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descriptionAnand unleashes game-changing novelty EmptyAnand unleashes game-changing novelty

f the first day had already awoken the fans from their slumber, the second day was one to rewrite sections of opening manuals. Although one expects to see novelties in rapid games, they are most often slight permutations in known theory. In game three, a Caro-Kann Advance with 4.g4, Anand played a novelty on move six that changes the way the line will be evaluated. Not to be missed!

[Event "24th Leon Masters"]
[Site "Leon ESP"]
[Date "2011.06.04"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2709"]
[BlackElo "2817"]
[PlyCount "34"]
[EventDate "2011.06.03"]
[SourceDate "2011.06.02"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. g4 {This is by far the most aggressive approach
to the Caro-Kann Advance, and has led to many a tactical slugfest. The idea is
obviously to gain space and time over the bishop, as well as promote dangerous
options if the pawns start rolling forward on the kingside. Though of
questionable reputation, it is also a favorite of Shirov's.} Bd7 5. c4 e6 {
This line doesn't see much grandmaster play, and it is hardly surprising
considering the awkward bishop on d7 and the unattractive development problems
Black will need to solve.} 6. Nc3 c5 $3 $146 {[#]Astonishing really, and if
ever there was an opening novelty deserving of exclamation points, this is it.
It isn't so much that Black is winning (he is not), but what it does to the
evaluation of the position from both White's and Black's perspective. Instead
of the old quiet behind the lines fight expected from Black while White tried
to open lines and crack Black's position, now Black's pieces are about to take
a very serious life of their own while White's g4 pawn looks like a very
questionable weakness.} 7. cxd5 ({Though the engines don't condemn Shirov's
choice, they do have a slight preference for} 7. Nf3 {Still, the question
would remain: what the heck is that pawn doing on g4?}) 7... exd5 8. dxc5 Bxc5
{[#]} 9. Bg2 $6 {Shirov starts to go astray, but one cannot blame him for not
wanting to take on d5 and potentially go down in flames. Unfortunately for him,
that is exactly what happens.} (9. Qxd5 Qb6 10. Bc4 Be6 (10... Bxf2+ {is also
possible, but leads to nothing decisive after} 11. Ke2 Be6 12. Qb5+ Nc6 13.
Bxe6 fxe6 14. Nf3) 11. Bb5+ Nc6 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. Qf3 {protecting f2 and g4,
though Black's chances are to be preferred due to the slightly better
development and bishop pair.}) 9... Ne7 10. h3 Qb6 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Nf3 $2 {A
mistake that allows} d4 $1 {however the position was probably compromised as
it was.} 13. Ne4 Bb5 14. Qd2 Nbc6 {Threatening Bb4.} 15. a3 Ng6 16. b4 Be7 17.
Bb2 Rfd8 0-1

[Event "24th Leon Masters"]
[Site "Leon ESP"]
[Date "2011.06.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Shirov, Alexei"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2817"]
[BlackElo "2709"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2011.06.03"]
[SourceDate "2011.06.02"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 Nd7 8. Bd3
dxc4 9. Bxc4 Bd6 10. O-O Qe7 11. Ne4 O-O 12. Nxd6 Qxd6 13. Qe2 b6 14. Rfd1 Bb7
15. Ba6 Bxa6 16. Qxa6 Rfd8 17. a3 c5 18. h3 cxd4 19. Rxd4 Qc7 20. Rad1 e5 21.
Qc4 Qxc4 22. Rxc4 f6 23. Kf1 1/2-1/2

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