Wesley So - Zaven Andriasian
Welcome to the final round of the Aeroflot chess tournament. Today games start a few hours earlier, so that there is time for the closing ceremony.
4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Re1 Standart continuations for black are Nh6, Nf6, and e5. An interesting start of the game, but what is really amazing in this last round of Aeroflot is the number of quick draws. Van Wely - Onischuk, Ehlvest - Amonatov, Wen - Smirin, Dyachkov - Dreev, all finished in under 12 moves. Maybe it is time for tournaments to consider Sofia rule or a similar alternative?
10... O-O 11. Qh4 is the top choice reply for white
15... Qe8 16.Qxe8 Rxe8 17.Rad1 Bf8 Providing future bishop acticity while keeping the pawn structure on the kingside. 18. Nd4 will be another invitation to move things on the queenside, it will be met by Bd7.
21.h4 With a similar idea, but sacrificing temporarily a pawn in order to mess up even more black's pawn structure.
25... d5 Andriasian gives it a try. This will activate the bishop pair and will open up the queenside. The more open space, the stronger the bishops will be. Wesley So can still continue with his plan taking on g5.
26.fxg5 dxc4 27.Bf4 Rb7 28.Ne4 Dangerous attack by white, black have to defend carefully. The knight will have a stable position on f6, while a rook can enter the back ranks through a Re1-Rh1-Rh7 maneuver. It is a dynamic position where with precise play black have defence, brave decision by Wesley So to attack with the coming time trouble for him.
30.axb3 Nd5 31.Nxd5 Bxd5 32.Nd4 Bc5 The players are blitzing in time trouble, with the activity of black pieces now it is impossible for white to achieve a full point, if Andriasian plays correctly he can turn things around.
34.Rxd4 Rb4 And a draw is agreed. Good game by both players where white played aggressively to explore the weaknesses in the pawn structure, while black patience was rewarded and he equalized the position. Thank you for following Aeroflot 2009 with Chessdom.com, stay tuned for full report later tonight. 1/2-1/2