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Khalifman, A. (2770) - Anand, V. (2790) [E55]
Magistral Merida 2001

Notes by Boris Schipkov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. a3 cxd4 10. axb4 dxc3 11. bxc3 Qc7








   
12. Qb3
In the game Kramnik, V - Kasparov, G, London (12) 2000 (draw, 33) White played 12. Be2 Qxc3 13. Ba3 Nd5 14. Qb1 Qf6 15. Bd3 h6 16. b5 Rd8 17. Bb2 Qe7 18. Ra4 with some compensation for a pawn.
12...Nb6 13. Be2 e5 14. Ra5 Be6 15. Qc2 Nbd7 16. c4 b6 17. Ra6 Rfc8 18. Nd2








   
18...Qb7!
A strong novelty. In the game Kramnik, V - Anand, V, Corus, Wijk aan Zee 2001 (draw, 35) White obtained an advantage after 18... Nb8?! 19. Ra3 a5 20. Bb2 Nc6 21. b5 Ne7 22. f4! Nd7 23. Nf3 Bf5 24. Qc3 Ng6 25. Ng5 Nc5 26. Bf3 Ra7. Here White should play 27. Bd5! Qd8 28. e4 Be6 29. Bxe6 fxe6 30. Qh3 Nf8 31. Bxe5 h6 32. Nf3 Nxe4 33. Nd4 Rf7 34. Re1! Nc5 (34... Rxf4 35. Qe3) 35. Rg3 Nfd7 36. Bxg7! Rxg7 37. Rxg7+ Kxg7 38. Rxe6 winning.
19. b5
If 19. Ra1 then 19...b5 20. c5 a5 21. Rxa5 (21. Bf3 Bd5) 21...Rxa5 22. bxa5 Rxc5 (22... Nxc5!? 23. Bb2 Na4 24. Qb1) 23. Qb1 with equality.
Or 19. Ra3 b5 20. c5 a5 and Black has no problems.
19...Nc5 20. Ra3 a6
Draw. 1/2-1/2










Move
   

Khalifman, Alexander (2690) - Anand, Viswanathan (2794) [E55]
Merida 2nd/Merida (4) 2001

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. a3 cxd4 10. axb4 dxc3 11. bxc3 Qc7 12. Qb3 Nb6 13. Be2 e5 14. Ra5 Be6 15. Qc2 Nbd7 16. c4 b6 17. Ra6 Rfc8 18. Nd2 Qb7 19. b5 Nc5 20. Ra3 a6 1/2-1/2


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