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Aronian, Levon (2752) - Anand, Viswanathan (2792) [C24]
Amber Rapid, Monaco (10) 2006

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. f4?!
A risky continuation. But the text is suited for rapid or blitz tournaments as a surprise. Better is 4. Nf3.








   
4...d5!
Very strong according to general principles.
5. exd5
Worse is 5. fxe5? Ng4 (5...Nxe4! 6. Qf3 Nf2 7. Bxd5 O-O, winning) 6. Bb5+ c6 7. d4 dxe4 8. dxc5 Qxd1+ 9. Kxd1 Nf2+? (9...cxb5) 10. Ke1 Nxh1 11. Bf1 h5 12. Bf4? (12. Nc3) 12...Nd7 with an edge to Black in Lopez del Alamo,A-Azarov,S/Aviles 2003.
5...Ng4!?
Weak is 5...e4?! 6. d4 Bd6 7. Ne2 h5 8. Nbc3, and White had a small advantage in Strikovic,A-Bellia,F/Vinkovci 1989.








   
6. d4!
After 6. Nf3 Nf2 7. Qe2 Nxh1 8. d4 Be7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. Be3 b5 11. Bxb5 Qxd5 12. Nbd2 Bg4 13. Bc4 Qb7 14. O-O-O Nd7 15. Rxh1 Rab8 Black attacks on the queenside, Schoeneberg,M-Vatnikov,J, Moscow GU-DDR 1969. Black has the better chances and in the case of 6. Qe2 O-O 7. Nf3 exf4 8. Nc3 Re8 9. Ne4 Bf2+ 10. Kf1 Be3.
6...Bxd4
Black obtains only a minimal advantage with 6...exd4 7. Qe2+ Ne3 (7...Qe7 8. Qxe7+ Kxe7 9. h3 Nf6) 8. Bxe3 O-O 9. Nf3 Re8 (9...Bg4) 10. Ne5 dxe3.
7. Nf3








   
7...Bf2+!
Clearly better than 7...Nf2?! 8. Qe2 Nxh1 9. Nxd4 O-O 10. Nf3 exf4 11. Kf1 Re8 12. Qd2 Bg4 (12...g5 13. Nc3 g4 14. Qxf4 gxf3 15. d6 Be6 16. Bxe6 Rxe6 17. dxc7 fxg2+ 18. Kxg2 Qe8 19. cxb8Q Rxb8 20. Nd5 Rd8 21. Qg5+ Kf8 (21...Kh8 22. Bd2) 22. Qh6+ Kg8 23. Qg5+ draw) 13. Qxf4 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nd7 15. Kg2 Ne5 16. Bd2.
8. Kf1 Bb6
Black gets some advantage with 8...exf4 9. Qe2+ Be3 10. h3 Qe7 (10...O-O 11. hxg4 Bxc1 12. Nbd2 Bxb2 13. Rb1 Bf6 14. Qe4 h6 15. Bd3) 11. hxg4 Bxc1 12. Nc3 Qxe2+ 13. Nxe2 Bxb2 14. Re1 O-O.
9. fxe5
Or 9. Qe2 O-O 10. fxe5 Nd7 11. Bg5 f6 12. e6 fxg5 13. e7 Ne3+ 14. Qxe3 Bxe3 15. exd8=Q Rxd8 16. d6+ Kh8 17. dxc7 Rf8 18. Ke2 Re8 19. Kd1 g4 20. Nfd2 Bf4 21. Nc3 Bxc7 22. Bf7 Rd8 and Black is superior.
9...Nf2 10. Qe1








   
10...O-O?!
10...Nxh1! is more precise, 11. Bg5 (11. Be3 Bxe3 12. Qxe3 Bg4 13. Kg1 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 O-O 15. Kxh1 Nd7) 11...Qd7 12. Be3 Bxe3 13. Qxe3 b5 14. Bd3 Qxd5.
11. Bg5
Or 11. Rg1.
11...f6 12. d6+ Kh8 13. exf6 gxf6 14. dxc7 Bxc7 15. Kxf2








   
15...fxg5
Black could try 15...Bb6+! 16. Be3 Re8 17. Kf1 Rxe3 18. Be2 Nc6 19. Nc3 Nb4 20. Rd1 Qe7 21. Rd2 Bf5 22. Qh4 Rg8.
16. Qc3+ Qf6 17. Qxf6+ Rxf6








   
18. Re1
18. Nc3 is also interesting.
18...Bb6+ 19. Kg3 Bc7+
Perpetual check.
20. Kf2 Bb6+ 21. Kg3 Bc7+
Draw. 1/2-1/2










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Aronian, Levon (2752) - Anand, Viswanathan (2792) [C24]
Amber-rapid 15th/Monte Carlo (10) 2006

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. f4 d5 5. exd5 Ng4 6. d4 Bxd4 7. Nf3 Bf2+ 8. Kf1 Bb6 9. fxe5 Nf2 10. Qe1 O-O 11. Bg5 f6 12. d6+ Kh8 13. exf6 gxf6 14. dxc7 Bxc7 15. Kxf2 fxg5 16. Qc3+ Qf6 17. Qxf6+ Rxf6 18. Re1 Bb6+ 19. Kg3 Bc7+ 20. Kf2 Bb6+ 21. Kg3 Bc7+ 1/2-1/2


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