter that had happened a bit more than two years ago in Wijk aan Zee, when the reigning World Champion (by then) had crushed the Armenian GM using an opening bomb prepared for one of the world championship matches. Later on, that game has been awarded a prize 'for the novelty of the year' by New In Chess magazine.

'Well, I have to study openings better', Levon had admitted after that game.
'A lot of this was home preparation', that had been the comment by Anand two years ago. Today, this phrase of his is perfectly appropriate as well.

Viswanathan ANAND - Levon ARONIAN
Zurich Chess Challenge 2015, round 2

The Grunfeld Defence
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Na6 8.Be2 c5 9.d5 e6 10.0-0 exd5 11.exd5 Re8 12.Rd1. Anand had played 12.Bg5 in the 10th game of the Sochi match, and Carlsen had had to extricate himself.
12...Bf5 13.d6 h6. The whole line up to 13...h6 had been played more than once by Garry Kasparov, including two games vs Anatoly Karpov in the Sevilla match in 1987. Curiously enough, the MegaDatabase contains an old annotation to one of those games, which runs: 14.Be3 Ng4!? 15.Bf4 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Re4 17.Qb3 Rxf4 18.Bxa6 (? - CN) 18...Rb8 19.Qc6 Bd7 'with decisive advantage for Black'. Anand improves this line:
14.Be3 Ng4. This move practically obliges Black to accept the sacrifice. Vladimir Tukmakov had chosen 14...Bd7 against T.Reilly back in 1997, and even though he had managed to beat the weaker opponent, this choice doesn't seem to solve Black's problems. Anyway, it would have made sense to think thoroughly before playing 14...Ng4 and 15...Bxc3. (Since it took a player of Aronian's level almost no time to make up his mind for that, my best guess is that he is simply tired of playing non-stop, perhaps as well as some other Zurich participants - AD).
15.Bf4! Bxc3 16.bxc3 Re4 17.Qb5

17...Rxf4?! Actually Black missed a good chance to get away unscathed, although the move isn't obvious at all. However, if one realizes that Black's biggest problem is his poor a6-knight, one can find the unexpected 17...с4! clearing a very important square for the unlucky piece. The game can continue: 18.Qxb7 (if 18.Bxc4? then already 18...Rxf4; while 18.Be3!? Nxe3 19. fxe3 Rxe3 20.Bxc4 Qb6!? isn't hopeless for Black) 18...Nc5 19.Qd5 Ne6! (also 19...Rxe2 deserves attention: 20.Qxc5 Nxf2 21.Nd4 Nd3 22.Rxd3 cxd3 23.Nxe2 dxe2) 20.Be3 Rc8!? Even if the final position is objectively better for White, Black has clear counterplay. 
18.Qxb7 Ra4 19.d7! This is the improvement. Now 19.Qxa8 is the threat. It's only here that Aronian took a deep thought but it might be already too late.
19...Be4 20.Qb3 Bc6? The most tenacious is 20...Ra5. After 21.Nd2!, White's prospects are much better, but the position remains very complex. The engines give some crazy lines like 20...Bxg2!? 21.Nc4! Rb8 22.Qc2 Nxf2 23.Kxf2 Ba8, or 20...Bf5!? 21.Nc4 Nxf2! 22.Kxf2 Rb8. However, Anand had probably looked at that at home.
21.Rd6. Now Black's position is totally hopeless despite his extra knight (which should perhaps be better called 'excessive' instead of 'extra', given its really poor placement). Too many of the black's pieces are hanging, while the powerful d7-pawn is splitting his position in two.
21...Bxd7 (21...Rb8 doesn't change anything because of 22.Qd1! Bxf3 23.Bxf3) 22.Rad1 Qb8 23.Rxd7 Qxb3 24.axb3 Ra2 25.Bc4 Rf8 26.R7d6 Kg7 27.Rxa6 Rxf2 28.Re1. 1-0
(Annotated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

Then the happy winner came to the press center and commented on the game... in fluent German! Apart from English, Anand is also known to be fluent in Spanish, and now we know of one more language he possesses. Who knows, maybe once we will see him giving live commentary in Russian? Extremely talented people are usually gifted in many respects.

Two other games of the round (Kramnik - Nakamura & Karjakin - Caruana) were drawn, so we have two leaders now: Viswanathan Anand and Hikaru Nakamura. Both have 3 points out of 4 according to the system being used in the classical part of the Zurich Chess Challenge.
The crosstable, schedule, all pairings, all the previous materials, etc.

[Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.15"] [Round "2"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D97"] [Opening "Gruenfeld"] [Variation "Russian, Prins variation"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Na6 8. Be2 c5 9. d5 e6 10. O-O exd5 11. exd5 Re8 12. Rd1 Bf5 13. d6 h6 14. Be3 Ng4 15. Bf4 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Re4 17. Qb5 Rxf4 18. Qxb7 Ra4 19. d7 Be4 20. Qb3 Bc6 21. Rd6 Bxd7 22. Rad1 Qb8 23. Rxd7 Qxb3 24. axb3 Ra2 25. Bc4 Rf8 26. R7d6 Kg7 27. Rxa6 Rxf2 28. Re1 1-0 [Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.15"] [Round "2"] [White "Kramnik,V"] [Black "Nakamura,Hi"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2783"] [BlackElo "2776"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] [ECO "A14"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. b3 c5 7. Bb2 Nc6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bf6 12. Qd2 Bd7 13. Bxd5 exd5 14. Rd1 Rc8 15. Nc3 Bc6 16. Nxd5 Bxb2 17. Qxb2 Bxd5 18. e4 Bxe4 19. Rxd8 Rfxd8 20. b4 a6 21. a4 Rc4 22. Re1 h6 23. Qe5 Bc6 24. b5 Re8 25. Qxe8+ Bxe8 26. Rxe8+ Kh7 27. Re7 f6 28. a5 Ra4 29. Rxb7 Rxa5 30. b6 Rb5 31. Kf1 a5 32. Kg2 a4 33. h4 h5 34. Rb8 Kg6 35. b7 a3 36. Ra8 a2 37. Kh3 Rxb7 38. Rxa2 Rb3 39. Kg2 Rb5 40. Re2 Ra5 1/2-1/2 [Event "4th Zurich CC Classical"] [Site "Zurich SUI"] [Date "2015.02.15"] [Round "2"] [White "Karjakin,Sergey"] [Black "Caruana,F"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2760"] [BlackElo "2811"] [EventDate "2015.02.14"] [ECO "C65"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O Nd4 6. Nxd4 Bxd4 7. c3 Bb6 8. Na3 c6 9. Ba4 d6 10. Bb3 a5 11. Nc4 Bc7 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. Bg3 h5 15. f3 Be6 16. Ne3 h4 17. Bf2 d5 18. Re1 Kf8 19. h3 Bb6 20. Qc2 Nh5 21. d4 exd4 22. cxd4 Nf4 23. Ng4 a4 24. Bxa4 dxe4 25. Rxe4 Bf5 26. Rd1 Kg7 27. Bb3 Qc7 28. Ne3 Bg6 29. Nc4 Rhe8 30. Kh1 Ba7 31. Ne5 Bxe4 32. fxe4 Rxe5 33. dxe5 Bxf2 34. Qxf2 Rd8 35. Qe1 Rxd1 36. Qxd1 Qxe5 37. Qd7 Qf6 38. e5 Qg6 39. Kh2 b6 40. e6 Nxe6 41. Qxc6 1/2-1/2


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