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Viswanathan Anand vs Predrag Nikolic
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-16
Dutch Defense: Classical Variation (A90)  ·  1-0
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Mar-10-04  Benjamin Lau: It's a shame that Anand doesn't play 1. d4 more, his rapid maneuvers in this game are excellent. A nice attack down the "g" file.
Mar-11-04  vishyanand: Have you noticed something? Anand nearly always plays d4 in blitz games but e4 in classical chess games?
Feb-16-07  notyetagm: Nikolic never developed his b8-knight during the whole game! Hard to defeat Anand when you effectively spot him odds of a whole piece.
Mar-06-08  ThinkAgain: Anand's queen movements are excellent!!
Nov-11-08  notyetagm: <Benjamin Lau: It's a shame that Anand doesn't play 1. d4 more, his rapid maneuvers in this game are excellent. <<<A nice attack down the "g" file.>>>>

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Dec-29-08  Raginmund: wow!!!!!!!!
funny how anand moves his Q and Rs...
so subtle and interesting moves...
this game it's a gem, a masterpiece
Oct-12-14
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  plang: 11 Qb3 was new; 11 Bxd6 had been played previously. Had Nicolic played the sharp alternative 11..g5 there were two good continuations for White after 12 Bxd6..Qxd6: the positional 13 Ne5 or the tactical 13 Qxb7..g4 14 Qxa8..gxh 15 Qxa7..hxg 16 Rfc1 with plenty of material for the two pieces plus good play on tbe queenside. After Nicolic's 11..b6 Black's queenside was weakened. Anand's 13 cxd!..Nxd5 (13..cxd? 14 Bc7 or 13..exd 14 Ne5 with a positional edge) led after 16 e4 to the Stonewall being breached with White clearly better. A more active defense would have been 17..a4 though White would still have been better after 18 Qd3..a3 19 b3..Na6 20 Nxc6..Bxc6 21 Rxc6..Nab4 22 Bxb4..axb 23 Qc4..Rf6 24 Rxb6!..Rc8 25 Rxb4..Rxc4 26 Rxc4. 23 Bf4! led to the opening of the g-file and increased pressure against the weak c-pawn. 31 Bxc6 with the idea of Bd7 would have been another way to conduct the attack.
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