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What happens when Khalifman faces his own Anand repertoire?

What happens when Khalifman faces his own Anand repertoire?

In recent years former FIDE World Chamion Alexander Khalifman, together with his students in St Petersburg, released the famous series Opening for White According to Anand 1.e4. In 13 volumes, a complete repertoire for 1.e4 is presented and almost everywhere main lines are chosen. But what happens when the author faces his own repertoire?

Last week at the European Championship in Plovdiv, Khalifman played with Black against Vladimir Akopian and the starting moves were 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 b4 10.Nce2 h6 11.0–0–0 Qc7 12.h4 d5 13.Bf4.

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In ChessVibes Openings #170, IMs Merijn van Delft and Robert Ris write:

It's interesting to note that this move was suggested by Khalifman himself in his book 1.e4 According to Anand, Volume 13. In CVO 30 we covered the spectacular game Morozevich-Vachier Lagrave which continued with 13.Nf4 while another theoretically important line is 13.Bh3 which was recently tested in Karjakin-Cheparinov (CVO 149).

After 13...e5 14.Bh2 dxe4 15.g5 hxg5, Van Delft and Ris continue:

Strangely enough, Khalifman didn't even consider this move in his book. The former World Champion only takes a look at 15...exf3 16.gxf6 fxe2 which was seen in Aroshidze-Banikas, Kavala 2009, and now with 17.Qxe2! gxf6 18.Bh3 White retains the better prospects.

Khalifman eventually loses this game, but does this mean his deviation from his own book was bad? You'll find the answer in this week's ChessVibes Openings #170, which also covers than other hyper-sharp line in the Sicilian, the Perenyi Attack, as well as the Caro-Kann (Advance), Queen's Gambit Declined (4.Bf4, postponing the development of Ng1) and Queen's Gambit Accepted (7.Bb3).

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ChessVibes Openings #170 The strong European Championship had an exciting finish, with Jakovenko taking sole first place with 8.5 out of 11 after winning his last three games. All about the Sicilian Najdorf/Scheveningen, English Attack which was covered in our Game of the week Akopian-Khalifman, Plovdiv 2012. Other lines that are covered:

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