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Viswanathan Anand vs Neil McDonald
London/Leningrad (WM) (1986)  ·  French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0
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Apr-10-05  WorldChampeen: Neil McDonald wrote Concise Chess Openings, you can see on page 152 of the book that the French Winawer occurrs exactly like the first 12 moves save possibly a transposition between 11. ...dxc3 and 12. ...Bd7

I am sure it is a variation that has occurred as one writer summed it up 1000s of times in play; it must be swashbuckling to not play 7. ....0-0 after 7. Qg4 but play 7. Qc7; however, I noted in searching out the position it seemed pretty even in outcomes...and indeed, it appears that hundreds of games have seen this position...it would be nice if Neil pulled this off; Vishy snatches the Pawn at h7 to jump a pawn ahead and except for a fleeting moment, that remains the margin the whole game until Anand exchanges his Rook for a Bishop on the very last move of the game, White's passed pawns decide the outcome... (long, I hope that is clear and understanding enough, anyone care to discuss the french with me, drop me a line please).

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