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Caruana, Fabiano (2757) - Anand, Viswanathan (2780) [B90]
Zurich Chess Challenge, Zurich (1) 2013

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6








   
6. Be3
The Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence.
6...e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O








   
9...Nc6
In the game Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan, GRENKE Chess Classic, Baden-Baden 2013, Black played 9...Qc7, then 10. Bb3 Be6 11. Nh4 g6 12. Bh6 Re8 13. Qd2 Ng4 14. Nf3 Nd7 15. Bg5 Ngf6.
10. Bb3 Be6 11. Bg5 Nd7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Qe2








   
13...Nf6!?
A novelty. Black takes the central square d5 under control with the knight. The alternative is 13...Nc5, 14. Rad1 b5 (14...Rac8) 15. Bd5 Qc7 (15...Rac8) 16. h3 Rad8 17. a3 Ne7!, with counterplay in Tologontegin, Semetery - Smikovski, Ivan, Izmailov Memorial op, Tomsk 2008.
14. Rad1 Bg4 15. Qe3 Rac8 16. Rd2
16. Nd5 is interesting.
16...Na5 17. Rfd1 Rfd8 18. h3 Nxb3 19. axb3 Be6 20. b4 h6 21. b5








   
21...axb5
After the game Anand said: "I think Black could just play 21...Rd7, it's quite a reasonable position".
22. Nxb5 d5!
Black equalizes.
23. exd5
Or 23. Nxe5 Nxe4 24. Re2 Qf6.
23...Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Bxd5 25. Nxe5 Rxc2 26. Nc3








   
26...Bc6
Better is 26...Bb3! 27. Qb6 Qxe5 28. Qxb3 Qf5 29. Rf1 Rd2 30. Qxb7 Qc2, with equality.
27. Qd4!
White takes the initiative.
27...Qe6 28. Qd8+ Be8?!
Better is 28...Ne8! 29. Re1 Qf6 30. Qd4 Rc1!? 31. Rxc1 Qg5 32. Nxc6 Qxc1+ 33. Kh2 bxc6 34. Ne4 Qf4+ 35. g3 Qf5.
29. Re1 Qf5








   
30. Qd4?!
Now White can play the strong 30. f3! (not only to keep the pawn, but with the idea of Nd3, or Ng4, or Ne4) 30...Qe6 (worse is 30...Rxb2? 31. Nd3 Rd2 32. Ne4, and White wins) 31. Kh1 h5 32. f4 b5 33. Rd1 Kf8 (33...Rxb2? 34. Rd6 Qf5 35. Nd7! Qxf4 36. Rxf6 Qe3 37. Rf1 Kh7 38. Nd5 Qe2 39. Rg1 Rd2 40. N5f6+ gxf6 41. Qxe8 Qxe8 42. Nxf6+ Kg6 43. Nxe8, winning) 34. Nxb5 Qc8, with a small advantage to White.
30...Bc6 31. g4 Qc8
31...Qe6!? deserves attention, 32. Qd8+ Be8 33. Re3 Rc1+ 34. Kg2 Kh7 35. Qd2 Ra1 36. Qd3+ Kg8 37. Qd8 Qa6.
32. Rb1 Qe6 33. Nxc6 bxc6 34. Qd8+
34. Qd1!? is more precise, White tries to win the exchange, 34...Qb3 35. g5 hxg5 36. Ra1 Qxb2 37. Ra8+ Kh7 38. Ra2 Qxc3 39. Qxc2+ Qxc2 40. Rxc2.
34...Ne8








   
35. Qd3
White can grab a pawn after 35. Qd1!? Qb3 36. Ne2 c5 37. Nc3 Nc7 38. Qd8+ Kh7 39. Qxc7 Rxc3 40. bxc3 Qxb1+ 41. Kh2 Qb2 42. Qxc5.
35...Qb3 36. Qd8 Qe6 37. Qd3 Qb3 38. Re1
White can make a draw by repetition after 38. Qd8 Qe6.
38...Nf6 39. Ra1?!
A mistake. Correct is 39. Qd8+.
39...g5! 40. Rb1?!
40. Ra8+ is more active.
40...Rxb2?!
40...Nd5! is better.
41. Rxb2 Qxb2








   
42. Qd8+?!
The next mistake. White can play 42. Qf3, the fork, White attacks the f6-knight and c6-pawn and grabs the pawn. This is a draw.
42...Kg7 43. Qd4 Qa3
Now Black has a small edge due to his extra pawn.
44. Qe5 Qb4 45. Kg2 c5 46. Kf3 Qc4 47. Ke3 Qf1 48. f3 c4 49. Ne4 Qe1+ 50. Kd4 Qa1+ 51. Nc3 Qf1 52. Qf5 Nd7 53. Qe4
53. Nd5 deserves attention.
53...Qxh3 54. Nd5








   
54...Qg3
54...Qh1! is interesting, 55. Ne3 Nf6 56. Nf5+ Kh7 57. Qe7 Qd1+ 58. Kxc4 Qd5+ 59. Kb4 Nd7, with the better chances.
55. Ne3 Qf2 56. Kc3 Nf6 57. Nf5+ Kh7
Here Black has two extra pawns, but White grabs one pawn back easily. The endgame 2 pawns versus 3 pawns is drawish.
58. Qb7 Qe1+ 59. Kxc4 Qe6+ 60. Kd3 Nd5 61. Nd4 Nf4+ 62. Kd2 Qa2+ 63. Ke3 Qa3+ 64. Kf2 Qa2+ 65. Ke3
A draw. 1/2-1/2










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Caruana, Fabiano (2757) - Anand, Viswanathan (2780) [B90]
Zurich Chess Challenge/Zurich (1) 2013

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Bc4 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Bb3 Be6 11. Bg5 Nd7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Qe2 Nf6 14. Rad1 Bg4 15. Qe3 Rac8 16. Rd2 Na5 17. Rfd1 Rfd8 18. h3 Nxb3 19. axb3 Be6 20. b4 h6 21. b5 axb5 22. Nxb5 d5 23. exd5 Rxd5 24. Rxd5 Bxd5 25. Nxe5 Rxc2 26. Nc3 Bc6 27. Qd4 Qe6 28. Qd8+ Be8 29. Re1 Qf5 30. Qd4 Bc6 31. g4 Qc8 32. Rb1 Qe6 33. Nxc6 bxc6 34. Qd8+ Ne8 35. Qd3 Qb3 36. Qd8 Qe6 37. Qd3 Qb3 38. Re1 Nf6 39. Ra1 g5 40. Rb1 Rxb2 41. Rxb2 Qxb2 42. Qd8+ Kg7 43. Qd4 Qa3 44. Qe5 Qb4 45. Kg2 c5 46. Kf3 Qc4 47. Ke3 Qf1 48. f3 c4 49. Ne4 Qe1+ 50. Kd4 Qa1+ 51. Nc3 Qf1 52. Qf5 Nd7 53. Qe4 Qxh3 54. Nd5 Qg3 55. Ne3 Qf2 56. Kc3 Nf6 57. Nf5+ Kh7 58. Qb7 Qe1+ 59. Kxc4 Qe6+ 60. Kd3 Nd5 61. Nd4 Nf4+ 62. Kd2 Qa2+ 63. Ke3 Qa3+ 64. Kf2 Qa2+ 65. Ke3 1/2-1/2


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