The Match is Starting to Gain Momentum

Время публикации: 14.05.2012 21:49 | Последнее обновление: 15.05.2012 00:45

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Dmitry Jakovenko:  "Anand appeared to be stronger in a mutually sharp position" 

According to many chess experts the 3rd game of the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand turned out to be the first really sharp encounter of the match.

The World Championship Match 2012 (3rd 3)

(Mikhail Golubev's express commentary in CN translation)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6

Anand avoids the main line of Grunfeld defence 3.Nc3 d5 and chooses the continuation which Gelfand hasn't played White against "Grunfeld". 
3...d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0–0 8.Qd2 e5
Most common here is 8...Nc6.
9.d5 c6 10.h4

In a well known Kramnik - Shirov encounter (1998) Black played 10...h5 (Shirov managed to win in a worse position).
11.exd5 N8d7 12.h5 Nf6 13.hxg6 fxg6 14.0–0–0 Bd7 15.Kb1 Rc8
White has a lot of long-term strategic advantages, while Black is hoping on better development of its pieces and dynamic play against the White king.  

White usually played 16.d6!? with 6–0 whitewash result according to ChessBase Online Database. However, that's not that clear, thinks Sutovsky, who, on the air of Chess-News radio, mentioned another move - 16...Be6. In Hillarp Persson - Voitsekhovsky (2004) the following continuation took place 17.Nh3 Nbd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Bg5. There's also another move 16...e4!?, in this position as well. 
Following Sutovsky's recommendation. Black extremely sharpens the position. In Hillapr Persson -  Aberg encounter of 2002 the following took place 16...Na4 17.Nge2 e4 18.d6 (
subsequently Black won).

Here the President of ACP mentioned an interesting idea 17...e3!? 18.Bxe3 Nh5 - Black has a tangible initiative for the pawn. Maybe, that's how Gelfand had to play. 
18.Nge2 Qa5!
following Sutovsky's suggestion, whose participation in CN radio live commentary has soon ended. 

No doubt, it's risky for White to play 19.fxe4?! Nxc3 20.Bxc3 (20.Nxc3? Nxe4!) 20...Qa4 21.e5 Ne4 22.Qe1.
19...Qxd2 20.Nxf6+ Rxf6! 21.Rxd2 Rf5! 22.Bxg7 Kxg7

Anand raises for Black certain problems. 
Gelfand missed a strong idea 23...Nb6! 24.Nc3 Rd5! with a probable draw. 
This was underestimated by Gelfand. Now Black faces problems, the result of the game stays unclear. 

"An unobvious, and not necessarily good, but surely an interesting move" - Jakovenko. 24...Rc2 could be answered by 25.b3!. The players mentioned 24...Nb6!? at the press-conference, which made sense comparing to the previous move.
25.Rh4 Rc2 26.b3 Nb2 27.Rb1 Nd3 28.Nd4 Rd2 29.Bxd3 Rxd3 30.Re1

Black had to defend by playing 30...Kf6 with the idea of 31.Rxh7 Rxd4 32.Rxd7 Rc2! 33.Rc7 Rxg2, which was mentioned on the air of CN radio.
31.Kb1 Bf5+ 32.Nxf5+ gxf5 33.Re7+! Kg6
After 33...Kf6 interesting is 34.f4.

Here Anand had quite interesting opportunities, but he allowed Black to make a forced draw. 
34.d7 Rcc2 35.Rc4! wins for White, in Anand's opinion. The variant 35...Rb2+? (more persistent would be 35...Rxc4 36.bxc4 h5 37.Kc1 Rd4 and this was noted on the air of CN radio) 36.Kc1 Rxa2 37.Rc8 Rf2 has been mentioned at the press conference. Here wins 38.Re6+ Kh5 (38...Kf7 39.Rf6+!) 39.g4+ fxg4 40.Rc5+ Kh4 41.d8Q+.
34...Re8! 35.Rh1?
Better would be going back - 35.Re7.

And the draw is inevitable.
36.d7 Rb2+ 37.Kc1 Rxa2 1/2

Emil Sutovsky, Mikhail Golubev, Mark Dvoretsky and the Chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation Moshe Slav took part in the live commentary on Chess-News radio that was on the air during the whole game. While at the end of it Dmitry Jakovenko gave an exclusive commentary to website.

The European Champion agreed that this was the first fully fledged game in the match and marked out Indian's play: "In a mutually sharp position Anand appeared to be stronger. The fact that Boris managed to hold is of course his achievement, but mostly he was just lucky."

You can listen to Jakovenko's commentary in the audio player (in Russian). 

[Event "WCh 2012"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.05.14"] [Round "3"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Gelfand, Boris"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2799"] [BlackElo "2739"] [ECO "D70"] [Opening "Neo-Gruenfeld defence"] [EventDate "2012.05.11"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 e5 9. d5 c6 10. h4 cxd5 11. exd5 N8d7 12. h5 Nf6 13. hxg6 fxg6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Kb1 Rc8 16. Ka1 e4 17. Bd4 Na4 18. Nge2 Qa5 19. Nxe4 Qxd2 20. Nxf6+ Rxf6 21. Rxd2 Rf5 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. d6 Rfc5 24. Rd1 a5 25. Rh4 Rc2 26. b3 Nb2 27. Rb1 Nd3 28. Nd4 Rd2 29. Bxd3 Rxd3 30. Re1 Rd2 31. Kb1 Bf5+ 32. Nxf5+ gxf5 33. Re7+ Kg6 34. Rc7 Re8 35. Rh1 Ree2 36. d7 Rb2+ 37. Kc1 Rxa2 1/2-1/2 


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