Viswanathan Anand vs. Alexei Shirov – Queen’s Gambit Accepted – 2011 Masters Tournament

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Anand vs Shirov — 24th Masters Tournament in Ciudad de Leon, Spain: Game 2 — Anand opens with d4 and is greeted by the Queen’s Gambit Accepted by Shirov as black. This opening is extremely dangerous for both sides, and the overall evaluation has constantly flip-flopped from the beginning. The use of computer can be misleading, as positional factors are often more important than material considerations. Shirov mis-steps with the novelty 11. Nh5?!, and commits a downright blunder with 13. Qb6?? — removing the queen as a defender of the black king. Anand immediately capitalizes on this error with series of forceful moves and never looks back. A fantastic game by Anand, the current World Champion showing his class by seizing the initiative and forcefully punishing the inaccurate mistakes of his opponent.

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_Anand”]
[Black “*GM_Shirov”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2817”]
[BlackElo “2709”]
[Opening “QGD semi-Slav”]
[ECO “D43”]
[NIC “SL.03”]
[Time “14:38:43”]
[TimeControl “2400+30”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3
b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. Qc2 Nbd7 11. Rd1 Nh5 12. d5 Nxg3 13. hxg3 Qb6 14. dxe6
fxe6 15. Nxg5 Bc5 16. Bh5+ Ke7 17. Nxe6 Ne5 18. Nxc5 Qxc5 19. Be2 Raf8 20.
O-O Rhg8 21. b4 Qxb4 22. Qd2 Qc5 23. Qxh6 Bc8 24. Qh4+ Ke6 25. Qh6+ Ke7 26.
Qh5 Kf6 27. Qh4+ Ke6 28. Nd5 cxd5 29. Rxd5 Qb6 30. Qh5 Qb8 31. Rfd1 Rf6 32.
Rxe5+ Qxe5 33. Bg4+ Rxg4 34. Qe8# {White wins} 1-0

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