[Event "FIDE WC"]
[Site "Khanty Mansiysk"]
[Date "2011.08.28"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Esen, Baris"]
[Black "Moiseenko, Alexander"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2543"]
[BlackElo "2715"]
[Annotator "Efstratios Grivas"]
[PlyCount "96"]
[EventDate "2011.08.28"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
[WhiteTeam "Time: 2:17:40"]
[BlackTeam "Time: 2:13:19"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Qc2 ({
Other critical lines here are} 7. e3 {and}) (7. Rc1 {.}) 7... c5 ({The most
active line.} 7... c6 {is also playable by the way.}) 8. dxc5 h6 ({A matter of
taste as well. Alternatives are} 8... Nxc5 9. a3 Bxc3+ 10. Qxc3 Nce4 11. Bxf6
Nxf6 12. Qe5+ Qe7 13. Qxe7+ Kxe7 14. Nd4 Bd7 15. e3 Rhc8 16. f3 h5 17. Kd2 Ne8
18. Bd3 Nd6 19. b3 $14 {Leko,P-Aronian,L Ningbo 2011}) ({and} 8... Qa5 9. Bd2
Qxc5 10. e3 Qe7 11. a3 Bc5 12. Be2 O-O 13. O-O a6 14. Rac1 $14 {Akopian,
V-Morozevich,A Yerevan 2008.}) 9. Bd2 (9. Bxf6 {doesn't look like giving much
to White:} Qxf6 10. O-O-O Bxc3 11. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 12. bxc3 Nf6 13. e3 O-O 14. Bd3
Bg4 15. Rd2 Rac8 16. Ne5 Rxc5 17. Nxg4 Nxg4 18. Kb2 g6 19. Bc2 Rfc8 20. Bb3 Nf6
21. Rd3 R8c6 22. Rhd1 Rb5 23. h3 h5 24. Rd4 Kg7 25. h4 Ra5 {1/2-1/2 Turova,
I-Aleksandrov,A Dubai 2009.}) 9... Bxc5 10. e3 O-O 11. Bd3 ({Another set-up is
by} 11. Rc1 Qe7 12. Be2 a6 13. Qd3 Nb6 14. O-O Bg4 15. Nd4 Bd7 16. Bf3 Rfe8 17.
b3 Ba3 18. Rc2 Rac8 19. Nce2 Rxc2 20. Qxc2 Be6 21. Bc1 Rc8 22. Bxa3 Qxa3 23.
Qd2 $14 {Carlsen,M-Ivanchuk,V Medias 2011.}) 11... a6 12. O-O b5 13. Rac1 Bb7
14. Ne2 ({A natural move, heading for the strong d4-square. Other tries are: a)
} 14. Qb1 Qe7 (14... Bd6 15. Ne2 Ne4 16. Bc3 Nxc3 17. Rxc3 Ne5 18. Nxe5 Bxe5
19. Nd4 Qb6 20. Rd1 Rac8 21. Rxc8 Rxc8 22. Bf5 Rc7 23. g3 g6 24. Bh3 Kg7 25.
Bg2 Qc5 26. Nf3 {1/2-1/2 Dreev,A-Vitiugov,N Krasnoyarsk 2007}) 15. Ne2 Ne4 16.
Bc3 Nxc3 17. Rxc3 Bb6 18. Ned4 Nc5 19. b4 Ne4 20. Rc2 Rfc8 21. Rfc1 g6 22. Qb3
Qe8 23. h4 Rxc2 24. Rxc2 Nf6 25. Qb2 Bd8 $13 {Lalith,B-Aleksandrov, A Dubai
2010.}) ({b)} 14. Rfd1 Re8 15. Be1 Qb6 16. Bf5 Rad8 17. Nd4 Bd6 18. Qe2 Ne5 19.
h3 Bb8 $13 {Halkias,S-Aleksandrov,A Mainz 2006.}) 14... Rc8 15. Qb1 Ne4 16. Bc3
Nxc3 ({A natural novelty. Earlier Black has tried} 16... Bd6 17. Bd4 Ndc5 18.
