(1) Stellwagen,D (2605) - Anand,V (2783) [B97]
Bundesliga 2008-9 Baden Baden GER (14), 28.03.2009
[Lubomir Kavalek, The Washington Post]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 (Taking the venomous pawn.)

9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Ne4
(The centralizing leap, first played by the magician Mikhail Tal more than a half century ago, still has plenty of life.)

[After 12...Qxa2 the original game Tal-Tolush, Leningrad 1956, continued 13.Rb3 (Last year, the two 7-year- old boys mentioned above, Ortik Nigmatov of Uzbekistan and Semen Elistratov of Russia, followed the recent trend 13.Rd1 Qd5 14.Qe3 Qxe5 15.Be2 Qa5+ 16.c3 h6 17.Bh4?! (17.Nxe6! hxg5 18.Nc7+ Kd8 19.Nxa8+- ) 17...Nc6 18.0-0 Bc5? (18...Nxd4 19.Rxd4 (19.Qxd4 ) 19...Be7 20.Bxe7 Kxe7 21.Qg3+- ; 18...Ba3 19.Rf5! e5 (19...Qxf5 20.Nxf5! exf5 21.Nd6+ Kf8 22.Qe8# ) 20.Rxf7 Nxd4 21.Bh5+- ) 19.Kh1? (19.Rxf7!! Kxf7 (19...Bxd4 20.Nd6# ; 19...Nxd4 20.Bh5! Ne2+ (20...g6 21.Bxg6 ; 20...g5 21.Nxc5+- ) 21.Kh1 ; 19...Nde5 20.Rxg7 ) 20.Nd6+ Bxd6 21.Qxe6+ Kf8 22.Bc4 Nde5 23.Rf1+ and white mates.; 19.Nxc5 Qxc5 (19...Nxc5 20.Nxc6 bxc6 21.Rd8++- ) 20.Rxf7 Nf6 21.Rxg7+- ) 19...Qb6 (19...0-0 20.Nxc6 bxc6 21.Nxc5 Qxc5 22.Qxc5 Nxc5 23.Be7 Nd7 24.Bxf8 Kxf8=/+ ) 20.Nxe6! 1-0, Nigmatov,Ortik-Elistratov,Semen/Vung Tau 2008/EXT 2009 (20.Nxe6! Bxe3 (20...fxe6 21.Bh5+ g6 22.Bxg6# ; 20...Nce5 21.N4xc5 ; 20...Nde5 21.Nd6+ Bxd6 22.Nxg7+ Kf8 23.Qxb6+- ) 21.Nd6# ; The brilliant queen sacrifice 20.Nd6+!! Bxd6 21.Qxe6+! mates faster, e.g. 21...fxe6 (21...Be7 22.Qxf7+ Kd8 23.Ne6# ) 22.Bh5+ g6 23.Bxg6# ) ) 13...Qa1+ 14.Kf2 Qa4 15.Nxe6!! My opponent Jan Filip's improvement on Tal's play from a 1957 club competition in Prague. Alexander Tolush and Boris Spassky found the same move the following year. It wins by force. (15.Bb5?! axb5 16.Nxb5 f6 17.exf6 gxf6 (17...Qxe4! Kasparov) 18.Re1 Ra6 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Nxf6+ Kf7 21.Rf3 Qh4+ 22.Kf1 e5 23.Qd5+ Be6 24.Nd7+ Kg6 25.Nxe5+ Kg7 26.Rg3+ Qxg3 27.Qxb7+ Nd7 28.hxg3 Rb6 29.Qc7 Bc5 30.Nxd7 Bc4+ 31.Re2 1-0 Tal,M-Tolush,A/Leningrad 1956/URS-ch) 15...fxe6 16.Nd6+ Bxd6 17.Qxd6 Rf8+ and now Filip missed 18.Kg3!+- (18.Rf3? Rxf3+ 19.gxf3 Qxc2+ 20.Kg3 Qc5 21.Qxe6+ Kf8 22.Bh3 Nc6 23.Qd6+ Qxd6 24.exd6 Nde5 25.f4 Bxh3 26.fxe5 Be6 0-1 Filip,J-Kavalek,L/Praha Club 1957) ]

[Try to explain this astonishing pin to little kids! Should not they move the other bishop? 13.Bh4 In the game Radjabov -Anand from the 2006 World Blitz Championship, black went down quickly after 13...Qa4?! (Black should play 13...Qxa2 14.Rb3 Qa1+ 15.Kf2 Qa4! lining up the white pieces on the fourth rank with the idea 16.Bb5 (16.Be2 g5 17.Bg3 Nc6 ) 16...axb5 17.Nxb5 Bc5+ 18.Nxc5 Qxh4+ winning a piece. The game continued: 19.g3 Qd8 20.Qd6 (20.Nxd7 Bxd7 21.Nd6+ Kf8 22.Rxb7 Kg8 23.Rhb1 Bc6 24.Rxf7 Nd7-+ ) 20...Nxc5 21.Nc7+ Qxc7 22.Qxc7 Nba6 23.Qb6 Nxb3 24.cxb3 0-0 25.Ra1 Nc7 26.Rxa8 Nxa8 27.Qd6 b6 28.Qc6 Ba6 29.Qd7 Rc8 30.Qa7 Bb5 31.Qb7 Rc2+ 32.Ke1 Nc7 33.Qxb6 Re2+ 34.Kd1 Nd5 35.Qd4 Rxh2 36.Kc1 Rg2 37.g4 g5 38.Kb1 Kg7 39.b4 Be2 0-1 Kortschnoj,V-Tolush,A/Riga 1958/URS-ch) 14.Be2 Nc6?? (14...Ba3= ) 15.Nxe6! g5 16.Nf6+ 1-0 Radjabov,T (2728)-Anand,V (2779)/World Blitz Championship in Rishon Le Ziyyon 2006 (16.Nf6+ Ke7 17.Qd6# ) ]

