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Bacrot, E. (2653) - Anand, V. (2770) [E20]
Corsica Masters Rapid, Bastia (1.1) 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Nc6
In the game Vaulin, A - Ovetchkin, R, 6th Leg Russian Cup, Tomsk 2001 Black played 9...Qb6 10. Bxd5 exd5 11. Be3 Qa5 12. O-O Bxc3 13. Qxc3 Qxc3 14. bxc3 Nc6 15. Rfb1 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 b6 17. f3 Re8 18. Kf2 Ba6 19. Rb2 Bc4 20. a4 Re7 21. g4 h6 22. h4 Rc8 23. Re1 1/2-1/2.
10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. O-O Qa5 12. Bd2 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6 14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4








   
15...Nb6!?
A novelty. In the game Kasparov, G - Anand, V, Corus, Wijk aan Zee 2000 (1/2, 56) White had an extra pawn 15... Bc4 16. Qa4 Nb6 17. Qb4 Qh5 18. Be3 Be2 19. Rd2 Rab8 20. Bxb6 axb6 21. Qd6 Bf3 22. Qxc6 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Qe5 24. Qc4 Rfc8 25. Qd4 Qa5 26. Rb1 h6 27. Rb4 Qc5 28. Rd3 Qc7 29. a4 Rd8.
Or 21...Rfc8 22. h3 Bf3 23. Rb1 Bxg2 24. Kxg2 Qa5 1/2-1/2, a draw in Van Wely, L - Short, N, Corus, Wijk aan Zee 2000.
16. Be3 Qh5 17. Rd6?!
A risky and dubious move. More precise is 17. Bxb6 Rab8 18. Qa4 Rxb6 19. Rd7 Rfb8 20. h3 Qc5 21. Rad1 h6 with more or less equal play.
17...Nc4 18. Rxc6 Nxe3








   
19. Rxa6?
Losing at once. Correct is 19. fxe3 Rad8! (19... Qe2 20. c4 Rad8 21. Bf1 Qf3 22. Bg2 Qe2 23. Bf1 with repetition) 20. Qc2 (bad is 20. Re1? Rd2 21. Rxa6 Rfd8 22. h3 Rxg2!) 20... Bd3 21. Qf2 Qb5 22. e5 Qxe5 with only a small edge to Black.
19...Rab8 20. Qa4
If 20. fxe3 then 20...Rxb3 21. axb3 Qe2 with a clear advantage to Black.
20...Rb2! 21. Re1
Or 21. Qd4 Qe2 22. Qxe3 Qxa6 winning.








   
21...Qe2!
A beautiful blow!
White resigned. 0-1










Move
   

Bacrot, Etienne (2653) - Anand, Viswanathan (2770) [E20]
Corsica Masters 5th/Bastia (1.1) 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Qb3 Nc6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. O-O Qa5 12. Bd2 Bxc3 13. bxc3 Ba6 14. Rfd1 Qc5 15. e4 Nb6 16. Be3 Qh5 17. Rd6 Nc4 18. Rxc6 Nxe3 19. Rxa6 Rab8 20. Qa4 Rb2 21. Re1 Qe2 0-1


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