Ng3 (18. Rfd1 Qe7 19. Bc2 b4 20. Bxc5 Bxc5 21. Bxe4 dxe4 22. Nfd4 a5 $15 {
Lalith,B-Ramesh,R Mumbai 2008}) 18... Qd7 19. Rfd1 Qe6 $13 {Aronian,L-Grischuk,
A Moscow 2009.}) 17. Rxc3 Nf6 {An interesting battle is ahead. Black will try
to exploit his bishop pair and White his better pawn-structure (Black has an
isolated pawn on d5). Chances seems to be more or less equal.} 18. Rfc1 Ne4 $1
19. R3c2 (19. Bxe4 $6 dxe4 20. Nfd4 (20. Rxc5 $2 Rxc5 21. Rxc5 exf3 $17) 20...
Qd5 {is pleasant for Black.}) 19... b4 20. Nfd4 Qd6 21. Nb3 {White tries to
exchange some pieces (correct strategy) but unfortunately are the major pieces
(rooks) that will be. In positions with isolated pawn it is important to
exchange the light pieces in order to exploit the weakness of the weak pawn -
so in a way White is going nowhere...} Bb6 22. Rxc8 Rxc8 23. Rxc8+ Bxc8 24. Qc2
Bb7 25. Nbd4 g6 {Black must control some squares around his king, so why not
gain some more space in this part of the board. White cannot explore the
'weaknesses' created on the dark squares, as he is simply missing his dark
squared bishop. But of course his position is solid enough without any
weakness around.} 26. Ng3 Nc5 ({After further exchanges as} 26... Nxg3 27. hxg3
Bxd4 28. exd4 {it will be only White who has chances, due to his suberb bishop.
Black's strategy to maintain pieces on the board is the correct one.}) 27. Bf1
h5 28. Nge2 Ne4 29. Nf3 Qf6 30. h4 ({White could also think of} 30. Qa4 Bc5 31.
Qe8+ Kg7 32. Ned4 Qe7 33. Qxe7 Bxe7 $11 {.}) 30... Bc6 $5 31. Ned4 Bd7 {As his
d5-pawn is not under threat, Black decided to transfer his lightsquared bishop
to a more active diagonal.} 32. Bd3 Nc5 33. Be2 a5 (33... Ne4 34. Bd3 Nc5 {a
draw could be agreed.}) 34. Ng5 {A correct decision - White needs to control
e4-square as well.} Bg4 35. g3 Qe5 36. Kg2 (36. Bxg4 hxg4 37. Qe2 {is leading
nowhere after} Ne4 $1 (37... f6 $2 38. Qb5 $18) 38. Nxe4 (38. Qxg4 Bxd4 39.
exd4 Qxd4 40. Nxe4 dxe4 41. Qe2 $11) 38... Qxe4 39. Qb5 Bxd4 40. exd4 Qxd4 41.
Qxa5) ({but maybe White should think of} 36. Bf1 $5 {and Bg2, putting some
pressure on the isolated pawn.}) 36... Kg7 37. Qd1 ({Again a correct decision
in slight time trouble. White could even lose after} 37. Bxg4 $6 hxg4 38. Nb3 (
38. Qe2 $2 f6 39. Qb5 Qd6 $19) 38... Nxb3 39. axb3 Bd8 $17 {.}) 37... Bd7 ({Now
} 37... f6 {is not a threat. After} 38. Nh3 Bxh3+ 39. Kxh3 Ne6 40. Nxe6+ Qxe6+
41. Kg2 d4 42. exd4 Qe4+ 43. Bf3 Qxd4 44. Qxd4 Bxd4 45. b3 {there is not much
left to play for...}) 38. b3 ({White could force things with} 38. Bb5 Bg4 (
38... Bxb5 39. Nxb5 Ne4 40. Nxe4 dxe4 41. Nd6 $1 Bc5 (41... Qxb2 $2 42. Qd5 $1
$18) 42. Nc4 Qe6 43. b3 a4) 39. Be2 Bd7 $11 {but in mutual (slight) time
trouble he decided to keep it simple.}) 38... Ne4 ({If Black 'wanted' to ask
something more from his position, it was time to go for} 38... f6 39. Ngf3 Qe8
{although I do not believe that the result could be changed easily...}) 39.
Ndf3 Qf5 40. Bd3 $1 {Now it is Black who must play with accuracy.} Bc6 41. Qc2
Bb7 42. Bxe4 dxe4 43. Nd2 Qe5 $1 ({The best way to preserve equality.
After} 43... Bd5 44. Ngxe4 Qe5 45. Kf1 f6 46. Qd3 Qe6 47. Ke2 {White would
have some chances, although the black bishop pair looks strong enough to
defend.}) 44. Nc4 (44. Ngxe4 $2 f5 $19 {.}) 44... Qc3 $1 ({Again forced. If}
44... Qc7 $2 45. Qd1 $1 Bc5 {then} 46. Nxa5 $1 $16 {is excellent for White.})
45. Qd1 ({Of course not} 45. Qxc3+ $2 bxc3 46. Na3 f6 47. Ne6+ Kf7 48. Nf4 Bc5
49. Nc2 Ba6 50. Ne1 Bd6 51. Nd5 Be5 $19 {.}) 45... Qd3 $1 {Forced again. Any
other move would allow White to penetrate with his queen and win the game.} 46.
Qa1+ ({White hasn't much of a choice.} 46. Qxd3 exd3+ 47. Kf1 Ba6 $1 48. Nd2 (
48. Ke1 $2 Bxc4 49. bxc4 a4 $19) 48... f6 49. Nh3 Kh6 {would be too dangerous
for him.}) 46... Qc3 47. Qd1 Qd3 48. Qa1+ Qc3 Draw by repetision. A
rather correct game which has been (nearly) always around the terms of the
draw.} 1/2-1/2