Bacrot – Anand, Corus 2006

White:
Etienne Bacrot (2717)
Black:
Viswanathan Anand (2792)
Opening
Queen’s Indian
Tournament
Corus 2006, Wijk aan Zee, Round 8
Date
22/01/2006
ECO Code
E15
Result
0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 b5 6. cxb5 Bxb5 7. Bg2 Bb4+ 8. Bd2 a5 9. O-O d5 10. Nc3 Ba6 11. a3 Be7 12. Ne5 O-O 13. Re1 +/=
13. Be3 Nfd7 14. Nd3 Nb6 15. a4 Nc6 16. Nb5 Nb4 17. Rc1 = van der Sterren – Khalifman, Biel 1993, 1/2 (59)
13… Nfd7 14. Nf3 Nf6 15. Ne5
There’s no harm in repeating the position before embarking on a real plan.
15… Nfd7 16. Nxd7 Nxd7 17. e4 dxe4 18. Bxe4 Rb8
Shredder 7: 18… Rc8 19. Qh5 f5 20. Bc6 Nf6 21. Qf3 Qxd4 22. Rxe6 Bd6 23. Rd1 Bxa3 24. Nd5 Ne4 25. Bxa5 [eval 0.87/14]
19. Na4
19. Bc2 Nf6 20. Bf4 +/=
19… Nf6 = 20. Bf3 Qxd4 21. Bxa5 Qxd1 22. Bxd1
White has a slim advantage here mainly because of his better pawn structure. A logical plan would be to double the rooks on the c-file and attack Black’s c-pawn.
Less advisable is 22. Raxd1 Rxb3 23. Re3 Rxe3 24. fxe3 Rc8 -/+
22… c5
22… Rfc8 23. b4 Nd7 24. Bb3 Bd6 +/=
23. Rc1
23. Bc3! Shredder 7:

  • 23… c4 24. b4 Rfd8 25. Nc5 Bb5 26. Be2 Nd5 27. Be5 Ra8 28. Rec1 Nb6 29. a4 Nxa4 30. Nxa4 Bxa4 [eval 0.68/15]
  • 23… Rfc8 24. Be5 Rb7 25. Rc1 Ra7 26. Bb2 Nd5 27. Nc3 Rb7 28. Nxd5 exd5 29. Bc2 Rd8 30. a4 [eval 0.74/15]
  • 23… Rfd8 24. Be5 Rb7 25. Rc1 Nd7 26. Bf4 Ra7 27. Be3 Rc7 28. b4 c4 29. Be2 Bf6 30. Nc3 Ne5 [eval 0.77/15]
  • 23… Nd7 24. Bc2 c4 25. b4 Rfc8 26. f4 Rd8 27. Rad1 Bb5 28. f5 Bf6 29. fxe6 [eval 0.88/15]
  • 23… Bb7 24. Nb6 Nd5 25. Nxd5 Bxd5 26. Rb1 f6 27. f4 Rb7 28. Bc2 Rfb8 29. a4 Kf7 30. Ra1 Bxb3 [eval 0.81/14]
  • 23… Bb5 24. Nb2 Bc6 25. Be5 Rb7 26. Nc4 Bd5 27. Bd6 Bxd6 28. Nxd6 Rbb8 29. Nc4 Rfd8 [eval 0.81/14]
  • 23… Nd5 24. Be5 Rbc8 25. Nc3 Nb6 26. Be2 Bxe2 27. Nxe2 f6 28. Bb2 c4 29. Bd4 Bd8 30. bxc4 [eval 0.84/14]
  • 23… Bd3 24. Nb2 Be4 25. Nc4 Rfd8 26. Rc1 Bd5 27. Bc2 Ra8 28. a4 Bf3 29. Ra1 Ng4 [eval 0.84/14]
23… Rfc8 24. Bc3 Nd7 +/= 25. Bc2 Bb5 26. Nb2 +/- Bf6 27. Bxf6 gxf6 28. Re3 Bc6 29. Bd1 Bd5 30. Rec3
Bacrot has carried out his plan of doubling rooks on the c-file.
30… Rc7 31. Nd3
Increasing the pressure on the isolated pawn on c5
31… Rcb7
Anand counters the pressure on his isolated pawn with pressure on White’s vulnerable b3-pawn.
32. b4 cxb4 33. Nxb4 Be4 34. Re3 Bg6 35. h4 h5 36. Nc6 Rb1 37. Rec3
37. Nxb8?? would be a terrible mistake 27… Rxc1 38. Kg2 Rxd1 39. Nxd7 Rxd7 -+
37… R8b2 38. a4 Kf8 39. a5 Rxc1 40. Rxc1 Ra2 41. Bf3 Kg7 42. Kg2?
Bacrot’s advantage has eroded. Shredder 7: 42. Kf1 Bd3+ 43. Ke1 Bb5 44. Bxh5 Bxc6 45. Rxc6 Ne5 46. Rc7 Nd3+ 47. Kf1 Ra1+ 48. Kg2 [eval 51,16]
42… Kh6 43. Re1 Nc5
Threatening …Nd3
44. Re2 Ra1 45. Re3 Kg7 46. Rc3 Nd3!
The knight becomes an octopus

47. Be2 Ne1+
Anand has a nasty series of threat aimed at the White king. All of this has seemingly sprung up from nowhere.
48. Kh3
48. Kh2 Be4 Threatening to move the Black knight away and then …Rh1 mate. 49. Bxh5 Bxc6 50. Rxc6 Rxa5 =
48… Bf5+ 49. g4?!
This exposes the White king to further harrassment from Anand’s pieces. 49. Kh2 Be4 with the same variation as before.
49… hxg4+ 50. Bxg4 Be4 51. Nd4 f5!
The White light-squared bishop is slowly running out of useful squares. Anand is in no rush to snap off the a-pawn, its not going anywhere at the moment.
52. Be2 Ra4
52… Rxa5 53. f3 e5 54. Nb3 -/+
53. Nb3 ?!
53. f3 +/=
53… Bg2+ 54. Kg3 f4+ 55. Kh2 Bd5!
The bishop is well placed here dominating over the White minor pieces.
56. Kg1 Ng2!
Position after 56.Ng2!. Both White wing pawns are in trouble. Black’s knight dances around the board , and this proves to be too much for the White pieces.
57. h5 Nh4 58. Bd1 Ra3 59. Kh2 Nf5! 60. Rd3 Nd6! 61. Rd4 Ne4 -/+ 62. Bc2?
Losing material immediately. 62. Bf3 +/=2 Nxf2 63. Bxd5 exd5 64. Kg2 -/+
62… Ng5
Bacrot resigns.

  • 62… Ng5 63. Rd1 Nf3+ (63… Rxb3 ?! is no comparison 64. Bxb3 Bxb3 65. Rd6 =) 64. Kh3 Bxb3 -+
  • 62… Bxb3 ?! 63. Bxb3 Nc3 64. Rxf4 Rxb3 65. Rf3 -/+
  • 62… Nxf2 ?! 63. Rxf4 Bxb3 64. Bxb3 -/+
0-1
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