(1) Ponomariov,R (2734) - Anand,V (2753) [B30]
XX SuperGM Linares ESP (8), 02.03.2003



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.d3 Ne7 6.Qe2
[ 6.Ng5 Ng6 ( 6...f6 7.Nh3 g6 8.f4 Bg7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nf2 d6 11.Nd2 a5 12.a4 f5 13.Nf3 Rb8 14.Rb1 c4!? 15.dxc4 fxe4 16.Nxe4 d5 17.cxd5 exd5 18.Nf2 Qb6 19.Re1 Nf5 20.Ne5 Rb7 21.b3 Rd8 1/2-1/2 Bologan,V-Shabalov,A/Connecticut USA 2000/The Week in Chess 286 (37)) 7.f4 Be7 8.Nf3 d5 9.c4 e5 10.f5 dxe4 11.dxe4 Nf4? 12.Qxd8+ Bxd8 13.Nxe5 Nxg2+ 14.Kf2 Nh4 15.Nc3 Bf6 16.Ng4 Bd4+ 17.Kg3 h5 18.Nf2 Bf6 19.Nh3 Bxf5 20.exf5 Nxf5+ 21.Kf4+- 1-0 Bologan,V-Sveshnikov,E/Tallinn EST 2000/The Week in Chess 273 (42); 6.h4 h5 7.Qe2 f6 8.e5 fxe5 9.Nxe5 d6 10.Nc4 Nf5 11.Bg5 Be7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Nc3 e5 14.0-0-0 Be6 15.Kb1 Rb8 16.Rde1 Nd4 17.Qd2 0-0 18.Nd1 Qc7 19.f3 Rf4 20.Re4 d5 21.Rxf4 exf4 22.Qa5 Qe7 23.Ne5 Bf5-/+ 0-1 Shabanov,Y-Arkhipov,S/Smolensk RUS 2000/The Week in Chess 287 (61)]

6...Qc7
[ 6...Ng6 7.0-0 1-0 Willmoth,R-Ramaswamy,A/Torquay 2002/CBM 91/[Hecht] (53). (52) ( 7.h4!? h5 8.e5 f6 1/2-1/2 Vokarev,S-Arkhipov,S/Smolensk RUS 2000/The Week in Chess 287 (27) ( 8...d6 9.exd6 Bxd6 10.Nc3 1-0 Yudasin,L-Manca,F/Reggio Emilia ITA 2000 (28)) ) ]

7.Ng5N
[ 7.e5 Nf5 8.Bd2 Be7 9.Bc3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Bb7 11.Rg1 d5 12.exd6 Nxd6 13.Qe5 f6 1-0 Prokopchuk,E-Sherbakov,R/Novgorod 1999/CBM 69 ext (48). (47); 7.0-0 Ng6 8.Ng5 Be7 9.Qh5 Qd8 ( 9...d6 10.f4|^ ; 9...h6? 10.Nxf7 Kxf7 11.f4+/- ) ; 7.Nc3 Ng6 8.Ng5 e5 9.Qh5 d6 10.0-0 h6 11.Nh3 Be7 12.Kh1 Bf6 13.Ng1 1/2-1/2 Anand,V-Grischuk,A/Wijk aan Zee NED 2003/The Week in Chess 429 (13). ; 7.Nh4 h6 8.g3 g6 9.f4 Bg7 10.Nf3 f6 11.e5 fxe5 12.fxe5 0-0 13.Nbd2 Nf5 14.c3 Ba6 15.Ne4 c4 16.d4 c5 17.Nxc5 Bb7 18.Nxb7 Qxb7 19.0-0 Qd5 20.Bd2 Rab8 21.Rab1 Rb6 22.Be1 Rfb8 23.g4 Ne7 24.Bh4 Nc6 25.Qc2 Kh7 26.Bg3 Rf8 27.Nh4 1-0 Palac,M-Cherniaev,A/Catalan Bay ENG 2003/The Week in Chess 430 (27). ]

