(1) Shirov,Alexei (2749) - Anand,Viswanathan (2800) [C67]
Grand Slam Final Masters Bilbao ESP (1), 09.10.2010



1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5 11.b3
Though b3 is not an unusual idea in the Berlin, it is normally played in the place of h3.

11...Be7 12.Bb2 Be6 13.Rad1 a5 14.a4 b6 15.Ne4 c5 16.c4 Rd8 17.Rxd8+ Kxd8 18.Rd1+ Kc8 19.Kf1 Rd8
The last major pieces come off, and the draw is clearly on the horizon.

20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Ke2 Ke8 22.Kd3 Bd8 23.Bc1 f6 24.g4 hxg4 25.hxg4 Nd4 26.Nxd4 cxd4 27.exf6 gxf6 28.g5 c5 29.Nxf6+ Bxf6 30.gxf6 Bf5+ 31.Kd2 Bb1 32.Kd1 d3










33.Kd2
[33.Bf4 Bc2+ 34.Kd2 Bxb3 35.Bc7 Kf7 36.Kxd3 Bxa4 37.Bxb6 Kxf6 would be much the same as the game, albeit by a different move order.]

33...Kf7 34.Kc3 Kxf6 35.Bf4 Ke6 36.Bc7 Ba2 37.Bxb6 Kd6 38.Bxa5 d2 39.Kxd2 Bxb3 40.Kd3 Bxa4 41.Ke4 1/2-1/2