Corsica Masters: Sasikiran's Missed Chance, Anand and Mamedyaron in the Final

Время публикации: 30.10.2011 17:15 | Последнее обновление: 30.10.2011 17:30

In the knockout semifinals (Corsica Masters) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov gained two confident wins over Ivan Cheparinov, while Viswanathan Anand defeated Krishnan Sasikiran (the world champion had already been beaten by his compatirot in the FIDE World Cup, 2002) in an intense struggle.

Even though Sasikiran had an advantage in the second game, still both games ended in draws.

SASIKIRAN - ANAND (2nd game)

White chose a simple way - 31.Bc4?! Rxa2 32.Bxa2 Bxe4 so that later Anand could make a draw easily. The critical continuation was 31.e5 g5! (31…Nb6 will be answered by a strong 32.Rd2!), where Black have to struggle for survival. Another chance to throw the opponent off the tournament White missed earlier, after Anand’s blunder 27...Nd7? White should have played 28.Rd4!

Sasikiran continued missing his chances which means Anand won both blitz games.

SASIKIRAN - ANAND (1st tie-break)

A sharp theoretical variant of Modern Benoni Defence took place in the game. The novelty was Anand’s 22nd move which kept the tension for a while.

Sasikiran could have tried 33.Rfe1! and in case of 33...Rxe1 34.Rxe1 Bxc4 35.Re8+ Kh7 36.Ng5+ Rxg5 37.Bxg5 Bxd5 and Black have 4 pawns for the exchange. 

But Black king and bishop are locked up in the corner and White has a persistent advantage! Sasikiran missed another chance; 33.Ne3? lead him to loss. 

So, Anand and Mamedyarov will compete in the in the final of Corsica Masters which will be held in Ajacco, October 31st.



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