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Alonso Zapata vs Viswanathan Anand
Biel 1988  ·  Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack (C42)  ·  1-0
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Dec-16-09  Stoned Knight: It would be interesting to see the clocks. I guess that Anand was just playing the first moves automatically without paying attention to his opponent's moves, maybe preparing some sharp line. A lesson to be learned?
Jul-07-10  MaczynskiPratten: <walker>, <StonedKnight>; see the comments on earlier pages. It is believed that Anand was following the latest theoretical suggestion in Informator, unaware that it was completely unsound, for interesting reasons :-)

<centercounter>; ironically Anand lost this game because he DID prepare and read the latest journals ... he would have done better to think OTB this time (but I agree your comment is true 99% of the time)

Jul-07-10  JCRchess: If 6.) ... Qe7 then 7.) Nd5!
Dec-01-10  kevins55555: ANAND?? VISWANATHAN ANAND, THE CURRENT WORLD CHAMPION?"???

LOL LOL LOL LOL

i do not understand why 6.Qe2 and black resigned just because losing a minor piece in petroff defence lose minor piece variation means so much that World champion, Yes, World champion,

RESIGNED!!!!

uh, just because of losing a N or B.

=p

Dec-01-10  kevins55555: Just shorter than four move checkmate; 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4!? Nc6 3.Qh5?! Nf6?? 4.Qxf7#!!
Dec-01-10  kevins55555: <somitra> LOL for that game Black
Dec-01-10
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  Benzol: It's nice to know that even the great can slip on the banana skins sometime.
Dec-01-10
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  HeMateMe: He gave Anand the boot!
Dec-10-10  rapidcitychess: Oops...
Jun-06-11  chesssantosh: <kevins55555>.ya i agree.Anand should have continued to play so that it would later become "lose minor piece" variation in petroff defence.i m sure kramnik will give a try on this variation !!!!
Jun-23-11
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  Fusilli: Can someone tell me what tournament this was? When I google chess biel 1988 I get this one:

http://www.365chess.com/tournaments...

No Zapata or Anand, so wrong tournament.

Jun-23-11
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  Sastre: It was the Biel-B 1988 tournament - http://www.365chess.com/tournaments....
Jun-23-11
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  Fusilli: <sastre> ha! it was right around the corner (from where I first looked). Thanks!
Jun-23-11
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  FSR: Someone asked earlier about the shortest master game. The shortest decisive master game not lost because of a protest or forfeit is Z Djordjevic vs M Kovacevic, 1984 (3 moves).
Sep-02-11
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  scormus: Anand was always, IMO, a gentleman. A rogue would have tried 6 ... Qe7 and hoped for 7 Qb5+, attacking the Bf5.
Sep-02-11
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  scormus: And as a gentleman he would have taken his lumps, even when he lost because he made a "typo"
Sep-05-11  MaczynskiPratten: See Anand's amusing explanation of why he resigned, at the start of page 3 (as well as the background to the debacle as explained on page 1)
Sep-05-11
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  perfidious: <MaczynskiPratten> That's priceless.
Sep-08-11
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  scormus: <MaczynskiPratten: See Anand's amusing explanation of why he resigned>

Thanks! Ah yes, Oh dear,. A very understandable choice he made to resign and get out fast. I dont blame him at all, I would have done the same.

But the explanation? I would never have admitted I blindly followed Informator (OK I never saw Informator, more like an outdated MCO).

I would have cited what actually DID happen to me once .... as I made my 4th or 5th move my mind was wandering (as it does) to a different variation where some other move is played. Then I looked at the board in horror and saw I actually played that other move :O

In my game the unintended move wasnt immediately losing so I played on and tried to bluff it out, pretending it was a prepared new move. Got away with it too ;)

Nov-28-11
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  Reisswolf: <hedgeh0g: Ah...<<the blunder variation of the Petrov>>.>

Maybe it's because I haven't had enough sleep in the last several days, but I can't stop laughing at that description.

May-08-12  solskytz: I can see Capablanca playing on for 46 moves, later getting a couple of pawns as some compensation for the piece, and then...

but of course, not a pleasant situation to find oneself in

Jun-20-12  KKsystem: The world chess champion is renowned for his lightning speed in chess not only in his wins but also in his losses it seems LOL!
Sep-02-12  Dionysius1: Could someone just clarify this game for me? I don't get how B has to lose a piece. If 6...Qe7 then 7 d3 Nc5 8 Qb5+ Bd7. Or 7 Nd5 Qe1 and there's only the Q attacking the N on e4 which is defended by the bishop.
Dec-11-12
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Dionysius1>: If <6. ... Qe7>, White plays <7. Nd5> < >.

Anand supposedly went into the ultra-dubious (viz., totally losing) <5. ... Bf5> line based on having seen Miles vs Christiansen, 1987 in Informantor and (sans analysis) having concluded it was a good way to equalize. In doing so, there were two keys points the future World Champion failed to take into account: (1) never play a line without analyzing it (now possible even for someone as lazy as myself thanks to engines); and (2) the Miles-Christiansen game was a pre-arranged draw.

In the 1987 game, Miles saw the refutation with <6. Qe2> (and polished the e2 square with his finger for a length of time to make sure Christiansen would realize what he had walked into), but he ultimately honored the agreement to a GM draw by playing the innocuous <6. Nxe4>.

Sep-19-13  zavariz: Hard to believe.
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