(2948) Aronian,Levon (2786) - Ivanchuk,Vassily (2739) [E06]
Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (8), 12.11.2009
[Monokroussos,Dennis]



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Be4 11.Qc1 Bb7 12.Bf4 Bd6 13.Nbd2 Bxf4 14.gxf4 Qd6 15.Nb3 Nbd7 16.Rd1N
[16.Ne5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 c5 18.Nxd7 Nxd7 19.dxc5 Qc6+ 20.f3 Rfc8 21.Qe3 a5 22.Rac1 e5 23.fxe5 Re8 24.Nd4 Qg6+ 25.Kh1 Rxe5 26.Qf4 Rxc5 27.Rxc5 Nxc5 28.Rg1 Ne6 29.Qe5 Qh6 30.Nf5 Qf4 31.Rxg7+ Kh8 32.Qf6 1-0 Lalic,B (2475)-Piza Cortizo,D (2295)/Valencia 1990/EXT 1997]

16...a5 17.Ne5 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 a4 19.Nc5 Nxc5 20.Qxc5 Qxc5 21.dxc5 Rfd8 22.Nc6 Rxd1 23.Rxd1
The knight looks beautiful on c6, constricting Black's rook like a fast food lover's arteries. White's rook controls the open file and his king is better centralized too, but despite all this White's advantage is minimal at best.

23...Kf8+/=
[23...a3 24.b3 Nd5 25.Kf3 f5 (25...Kf8 26.e4 Nc3 27.Rd2 f5 28.exf5 exf5 29.Nd4+/= ) 26.Nd4 Nc3 27.Rd2 Kf7 28.Rc2 Nd5 29.Rd2 (29.Nxb5 Ra5 30.Nd4 Nb4=/+ ) 29...Nc3= ]

24.Kf3 Ke8 25.Nb4 Nd7
[25...Rd8 ]

26.c6 Nc5 27.Rc1 Na6 28.Nxa6 Rxa6= 29.e4 b4 30.Rc5 f5
A little startling, perhaps, but very good!

31.exf5 exf5 32.Ke3 Ke7 33.Kd4 Kd6 34.Kc4 b3
[34...g6! 35.Kxb4? Rb6+ 36.Rb5 Rxc6 37.Kxa4 Rc2 favors Black.]

35.axb3 axb3 36.Rxf5 Rxc6+ 37.Kxb3 Rc1 38.h4 Rf1 39.Rg5 Rxf2 40.Rxg7 Rxf4 41.Rxh7
Ivanchuk holds the draw without much trouble, but 34...g6 would have been no trouble at all.

41...c5 42.h5 Rh4 43.h6 Kc6 44.Kc3 Kd5 45.Rh8 Rh3+ 46.Kd2 Kc6
Correctly rushing back to the corner, so that after h7 White's rook will have no winning follow-up.

47.Ke2
[47.h7 Kb7 is an immediate draw, because even after White wins the c-pawn (by bringing his king to g2, then to g6, then to d6/d5) Black holds. He leaves the king on b7 and the rook on the h-file (except to check White's king away when it defends the h-pawn) and that's that.]

47...Kb7 48.Kf2 c4 49.Kg2 Rh5 50.Kf3 Rh4 51.Kg3 Rh1 52.Kf4 Rh2 53.Ke5 Rxb2 54.Kd4 Rb6!
The Vancura draw. Black attacks the pawn on the 6th rank while leaving his king on b7, only reacting to two things. First, if White's king protects the pawn, it gets checked away. Second, on h7, Black plays ...Rh6 followed by ...Rh1, leaving the king on b7 and a7 and checking away White's king whenever it protects the pawn on h7.

55.Kxc4 Rg6 56.Kd5 Rf6 57.Ke5 Rc6 58.Rh7+ Kb8 1/2-1/2