GM Sergey Ivanov
annotated online the games of the 3rd round:
July, 14 2001
Hello, dear chessfriends! Today I will be your guide in hot
Dortmund summer. What interesting is waiting for us today, in
the 3rd round?
Firstly, the meeting Leko - Morozevich. After 2 rounds Leko
is leading with Kramnik but Morozevich is sharing the last
place with Adams after yesterday's offensive failure. But
Morozevich is a fighter and Leko is a good irritant for
him. So I think there will be a serious struggle.
The first move 1.e4 is obvious and Morozevich usually replied
with French defence. But in January 2001 Morozevich has
outplayed the Najdorf variation of the Sicilian. Leko played
his favourite line with 6.Bg5 and won the game in the
complicated struggle. No doubt, Morozevich is craving for
Secondly, the game Adams - Kramnik. Adams looks insipid in
Dortmund by the moment, and probably Kramnik will play for
win even with black. True, the score with this color is +3-2=8
in favour of Adams. And we all remember how Michael broke the
long Vladimir's without loss series a year ago here in Dortmund
in variation 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5. And in Wijk aan Zee 2001
Adams luckily made a draw in Sveshnikov variation. So, if Kranik
imposes his line in opening, I stake on him!
And finally the game Topalov - Anand. It seems Veselin gradually
finds his former shape but the splendid Indian isn't shining
yet in this tournament. Their games always had uncompromising
fight and Topalov has the advantage (with this color) +3-2
in the resulting games. So I foretell the sharp fight where
any result is possible.
Well, the games start, follow the updates!
Leko - Morozevich
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6
Morozevich's favourite line which has brought him several
7.Nf3 a6 8.g3 Nc6
Fresh idea combined with preparation of e6-e5 advance. Before
Morozevich preferred 8...b5 9.Bg2 Bb7 as for example in games
against J. Polgar (Wijk aan Zee 2000) and Leko (Francfurt 1999)
The novelty apparently prepared by Leko for this game. In case
of quiet development 9.Bg2 Black fulfils his main idea -
9...e5 10.d5 Nb4 11.Nc3 c6 12.dxc6 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 bxc6 14.a3
Nd5 15.Nxd5 cxd5 16.Rxd5 0-0 and two Bishops give him a
sufficient counterplay (Milos - Morozevich, Istanbul (ol) 2000
An interesting distracting maneuver. Black intends to strict
White's k-side by the h pawn's advance since the d4 pawn in
under the blow.
10.Bg2 h4 11.0-0
Since White has to move his King away from the center anyhow
he decided to do it immediately. But now Black can try to
derive benefit from the opening of the h file.
11...hxg3 12.hxg3 e5!?
It's forcing the passing into the endgame where Black with 2
Bishops has no problems. Evidently Morozevich came to a conclusion
that his strengths are not enough for the straight attack.
The alternative is 13...fxe5 14.Qxd8 Bxd8
14.Raxd1 fxe5 15.Nd5 Bd6 16.Ng5
White could liquidate one of the Bishops - 16.Nb6 Rb8 17.Nxc8
(17.Nc4 Ke7 18.Rfe1 Rh5) 17...Rxc8 with equal position. But
it looks like Leko wants to obtain an advantage.
Developing 16...Bf5 suggested itself but after 17.Be4 Bxe4
18.Nxe4 White's chances is a bit better thanks to strong
Knights. By the move in the game Morozevich retreats his
King from possible checks beforehand.
Nothing else I can see for White.
17...cxb6 18.Rxd6 Ke7 19.Rd2
Any chances for an advantage can be only after 19.Rfd1 but
19...f6! 20.Ne4 Be6 relieves Black and the play can become
unclear. Leko made a reliable move and draw agreement took
Adams - Kramink
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6
As far as I know this formation was not to be found yet in
Kramnik's practice. Experts in Sheveningen chose this order
of moves (not developing the Knight onto f6 not last forever)
in case of they want to avoid the sharp Keres attack (6.g4).
6.Be3 Nf6 7.Qd2
Adams doesn't want to play standard Sheveningen (evidently
that choice of Kramnik was a surprise for him) and chose the
plan with 0-0-0 placing his pieces like in very popular English
7...Be7 8.f3 0-0 9.0-0-0 a6
Theory offers Black to realize the immediate blow in the center
9...d5 but in that case the position becomes simpler. But to
all appearances Kramnik is in the mood for more complicated
10.g4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5 12.Kb1 Qc7
This position is typical for Rauzer variation but the pawns...
Where is the white pawn on f4 and White's play is to advance
the e4-e5. But here the pawns is placed on the f3 and g4 so he
should prepare the storm by the g and h pawns. Kramnik has made
the useful move by Queen which is often played in analogical
position from Rauzer. Here they played 12...Bb7 13.h4 Rc8
14.g5 Nd7 15.Rg1 b4 (Topalov - Kasparov, Ansterdam, 1995)
13.g5 Nd7 14.h4 b4 15.Na4 Bb7!?
Kramnik considers that Black hasn't to defend the b4 pawn.
16.Qxb4 looks rather risky: 16...Rfc8 17.Bd3 a5 18.Qd2 Rab8
The standard breakthrough in the center making clear the
White's pawns' weakness. The position looks like more
preferable for Black.
17.exd5 Bxd5 18.Qe3 Rfc8 19.Bd3 Nc5
Another possibility was 19...Bd6 keeping a strain. But Black
will have some advantage even in case of Queen's trade because
the weakness of white pawns and k-side.
