Bilbao Chess Masters 2011 FINAL ROUND – Levon Aronian Vs Viswanathan Anand Bilbao Round 9

♕ ARTICLE: ♕ ♕ Levon Aronian vs Viswanathan Anand: 2011 Bilbao Chess Masters Final, Round 9 – Aronian started slow at the 2011 Bilbao Chess Masters Final, however he began to score some nice wins in the second half of the tournament in Spain to attempt to catch up to Ivancuk, Carlsen and Nakamura. While Aronian finished tied for 3-5th, he still put a nice victory in this game. He opened with the Queen’s Gambit as white, and Anand quickly accepted a sacrificed pawn with 6. …Nxe4!? – however Aronian quickly achieved more than sufficient counterplay by rapidly seizing the initiative and placing instant pressure on black’s king with 10. Bxf6 11. d5! and 12. Rfe1+ Anand was really out of form at the 2011 Bilbao Chess Masters Final, easily evident with his indecisiveness and passivity in moves like 15. …Qe8 16. …Qe7 and especially in 17. …Rab8. Aronian went on to finish the game accurately, forcing Anand’s resignation with a spectacular yet easily visible tactic in 25. Rxe6! PGN: [Event "2011 Bilbao Chess Masters Final"] [Site "Bilbao, Spain"] [Date "2011.10.10"] [Round "9"] [White "*GM_Aronian"] [Black "*GM_Anand"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2807"] [BlackElo "2817"] [Opening "QGD: 4.Nf3"] [ECO "D37"] [NIC "QI.01"] [TimeControl "5400+0"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bxc4 Nxe4 7. OO Nf6 8. Qa4+ Nc6 9. Bg5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. d5 exd5 12. Rfe1+ Be6 13. Bxd5 OO 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. Rad1 Qe8 16