GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Viswanathan Anand – Linares Chess Tournament 2005

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Continued coverage of past classics from the Linares chess Super-Tournament, presenting a game between Super-Grandmasters Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan) and Viswanathan Anand (India). Rustam played a somewhat strange sideline in an Anti-Sicilian involving an early c3 and Be2 and the current (as of 2011) World Chess Champion Anand reacted very forcefully and took control of the game by playing actively in the center while Rustam’s play on the side (specifically on the A-File) proved insufficient. Once Anand took the initiative, a sequence of forced moves concluded the game.

[Event “Linares”]
[Site “Linares, Spain”]
[Date “2005.03.06”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Kasimdzhanov(GM)”]
[Black “Anand(GM)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2678”]
[BlackElo “2786”]
[Opening “Sicilian”]
[ECO “B50”]
[NIC “SI.01”]
[Time “09:00:20”]
[TimeControl “7200+0”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Be2 Bg4 5. d3 e6 6. Nbd2 Nc6 7. Nf1 d5 8.
exd5 Nxd5 9. Qa4 Bh5 10. Ng3 Nb6 11. Qd1 Bg6 12. O-O Be7 13. a4 O-O 14. a5
Nd5 15. Qa4 Qc7 16. d4 cxd4 17. Nxd4 Nxd4 18. Qxd4 f5 19. Qa4 Rad8 20. Rd1
f4 21. Ne4 Qe5 22. Bf3 b5 23. Qc2 Nf6 24. Nxf6+ Qxf6 25. Qb3 Rxd1+ 26. Qxd1
Rd8 27. Qe2 Bd3 28. Qe1 e5 29. Be2 Bxe2 30. Qxe2 e4 31. g3 e3 32. fxe3 f3
33. Qxb5 f2+ 34. Kg2 Rf8 35. Qd5+ Kh8 36. Kf1 Qh6 37. Bd2 Qh3+ 38. Qg2 Qf5
{Black wins}
0-1

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