Anand(GM) (2753) - Kasparov(GM) (2847)
Ciudad de Linares (Linares, Spain), 03/09/2003

Round 14 [Khalifman,A]


Moment of truth. Will Vishy have enough courage to start a real fight after the painful loss yesterday? Will Garry fight till the end? By now we don't know
1. e4 c5  2. Nf3 Nc6  3. Nc3 g6 Yes, Garry is aiming for a tough game! Dragon is much more complex than more conventional 3...e5 or 3... Nf6.
4. d4 cxd4  5. Nxd4 Bg7  6. Be3 Nf6  7. Bc4 O-O  8. Bb3 d6  9. h3 Vishy, howe ver, doesn't like it hot. 9.f3 with the following queenside castle is much more blood-thirsty.
[9. f3]
9. ... Na5 Not the most popular move. 9...Bd7 was preferred in most cases.
[9. ... Bd7 ]
10. O-O b6  11. Re1 Bb7  12. Bg5 This was played in some games before. White is slightly better and Black doesn't seem to have a lot of counter-chances. However, some typical Dragon ideas like Ra8-c8-c3! (or Na5-c4 then) are at his disposal sometimes.
12. ... Nxb3 This is not the move I like very much. Black could wait with this move.
[12. ... Rc8 ]
13. axb3 h6 Against the plan Qd2 & Bh6. However, kingside might be a bit weakened afterwards.
14. Bh4 Qd7
[14. ... Qd7  15. Qd2 is still a logical response
15. ... Nh5!? ]
15. Qd2 Nh5 However, position starts looking a bit like Garry's favourite Najdorf with 6.Be3 Ng4
[15. ... Nh5  16. f3 White needs to take care of his remaining bishop.]
16. f3 e5!? Fairly aggressive and very creative. Black is aiming for f7-f5 opening lines in the center. 17.Ndb5 d5! doesn't favour White either.
17. Nde2
[17. Nde2 f5!? ]
17. ... f5
[17. ... f5  18. exf5 with the idea
(18. Nd5 is another option trying to take solid control over the center)
18. ... gxf5  19. Red1 is critical now - d6 is still weak.]
18. Red1 very direct - but now 18...fxe4 19.fxe4 Nf4 keeps the tension.
18. ... fxe4  19. fxe4
[19. fxe4 Nf4 ]
19. ... g5 This weakening of f5-square might be a bit premature.
20. Bf2 g4
[20. ... g4  21. h4 still with the idea Ng3.
21. ... Nf4  22. Ng3
(22. Nxf4 exf4  23. Qxd6 with probable draw might be played as well.)
22. ... Qf7!? ]
21. h4 Nf4
[21. ... Nf4  22. Bg3!? might be good - trying to remove the annoying knight.]
22. Qxd6 Doesn't look like the most accurate move - the resulting ending favours Black. It might be not enough for win but still...
[22. Qxd6 Nxe2+
(22. ... Qxd6  23. Rxd6 Nxe2+  24. Nxe2 Bxe4  25. c4! and White must be able to hold.)
23. Nxe2 Qf7!? is another tempting option.]
22. ... Qf7 Another ambitious move. However, in posiible time-trouble Garry starts to take real risks.
[22. ... Qf7  23. Nxf4 exf4
(23. ... Qxf4  24. Qd2)
24. Bd4 is very complicated.
(24. Qd7 is rather drawish safe option.)]
23. Nxf4 exf4  24. Qd7 Very solid.
24. ... Qxd7  25. Rxd7 Rf7  26. Rd6 Kh7
[26. ... Kh7  27. Bd4 Bf8! ]
27. Rad1
[27. Rad1 Bxc3  28. bxc3 g3!?  29. Bd4 Bxe4 might be a chance to take the initiative now.]
27. ... Re8  28. Rd7 Ree7  29. Rxe7 Rxe7  30. Bd4 Rd7  31. Nd5 Bxd5  32. Bxg7 Bc6 And finally draw agreed. One must admit Kasparov fought hard but the entire tournament was not big success for him.


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