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Anand, Viswanathan (2780) - Caruana, Fabiano (2757) [C78]
Zurich Chess Challenge, Zurich (4) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5
The Spanish Game or the Ruy Lopez.
3...a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5
In this line Black develops his bishop on the c5 square, a good place, and the bishop can pressure on the a7-g1 diagonal.
7. c3 d6 8. d4








   
8...Bb6 9. Be3
The alternative is 9. a4.
9...O-O 10. Nbd2








   
10...h6
Caruana played 10...Bb7!? against Karjakin in 2012.
11. h3 Re8 12. Re1








   
12...Bd7
Black develops his light-squared bishop on d7, the bishop controls the c8-h3 diagonal and can sometimes take the h3 pawn during an attack. Or 12...Bb7 13. Bc2 (13. d5) 13...Nb8 14. dxe5 dxe5 15. Bxb6 cxb6 16. c4 (16. Nf1) 16...b4 17. Nf1 Nbd7, with counterplay in Svidler, P - Caruana, F, Khanty-Mansiysk 2011.
13. Bc2
After 13. Qb1 Na5 14. Bc2 c5 15. d5 c4 16. b4 cxb3 17. axb3 Bxe3 (17...Nb7!?) 18. Rxe3 Nb7 19. b4 Nh5 20. Bd3 Nf4 21. Bf1 Rf8 22. c4 bxc4 23. Bxc4 (23. Nxc4!?) 23...a5 24. bxa5 Nxa5 (24...Nc5!?) 25. Qb4! Nxc4 26. Rxa8 Qxa8 27. Nxc4 Qa1+ 28. Re1 Qa2 29. Nfd2 Rc8 30. Re3 (30. Qb1!?) 30...Qc2 Black equalized in Hou Yifan - Caruana, F, Reykjavik open 2012.
13...Rb8
Or 13...Qb8 14. a3 a5 (14...Qa7) 15. Bd3 Qa7 16. Bxb5 exd4 17. cxd4 Nxd4 18. Bxd7 Nxd7 19. Nxd4 Bxd4 20. Rc1 Bxe3 21. Rxe3 a4, with equality in Navara, D - Caruana, F, Wijk aan Zee 2012.








   
14. Rc1!?
A novelty. Also interesting is 14. a3!? Qe7 (14...Qc8!?) 15. b4 (15. d5 Na7 (15...Nd8) 16. a4 Bxe3 17. Rxe3 Nc8 18. c4 bxc4 19. Nxc4 Nb6 20. Na5 Nh5 21. g3, with a small edge to White) 15...Rbd8 (15...a5!?) 16. Rc1 (16. d5!?) 16...a5?! (16...exd4!? 17. cxd4 a5 or 16...d5!? 17. dxe5 Nxe4 18. Bxb6 cxb6 19. Nf1, with a small edge to White) 17. d5 Nb8 (17...Na7!?) 18. Bxb6 cxb6 19. Qe2, and White obtained a clear advantage in Navara, D - Onischuk, A, Khanty-Mansiysk 2011.
14...Nh7 15. Bd3 Qf6 16. Nb3 Nf8 17. Kh2








   
17...g5
Black seizes space on the kingside and plans to attack. However 17...Ne7!? deserves attention, with the idea of ...Neg6, with real counterplay, the other knight can march on h7-g5 or e6-f4.
18. d5 Ne7 19. c4 Bxe3 20. Rxe3 c5 21. dxc6 Bxc6 22. Kg1 Nfg6
Now 22...Ne6!? is interesting, Black places his knight in the centre.
23. Nfd2
23. g3 is playable.
23...Nf4 24. Bf1 Bd7?!
Better is 24...bxc4!? 25. Nxc4 Red8, with counterplay.








   
25. c5?!
Here White can play the strong 25. g3! Qg6 (25...Nfg6 26. Rf3 Qe6 27. Rd3, 25...Nxh3+? 26. Bxh3 Bxh3 27. g4 Bxg4 28. Qxg4, 25...Kh7 26. c5 Rg8 27. cxd6 Qxd6 28. Kh2, White is better) 26. Kh1 Ne6 (26...Nh5 27. c5 Nc6 28. Rd3) 27. Rd3 Nd4 28. Nxd4 exd4 29. cxb5 axb5 30. Rc7 Bc6 (30...Red8 31. Nf3 Qxe4 32. Rxd4 Qa8 33. Kg1) 31. Kg1 Qf6 32. Bg2, White is better in all lines.
25...Red8?!
Correct is 25...dxc5 26. Nxc5 Red8 27. Qe1 Kg7, with counterchances.
26. Qe1?!
Again better is 26. g3!? Nfg6 27. Rf3 Qe6 28. Rd3 Be8 29. cxd6 Rxd6 30. Nc5 Qf6.
26...Nc6 27. Nf3 d5!
Fabiano completely equalizes with the advance in the centre.
28. exd5 Nxd5








   
29. Rxe5?!
A risky exchange sacrifice. Better is 29. Re2!? Nf4 (29...Bxh3?! 30. Nxe5 Nxe5 31. Rxe5) 30. Re3 Nd5 31. Re2, with repetition.
29...Nxe5 30. Qxe5 Be8
Deserving attention is 30...Qxe5!? 31. Nxe5 Be8.
31. Na5?!
31. Qxf6 is more precise, 31...Nxf6 32. Nfd4.
31...Qxe5 32. Nxe5








   
32...Ne7!
The position is good for Black.
33. a3 Rbc8
Black has a clear edge after 33...Rd2! 34. b4 Rbd8 35. c6 Kg7 36. g3 Rc8 37. Bg2 f6 38. Ng4 Bf7.
34. Nd3 Nc6
Also possible is 34...Rc7!? 35. Nb4 Rdc8 36. c6 Bxc6 37. Naxc6 Nxc6 38. Nxa6 Rb7.
35. Nb7! Rd4 36. Nd6 Rd8 37. Re1 Bd7 38. g4
38. Re3 is interesting.
38...Be6 39. Re3 Kf8 40. b4 Ne7 41. Bg2?
A mistake. 41. Nb7 is more stubborn.
41...Nc8!
Black simply trades pieces to win the endgame.
42. Nxc8 Bxc8








   
43. Ne5
Or 43. Bf1 Re8 44. Rg3 Rc4.
43...Re8
Winning.
44. Rd3 Rxd3 45. Nxd3 Re2
White resigned. 0-1










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Anand, Viswanathan (2780) - Caruana, Fabiano (2757) [C78]
Zurich Chess Challenge/Zurich (4.1) 2013

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. Be3 O-O 10. Nbd2 h6 11. h3 Re8 12. Re1 Bd7 13. Bc2 Rb8 14. Rc1 Nh7 15. Bd3 Qf6 16. Nb3 Nf8 17. Kh2 g5 18. d5 Ne7 19. c4 Bxe3 20. Rxe3 c5 21. dxc6 Bxc6 22. Kg1 Nfg6 23. Nfd2 Nf4 24. Bf1 Bd7 25. c5 Red8 26. Qe1 Nc6 27. Nf3 d5 28. exd5 Nxd5 29. Rxe5 Nxe5 30. Qxe5 Be8 31. Na5 Qxe5 32. Nxe5 Ne7 33. a3 Rbc8 34. Nd3 Nc6 35. Nb7 Rd4 36. Nd6 Rd8 37. Re1 Bd7 38. g4 Be6 39. Re3 Kf8 40. b4 Ne7 41. Bg2 Nc8 42. Nxc8 Bxc8 43. Ne5 Re8 44. Rd3 Rxd3 45. Nxd3 Re2 0-1


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