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Viswanathan Anand vs Vladimir Kramnik
It (cat.17), Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands) (1999)  ·  Russian Game: Classical Attack. Chigorin Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2
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  acirce: 13...Bh4 is a sharp pawn sacrifice for iniative and activation. The draw seems logical.
Aug-09-04  mack: Doesn't black have more here? ...Rb8 for example?
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  acirce: <mack> Where? He is rook down in the final position and I don't think there is a mate anywhere..
Jul-27-09  WhiteRook48: ...Rb8 Rab1
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  plang: Three months prior to this game at Tilburg 1998 Kramnik had played 13..Nxd2 against Anand in this supersharp line and lost to a brilliancy by Anand. Just weeks prior to this game Kramnik had played the innovation 13..Bh4 against Shirov at the European Club Championship in Belgrade. Although Kramnik lost the game 13..Bh4 was voted the best innovation in Informant 74; he repeated the move in this game. 18..Rxe5 19 Nb3..Re8 20 Bf4 would have been good for White. Against Shirov Kramnik had played 19..Re6?! and after 20 Qc5..Ne4? he was clearly worse; here he improved with 19..Nh3+ giving him a very dangerous attack. 21 c4 was necessary to meet Black's threat of ..Ra6 and ..Qa8. Anand provided a variation showing how strong Black's attack would have been after 21 Nb3: 21..Rb6 22 Qc5..d4 23 c4..Kh8 24 Qxd4..Qa8+ 25 Qd5..c6 26 Qc5..Rb5!. 23 Ne3 was forced; if 23 Bd2 then 23..Red8 24 e6..Qxc4 25 Qxc4..Rxd2+ and wins. If Black avoids taking the perpetual by playing 23..Kh8 then 24 Nxg4..fxg 25 Qe4.
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