Anand – Leko, Corus 2006

White:
Viswanathan Anand (2792)
Black:
Peter Leko (2740)
Opening
Sicilian: Najdorf
Tournament
Corus 2006, Wijk aan Zee, Round 5
Date
19/01/2005
ECO Code
B90
Result
1-0

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Bb3 Nc6 11. Bg5
Anand has been here before and scored a win against Gelfand almost a decade ago. Kasparov, as Black, beat Ivanchuk in 1995.
11… Nd7N
11… Na5 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Nd5:

  • 13… Bg5 14. Qd3 Rc8 15. Rfd1 Kh8 16. Nc3 Be7 17. Nd5 Bg5 18. Kh1 Bh6 19. Nc3 Nxb3 20. axb3 Qb6 21. Kg1 Rc6 22. Qe2 Qc7 23. Ne1 f5 24. Nd3 fxe4 25. Qxe4 Qf7 26. Qe2 Qg6 27. f3 Bf5 28. Nb4 Rc7 29. Nbd5 Rcf7 30. Ne4 Bg5 31. Ndc3 Be7 32. Rd3 Rc8 33. Rad1 Rc6 34. Nd5 Bf8 35. Rc3 h5 36. Kh1 h4 37. h3 Kg8 38. Rc4 Qh5 39. Ne3 d5 40. Nxd5 Bxh3 41. gxh3 Rxf3 42. Nef6+ Anand – Gelfand, Dos Hermanas 1996, 1-0 (42)
  • 13… Nxb3 14. axb3 Bg5 15. Qd3 Bh6 16. Rad1 Rc8 17. Nd2 b5 18. c3 Kh8 19. b4 Ra8 20. Nb3 f5 21. Na5 Rc8 22. Qh3 Rf7 23. Rfe1 Qe8 24. Qh4 Qf8 25. exf5 Bxf5 26. f3 Bc2 27. Ra1 Bf5 28. h3 Qe8 29. Qf2 Qe6 30. Rad1 Qg6 31. Kh1 Rcf8 32. h4 Bc2 33. Rd2 Bxd2 34. Qxd2 Qg3 35. Nb7 Rxb7 Ivanchuk – Kasparov, New York 1995, 0-1 (35)
12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Nd5 +/=
13. Qd2 Nc5 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. Qe3 Nxb3 16. axb3 f5 17. Nd5 Qd7 18. Ng5 Nd4 19. Nxe6 Qxe6 20. c3 Predojevic – Shirov, Sarajevo BIH 2005, 1/2 (20)
13… Qd8 14. c3 Na5 15. Re1 Rc8 16. h3
Anand takes away key squares from the Black pieces – g4, d4 and b4.
16… Nb6 17. Nxb6 Qxb6 18. Bxe6 fxe6 19. Re2 Rc6 20. Qd3 Qc7 21. Rd1 Nc4 22. b3 Nb6 23. c4
Preventing the freeing …d5. The Black central pawn complex is weak. Black will find it difficult to break with …d5 without weakening the …e5 pawn.
23… Nc8 24. Red2
d6 becomes the focus of attention
24… h6
Covers g5, but at the cost of weakening the light squares around the Black king. Shredder 7:

  • 24… b6 25. Ng5 Qe7 26. Qg3 Rf4 27. a4 Qf6 28. Re2 Kh8 29. Re3 Rc5 30. Ree1 Qg6 [eval 0.14/16]
  • 24… Qf7 25. b4 b6 26. Rc2 Qc7 27. a3 Rf6 28. Ng5 Rg6 29. h4 Rf6 30. Qe2 h6 31. Nf3 [eval 0.27/16]
  • 24… Qe7 25. b4 b6 26. Rc2 Qc7 27. a3 Rf6 28. Ng5 Rg6 29. h4 Rf6 30. Qe2 h6 31. Nf3 [eval 0.27/16]
  • 24… Rc5 25. Qe2 b6 26. Ng5 Qe7 27. Qh5 h6 28. Nf3 b5 29. cxb5 axb5 30. a4 bxa4 31. bxa4 Rc4 32. Ra2 Rxe4 33. Qg6 Ref4 34. a5 [eval 0.29/16]
  • 24… Rf6 25. Qe3 Qa5 26. Qg5 Rc7 27. Qh5 Re7 28. Ng5 h6 29. Nf3 Rf4 30. Qg6 [eval 0.39/16]
25. Qe2 Kh7 26. h4!
Anand plays to lock down the light squares around the Black king. 26. Ne1 a5 27. Nd3 g6 28. Qg4 Rxf2 29. Nxf2 Kg8 30. Qxe6+ Qf7 31. Qxf7+ Kh8 32. Qxb7 +/-
26… Qb6?!
Leko starts to drift into a plan that takes his Black quee too far from the kingside.
27. h5 Qc5 28. Ne1! +/-
Position after 28.Ne1! Regrouping the knight to d3 pushes Black back in the centre and allows White to start operations on the kingside as well as in the centre.
28… Rc7 29. Nd3 Qc6 30. c5!
weakening the defender of the e5-pawn.
30… Ne7 31. Qg4 +-
Attacking the weak …e6 pawn. Black’s centre is under pressure.
31… Rf6 32. b4 d5
Ditching the e5 pawn in an attempt to get some activity.
33. Nxe5 Qa4 34. Qg3 Rc8 35. Ng4 Rf7 36. Qd6
Black’s centre collapses. 36. exd5?! exd5 37. Ne5 Rf6 +-
36… Rcf8 37. Qxe6
37. exd5 Nxd5 38. Qxe6 Nf6 +-
37… Qxb4 38. exd5 Qxc5 39. d6! Nc6 40. d7 Nd8 41. Qe4+ Qf5 42. Re2 Qxe4 43. Rxe4 b5 44. f3 a5
44… Rg8 +- desperation
45. Ne5 Rf6 46. Ng6 Rg8 47. Re8 Rf7 48. Rd5
Better is 48. Ne7 secures victory Rgf8 +-
48… b4 49. Ne7
Black is completely out of moves.
1-0
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