Anand,V (2788) – Leko,P (2752) [D43]
Tal Memorial (5), 10.11.2009

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 10.0–0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.a4 e5 15.Bg4 exd4 16.e5 c5 17.Re1 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 0–0 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Ne2 f5 21.Bh5 f4 22.Nxd4 cxd4 23.Re6 Bc8 24.Rg6+ Kh7 25.axb5 Rf6 26.Rxf6 Qxf6 27.Qc2+ Bf5 28.Qxc4 Rc8 29.Qd5 axb5 30. h3 += (Black needs to play 30…Rc7 to defend the 7th rank.)

30…h3 Kh8 31. Qxb5 Rf8 32. Ra6 Qg7 33. Rd6 d3 (I like White’s position a lot better. 34. Qc5 here basically puts Black in a zugzwang.)

34. Qb6 (The idea is after 34…Kh7 35. Rc6 threatening 36. Rc7. Black does have 37…Rc8.)

34…Qe5 (Leko is looking at something like this: 35. Rxh6+ Kg7 36. Rd6 Rf6 37. Rxf6 Qxf6 38. Qxf6+ Kxf6 39. Kf1+/-)

35. Bb6 (Here is a quick line off the top of my head 35…d2 36. Bxf5 Qxf5 37. Qd4+ Rf6 38. Rxf6 d1=Q+ 39. Qxd1 Qxf6+/-)

35…d2 36. Bxf5 Qxf5 37. Qd4+ Kh7 38. Qxd2+/- (It is a very difficult position for Black. Not only that he is a pawn down, his King is very vulnerable.)

38…h5 40. Rd5 Qg6 41. Qa5 +- (Black’s position is hopeless. It is just a matter of technique from here on in. I don’t think Leko’s valiant effort to defend this will be successful. The problem is White can attack head on from the Kingside, from the side in the 6th and 5th rank, and from behind in the 8th rank.)

41…Rb7 (Now 42. h4 will be the knockout blow.)

42. h4 +- Qb1+ 43. Kh2 Qxb2 (44.Rd6 and Black can resign 44….Qc2 45. hxg5 1-0)

44. Rxg5 (Anand missed the strongest move 44. Rd6. But this is still an easy win, just more work.)

44…Rxg5 45. Qxg5 (This is a clear win for White. Leko can play on but it is simple a waste of time.) 1-0

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