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Viswanathan Anand vs Andrew Jonathan Mestel
London (1985)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Panov Variation (B76)  ·  1-0
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Oct-23-03  Cyphelium: 25.- Rxc3 26. gxf7+ Rxf7 27. Qxf7+ Kh8 28. Qxh7 mate.
Oct-23-03  Chris00nj: what about just 25...hxg6? Please forgive my ignorance.
Oct-23-03
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  Sneaky: That's not an ignorant question, it's a good question. My take on it is that there simply is no defense to 26.Rg1 (threatening Rxg6+ etc.)
Dec-13-03  talchess2003: After 15... Nxf3 it would have been a crazy game. White cannot take back immediately due to 16. Nxf3 Nxe4 Anand must have seen: 15... Nxf3 16. Qg2! (disallowing Nxe4 and winning the game).

You got to love Anand...

Dec-18-03  talchess2003: g6 was a nice move, winning, and yes it is in view of Rg1. Black's king has no way out of mate, the Queen on f6 is crucial in blocking the f-pawn.

Anyways, I can't GMs and IMs are still playing the Dragon! I remember reading from My 60 Memorable Games that the win - loss ratio is 9/10 in white's favor!! White's attack just simply plays itself out..

Dec-30-03  firn: I doubt Vishy was a GM back in 1985
Dec-30-03
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  paulalbert: Vishy became IM at age 15 in 1985 and GM in 1987.
Jan-01-04  Dick Brain: My opening references are so out of date. To me, 9. g4 is a novelty. It certainly seems like a logical way to prevent 9 ... d5 with an agressive-looking move. I wonder if this move is currently in much vogue.
Jan-12-04  krertov: When analyze position there must a good concentration like anand ?
Mar-14-05  TheParadigm: I'm not sure, but I think 25....hxg6 26. f5 wins as well, though perhaps more slowly.
Jul-29-05  gambitfan: astounding play...
Sep-30-05  wzeller: TheParadigm: I'm not sure, but I think 25....hxg6 26. f5 wins as well, though perhaps more slowly.

No --26. f5 is way too slow, met by 26. ... rc6 harrying the king. Much better is 26. rg1 threatening to sac on g6 with mate to follow with qg7++ next whether black takes the rook with the pawn on f7 or tries to run the king to h7..

Sep-30-06  ToTheDeath: Anand's first win against a Grandmaster at age 15.

14... Rfc8 seems like an improvement on the game, slowing White's initiative. 17... Nb4 and 21... e5 are both huge errors. Very nice finale by White.

talchess2003: 15... Nxf3 fails to 16. Qf2 Nxd4 17. gxf6.

Apr-09-07  timhortons: he drill a hole on the kingside
Jun-21-07  Chicago Chess Man: <TheParadigm> and <wzeller> 26. f5? is way too slow in view of 26... Rxc3 not Rc6.
Jan-27-08  VaselineTopLove: What's wrong with 19. ...Bxc3?
Apr-17-08  VaselineTopLove: I remember this game being mentioned in an 80s edition of Batsford Chess Openings...it was probably one of the earliest references of Anand in BCO, which was a popular book among players back then.
Jul-12-08  waitzkinfan101: Maybe its just me... but two people already posted 25. hxg6 and another person said its not an ignorant question but it is. I mean obviously the guy doesnt know the rules of chess and neither does the other two players or else they know 25. hxg6 is impossible cus pawns can't move backwards. I know it sounds mean to say that it is an ignorant question because of the use of the word "ignorant" but ignorant means lack of knowledge and thats exactly what this is, a lack of knowledge of the game. Pawns can't move backwards, thats why it can't happen.
Jul-12-08
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  tpstar: White's final move was 25. g6 and Black Resigned. The questions were about if Black were to reply 25 ... hxg6 (yes, Pawns move forward) and then 26. Rg1 wins quickly.

From the homepage: "You are encouraged to participate and learn from players stronger than yourself, while guiding those who are weaker." It would be better to discuss games and answer questions in a friendly manner, instead of judging how much others might know about chess or harping on errors that aren't there.

Jul-30-08  jaydes: I'm sure it was a troll. Anyone who knows the basic rules of chess could see that the people were discussing about the pawn on h7 when considering 25) hxg6.

The elaborate definition of "ignorant" further confirms that this was indeed a troll.

Nov-06-08  veerar: <Anand's> moves, 18 thro' 25 are very sharp!
Mar-17-09  WhiteRook48: could do 26 Rxf7
Nov-10-09  Goofy: On move 20 I recommend N-r6 check if bxn then queen to n2 will set up a checkmate unless Ive missed something.
May-22-12  LoveThatJoker: "24. ?" White to play and win, makes for a good Wednesday puzzle!

LTJ

Feb-20-14  iM4: After White plays 16. f4, Black could instead play 16... Nc4, forking the Queen and the bishop, while also threatening mate. White is then forced to play 17. xc4, Black plays 17... Bxc4 with the intention of Rd8 and e5. With this, Black could create a larger threat using the dark squares.
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