Friday, January 13, 2017

Anand Wins Sicilian Defence

Former World Champion Vishy Anand finds success in a Sicilian Defence. His attack in rapid play led to a short win. I enjoy the playing style of Viswanathan Anand. His approach is bold but not unduly risky. GM Anand is a great player to model. Alexander Khalifman wrote a series of many books entitled “An Opening for White according to Anand” based on his repertoire. Anand promotes the Prodigy Program basic instruction.

Li Chao2 of China is sometimes called “Li Chao b” since there is another player named “Li Chao”. Years ago China was not very strong in chess. Now they are the number 3 country in the world. China is best known for their female superstar players. In recent years their male grandmasters have made the Top 20 in FIDE.

In the Sicilian Rauzer 6.Bg5 White chooses between 9.f4 or 9.f3. This game is decided by the powerful play of Anand’s g-pawn.

Anand (2779) - Li Chao2 (2720), World Rapid 2016 Doha QAT (7.5), 27.12.2016 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.Bxf6 [10.Nxc6 Bxc6 11.Bd3 Be7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Nd7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Be4=] 10...gxf6 [10...Qxf6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Ndxb5 Qd8 13.Nd6+ Bxd6 14.Qxd6 exf4 15.Ne4+/-] 11.Kb1 [11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Kb1+/=] 11...b4 [11...Qb6 12.Nf3 Be7 13.f5 0-0-0 14.g3 Kb8 15.fxe6 fxe6 16.Bh3+/=] 12.Nce2 Qb6 13.g3 [13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.f5 e5 15.Ng3+/=] 13...Rc8 14.Bg2 [14.Qd3!?] 14...h5!? [More often players push the other rook pawn with something like 14...a5 15.Rhe1 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 Bg7 17.Re3 0-0 18.Rd3=] 15.Bf3 [15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.Nd4+/=] 15...Na5 16.b3 Bg7 [16...Nb7=] 17.g4!? [17.Rhe1=] 17...h4? [17...hxg4! 18.Bxg4 Nc6 19.h4 Nxd4 20.Nxd4 Bh6=] 18.g5 [18.Rhg1+/=] 18...fxg5 19.Rhg1 Rc5 [19...Qc7 20.a3!?+/=] 20.fxg5 [20.e5+/-] 20...0-0 [20...Nb7 21.g6+-] 21.Nf4 [Or 21.g6+-] 21...Nc6 22.Nxc6 Bxc6? [22...Qxc6 23.Nh5 Be5 24.g6 Rxc2 25.gxf7+ Kxf7 26.Qxc2 Qxc2+ 27.Kxc2+-] 23.g6! f5 [23...Qd8 24.gxf7+ Rxf7 25.Nxe6 Qf6 26.Rxg7+ Rxg7 27.Nxg7 Kxg7 28.e5+-] 24.Nxe6 fxe4 [24...Ba8 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.Qd4+ Kg8 27.g7 Rf7 28.exf5+-] 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.Qxd6 Re8 [26...Qa7 27.Qd4+ Rf6 28.Bxe4 Bxe4 29.Qxe4 Rh5 30.Rg2+-] 27.Bxe4 Rxe4 [27...Rce5 28.Bxc6+-] 28.Rgf1 1-0

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