7...h6
[ 7...e5 8.0-0 h6 9.Nh3 g5 10.f3 d6 11.Nf2 f5 12.exf5 Bxf5 13.Nd2 Bg7 14.Nde4 1/2-1/2 Marcelin,C-Lautier,J/Drancy FRA 2003 (108). (108)]

8.Nh3
[ 8.Nxf7?? Kxf7 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qxc5 Nd5-+ ]

8...g6 9.f4 Bg7 10.c4 e5 11.Nc3 d5!? 12.0-0 0-0
[ 12...Bxh3 13.gxh3~~ ]

13.g4
time: white 1:23 - black 1:32 with the idea f5-gain space on the king side and keep the position closed

13...exf4 14.Bxf4 Qd7 15.exd5 cxd5 16.Rae1 Nc6
[ 16...dxc4!? 17.Qxe7? Qxg4+ 18.Bg3 Qxh3-/+ ]

17.Nxd5 Nd4 18.Qg2 Qxg4
[ 18...h5?! 19.Ne7+ Kh8 20.Qxa8 Bb7 21.Qxa7 Qxg4+ 22.Bg3 Nf3+ ( 22...Qxh3?? 23.Qxb7 ) ]

19.Ne7+ Kh7 20.Nxc8
time: white 0:58 - black 1:09

20...Qxg2+ 21.Kxg2 Raxc8
black is slightly better: strong Nd4 vs Nh3, pawn d3 is weak, but white controls the e-file

22.Bd2
[ 22.Re7 ]

22...g5!
the strong pawns are coming to catch pono ;-) [ 22...-- /\23.Bc3 ]

23.Re7
this is the famous "important position" which appears in every game. Vishy does right, spending a lot of time to find a plan

23...Kg6
time: white 0:43 - black 0:53

24.Rxa7 Ne6
[ 24...f5!? ]

25.b4 Rfd8
time: white 0:29 - black 0:34 [ 25...cxb4 26.Bxb4 Ra8 27.Rfxf7 Bd4 ]

26.b5 Rxd3 27.Bc1
[ 27.Be1 ]

27...Rcd8 28.Raxf7
time: w 0:26 - b 0:26

28...Rc3 29.Re7 Rd6 30.Nf2 Bf6
[ 30...Rxc4 ]

31.Re8 Rc2
time: w 0:13 - b 0:21

32.Kh1 Rxc4 33.Re1 Nc7 34.Rg8+ Kh7 35.Rb8
time: w 9:50 - b 17:49

35...Re6 36.Rf1 Nd5-/+
all black pieces are more active but the white a+b-pawns are still dangerous

37.Rc8 Bd4
time: w 5:00 - b 14:17

38.Ng4 h5 39.Rd8-+ Nf4
[ 39...Nb6 40.Ne3 ( 40.Nf2 Bxf2 41.Rxf2 Rxc1+ ; 40.Rxd4 cxd4 41.Nf2 Re5 ; 40.Rf7+ Kg6 ) 40...Bxe3 41.Bxe3 Rxe3 ]

40.Bxf4 gxf4 41.Nf2
time: w 57:17 - b 1h11:41

41...Rc3
prevents Nd3 or Nh3 and threats Re2; on Rf3 white has Kg2

42.Rf8 Rc2 43.Rxf4
[ 43.Nh3 ]

43...Ree2 44.b6 Bxf2?=
[ 44...Bxf2 45.b7 Bg3 46.Rf7+ Kg6 47.R1f6+ Kg5 48.hxg3 Rb2 ; 44...Rxa2 45.b7 Rab2 46.Rf5 Kg6 47.Rf8 Rxb7 ( 47...Be5 48.Rg8+ Kh6 49.Rg2 ) 48.Nd3 Kg7 49.R8f5 ( 49.Nf4 Re5 ) ] 1/2-1/2