White: Viswanathan Anand
Black: Boris Gelfand
Wijk aan Zee 1996
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3! d6 3.f4! g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4
Objectively, this system poses few problems to Black, but it can be lethal against a grandmaster brought up on an exclusive diet of 2.Nf3 and 3.d4. A the Russian proverb has it: a hungry carnivore may choke on vegetables.
5...Nc6 6.d3 e6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.Qe1 h6 9.Bb3 a6 10.e5!
After losing to Nigel Short in the same variation, Gelfand has worked out a deep strategy based on delayed castling. White, however, is thinking about tactics.
10...Nf5 11.Kh1 Nfd4 12.Ne4 Nxf3 13.Rxf3 dxe5 14.fxe5 Nxe5 15.Rf1 g5
Black feared 15...0-0 16.Bxh6 Bxh6 17.Nf6+ and 18.Qxe5, but this move opens him to further trouble.
You may keep your c-pawn, Mr Gelfand, for I am after bigger fish!
16...0-0 17.Bxg5! hxg5 18.Nxg5 Ng6
With Qh4 prevented, and Qh3 impossible without losing White's knight, Black thinks he is safe, but the attack has only just begun. White's next move opens possibilities of sacrifices on e6 or f7.
19.Rae1! Qe7 20.Rf5! Bf6 (see diagram)
Something had to be done about the threat of 21.Qh3
The sort of move that makes you feel good about having played 5.Bc4..
21...fxe6 22.Rxe6!! Kg7
Tantamout to resignation, but 22...Bxe6 23.Qxg6+ is disastrous
23.Rxe7+ Bxe7 24.Rxf8 Bxf7 25.h4! resigns.
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