(1) Svidler,P (2765) - Aronian,L (2752) [C88]
XXIII SuperGM Morelia/Linares MEX/ESP (12), 08.03.2006
Leko-Ivanchuk, Morelia 4 2006]
[A logical move. Once the e5-pawn has been defended, Black threatens to place his queen's knight on a5, putting certain pressure against the white queen side. For instance, 10.Nbd2
with good play for Black, Adams-Leko, Linares 2005]
[Svidler had reached this position before, but with opposite colours. 13.c3
has been recommended, although this gives White the additional possibility 15.Ba3
with advantage of space for White, Leko-Svidler, San Luis 2005. We can suppose that Svidler deviated from this variation because he had found an improvement for Black. Or maybe he was just tird after the complicated game from yesterday and did not feel like opening the position at such an early stage?!]
[An interesting novelty. In the ame Adams-Anand, San Luis 2005 Black initiated the generally desirable transfer of the queen's knight to g6 with 16...Ne7!?
but after 17.d4!
White obtained some pressure in the centre. Aronian decided to keep his knight on c6 untill the danger of d3-d4 dissapears.]
Now that the e4-pawn is insufficiently defended, Black finally transfers the knight to the king side.
With all the pieces on board, there is a lot of play left, of course, but the opponents seem to have decided to preserve their forces for the decisive rounds. 1/2-1/2