[Event "Tata Steel-A 75th"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2013.01.15"] [Round "4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D46"] [WhiteElo "2802"] [BlackElo "2772"] [Annotator "Anand"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2013.01.12"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "13"] [EventCountry "NED"] [EventCategory "20"] [SourceTitle "CBM 153"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "2013.03.14"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2013.03.14"] [SourceQuality "1"] {[%evp 0,46,19,31,43,-23,33,34,30,22,19,50,45,53,56,33,28,22,79,48,43,19,22,7, 38,1,8,-69,86,95,95,94,369,0,0,1,-10,-10,-10,0,303,0,0,-95,-81,-112,-183,-605, -968] This was in the 4th round. I had just beaten Fabiano Caruna the previous day, which made a perfect start for the New Year.} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 {We went for the Slav Defence, which was no big surprise. We played this many time before, with reversed colours as well.} 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 {He goes e3 actually more often, but recently he has been playing Bg5 a bit.} Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bd6 {I went for 8...Bd6, already one idea was exactly what happened in the game. I wanted to see if he would give me a chance to play 11...Rc8.} 9. O-O O-O 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. a3 Rc8 {This is actually an amazing move.} ({It used to be that everyone played automatically, in order to play c5, } 11... a6 {and then recently I noticed some games with 11...Rc8.}) ({Let's imagine the position of the game line after} 11... a6 12. Ng5 Bxh2+ 13. Kxh2 Ng4+ 14. Kg1 Qxg5 15. f3 {0-1 (53) Anand,V (2791)-Aronian,L (2750) Linares 2009. There are many games played with this. White has good compensation with the pair of bishops and the weak dark squares in return of the extra pawn. In fact I lost a game to Aronian in 2009, though I was winning. But I managed to confuse myself:}) 12. Ng5 {This is the typical reaction and a very logical move.} ({Already one point of 11...Rc8 was shown in a game between Topalov and Kasimdhanov, a few months back, where after} 12. b4 {Black played Schwarz trotzdem} c5 {anyway. It's interesting: In the whole line Black wants to play c5 without even bothering to protect the b5-pawn. So there is an implied pawn sacrifice in every one of these moves.} 13. bxc5 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nxc5 15. dxc5 Rxc5 16. f4 Nd5 17. Bb2 Nxc3 18. Bxc3 Qc7 19. Rfc1 Rc8 20. Bxh7+ Kh8 21. Bd3 Rxc3 22. Qxc3 Qxc3 23. Rxc3 Rxc3 24. Bxb5 Bxa3 25. Kg2 g6 26. Rd1 Rc7 27. Rd7 Rxd7 28. Bxd7 Kg7 29. e4 Kf6 30. Kf3 a5 31. e5+ Ke7 32. Ba4 Bc5 33. h3 Bb6 34. Bb5 Bc5 35. Ba4 Bb6 36. Bb5 Bc5 37. Ba4 {1/2-1/2 (37) Topalov,V (2752) -Kasimdzhanov,R (2684) London 2012}) {Our big point, which we found while preparing for the match against Gelfand, was the move} 12... c5 $1 {So it looks like that for almost all what White does, Black can just play c5. So the advantage of 11...Rc8 is that for the next move you have no difficulty remembering...} ({After 11...Rc8 12.Ng5 looks even stronger then after 11...a6, because if you play} 12... Bxh2+ 13. Kxh2 Ng4+ 14. Kg1 Qxg5 {then the R on c8 is worse than the pawn on a6.}) {He went} 13. Nxh7 ({instead of} 13. Bxh7+ { I give one variation, just to illustrate the thing:} Kh8 14. Be4 Nxe4 15. Ngxe4 Bb8 $44 {and in fact, ...Qh4 is coming and the Rc8 and the black bishops are perfectly placed.}) {and I went} 13... Ng4 {This is the first point: Instead of taking the knight on h7, Black simply moves his own.} 14. f4 {Levon was very much finding the way at the board. So he decided to go f4 instead of h3, which has to be said is a little bit safer.