A Trap for Boris

Время публикации: 15.01.2013 20:54 | Последнее обновление: 04.04.2015 05:27

Vishy Anand crushed Levon Aronian in 23 moves

Apparently, the World Champion played one of his best games in the last few years. In Round 4 of the strong GM round robin Tata Steel Levon Aronian decided to check Anand in the Semi-Slav Meran. 


Anand's second Rustam Kasimdzhanov has "refuted" 12.b4 with 12...с5! in the encounter against Veselin Topalov played at the Grand Prix London. Another major move 12.Rfd1 is also followed by 12...с5. Armenian GM chose the continuation which took place in the first world championship match tie-break game between Stefanova and Ushenina: 12.Ng5. The Ukrainian had answered with 12...h6. According to the database the same position was played by Wojtaszek and Negi in 2011: 12...Bxh2+ 13.Kxh2 Ng4+ 14.Kg1 Qxg5. Formally, Anand's move is a novelty, which, however, should obviously be predicted if one goes to this line: 12...с5! 13.Nxh7 Ng4 14.f4 cxd4 15.exd4.

And here come two decisive moves made by Anand:

15...Bc5!! 16.Be2 Taking the bishop could be less harmful. However, computer analyses will make it clear soon.

16...Nde5!! 17.Bxg4 Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Nxg4 19.Nxf8 f5! It's over. 20.Ng6 Qf6 21.h3 Qxg6 22.Qe2 Qh5 23.Qd3 Be3 0-1.

Is this a game of a day/month/year? Each of you is free to decide. Here we offer you the players' commentaries made after the game. 

Aronian: "I think I got into a theoretical trap: 15...Bc5 is a very strong move. Vishy said he prepared it for somebody else. Well, I have to study openings better..."

Vishy Anand also commented on the encounter, saying 'the trap', as Levon Aronian called it, was 'the match preparation for Boris'. Watch the World Champion's commentary on the game HERE.  

[Event "75th Tata Steel Chess Group A"] [Site "Wijk aan Zee"] [Date "2013.01.15"] [Round "4"] [White "Aronian, Levon"] [Black "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D46"] [WhiteElo "2802"] [BlackElo "2772"] [Annotator "Robot 4"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "NED"] [TimeControl "40/6000+30:20/3000+30:900+30"] 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} c6 {[%emt 0: 00:00]} 3. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 5. e3 {[%emt 0:00:35]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 6. Bd3 {[%emt 0: 00:10]} dxc4 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 7. Bxc4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} b5 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 8. Bd3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} Bd6 {[%emt 0:00:43]} 9. O-O {[%emt 0:00:36]} O-O {[%emt 0: 00:08]} 10. Qc2 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 11. a3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:02:26]} 12. Ng5 {[%emt 0:01:05]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:37]} 13. Nxh7 { [%emt 0:03:55]} Ng4 {[%emt 0:11:36]} 14. f4 {[%emt 0:09:23]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:30: 16]} 15. exd4 {[%emt 0:00:51]} Bc5 {[%emt 0:05:59]} 16. Be2 {[%emt 0:50:04]} Nde5 {[%emt 0:15:48]} 17. Bxg4 {[%emt 0:03:22]} Bxd4+ {[%emt 0:02:00]} 18. Kh1 {[%emt 0:00:14]} Nxg4 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 19. Nxf8 {[%emt 0:07:11]} f5 {[%emt 0: 06:48]} 20. Ng6 {[%emt 0:05:48]} Qf6 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 21. h3 {[%emt 0:12:24]} Qxg6 {[%emt 0:00:27]} 22. Qe2 {[%emt 0:00:17]} Qh5 {[%emt 0:07:15]} 23. Qd3 { [%emt 0:00:08]} Be3 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 0-1

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