[After 13...hxg5 black has to walk a tightrope, but gets a draw: 14.Rb3 Qxa2 15.Qc3 axb5 16.Qxc8+ Ke7 17.0-0 Qa7 18.Rd3 Nxe5 19.Nc5 Nbd7 20.Nf5+ exf5 21.Rxd7+ Kf6 (21...Nxd7 22.Qxd7+ Kf6 23.Qxf5+ Ke7 24.Qd7# ) 22.Rxf7+ Kg6! (22...Kxf7? 23.Qe6# ; 22...Nxf7? 23.Qe6# ) 23.Qxf5+ Kh6 1/2-1/2 Shabalov,A (2604)-Areshchenko,A (2641)/Port Erin 2006 (23...Kh6 24.Qh3+ Kg6 25.Qf5+ with a perpetual check.) ]

(The threat 15.Nc7 mate forces Black to give up the queen, but he has enough pieces for it.)

14...hxg5 15.Nxa3 Rxa3
(Statistically, white is not doing well in this position, scoring only 30 percent.)

16.0-0 Nc6 17.Rb5 Ra4!
(Recommended by IM Dragoljub Minic in 1968.)

[The computers and correspondence players prefer 18.Nd6+ but the Dutchman aims his forces at the pawn on f7.]

18...Ndxe5 19.Rxe5 Nxe5 20.Qc3 Nc6 21.Rxf7!?
[Played with a reckless abandon, but after the previously tried 21.Nxf7 black limits the white knight 21...Rh5! and after 22.Qg3 Rd5 23.Qg6 (23.Qc7 Bc5+ 24.Kh1 Bd7-+ ; 23.Ng5 Bd6-+ ) 23...Kd7!-/+ takes over the initiative.]

(Anand feasts his eyes on white's hanging pieces and the slugfest continues.)

22.Rxg7! Bc5+!
[A paradox: black needs to control the dark squares and the bishop does it better than a rook. After 22...Bxg7 23.Qxg7 Rf8 24.Ne4 black can't cope with both threats 25.Nf6+ and 25.Nd6+ and has to return an exchange.]

23.Kh1 Rf8?!
[Anand could have coordinated his forces better with 23...Bd4! 24.Qd3! Rf5! (but not 24...Bxg7? 25.Qg6+ Kd8 26.Qxg7 Re8 27.h4 and black is missing his dark bishop in stopping the h-pawn.) ]

24.Qd3 Rxa2 25.h4
(The h-pawn begins to sprint towards h8. It is white's only hope.)

[The sideways attack 25...Ra4 can be blunted by 26.g4! for example 26...Rxg4 27.Qg6+ Kd8 28.Nf7+ winning the exchange.]

26.Kh2 Bd4 27.Qg6+ Kd8
(The game is entering a difficult stage. White bets on his h-pawn, while Anand tries to orchestrate harmony among his pieces.)

[Hitting the bishop with 28.Nf3! ia stronger, for example 28...Bc5 (28...Bxg7 29.Qxg7! ) 29.Qg5+ Be7 30.Rxe7 Nxe7 31.Qg7 the white queen forks both rooks.]

28...Rxf7 29.Qxf7 Bg1+ 30.Kg3 e5 31.h5
[31.Nf3! Be3 32.Nxe5 Nxe5 33.Qf6+ Kd7 34.Qxe5 looks dangerous to black.]

(Anand makes a great practical choice, giving up a pawn to hide his king.)

32.Qf6+ Kc7 33.Qxe5+ Kb6 34.Qd6+ Ka7 35.Qc5+ Kb8 36.Qd6+ Ka8 37.Qd8 Nf5+ 38.Kh3 Kb8?
[Anand had to force the white knight back with 38...Ra3+! 39.Nf3 before playing 39...Kb8 ]

[Having the world champion on the ropes, Stellwagen fails to deliver the final blow 39.g4! for example 39...Ra3+ (39...Nd4 40.Qd6+ Ka7 41.Qc7! Ne6 42.Nxe6 Bxe6 43.Qe5 Ra3+ 44.Kg2 wins.) 40.Kg2 Rg3+ 41.Kh1! Rxg4 42.Ne6+- threatening to win a piece with 43.Qc7+. ]

39...Ra3+ 40.Kg4 Nh6+ 41.Kf4 Bh2+ 42.Ke4 Nf7 43.Qf8 Nd6+ 44.Kd4 Ka7 45.Nc5 Ra5
(Threatening to win the knight with 46...Bg1+.)

[The final blunder. 46.Qd8! still offered chances to survive.]

46...Bg1+ 47.Kd3 Bf5+ 48.Qxf5 Nxf5 49.h7 Ra3+ 50.Nb3 Bd4 51.Ke4 Bh8 52.Kxf5 Ra2
White resigned. [After 52...Ra2 53.g4 Rxc2 black stops the white pawns easily. ---- The Washington Post, April 6, 2009] 0-1