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Viswanathan Anand vs Nigel Rodney Davies
Moscow-B (1987), Moscow URS, rd 5, Jun-??
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1


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Aug-19-05  Bobwhoosta: Nice exchange sac to set up the slow positional squeeze. Is there a specific tactic that stops 31.Kxc3, or is it just the concentration of forces that makes white suspicious about opening up the position?
Aug-19-05  Boomie: <Bobwhoosta> Here are a few lines which demonstrate white's helplessness after 31. ♔xc3.

31. ♔xc3 ♘d5+ 32. ♔c4

(32. ♔d3 ♘f4+ 33. ♔e4 ♘xe2 34. ♖xc2 ♗xc2+ 35. ♔e3 ♘c3)

(32. ♔d2 ♘f4+ 33. ♔c3 ♘xe2+ 34. ♔c4 ♘xc1)

32... ♘d4 33. ♔d3

(33. ♖b1 ♘xe2 34. g3 ♘f6 35. ♔b4
(35. ♔c5 ♖c8+ 36. ♔b4 ♖b8+ 37. ♔xa4 ♖xb1)
(35. ♖b7 ♖c8+ 36. ♔b4 ♗c6 37. ♖a7 ♗xf3 38. ♖h2 ♘d4)
35... ♖b8+ 36. ♔xa4 ♖xb1)

33... ♗b5+ 34. ♔d2 ♘xe2 35. ♖c5 ♘d4 36. ♔e1 ♘f4 37. ♖c3 ♘d3+

Aug-17-07  King mega: i have a tutorial about this modern defense by Davies, showing himself playing against anand and kick anands butt off!
Mar-31-13  David2009: Anand vs N Davies, 1987. Anand aged 17 loses to the Modern Defence.

A turning point occurs at move 12:

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Here, Anand can open up the position with 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Bg5 when he has the pull. Here's a link to Crafty End Game Trainer to try the attack out: The EGT is not programmed to castle, so Black's play from now on is a bit limited.

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