} ({I give a variation with} 14. h3 {This line is self evident and in fact if you analyse with the computer a little bit, it will show all the direct lines.} Bh2+ $1 15. Kh1 Qh4 16. Be4 ( 16. d5 Rfd8 $44) 16... Bxe4 17. Qxe4 f5 18. Qxe6+ Kxh7 19. Qxd7 cxd4 20. exd4 Bb8 21. Kg1 Bh2+ 22. Kh1 $11 {The main line ends in a draw, which is quite satisfactory from Black's point of view.}) 14... cxd4 15. exd4 {[#] After this I actually could not remember, what we had prepared. This was a bit of a problem, because this is not the position where you could make a half move or a position that plays itself. You have to make an exact move, because there is a rook hanging on f8 and a lot of action. You have to do the right thing. And there are some possibilities. I was considering moves like 15...e5, 15...Nde5, 15...Qh4, etc. But none of them made a lot of sense. And then I got the key. Though I could't remember the variations, I rememberd that in some lines my knight gets to d3. So I mainly rembered the position where my knight gets to d3 and from this I managed to reconstruct and find this move ...Bc5.} ({ I remembered the line} 15. Nxf8 Bxf8 16. h3 dxc3 17. hxg4 Nf6) 15... Bc5 $1 16. Be2 {I think this is the real mistake.} ({I give a line, which is fairly straight forward:} 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Nxf8 Nxd3 {Black is very, very comfortable with the knight on d3, but it might be not enough. White might get some sort of half playable position like the variation here:} 18. h3 Qd4+ 19. Kh1 Ndf2+ 20. Rxf2 Nxf2+ 21. Kh2 Kxf8 22. Qh7 Nd3 23. Qh8+ Ke7 24. Qh4+ f6 25. Qg3 Kf7 26. Be3 $11) {Again it took me a while, not too long, but the essential idea was very clear. So I found} 16... Nde5 $3 {This is simply a brilliant move. So if there is a single move of which I am really proud in this game, it is move 16.} ({Here I was thinking again:} 16... Bxd4+ 17. Kh1 Nxh2 (17... Nde5 18. fxe5) {but the problem with that is} 18. Ng5 $1) 17. Bxg4 ({Now, after Nach} 17. fxe5 {I have habe ich jetzt} Qxd4+ 18. Kh1 Qg1+ 19. Rxg1 Nf2#) 17... Bxd4+ 18. Kh1 Nxg4 {And here, the game which kept on coming to my mind was the famous classic Rotlewi-Rubinstein. For me, it's just a classic. I imagine for Gelfand also. He would have rememberd it effortlessly, first of all he knows his classics and secondly it is Rubinstein. he is one of his big heroes. Rubinstein's main point was to invade with both rooks, but except for this it is very similar.} 19. Nxf8 {Here the alternatives were very clear. In fact, for the rest of the game, there is not much commentary to give. I will just highlight one or two key things.} (19. Ng5 f5 20. h3 Rf6 21. Nf3 Rh6 $19) 19... f5 $1 {This move I like very much. Here, I didn't take much time, because the ideas are very obvious. The queen is coming to h4, or it's going to f6, capturing the knight and White really has never a defence. So this was also very easy.} 20. Ng6 Qf6 21. h3 ({The only thing is, on} 21. Ne5 {you have to find muss man} Nxh2 $8 $19 {It's the only move, but it wins.}) 21... Qxg6 { The other thing is, though Black is attacking very slowly, Qf6, Qxg6, Qh5 and so on, there is very little White can do, because of the power of my bishops and the knight on g4.} 22. Qe2 Qh5 23. Qd3 $2 {This loses immediately, but the alternative would not have changed the result...} ({There was an alternative here} 23. Rf3 Nf2+ 24. Kh2 (24. Rxf2 Qxh3+ 25. Kg1 Qxg2#) 24... Bxf3 25. Qxf3 Qxf3 26. gxf3 Bxc3 (26... Nd3 $19) 27. bxc3 Rxc3 $19) {After} 23... Be3 { it finishes immediately. So, one of the best games of my life obviously! Especially against a giant like Levon. I was very happy, it was a rest day, very nice...} 0-1