20.Nxc5 Bxc5 21.Be4
Light-squared black Bishop is very strong and should be traded.
21...Bxd4 22.Rxd4 a5 23.Rhd1
Taking 23.Bxd5 is impossible for the time being because of
Resuming the Bxd5 threat. Position has equalized.
The alternative is 24...Bxe4 25.fxe4 a4!? with sharp play.
25.Bxd5 exd5 26.Rxd5
To more complicated play led 26.h5!? gxh5 27.Rxd5 a4
26...Qxh4 27.Qd2 Qg3 28.f4 Qc3 29.Qxc3 Rxc3
Appeared rook's ending has draw character. Both side have no
weaknesses and most likely the game will be finished peacefully.
30.f5 gxf5 31.Rxf5 Ra7
Not allowing the Rook to rush into the 7th rank.
32.Rd2 Kg7 33.Kb2 a4 34.a3 axb3 35.axb4 bxc2 36.Rxc2 Rxc2
Draw. After the opening I had a feeling that Kramnik can
grasp initiative but after the exchanges Adams equalized
the position by accurate maneuvers. Nobody wanted to risk
and soon the draw became inevitable.
Topalov - Anand
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nbd7 6.Nf3 h6
7.Nxf6 Nxf6 8.Bxf6
A rare move. The usual lines - 8.Bh4 and 8.Be3.
8...Qxf6 9.Bb5 c6 10.Bd3 a6
Black is preparing c6-c5 not letting the Bishop step on the b5
square. Also was played 10...Bd6 11.Qe2 a5 12.0-0-0 a4 13.a3 0-0
14.Kb1 Ra5 15.Rhe1 c5 16.dxc5 Bxc5 17.Rd2 and thanks to tha
control upon the center White's chances is a bit more preferable
(Leko - Akopian, Gromimgen 1996)
11.c3 c5 12.Ne5 Bd6 13.Qe2 cxd4
In case of natural 13...0-0 White grasps initiative by 14.Nc4
Be7 15.Qe4 g6 16.Nb6 Rb8 17.d5
Looks quite risky so now it's difficult for Black to accomplish
a castling. 14...Bb4 15.Kf1 0-0 with mutual chances offered itself.
"b" after "a". But White hadn't to defend the d4 pawn.
16.g3! Qxd4 17.Nxd7 Kxd7 18.Qf3 Ke7 19.Qxb7 Kf6
Forced play has led to the position in which White can attack
the opponent's King with material equality. Different coloured
Bishops only strengthen the acttack's potential. Anand should
trade the Queens but it's not easy.
20.Rad1 Qa7 21.Qf3 Ke7 22.Qg4
If only Black could to move the King to a safe place (f8 for
instance) not parting the Rooks: 22...Be5 wanna be played but
there is the unpleasant check from the b4. Black is still in
It's necessary to make such "ugly" move. But in case of 22...g6
23.Rfe1 the Bxg6! blow is threatening with rout.
23.Bc4 Qb6 24.Rd3
An important reorganization. The Bishop attacks the e6 point but
the Rook from the f3 will make pressure on the f7.
24...Qxb2? 25.Re1 Qf6 26.Rf3 Qg6 27.Rxf7! loses since Black's
defence falls in.
With threat of 26.Rf7 Kf7 27.Qe6 with mate.
25...Be5 26.Re1 f6
Bad is 26...Bf6 27.Qf5!+- or 26...Rd4 27.Rxf7 Kxf7 28.Qf5 Ke7
29.Qxe5 with a decisive attack.
27.Qh5 Qb4 28.Rxe5 Qxc4
It's clear that in case of 28...fxe5? 29.Qf7 Kd6 30.Qxe6 a
mate will be soon.
The Bishops' exchange facilitated the Black's position but the
King placed in the center with all Queens and Rooks on the board
is the permanent headache for him.
The right decision - if Black can't insure his King then he
tries to take as many pawn as he could.
30.Qg6 Rhf8 31.Qxh6 Qxb2
Now White can capture the Queen but the little left material
increases Black's chances for draw.
32.Qg7 Rf7 33.Rxe6 Kxe6 34.Re3 Qe5 35.Rxe5 fxe5 36.Qxg5 Rdf8
Smoke has dispersed. You see, Anand was sagacious taking the
a2 pawn on the 29th move. If Black hadn't the passing a pawn
he would have a desperate position. But now - some chances for
37.Qg4 Kd5 38.Qd1 Kc5 39.Qc2 Kb4?!
In my opinion it was worth keeping the King closer to the
center - 39...Kd4. In that case after the exchange of the a6
pawn to the f2 Black would have the counterplay with the e pawn.
Now the e5 pawn is lost with check. But even after 40...Kc4
41.Qxe5 Rxf2 42.Qc7 Kb5 43.Qb7 Ka5 44.h4 Black has nothing
41.Qxe5 Kb6 42.h4 a5
Well, now it's impossible to take on f2 - 42...Rxf2 43.Qd4 Kc6
44.Qxf2 Rxf2 45.Kxf2+- and pawn ending is won for White. But
White has a simple plan - he advances the passing pawn and
lonely black pawn doesn't matter. White must win.
43.h5 Rd7 44.Qe6 Kc7 45.h6
A severe failure of Anand. In vain he refused the natural
castling in the opening. He created the storm himself and
can't find a way out of it. But before the control he chose
a wrong way for his King, lost the central pawn and that
was the decisive mistake. But Topalov played with one breath
during all the game and won deservedly.