Saturday, 4 June 2011

Anand hooks into Shirov

World Champion Viswanathan Anand leads his exhibition match with Alexei Shirov 1.5-0.5 after the first days actions in Leon, Spain. The first game was drawn, while the second game saw Anand lay into Shirov's positions after the latter dropped 2 pawns in the opening. Despite Anand having a clear advantage it was still an attractive win, with the final position especially nice.

Anand,Viswanathan (2817) - Shirov,Alexei (2709) [D43]
24th Leon Masters Leon ESP (2), 03.06.2011

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4
7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.Rd1 Nh5 12.d5 Nxg3 13.hxg3 Qb6 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Nxg5 Bc5 16.Bh5+ Ke7 17.Nxe6 Ne5 18.Nxc5 Qxc5 19.Be2 Raf8 20.0-0 Rhg8 21.b4 Qxb4 22.Qd2 Qc5 23.Qxh6 Bc8 24.Qh4+ Ke6 25.Qh6+ Ke7 26.Qh5 Kf6 27.Qh4+ Ke6 28.Nd5 cxd5 29.Rxd5 Qb6 30.Qh5 Qb8 31.Rfd1 Rf6 (D)
32.Rxe5+ Qxe5 33.Bg4+ Rxg4 34.Qe8# 1-0

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