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Viswanathan Anand vs John Nunn
Hoogovens (1990), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-13
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Re3 variation (C89)  ·  0-1


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  Jim Bartle: Nunn writes that Anand could have survived after taking the bishop with 19. Rxd6 Re1+ 20. Kh2 Rxc1 21. Rd7. He considers 20. Kf1 to be the key error.
Aug-07-04  cvcs68: I may sound dumb but why did anand resign? He could have exchanged the pawn for his bishop and also attacked through his king. Can somebody please exchange the possible moves!
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  Zenchess: Black will set up a discovery to capture the a2 pawn, creating another passer. Then, he will bring his B to d6 so he can capture the Pf4 and win the B once the h-pawn gets to h2. Here's a sample line:

42. Rc1 Rc8 43. Kd3 Rc3+ 44. Kd2 Ra3+ 45. Ke2 Rxa2 46. Kd3 Bd6 47. Rxc2 Rxc2 48. Kxc2 h3 49. Bg1 Bxf4

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  tpstar: <cvcs68> Hello! Welcome to the group! It's good to ask about the expected continuation, because then we all learn by analyzing the possibilities. Besides Zenchess' clear winning line, note 42. Rh1 Re8+ 43. Kd3 Rxe3+! 44. Kxe3 (44. Kxc2 h3) Ba3 45. Kd2 c1=Q+ 46. Rxc1 Bxc1+ 47. Kxc1 h3 wins, so 42. Rc1 is forced.
Aug-08-04  cvcs68: Thanks a lot Zenchess and tpstar - But when one is under time pressure - would one be able to think so clearly? (other than GMs like anand and Nunn ofcourse!!) I can handle opening and middle games - but I frequently blunder in endgames. This is one way of developing your thoughts. Thanks once again
Aug-08-04  cvcs68: One more help guys - frequently in roy lopez (closed) when i play with white - I come into pressure on the f, g and h ranks from good opponents. I play initially h3 to stop the white bishop from attacking my knight.But this move gets me into trouble later from black queen and pawns and rook. Is there a better way to avoid this and counter attack?
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  tpstar: <cvcs68> Great questions! I believe most endgame blunders come from time pressure more than bad technique, since the tactics are the same and actually easier to calculate with fewer pieces around. Therefore, as your opening improves, you'll have more time for the middlegame, thus (hopefully) more time for the endgame. Also, we all neglect the endgame for the practical reasons that all games have an opening, then most games have a middlegame, yet less have an endgame, but still all three parts will improve with practice and experience. In general, in the Ruy Lopez Closed White wants Kingside lines open to exploit a slight advantage in space. White does great to establish a Nf5 (the Ruy Knight) to pressure h6/g7 but also d6, then support the Nf5 with h3 & g4. This game isn't ideal regarding the Nf5 but it demonstrates active Queenside play for White = Kasparov vs Donchenko, 1976
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  Zenchess: cvcs68:
If you're having trouble with endgames, here is a list of books you could read:

"Practical Chess Endings" - Euwe. Gives a good overview of the basics.

"Practical Chess Endings" - Keres. Recommended by our local master. He wins endings all the time that class players don't have a clue about thanks to this book; he's worn out the covers.

"Fundamental Chess Endings" - Muller & Lamprecht. Good reference guide; covers more ground than the previous two works and replaces such creaking references as Fine's "Basic Chess Endings".

Dvoretsky's books: More advanced than the other three works; includes a lot of practical advice.

In addition, be sure and study the games of Capablanca, Smyslov, Rubinstein, and Lasker; they were probably the greatest endgame players ever.

How do your opponents beat you in the ending? Do they queen on you, or get lots of K penetration, or what?

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  Jim Bartle: "actually easier to calculate with fewer pieces around."? I would question that, or at least it's not true in my meager experience. Fewer pieces just mean you have to see many more moves ahead, right?
Dec-03-05  rjsolcruz: I have played this 12 Bxd5 line but instead of the 15 h3, I went 15 g3 vs Nabos in Meralco vs LRT Match in Nov 2005 in Pasig City. I can't find similar games with the same continuation, the thread here stops at h3. Is there anybody out there?
Dec-03-05  KingG: <rjsolcruz> By playing 12.Bxd5, White has given up his light-squared bishop, so weakening the light square around his king with 15.g3 doesn't sound like a good idea.

There are no games in this database in the line you played. But i found one game in my database. It's not a very high quality game, but it's all i could find. White managed to win this game, but i still think that playing 15.g3 is dubious.

[Event "BL2-Ost 9900"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "2000.02.20"]
[Round "6.7"]
[White "Rudnizki, Sergey"]
[Black "Kienast, Joerg"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C89"]
[BlackElo "2215"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "1999.10.??"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "GER"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2000.03.10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. Bxd5 cxd5 13. d4 Bd6 14. Re3 Qh4 15. g3 Qh3 16. Qf3 Be6 17. Nd2 Rae8 18. Nf1 f5 19. Qg2 Qh5 20. f4 Bf7 21. Bd2 g5 22. Rae1 Re4 23. g4 fxg4 24. Ng3 Qh3 25. Qxh3 gxh3 26. Nxe4 dxe4 27. fxg5 Bd5 28. Rxh3 1-0

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  wordfunph: "One shouldn't play l.e4 against Dr. Nunn unless he has done his homework."

- GM John Fedorowicz

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