Mark Taimanov,
grandmaster |

FIDE World championship,

Las Vegas, 1999

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 c6 4.
Partners begin with a well developed variation of the Reti opening, where dynamical resources of both sides are not high, due to early relaxation at the center.
9...Bxf3
The alternative -
9...Bh5
- is less popular.
10. Bxf3
10. Qxf3
seems to be more natural, but this difference is not
essential.
This preventive move was not necessary, it only weakens the black king's position.
16. h4 Qc7 17. Ne3 Qb6 18. Nc4 Qc7 19. Ne3 Qb6
Prelude to peaceful talks?
20. Qc4!
The maneuver, that does credit to Aronian's insight. He detected a vulnerable point at the Black's camp - the pawn
f7
, avoided repetition and
concentrated on the using of this weakeness.
20...Ne6 21. Ng4! Nxg4 22. Bxg4 Rd6 23. b3 Rad8?!
This stereotyped move appeares to be the main reason of further Black's problems. If Rozentalis had penetrated deep into the position, he would have understood, that it's time to undertake some prophylactic actions against the growing initiative of White. With that end in view, Rozentalis could play
23...Kh8
. Now, in the case of
24. f4 exf4 25. Bxf4 Nxf4
26. Rxf4
Black has the reply
26...Rd2+
, and if
27. Kh3
,
then
27...Bg1! 28. Be2
(or
28. Bh5
)
28...f6
with mutual
chances. Now the picture is completely different.
24. f4! exf4 25. Bxf4 Nxf4 26. Rxf4 Rd2+ 27. Kh3 Bd6
Here
27...Bg1
doesn't save because of
28. Bh5
, and the pawn
f7
is undefendable. If
27...Rf8
, then simply
28. Raf1 Rf2
29. Bh5
.
28. Rxf7
The idea of the move
20. Qc4
is fully realized!
28...Kh8
29.e5!
Very important resource to develop initiative. White pieces gain a high dynamic force!
29...Bxe5 30. Raf1 Bd6
30...R2d5
lost after
31. Rf8+ Rxf8 32. Rxf8+ Kh7 33. Qe4+ g6
34. Bh5!
31. Rxg7!
White's attack becomes irresistable. If
31...Kxg7
, then
32. Rf7+
Kh8 33. Qe4
.
31...Qe3 32. Bh5 Rf2
Or
32...Kxg7 33. Qf7+ Kh8 34. Qf6+
.
33. Rxf2 Qxf2 34. Rg6 Qf5+ 35. Kg2 Qxh5 36. Qd4+ Qe5 37. Rxd6! Qxd4
38. Qxd4 Re8 39. Rd6
1:0
Black had to give up one more pawn. |

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