Alexei Shirov vs. Viswanathan Anand – Caro-Kann – 2011 Masters Tournament

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24th Masters Tournament, Leon 2011: June 3rd — 5th in Cuidad de Leon, Spain. Time control is 40 minutes + 30 second increment. I know I usually don’t cover draws but I PROMISE this was an interesting game. Shirov opens with e4 and Anand responds with the Caro-Kann. Shirov plays a topical line involving 4. Nf3 and 5. Be2, and Anand answers with 6. …c5 and the interesting maneuver 7. Nec6 to attack white’s center. Shirov attempts to deviate from well-known territory by playing 8. Bg5, however he is unable to achieve an advantage. Shirov calmly completes his development, safeguards his king, and begins chipping away at white’s central pawn on e5 and knight on d6. White attempts to complicate the position with 17. h3 and 18. g4, however black is easily able to prove White’s attack to be superficial. With solid defense by the current World Champion Anand, a draw is agreed on move 39.

CORRESPONDING ARTICLE WITH INTERACTIVE BOARD TOURNAMENT ANALYSES AND MORE: http://www.iChess.net/2011/06/06/viswanathan-anand-vs-alexei-shirov-2011-masters-tournament-rounds-1-2/

PGN:

[Event “ICC 40 30 u”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2011.06.03”]
[Round “-“]
[White “*GM_Shirov”]
[Black “*GM_Anand”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2709”]
[BlackElo “2817”]
[Opening “Caro-Kann: advance variation”]
[ECO “B12”]
[NIC “CK.04”]
[Time “12:29:55”]
[TimeControl “2400+30”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O c5 7. dxc5 Nec6 8.
Bg5 Be7 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. c4 dxc4 11. Na3 c3 12. bxc3 Nd7 13. Nb5 O-O 14. Nd6
Nxc5 15. Bb5 Bg4 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. h3 Bh5 18. g4 Bg6 19. Qd4 Nb7 20. Rad1 c5
21. Qa4 Nxd6 22. Rxd6 f5 23. Rd7 Qe8 24. Rfd1 fxg4 25. Qxg4 Rf7 26. Rxf7
Qxf7 27. Ng5 Qf5 28. f4 Re8 29. Qxf5 Bxf5 30. Rd7 Rf8 31. Re7 h6 32. Nxe6
Bxe6 33. Rxe6 Rxf4 34. Ra6 Rf3 35. Rxa7 Rxh3 36. e6 Re3 37. Re7 Kf8 38. Rf7+
Kg8 39. Re7 Kf8 {Game drawn} 1/2-1/2

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